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as RCB goes down
BANGALORE---Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy
had little impact as Royal Challengers Bangalore
crashed to a heavy eight-wicket loss to Sunrisers
Hyderabad, in the Indian Premier League here
Playing at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB
were dismissed for 166 with a single ball remaining
and Sunrisers cruised to their target with 16 deliv-
eries left in the contest.
Australian David Warner pummelled 57 from
27 balls with six fours and four sixes, and posted
82 for the first wicket with India star Shikhar
Dhawan who struck exactly 50 off 42 deliveries.
Sammy sent down two overs which cost 18
Sent in earlier, RCB were off to a decent enough
start with Gayle hammering 21 off 16 balls with
three fours and a six, in a 43-run opening stand
with captain Virat Kohli whose 41 required 37
Gayle was first to fall in the sixth over, holing
out to deep backward square off seamer Praveen
South African AB de Villiers chipped in with
a cameo 46 from 28 deliveries but Sammy man-
aged just six against the franchise he represented
last season. (CMC)
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After a less than impressive First Class
season, the 15 players centrally contracted
by the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB), will
turn up for work at the Sir Frank Worrell
Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva this
President of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath
said yesterday that all contracted players
will show up for work this morning.
"Remember we have contracted these players
to play for T&T and they are paid a monthly
"We are not taking things lightly, we are
going to treat these players like employees
of the Board and they will have to show up
to continue their development as cricketers.
"We are not going to just pay a monthly
salary to players and they don t show up
to train and do other duties when they have
no cricket. The players have to understand
their obligations under this retainer system
and I am confident they will turn out."
T&T won the Nagico Super50 series and
came in fifth in the WICB Professional
Cricket League (PCL). Bassarath is calling
for much improved performances going for-
"The players will meet tomorrow, with
the technical staff and they will plan their
schedule accordingly. We are disappointed
over their performances in the PCL and we
would like that they put in the hard work
that will see a much improved performance
moving forward. We are confident that our
cricketers will improve once they follow the
plan set out by our technical team headed
by Gus Logie.
"Once they come out and do the required
hard work, they would improve individually
and this would lead to improved perform-
ances by the team as a whole.
"We at the TTCB will continue to monitor
the progress of the players under retainer
and would work closely with the technical
team to make sure that we achieve the level
of results that we want."
Bell delighted to
'put things right'
NORTH STAND---Ian Bell was delighted to have
"put things right" for England against West
Indies at the venue where he lost his place on
their last Test tour of the Caribbean.
Bell s 22nd Test century, in the first match of
three, helped Alastair Cook s team recover from
34 for three to a close-of-play 341 for five at the
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
It was at the same ground, albeit in a match
which lasted less than two overs before being
moved to St John s because of sub-standard con-
ditions, that Bell was dropped in 2009 after Eng-
land had been bowled out for 51 to lose by an
innings in Jamaica.
There was no such embarrassment this time,
thanks principally to Bell (143) in successive century
stands with Joe Root (83) and then Ben Stokes
He said: "For me, it was nice---coming here in
2009, this was where I got dropped after our she-
mozzle in Jamaica, so I was determined to come
out and play as well as I could.
"It was nice to come back and put things right."
England were soon in trouble with the early
loss of openers Jonathan Trott and Cook, after
Denesh Ramdin surprisingly put them in, and Bell
added: "It was a tricky first morning.
"Then the wicket dried out and it was nice to
cash in during the afternoon.
"I thought they bowled well for two hours, they
He was thankful for the assistance of Root and
Stokes, en route to his 194-ball century.
"Joe s good to bat with in that situation," the
"He s quite relaxed, and energetic so it was a
matter of trying to put some pressure back on
"He s worked really hard and you can t ask for
more than that."
Bell eventually fell to the final ball of the penul-
timate over of the day.
He said of Stokes: "To come in and play like
he did (is really good) ---it s always tricky when
you re leading into the second new ball.
"It would have been nice not to have lost one
at the end but I hope we can win the first session
Red Force players back to work
The 15 contracted players are: , Adrian
Barath, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed,
Lendl Simmons, Steven Katwaroo,
Nicholas Pooran, Imran Khan, Shannon
Gabriel, Marlon Richards, Rayad Emrit,
Ramnaresh Sarwan, Bryan Charles,
Jeremy Solozano, Akeal Hosein,
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At lunch England were 49 for three but
the afternoon session was decisively theirs,
containing 118 runs and no further wick-
ets.Bell was leaving judiciously and looked
in full control when hitting square of the
Root, meanwhile, picked Sulieman Benn
as the weak link in the attack.
The spinner managed to beat the bat a
couple of times in the morning session but
too often he was guilty of missing his length.
In the 33rd over, Taylor s ninth, Bell saw
a thick edge race to the third man bound-
ary---a moral victory for the paceman but
four runs for England s vice-captain.
The duo brought up the fifty partnership
in exactly 100 balls and Bell s own half-
century followed, Benn dropping short again
and getting whipped through mid-wicket.
Root reached 50 with an effortless punch
down the ground from Holder and when
Ramdin asked Roach and Taylor to return
to the attack, they were considerably less
Ramdin turned to the gentle spin of Mar-
lon Samuels after tea, who had Root dropped
by Benn on 71.
Samuels head dropped as his next over
went for 13, including a steepling six from
Bell over long-off.
Root added 12 more before his number
was up, dragging the ball into his stumps
after Taylor found a hint of extra bounce
Bell was playing with greater control and
moved through the nineties methodically
while new man Ben Stokes dashed to 20 at
almost a run per ball.
Bell s hundred came from a rare lapse,
Samuels finding the outside edge only to
see the trajectory wrongfoot Bravo at slip.
Stokes managed to steal the limelight in
the final hour, going after the tiring bowlers
He played with aggression and intent,
thriving on an endless supply of modest
Stokes transformed a good day into a
superb one for his side, peppering the
boundary ropes before Bell was undone by
a gem from Roach.
West Indies vs England
ENGLAND 1st Inns
GBallancecBravobHolder . . . . . . . . .10
IBellcwkpRamdinbRoach . . . . . . .143
Extras(b7,lb3,w7,nb6). . . . . . . . . . .23
TOTAL(5wkts,90overs) . . . . . . .341
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Trott), 2-22 (Cook),
3-34 (Ballance), 4-211 (Root), 5-341
Bowling: Taylor 15-2-79-2 (w1, nb1),
Roach 21-4-66-2 (w2, nb3), Holder
18-7-55-1 (nb2), Benn 26-3-85-0,
WEST INDIES: D Smith, K Brathwaite,
DM Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, S
Chanderpaul, +D Ramdin, J Holder, J
Taylor, K Roach, S Benn.
To s s : West Indies.
Umpires: Billy Bowden, Steve Davis;
TV -- Bruce Oxenford.
England captain Alastair Cook is bowled
by Kemar Roach on day one of the first
Test against West Indies at Vivian
Richards Cricket Stadium, North Sound,
Antigua yesterday. PHOTO BY WICB MEDIA
England in control after first day
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