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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 6, 2015
CAPE TOWN---West Indies
were staring at defeat and another
series loss in South Africa, after
collapsing spectacularly in their
second innings to set the hosts
an elementary target for victory
in the third and final Test at New-
Resuming yesterday s penultimate
day on 88 for two, West Indies sur-
rendered their last eight wickets for
only 127 runs, to crash to 215 all out
in their second innings.
Set 124 to win, South Africa lost
Alviro Petersen without scoring,
bowled playing back to one from left-
arm spinner Sulieman Benn which
skidded through, to be nine for one
at the close.
On a dramatic day where only 48.2
overs were possible because of rain
which forced the abandonment of
the first two sessions, West Indies
seemed intent on rescuing the game
when Marlon Samuels and Shiv
Chanderpaul were involved in a 87-
run stand for the fourth wicket.
Samuels top-scored with 74 and
Chanderpaul scored exactly 50, but
once Samuels holed out attempting
one big shot too many, the last seven
Windies wickets tumbled quickly for
just 33 runs. Off-spinner Simon
Harmer, who Samuels had rendered
virtually irrelevant, claimed four for
82 while fast bowler Dale Steyn sup-
ported with three for 75 and seamer
Morne Morkel, two for 18.
Leon Johnson, unbeaten overnight
on 37, added just seven but captain
Denesh Ramdin perished for a first-
ball duck while the only other gen-
uine front-line batsman Jermaine
Blackwood fell for 13.
South Africa require only 115 runs
for victory on today s final day to
complete their seventh straight series
win over the Windies and remain
unbeaten against the tourists on home
soil. When play finally got underway
at 3 pm, South Africa did not have
to wait long for their first success.
Johnson never settled and sparred at
the fifth ball of the day s third over
from Morkel, to give captain Hashim
Amla a regulation catch at first slip.
Overall, he counted six fours off
76 balls in 112 minutes at the crease.
Samuels and Chanderpaul then
injected hope into the Windies cause
with a stand that consumed 28 overs,
and which put West Indies on the
road to a possible recovery.
The right-handed Samuels,
unbeaten on 26 at the start, faced
150 balls in 3-3/4 hours at the crease
and registered nine fours and two
sixes while Chanderpaul was typically
more sedate, gathering five boundaries
off 113 deliveries in 203 minutes.
Again taking a liking to Harmer,
Samuels cleared the ropes at long on
with the bowler to move to 49 before
arriving at his 21st half-century in
Tests with a single off Steyn.
Samuels went after Harmer in the
next over, the bowler s 12th, depositing
him over long on for another six and
off the next ball, lofting wide of mid-
wicket for four.
Stifled thereafter and held to just
four runs from 28 balls, Samuels tried
to loose the chains and go over the
top but only succeeding in giving
Dean Elgar a simple catch at mid-on
off Harmer, with the score on 182 for
four. His wicket opened the flood-
gates. Seven overs later, Blackwood
had his middle and off-stumps rattled
by one from Steyn that pitched and
seamed, Ramdin followed off the first
ball of Steyn s next over, clipping an
innocuous delivery to Harmer at
square leg. Reeling at 204 for six, the
Windies needed something special
but Jason Holder could not provide
it, whipping Harmer to Amla at
short-midwicket to fall for two.
Three balls later in the same over,
Jerome Taylor senselessly holed out
to mid-wicket without scoring and
Steyn cleaned up Benn to a catch
behind in the following over, also
before the batsman could get off the
mark. Chanderpaul, without a sig-
nificant score in the series, battled
hard from the start but his innings
ended shambolically when he was
run out in a mix-up over a single
with Shannon Gabriel. CMC
WI staring at defeat
after shambolic collapse
West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels remains on the pitch after a ball
from South Africa's Morne Morkel, right, during the third test in Cape
Town, South Africa, yesterday. AP PHOTO
South Africa vs West Indies
West Indies 1st inns 329
South Africa 1st Inns 421
West Indies 2nd inns (o/n 88 for two)
K Brathwaite b Harmer
D Smith c wkp de Villiers b Morkel 7
L Johnson c Amla b Morkel
M Samuels c Elgar b Harmer 74
S Chanderpaul run out
J Blackwood b Steyn
D Ramdin c Harmer b Steyn
J Holder c Amla b Harmer
J Taylor c Elgar b Harmer
S Benn c wkp de Villiers b Steyn 0
S Gabriel not out
Extras (b4, lb3)
TOTAL (all out, 79.5 overs) 215
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-27, 3- 3-95, 4-182, 5-202, 6-204, 7-
213, 8-213, 9-213, 10-215.
Bowling: Steyn 23.5.3-75-3, Philander 16-4-27-0, Morkel
14-7-18-2, Harmer 24-7-82-4, van Zyl 2-0-6-0.
South Africa 2nd Inns (Target: 124)
D Elgar not out
A Petersen b Benn
TOTAL (1 wkt, 2.3 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-9.
Bowling: Taylor 1-0-1-0, Samuels 1-0-4-0, Benn .3-0-0-1.
Position: South Africa require 115 runs for victory with
eight wickets intact.
To s s : West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, P Reiffel; TV---B Bowden.
The T&T Red Force will release the
names of the players to represent them
at the second Nagico Super50 series,
which starts on January 15 in T&T.
The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) has
been able to negotiate sponsorship with
the National Gas Company (NGC) and
details of that continued association
will be revealed at the press conference
at the President s Box at the Queen s
Park Oval at 10.30am.
The opportunity will also be taken
to unveil a new NGC Replay Screen
which will be operational during the
Nagico Super50 tournament.
T&T Red Force will go into action
on January 16, the second day of the
tournament, when they come up
against the West Indies Under-19 team
at Shaw Park in Tobago.
The locals are expected to field a
strong team for the tournament, as
most of their senior players are available,
after being overlooked by the West
Indies selectors for the limited overs
series against South Africa.
The national selectors can only
choose 14 players for the start of the
series and with Dwayne Bravo and
Keiron Pollard playing for the West
Indies in South Africa until January 14
- the final T20 match of the series, a
situation would arise where they can
only choose from 12 players for the
opening match against the WI U-19s
on January 16.
Bravo and his brother Darren, as well
as Pollard and Ravi Rampaul have been
overlooked by the West Indies selectors
for the limited overs series in South
Africa. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine,
now coming back from being called for
an illegal action, will also be available
for this series, as he was not available
for selection for South Africa.
This makes for a very strong team
for the Red Force, who would like to
go one better than last year. In 2014,
the Red Force, overwhelming favourites
went under to Barbados in a cliff hanger
at the Queen s Park Oval. All of the
other territories were up to full strength
and now with those countries missing
their top players, Red Force has a huge
advantage. Added to this they will be
playing at home and fans will expect
nothing less than the title this time
The tournament will be played at
three venues, with all matches at the
Queen s Park Oval playing as day/night
affairs, while other games at Shaw Park
and the National Cricket Centre (NCC)
will start at 9.30am and played entirely
during the day.
T&T will play one match at Shaw
Park and all others at the Queen s Park
Red Force to reveal Super50 team
Jonathan Foo has made a return to
the Guyana squad for the upcoming
NAGICO Super50 which bowls off in
Trinidad and Tobago next week.
The 24-year-old has not played for
regional cricket in two years but has
been impressing in the domestic
league, and handed a recall.
Foo is best remembered for his
exploits in the 2010 Caribbean Twen-
ty20 when he singlehandedly steered
Guyana to a dramatic win in the final
over Barbados. He will be joined in
the 14-man squad by veteran West
Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul
who is currently on the Test tour of
South Africa but will return home
shortly. The Jaguars, however, will be
without Leon Johnson and Narsingh
Deonarine both of whom will be on
West Indies duty for the one-day series
against South Africa. Assad Fudadin,
who returned home from the Windies
tour after undergoing surgery on a
fractured finger, is also unavailable due
to fitness. Guyana will do battle in
Group A of the January 15-24 tour-
nament alongside title-holders Bar-
bados Pride, Combined Campuses and
Colleges and Windward Islands Vol-
DOHA---Ivo Karlovic served his
9,000th career ace yesterday in
beating Lukas Rosol 7-6 (4), 6-3 in
the first round of the Qatar Open.
The 35-year-old Croat joins retired
players Goran Ivanisevic and Andy
Roddick as the only three men to
serve at least 9,000 aces in their
"Now I m in the club," Karlovic
said. "It s definitely one of my goals
to be No. 1 in all aces. This year,
maybe, I will do it."
Ivanisevic holds the record with
10,183 aces. Roddick, the former top-
ranked American, trails with 9,074.
Karlovic had 27 aces Monday to
take his tally to 9,022.
Needing five aces to reach the mile-
stone, Karlovic only needed two serv-
ice games to get there. He hit two
aces in his first service game, then
dug out of a 0-40 hole in his second.
In 2014, Karlovic put up a tour-lead-
ing 1,185 aces for the season.
Earlier, sixth-seeded Richard Gas-
quet advanced to the second round
by beating Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-
3, 7-5. Gasquet, the highest-seeded
player playing on the opening day,
led 4-2 in both sets but dropped serve
at 5-4 in the second set.
The Frenchman closed out the
match with a backhand crosscourt
winner. Dustin Brown of Germany,
Simone Bolelli of Italy, Fernando Ver-
dasco of Spain and Ivan Dodig of
Croatia also advanced to the second
round. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic
and Rafael Nadal enter play today.
Vishaul Singh (captain), Trevon
Griffith, Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
Rajendra Chandrika, Christopher
Barnwell, Jonathan Foo, Steven
Jacobs, Royston Crandon, Raymond
Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Devendra
Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Paul
Wintz, Ronsford Beaton.
Foo returns, Shiv in for Jaguars one-day campaign
Karlovic serves up 9,000th ace at Qatar Open
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