Half-centuries from Nayeem Young and Matthew Patrick helped the West Indies U19 team pull off a seven-run victory over Sri Lanka in their final match of the West Indies Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series, at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on Tuesday.

A five-wicket haul from medium-pacer Kacey Aldridge proved decisive on Thursday as England defeated West Indies by five-wickets in Day-Five action of Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series.

England, who lost to Sri Lanka on Wednesday by 19 runs via the DLS method, decided to bowl first this time and that decision proved to be the correct one.

Opener Kirk McKenzie, who replaced Mbeki Joseph, and wicket-keeper batsman Leonardo Julien, both were dismissed without scoring by the player of the match Aldridge (9.1-3-18-5) as the West Indies slipped to 41-4 in the 15th over and eventually folded for a paltry score of 116.

 Captain Kimani Melius (35) did his best to steady the ship but when he was bowled by off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri charging down the wicket, so went the home teams batting resistance.

The run chase was relatively comfortable for England although they lost half their wickets before they reached the winning score of 117.

West Indies spin duo off left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd (10-5-9-1) and off-spinner Matthew Patrick (10-2-32-2) made a valiant effort with the ball on a surface that was giving them assistance, but they simply didn’t have enough runs to defend.

Ben Charlesworth top-scored for the English with 29, while Jordon Cox and Thomas Clarke each scored 24 for the winners.

 Melius was not happy with the collective effort of the batsmen.

 “It’s just a matter of our batsmen converting starts to big scores once they get set. The bowlers have been bowling well, so once the batsmen can put at least 220 runs on the board they (the bowlers) could have something to defend”, Melius said while reflecting on today’s loss and looking ahead to Saturday key game versus Sri Lanka.

 “We (the batsman) have been lackadaisical and haven’t shown enough intent and have to keep the game simple.”

 

An unbeaten last wicket partnership between Sonal Dinusha and Amshi De Silva propelled Sri Lanka to a nail-biting, one-wicket victory over West Indies in day three action of Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series.

On another difficult batting wicket, Sri Lanka sent West Indies in to bat after winning the toss and immediately their bowlers made life difficult for the hosts.

West Indies plummeted to 67/7 in the 34th over, with new ball bowler Amshi De Silva (6-1-18-3) and leg-spinner Kavindu Nadeeshan (10-1-20-4) being the bowling architects of this batting demise.

Kelvon Anderson (43) alongside useful cameos from lower-order batsmen Ashmead Nedd (21) and Jayden Seales (23) resisted and enabled West Indies to stretch the inning to the final over to take the West Indies to 138.

For the third game in a row, West Indies bowlers stepped up to the plate.

Led by left-arm quick Ramon Simmonds (8-1-31-3) impressing with his pace and bounce, they fought back bravely as Sri Lanka collapsed to 101 for 9.

However, Ashmi De Silva (10) coming off his efforts with the ball joined Sonal Dinusha (46) and the pair’s unbeaten last-wicket stand denied the West Indies.

“We believe our bowling unit is one of the areas that is firing for us. We said to them (the bowlers) the wicket is not easy to score on, so once we hit good areas and put our shoulders to the throttle we could have brought this game home”, said West Indies U19 bowling coach Kenny Benjamin.

“When we look back at the game the extra-wide deliveries  that were given away and not being able to score another 20-25 runs are areas we all have to improve on.”

 

Cricket West Indies has confirmed that an Opinion Report by an Independent Assessor at Loughborough University has found the bowling action of Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ left-arm spinner Jason Campbell to be illegal and, as such, he has been suspended from bowling in domestic West Indies matches with immediate effect.

A.R. Srikkanth, one of the world’s leading T20 cricket analysts, has been appointed as the new West Indies Men’s Team Analyst, on a two-year contract.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have reportedly settled into a new hotel in Antigua following the embarrassing scenario on Monday when the team was met by deplorable conditions at the Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort.

President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Mr Ricky Skerritt has been appointed a member of the newly formed International Cricket Council (ICC) Governance Working Group, set out to consider the future governance structure of the ICC.

The appointment was made by ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar during the recent ICC Annual Conference in Dubai. The working group will be chaired by Earl Eddings from Cricket

 Australia, and will comprise Greg Barclay (New Zealand Cricket), Tony Brian (Cricket Scotland), Ehsan Mani (Pakistan Cricket Board), Chris Nenzani (Cricket South Africa) and Ricky Skerritt (Cricket West Indies).

Skerritt is also a member of the ICC Human Resource and Development Committees.

Following the successful completion of the CWI selection system review, which was a key election campaign of the “Cricket First” 10-point initiative, the other two major reviews promised by the Skerritt-Shallow administration are, like the ICC, a review of the CWI governance structure and system, and an upgrade of the professional franchise system.

“Commissioning the CWI governance review task force, led by Jamaican senator and Grace Kennedy CEO, Don Wehby was as one of the first actions we took after being elected,” said Skerritt.

“Mr Wehby and his team have been hard at work ever since and I expect to begin hearing from them over the next few weeks.”

Skerritt said serving as a member of this ICC group also gives him the opportunity to learn and share ideas at the highest level of world cricket administration and bring back to the Caribbean some best practices in our governance reform quest.

 

Cricket West Indies (CWI) today announced a brand new three-year home fixtures cycle, featuring the West Indies teams in all formats with matches in all the main venues across the Caribbean.

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