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Brathwaite and Jermaine Black-
wood both gathered half-cen-
turies as West Indies survived
a day of extreme temperatures
to flourish on the opening day
of their two-day tour fixture
against Victoria XI yesterday.
Brathwaite struck 78 while
Blackwood carved out 69 at the
Simonds Stadium with the mer-
cury reaching 30 degrees Celsius
and soaring to 43 degrees by the
afternoon---one of the hottest
days on record in the history of
Several West Indies batsmen
got starts but none were able to
reach three-figures. However,
the outing served as a much-
needed build-up for the second
Test match against Australia,
slated for the iconic Melbourne
Cricket Ground, starting on Box-
Marlon Samuels hit 45,
Denesh Ramdin scored 38 not
out while opener Rajindra Chan-
drika chipped in with 28.
Leg-spinner Jeremy Hart was
the best bowler with four for
93.The 23-year-old Brathwaite
again looked in good touch and
appeared set for a century before
he retired at the tea break after
facing 175 balls and counting
eight boundaries on both side
of the wicket off both pace and
He was largely untroubled
throughout his knock and it
backed up his stroke-filled 94
in the first Test.
The right-hander shared three
productive stands to give West
Indies a handy start, posting 47
for the first wicket with Chan-
drika, 68 for the second wicket
with Samuels and a breezy third
wicket stand of 99 with Black-
The right-handed Black-
wood s knock was important
especially after failing to score
in either innings of the Hobart
Test. He struck faced 102 balls
and hit seven fours and a six in
what was a good comeback fol-
lowing the double failure.
Samuels showed a glimpse of
his prowess with an innings con-
taining seven crisp boundaries
off 39 balls, but touched an out-
swinger to the keeper just when
he looked set for much more.
The innings slipped from 226
for three to 257 for seven in the
final session as West Indies lost
four quick wickets for 31 runs.
However, Ramdin found a good
partner in Jomel Warrican and
the pair has so far added 43 in
an unbroken seventh wicket
stand. Ramdin, who looked solid
off both the front foot and back
foot, has so far counted four
fours off 73 deliveries, while
Warrican mixed unorthodox
defence with measured aggres-
sion to close on 22 not out.
SRI LANKA LOGOCOLOMBO---
The Sri Lankan government says
it has launched a probe into a bid
to bribe members of the national
cricket team to under-perform in
a recent Test match against West
The country s sports minister
Dayasiri Jayasekera revealed on Fri-
day that a man linked to a book-
maker had offered wicketkeeper
Kusal Perera and bowler Rangana
Herath tens of thousands of dollars
to trigger a batting collapse at a
Test in Galle in October.
The Sports Minister disclosed
that 10 million rupees (US
$70,000) had been offered to the
players to lose the match and that
Police had mounted a search for
the suspect who approached the
"They wanted Sri Lanka to get
out early for a very low score. This
is a match Sri Lanka was expected
to win, but if they lost, the bookie
would have made a lot of money,"
Jayasekera told reporters.
"After Kusal turned down the
offer, the man approached Herath
who also rejected the offer and
alerted the authorities. We have
started a police inquiry in addition
to an anti-corruption probe by Sri
West Indies lost by an innings
and six runs after veteran left-arm
spinner Herath took 10 wickets in
The West Indies, who have never
won a Test match in Sri Lanka,
lost the series two-nil.
Gayle's new bat creates
a buzz in Australia
BRISBANE---The makers of a
new bat being used by T20 super-
star Chris Gayle say it does not
give the flamboyant opener any
special advantage and that the laws
of the game have been adhered to.
Indian manufacturers Spartan
made the gold-coloured bat and
flew it over to Australia in time
for Gayle s opening match in the
Big Bash League yesterday.
The Jamaican born West Indian
cricketer, who plays for Melbourne
Renegades has become the first
man in world cricket to use a wil-
low of that colour.
"There is no metal in the gold
colouring we are using in the bat.
There are restrictions on what you
can and can t use in cricket bats,"
declared Spartan boss Kunal Shar-
"And you can t put metals into
bat products because they can
enhance stroke play. This bat is
fine because we haven t changed
the make-up of it".
Gayle used the bat to launch a
run chase in Renegades seven
wicket win over Brisbane Heat in
the third match of the BBL on Sat-
urday, smashing two fours and two
massive sixes in an exciting innings
"We have infused a gold colour
in the timber wood of the bat and
there is sheen of a gold spray over
the bat," Sharma said.
Meantime former Australia
commentator Ricky Ponting is
suggesting the weight of the bat
may work against Gayle in the cur-
Gayle s cameo was short-lived,
when he was dismissed for 23 after
mistiming a pull shot from Mark
Steketee s bowling and was caught
at deep square-leg by Lendl Sim-
"It s exceptionally heavy. It s got
to be over the three pounds,"
Ponting told Channel 10.
"If you get bouncers high
enough, it s got to be difficult to
play cross-bat shots because the
bat s so heavy". (CMC)
Trinidad and Tobago s Senior
Women s Team will be seeking to end
their campaign at the Natal Interna-
tional Women s tournament on a pos-
itive note when they face Mexico in
the third place match of the tourna-
ment at the Arena das Dunas from 6
pm this evening.
The game will be the final one of
what has been an excruciating slate of
matches for the T&T women over the
past two weeks. So far in Natal, T&T
have suffered 11-0 defeat to Brazil, 4-
0 loss to Canada and a 3-0 loss to
For today s match, T&T will be with-
out coach Anthony Creece who led
the team in the three previous matches.
Creece returned to Port of Spain on
Thursday due to a prior commitment
and the team will be overseen by TTFA
Director of Football Kendall Walkes.
In the last 3-0 loss to Mexico, T&T
were also without injured players
Maylee Attin-Johnson, Janine Francois
and Karyn Forbes while Afiyah
Matthias has already returned home.
"Kendall Walkes will be in charge
of the team because I had to return
home due to a prior commitment,"
Creece told TTFA Media on Friday.
Commenting on the previous 3-0
loss to Mexico, Creece added "We
played a very tough game and it was
unfortunate that the result was not
better. Our team was missing four play-
ers including key starters through
injury. We were doing quite well and
they were ahead 1-0 but our legs gave
up in the last ten minutes and we went
on to concede two goals late in the
"But although the group is already
banged up, I think this has been a real
proper learning experience for the play-
ers and we will now switch our atten-
tion to preparing for the Olympic qual-
ifiers in February," Creece added.
Brazil and Canada will meet in the
Final also today.
Victoria XI vs West Indies
1st day, tour match
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite ret. out
R Chandrika lbw b Koop
M Samuels c wkp Kight b Coleman
J Blackwood lbw b Hart
D Ramdin not out
J Holder c Ayre b Hart
C Brathwaite c Doric b Hart
S Hope b Doric
J Taylor c Doric b Hart
J Warrican not out
Extras (b4, lb1)
TOTAL (8 wkts, 90 overs)
To bat: DM Bravo, +S Dowrich, K Roach, D
Bishoo, M Cummins.
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-115, 3-214, 4-226, 5-236,
6-247, 7-250, 8-257.
Bowling: Coleman 15-5-47-1, Doric 19-1-41-1,
Koop 14-1-45-1, Holland 10-3-26-0, Hart 18-2-
93-4, Grimwade 14-2-46-0.
VICTORIA XI---I Holland, A Ayre, J Coleman, T
Dean, T Donnell, M Doric, S Grimwade, J
Hancock, J Hart, D Kight, J Koop, B Thomson
Toss: Victoria XI.
Umpires: S Brne, D Shepard. (CMC)
knock up half-centuries
Photo above shows the T&T Starting team for the opening match vs Brazil in
T&T women warriors looking
to end on winning note
Police probe launched into
Windies Sri Lanka Test
Gayle sporting his new bat.
PICTURE COURTESY NEWS CORP
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