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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 7, 2015
CAPE TOWN---West Indies pre-
dictably slumped to their seventh
straight series loss to South Africa
when they went down by eight wick-
ets on the final morning of the third
Test at Newlands here yesterday.
Needing a miracle to prevent South
Africa from reaching a paltry victory
target of 124, West Indies never found
such grace and the hosts strolled to a
comfortable win ten minutes before
lunch, to complete their fourth con-
secutive series win over their opponents
on home soil.
The Proteas have now won 12 of the
last 15 Tests against West Indies at
Opener Dean Elgar guided the Pro-
teas home in the face of a disciplined
West Indies bowling effort, top scoring
with an unbeaten 60 while captain
Hashim Amla finished on 38 not out.
The pair put on 73 in an unbroken
third wicket stand.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn
took both wickets to fall in the innings
to finish with two for 24 from 17 overs.
Resuming the day on nine for one,
South Africa lost Faf du Plessis for 14
on the stroke of the first hour, caught
at short backward point by Jermaine
However, Elgar and Amla ensured
there were no further hiccups, with a
solid stand that took any potential sur-
prises out of the game.
Elgar faced 103 balls in just under
2-1/2 hours at the crease and struck
seven fours and a six while Amla, pre-
dictably voted Man-of-the-Series,
struck six fours off 49 balls.
Amla finished the series with 342
runs at an average of 114.
West Indies started the day strongly,
keeping South Africa scoreless for seven
straight overs as Benn and seamer
Jerome Taylor hit their lengths early
on.Elgar, who unbeaten on five
overnight, pulled Taylor for four in
front of square to break the shackles
but South Africa were content to be
cautious as the Windies bowling
Fast bowler Jason Holder twice cut
du Plessis in half with deliveries that
jagged back off the seam, took the
inside edge and went for fours but the
tourists failed to find an early break-
Once again, Elgar lifted the pressure
by clearing long on with Benn on the
bowler s ninth over before hammering
Holder to the mid-wicket boundary a
few overs later.
Benn was eventually rewarded for
his persistence when he got one to
jump for a length and take the shoulder
of du Plessis s bat, for Blackwood to
run around from second slip and claim
the catch at 51 for two.
However, that was to be the Windies
last success. Elgar reached his half-
century by gloving a pull over wick-
etkeeper Denesh Ramdin s head for
four as South Africa moved to 86 for
two and with all hope diminished for
West Indies, Amla then upped the
scoring to add further misery.
In fact, 24 runs came from the last
16 balls of the game, and it was Amla
who fittingly took South Africa over
the line, hammering off-spinner Marlon
Samuels through point for four. CMC
Windies concede series
with eight-wicket loss
South Africa vs West Indies
West Indies 1st inns 329
South Africa 1st Inns 421
West Indies 2nd inns 215
South Africa 2nd Inns (o/n 9/1)
D Elgar not out
A Petersen b Benn
F du Plessis c Blackwood b Benn 14
H Amla not out
Extras (b8, lb2, nb2)
TOTAL (2 wkts, 37.4 overs) 124
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-51
Bowling: Taylor 7-3-20-0, Samuels
3.4-0-24-0, Benn 17-8-24-2, Holder
5-0-19-0, Gabriel 5-1-27-0.
Result: South Africa won by eight
Series: South Africa won three-Test
Man-of-the-Match: AB de Villiers.
Man-of-the-Series: Hashim Amla.
To ss : West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, P Reiffel; TV --
B Bowden. CMC
Indies captain Denesh
Ramdin has conceded
that the regional side s
batting was left exposed
by his failure and that of
veteran middle order
Chanderpaul during the
just ended test series
against South Africa.
Ramdin s concession
comes as West Indies
slumped to their seventh
straight series loss to
South Africa, losing the
third Test by eight wickets
at Newlands yesterday.
Shiv and myself to get
some more runs. Shiv has
been doing it for the past
six or seven years that I
have been around," said
the West Indies skipper
who has not been able to
build on the form he
showed over the last two
"And then I didn t have
the best time. Hopefully
in the One-Day series, I
will get some runs."
In ten Tests between
November 2012 and June
this year, Ramdin aver-
aged a shave under 50,
scored two centuries and
But his recent Test form
has flagged with just five
runs from two Tests
against Bangladesh in the
Chanderpaul, with 91
runs from five innings,
has had the leanest tour
among the West Indian
specialist batsmen and
finished with exactly the
same numbers as the cap-
"It s the first time I
have seen Shiv fail"
Ramdin and Chander-
paul were supposed to
have provided stability to
the West Indies middle
order but were forced to
watch as the likes of
emerging batsmen Kraigg
Brathwaite and Leon
Johnson stood out.
"We need to take own-
ership of our game," said
"We make 60s and 70s
and think we can keep our
place for the next series
but we need to score back
to back hundreds".
The first T20 between
West Indies and South
Africa will be played in
Cape town on Friday.
The so-called Big Five have been included on the
NGC Red Force team for the upcoming Nagico
Regional Super50 cricket series that starts on Jan-
The Red Force, led by Rayad Emrit, includes the
West Indies quintet Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo,
Sunil Narine, Keiron Pollard and Ravi Rampaul. The
five players were overlooked by the West Indies selec-
tors for the limited overs series against South Africa
and hence are available to play for this country.
This was stated by convenor of the national selec-
tion panel, Alec Burns, at yesterday s press conference
to announce the National Gas Company s (NGC)
continued sponsorship of the team. Dwayne Bravo
and Pollard would not be available for the opening
game on January 16 against the West Indies Under-
19 at Shaw Park in Tobago.
However, they will be playing for the West Indies
T20 team against South Africa until January 14, and
would arrive home in time for the clash.
The other men on the team include explosive
opener Evin Lewis, who would have his long time
PowerGen friend Nicholas Sookdeosingh as his partner
at the top of the order. Sookdeosingh said he was
very happy to make the grade after posting excellent
scores in domestic cricket over the past few years.
He also scored a century and a half century in the
four practice matches that were played prior to the
team being selected.
Also at the top of the order in the youthful Jeremy
Solozano. They will be backed up in the middle order
by the Bravo brothers, the hurricane bat Pollard and
the experienced Jason Mohammed, who would double
Wicketkeeper is Nicholas Pooran, while allrounder
slots will be taken by leg-spinner Imran Khan, Kevon
Cooper and Akeal Hosein. The pace attack will form
around skipper Emrit and Ravi Rampaul, while the
mystery man Narine is the main spinner. The selectors
also named Derone Davis as the reserve player and
Burns added that all the players under contract by
the Red Force would remain eligible for a call-up.
Meanwhile, NGC will continue as team sponsor
after they pledged $4.45M per year until 2016. This
follows sponsorship in the region of $10M which
was collected by the TTCB for the period 2011 to
Speaking at the event, NGC chairman Roop Chan
Chadeesingh said: "Well, I think that 2015 is going
to be a lovely year for cricket and it s wonderful to
be present at the very start of it, we witness the rev-
elation of the T&T team for the Nagico Super50
"It is exciting for me, not only as a lover of sport
but also as chairman of a company that has made
such significant contributions to the development
of sport in Trinidad and Tobago over the years, to
see the fruits that these contributions have produced.
"NGC is a world class company and so is the Red
Force, which I think is one of the finest T20 teams
in the world and we are very happy to be associated
Baldath Mahabir, left, executive member of the T&T Cricket Board of control, T&T Red Force captain Rayad
Emrit, Darren Bravo and Roop Chan Chadeesingh, chairman, NGC at the energy company's media
conference to launch its sponsorship of the team yesterday, held at the president's box at the Queen's park
Oval on Tragarete Road in Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
Big 5 in Red Force squad for Nagico
NGC RED FORCE TEAM
Rayad Emrit (capt), Evin Lewis, Nicholas
Sookdeosingh, Jeremy Solozano, Darren Bravo,
Dwayne Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Keiron
Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Kevon Cooper, Sunil
Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Akeal Hosein and Imran
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