West Indies Emerging Players captain Yannic Cariah has revealed that self-belief was key to the team unlikely triumph in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 competition on Sunday.

At the start of the tournament, few would have given the unit hastily stitched together by Cricket West Indies a shot to win the it all.  In fact, the idea behind the Floyd Reifer-coached unit was to give player that had been rejected by their regional squads a chance to gain valuable experience.  On Sunday, a 205 runs thrashing of the Leeward Islands in the final proved they were just as good as anyone else.

After several strong performances, the team’s run in the tournament seemed to be at an end following a crushing defeat to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force just a week ago, however, another unlikely scenario, a loss for the Guyana Jaguars to the United States, put them squarely back in contention for the top prize.

“I told the guys once we got through the semifinals, we would win the tournament because I know the caliber of players that we have.  We have a balanced team and the belief that everyone has is incredible,” Cariah said in a post-match interview.

“I have to thank the coaches, the staff who gave us the support that we needed.  Men played with niggles, men played under the weather and we still came out on top, that a fantastic achievement,” he added.

 

A crisp maiden List A hundred from Paul Palmer failed to ignite Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and Canada rode a strong all-round performance from Harsh Thaker to a 51-run victory in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.

Jamaica middle-order batsman Rovman Powell slammed a brutal 106 in just 40 balls but could not prevent a 13-runs loss to the Leeward Islands, who booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, on Sunday.

The Scorpions were set 256 to win, on the back of a patient 105 from Kieran Powell, but crucially needed to achieve the target inside 31 overs to overhaul their opponents’ NRR.  The Scorpions found their runs chase way off target after finding themselves at 25 for three in the fifth over, after losing top order batsmen Assad Fudadin, Aldane Thomas and Nkrumah Bonner.

Powell, however, kept the Scorpions in touch with an explosive display of batting, reaching his second hundred of the tournament from 38 balls with two runs into the leg-side off Quinton Boatswain.  Jamaica’s chances went up in smoke, however, when Powell was caught behind off Boatswain in the same over he got to the third hundred of his Super50 Cup career.

Boatswain was the pick of the Leewards bowlers after claiming figures of 4 for 85.

In their turn at the crease, the Leewards were in early trouble after losing opener Montcin Hodge for 10, with 27 on the board.  Amir Jangoo joined Powell at the crease, however, and pair put on a match-winning 154 for the second wicket.

The Hurricanes will play hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the second semi-final on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad capital of Port of Spain, where the first semi-final, a day earlier, will feature Group A winners Barbados Pride and either Guyana Jaguars or West Indies Emerging Players, one of which will be the runners-up in Group B.

Four players and one team official have been found guilty of breaching the Cricket West Indies Code of Conduct during the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.

The four players are Jonathan Carter, Joshua da Silva, Keon Harding and Akeal Hosein; while Trinidad & Tobago Red Force head coach Mervyn Dillon was also found guilty of a breach.

Four out of the five admitted to their offences and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.

In the case of Harding, he was charged with two breaches in the same game – a Level 1 to which he admitted and accepted the proposed sanction, and a Level 2, which he intends to appeal.

On-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Lyndon Rajkumar, and reserve umpire Bernard Joseph reported carter for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct. The breach occurred during the match between Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions on November 20 at the Conaree Cricket Centre in St. Kitts.

The Pride captain was fined 10 per cent of his match fee by match referee Stewart Rawlins after he breached paragraph 2.3 of the Code of Conduct, relating to the abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.

Joseph and Rawlins reported hearing loud, crashing glass coming from the Pride dressing room and discovered that Carter was responsible for a broken glass window upon investigation.

Da Silva was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Leslie Reifer Jr, and reserve umpire Christopher Wright for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between West Indies Emerging Players and the United States on November 19 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.

The WI Emerging Players wicketkeeper/batsman was reprimanded by match referee Hayden Bruce after he breached paragraph 2.4 of the Code of Conduct by showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.

The umpires reported that Da Silva hung around for an extended period of time and pointed to his forearm before leaving the field after he was adjudged lbw to Noshthush Kenjige for 31.

Dillon was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Carl Tuckett, TV umpire Leslie Reifer Jr and reserve umpire Christopher Taylor for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between Red Force and Guyana Jaguars on November 8 at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

The Red Force head coach was reprimanded and fined 20 per cent of the team official’s match fee by match referee Reon King after he breached paragraph 2.4 of the Code of Conduct when he failed to follow an umpire’s instruction during the match.

The umpires reported that Dillon entered the field of play during the first refreshments break of the match and was seen having a discussion with the Red Force players, after he was specifically told at the pre-tournament meeting on November 5 that no coaches are allowed onto the field of play during the hours of play.

First, Harding was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Christopher Wright, TV umpire Carl Tuckett and reserve umpire Jonathan Blades for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between West Indies Emerging Players and the United States on November 19 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.

 The WI Emerging Players fast bowler was fined 10 per cent by match referee Hayden Bruce after he breached paragraph 2.3 of the Code of Conduct, relating to the abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.

The umpires reported that Harding struck a garbage bin near to the entrance of the players’ enclosure with such strong force that it was heard on the field of play. This happened after he left the field of play following his dismissal lbw to Noshthush Kenjige for a duck.

Coming out of the same incident, Harding was also reported for a Level 2 breach of the Code of Conduct and was fined 70 per cent by Bruce for breaching paragraph 3.2 of the Code for showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.

The umpires reported that Harding showed dissent immediately at the crease when he was dismissed, and also struck an advertising hoarding when he was leaving the field.

At a hearing the following day attended by Harding, West Indies Emerging Players head coach Floyd Reifer and the umpires, the player admitted to showing dissent at the crease but not striking the advertising hoarding.

Harding has until November 30 to appeal the imposition of the second fine.

Hosein was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Christopher Wright, TV umpire Carl Tuckett and reserve umpire Jonathan Blades for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and West Indies Emerging Players on November 13 at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

The Red Force spin bowler was reprimanded by match referee Michael Ragoonath after he breached paragraph 2.2 of the Code of Conduct when he failed to follow the instructions of the umpires.

Hosein was instructed not to enter the field of play at the end of the 13th over by the on-field umpires and was further advised by the reserve umpire at the start of the 14th over that he was not allowed to enter the field of play at that time.

The player, however, proceeded onto the field at the end of the 14th over in breach of the umpires’ instructions.

 

 

Nkrumah Bonner scored a quick-fire century that helped set the foundation for the Jamaica Scorpion’s 26-run victory over the Barbados Pride in a high-scoring match at Conaree on Wednesday.

Half-centuries from Devon Thomas and Jahmar Hamilton on Tuesday powered the Leeward Island Hurricanes to a six-wicket win over the Combined Colleges and Campuses at Conaree in the Colonial Insurance Super 50 competition.

Jamaica Scorpions overcame Canada with steady bowling led by Dennis Bulli and purposeful batting led by Nkrumah Bonner to clinch their third successive win in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.

A third half-century of the tournament from Barbados all-rounder Justin Greaves (53) and a solid death-overs bowling effort from Jamaican medium-pacer Jermaine Levy (3 for 40), were the cornerstones behind the West Indies Emerging players one-run win over Guyana Jaguars at the Queens Park Oval.


Contrasting half-centuries from their captain Jonathan Carter and opener Leniko Boucher powered Barbados Pride to their second successive win over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in three days in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Friday.

A four-for from pace bowler Keon Harding and an unbeaten ton from top-order batsman Joshua Da Silver led the West Indies Emerging Players to a crushing 107 runs win over Windwards Islands at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Monday.

The result maintains a strong start for the Emerging Players, which see them surprisingly topping Group B after three games.  After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Emerging Players experienced an early set-back after opener Kimani Melius was dismissed lbw by Kavem Hodge.  A pair of fruitful partnerships, however, quickly steadied the innings.  Da Silva joined Gidron Pope at the crease and the pair repaired some after putting on 89 for the second wicket.  The partnership ended when Pope was bowled by Larry Edwards for 50.

Justin Greave added 46 before being bowled by Bhaskar Yadram and Roland Cato (49) then joined Da Silver to see out the innings.

In response, the Volcanoes were dismal.  Desron Maloney was the first of Harding’s four victims when he was dismissed for 10 with Windwards having 14 runs on the board.  Emmanuel Stewart followed soon after without scoring and Kirk Edwards added just one run before leaving the Windwards in deep trouble at 22 for 3.  Devon Smith (6) and Alick Athanaze (3) continued the tumble of wickets with Kaveem Hodge (28), Keron Cottoy (33) and Shane Shillingford (41) offering the most resistance.  Harding was backed up by Kevin Sinclair who claimed 3 for 19.  Harding claimed 4 for 45.

 

A well-crafted century from Kieron Powell led the Leewards Islands to an 8-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Sunday.

Powell, the 29-year-old left-handed opener, stroked a patient 121 from 125 balls as the Hurricanes successfully chased after the 262 posted by the Scorpions in the first innings, with 26 balls remaining.

  The opener received solid support from his partner at the top of the innings, Montcin Hodge, who crafted 64 from 78 balls.  The two put on 130 for the first wicket before Amir Jangoo partnered with Powell to put 74 for the second wicket.

In their turn at the crease, Assad Fudadin was rock solid for the Scorpions at the top of the order, scoring 107 off 133 balls.  Initially, he struggled to find a reliable partner as Aldane Thomas (12), Jermaine Blackwood (7) and Andre McCarthy (9) all vanished from the crease in an expeditious fashion.  Nkrumah Bonner, however, joined Fudadin at the crease and the pair put on 133 for the fourth wicket.  Bonner was, however, agonizingly run out three-runs short of a century.  With five overs to go a lower-order collapse prevented the Scorpions from comprising a more formidable total.

Jeremiah Louis and Sheeno Berridge were the most lethal of the Leeward bowlers after claiming two wickets each.  The loss was the second in a row for the struggling Scorpions.

 

 

The Jamaica Scorpions began their 2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 competition much in the same way they ended the last one, with a deplorable instance of batting that ended in defeat.

Choosing to bat, the Barbados Pride, thanks to half-centuries from Nicholas Kirton (55), and Kyle Mayers (52), as well as useful contributions from skipper Jonathan Carter (33), Tevyn Walcott (32), and Ashley Nurse (38), racked up 265 all out before bowling out the Scorpions for 190.

Pride got their runs against strong performances from Oshane Thomas, 4-52, and Andre McCarthy, 4-41

While the total for the Pride was competitive, it was certainly gettable but when McCarthy joined Aldaine Thomas at the crease with the Scorpions at 38-2, things looked interesting.

Thomas would go on to score 41 to leave the Scorpions in a better position at 81-3 but McCarthy would begin to lose partners at regular intervals after that.

Nkrumah Bonner, 5, skipper Rovman Powell, 1, Derval Green, 3, and Jamie Merchant, 3, all fell in quick succession, before McCarthy’s resistance, 95 from just 83 deliveries was broken by a Chemar Holder delivery.

McCarthy had struck six fours and five sixes before he got out, leaving Markino Mindley and Christopher Lamont to make up the deficit.

It was a bridge too far, as Lamont could only manage four while Thomas failed to trouble the scorers. Mindley was left high and dry on seven.

The Pride benefitted from the bowling of Nurse, who took 4-26, and Chemar Holder, who took 3-37, and Joshua Bishop, 2-54. There was just one wicket for Miguel Cummins, who ended with 1-18

Out of favour Windies batsman, Darren Bravo has admitted an authoritative start to the Colonial Insurance Super50 was a relief after struggling at find form in recent months.

Bravo cracked an unbeaten 115 off 127 balls, anchoring the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in an eight-wickets win over the Windward Island Volcanoes.  The middle-order batsman was ably partnered by Jeremy Solozano who also got to the century mark, scoring 102 from 118 balls.

In an impressive knock, Bravo sent the ball racing to the boundary on five occasions and cleared the rope eight times.  It was a welcome sight for the out of form batsman, who was dropped from the West Indies squad after failing to make any significant or consistent impact at the crease for the past several months.

“I think this innings went a long way for me,” Bravo said following the match.

 “I just needed to back myself in the best possible way.  I know as long as I spent time out in the middle things were going to get easier and that is what I did.”

Bravo who received man-of-the-match honours insisted that patience and communication had been key in the record stand with Solozano.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes began the 2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 season on a high, beating the defending champions Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners by 198 runs on Wednesday at Warner Park in St Lucia.

The result was brought about by the batting of Devon Thomas and the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall.

Sent into bat, Thomas began plotting the Marooner’s demise with a well-paced 105 from just 93 deliveries, helping the Hurricanes to 292-7 from 50 overs.

Thomas smacked 10 fours and one six on his way to the total, sharing in 50-run partnerships with

Other batsmen, Kieran Powell (30), Amir Jangoo (39), and Akeem Saunders (24), got starts as well, but there were no other significant contributions against the bowling of Larry Joseph, 2-26, and Jalarnie Seales, 2-71. There was also a wicket apiece for Kavesh Kantasingh (1-51) and Ojay Shields (1-47).

In reply,the Marooners, without Carlos Brathwaite, the man who led them to the title last year, were a shadow of themselves, as Cornwall with 4-20 from 5.3 overs and Sheno Berridge, with 3-20, decimated them on the way to 94 all out in 31.3 overs.

Jason Campbell, 1-27, and Jeremiah Louis, 1-8, also got among the wickets against the defending champions for whom only Seales, 39, Odain McCatty, 15, and Akeem Jordan, 11, made it into double figures.   

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