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Rain sends Windies
BULAWAYO---West Indies were
dumped from the Tri-Nations Se-
ries yesterday after rain, combined
with careless cricket, condemned
them to a shocking five-run loss
to Zimbabwe under Duckworth/
Lewis in a must-win contest.
Chasing a modest 219 at Queens
Sports Club for a place in Sunday's final
against Sri Lanka, West Indies slumped
to 93 for five in the 23rd over, as they
failed to cope with left-arm spinners
Sean Williams (2-18) and Tendai Chiso-
When the rains finally arrived mid-
way during the 28th over, West Indies
were 124 for five but unfortunately
short of the 130 runs required under
the Duckworth/Lewis system.
Left-hander Jonathan Carter was
unbeaten on 43 and captainJason Hold-
er, 22, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite
chipped in with 24 earlier.
The Caribbean side's sloppiness had
earlier cost them dearly when they al-
lowed the hosts to recover from 127 for
eight in the 37th over, to reach 218 for
eight off their allotted 49 overs.
Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed
three for 27 in a brilliant 10-over spell
and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo
picked up three for 30 in his first game,
to wreck the innings after Zimbabwe
opted to bat.
But Sikandar Raza produced a su-
perb unbeaten 76 and found an ally in
Chisoro, who struck a career-best 42
not out as they defied the Windies in
a fabulous, record 91-run, unbroken
stand for the ninth wicket.
Hamilton Masakadza, who made 20,
joined the pair as the only three bats-
men to get into the 20s.
The result meant Zimbabwe finished
second in the standings on eight points,
just one ahead of the Windies who will
rue the narrow results in their two last
outings when they tied with the Zim-
babweans last Saturday and then lost
by one run to Sri Lanka four days later.
West Indies were on top from as
early as the fourth over when Chamu
Chibhabha, in his 100th One-Day In-
ternational, played across a full length
delivery from seamer Holder and was
comprehensively bowled for nine with
the score on 18.
Masakadza and opener Brian Chari
(19) put on 30 for the second wicket
to steady the innings but the promis-
ing stand was broken in the first over
following a near hour-long break for
rain when Bishoo bowled Masakadza
with a yorker length delivery.
Nurse and Bishoo then scythed
through the innings accounting for the
next five wickets to fall for 30 runs, as
Zimbabwe tumbled to 89 for seven in
the 26th over.
Under pressure, Sikandar anchored
the first of two key stands to give Zim-
babwe hope, putting on 38 for the
eighth wicket with Donald Tiripano
who made 15.
When Tiripano top-edged a short
one from Holder to wicketkeeper
Shai Hope in the 37th over, West In-
dies would have fancied their chances
of bundling Zimbabwe out for under 150
but Chisoro arrived to dash such hopes.
Sikander faced 103 deliveries
and counted three fours while the
left-handed Chisoro, in only his 11th
ODI, delivered a stinging cameo off just
35 balls with two fours and two sixes, in
a partnership which was the country's
highest for the ninth wicket in ODIs.
Off-spinner Ashley Nurse ... finished
with excellent figures of three for 27.
With Nurse and Bishoo bowled out,
Zimbabwe cashed in on the Windies
seamers, to pummel 75 runs from the
last ten overs.
Still confident of chasing their small-
est target of the tournament, West In-
dies were set back in the opening over
when out-of-form Johnson Charles
chipped a simple return catch to Chiso-
ro off the first ball he faced, to depart
with just one run on the board.
His opening partner Evin Lewis, a
century-maker in the last game against
Sri Lanka, followed in the next over lbw
to Chisoro for nine playing back and
when Shai Hope (14) edged a drive
at a wide delivery from Williams to
Masakadza at slip, West Indies were
stumbling badly at 35 for three in the
Carter and Brathwaite combined in
a 30-run, fourth wicket partnership
which seemed to put West Indies run
chase back on track.
While Carter faced 56 balls and
counted four boundaries, Brathwaite
faced 45 deliveries and struck two fours
in a measured stand.
It ended disastrously, however, when
Craig Ervine at cover conjured up a
direct hit at the striker's end to find
Brathwaite well short of his ground as
the batsman gambled on a quick single
with Carter in the 18th over.
Carter, let off on 32 by wicketkeeper
Peter Moor of Williams in the 23rd over,
kept the scoreboard ticking over with
boundaries off leg-spinner Graeme
Cremer and Sikander's off-spin, but
Rovman Powell struggled to get going
and eventually holed out in the deep
off Williams for six at 93 for five. Un-
derstandably, Holder entered with a
sense of urgency and gathered three
boundaries off seamer Chris Mpofu's
second over which leaked 12 runs before
clearing the ropes back overhead in the
bowler's next over. (CMC)
DUBAI---West Indies Women
were breathing a huge sigh of
relief after earning automatic
qualification for next year's ICC
50-overs World Cup in England.
Their bid to become one of the
four automatic qualifiers had been
left in tatters following a humbling
3-0 whitewash to India Wom-
en earlier this month, which left
them fourth in the ICC Women's
Championship after their full com-
plement of 21 games.
The top four in the Champion-
ship gain automatic qualification.
However, they were in danger of
being overtaken by India Women
who were fifth on 19 points with
three games remaining, and need-
ing to win just two of their remain-
ing games to clinch the fourth au-
tomatic World Cup berth.
These remaining games were ex-
pected to be played against bitter
political rivals Pakistan Women
by October 31 but the games were
The International Cricket Coun-
cil subsequently ruled this week
that India Women had "forfeited
each of the three matches it was due
to play against Pakistan in Round
6 of the ICC Women's Champion-
ship, and that the associated points
should be awarded to Pakistan."
"In accordance with the ICC
Women's Championship playing
conditions, India shall be consid-
ered to have scored 0 runs in each
of the 50 overs in each of the three
matches and that its net run rate
shall be adjusted accordingly," the
"The Technical Committee was
sensitive to the current state of re-
lations between the nations of India
and Pakistan, but concluded that
the BCCI (India Cricket Board) had
not been able to establish 'accept-
able reasons' for not participating
in this series."
Australia Women won the Wom-
en's Championship with 36 points
with England Women second on 29
and New Zealand Women third on
26.West Indies Women clinched
fourth place with 22 points, avoid-
ing the tricky 10-team playoff in
Sri Lanka next February which will
determine the final four spots at
the World Cup.
The showpiece bowls off from
June 26 to July 23 next year. (CMC)
The first day of the third
round clash of the Digicel
Professional Cricket league
between the T&T Red Force
and the Leewards Hurricanes
was washed out at the Queen's
Park Oval yesterday.
Heavy overnight and early
morning rain made sure there
was no play and the teams did
not show up at the Oval until well
after lunch. Even then as the rain
stopped, there was some hope of
play but the rain came again and
put paid to any chance of the play.
Today, play will begin at 9.30am
to make up some lost time and this
will also be the situation for the
rest of the match.
T&T Red Force is currently
fourth in the standings with 22
points, while the Leewards Hur-
ricanes are second on 24.2 points.
Rain also forced the abandon-
ment of the Jamaica Scorpions and
Barbados Pride had been sched-
uled to square off at Sabina Park
West Indies Women have gained automatic qualification for next year's
50-overs World Cup.
Sri Lanka batsman Asela Gunaratne and Sachiti Pathirana make a run during the One Day cricket match against
West Indies at Harare Sports Club in Harare on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
qualify for WC
Red Force, Hurricanes clash affected by rain
Zimbabwe vs West Indies -- 6th game
B Chari b Bishoo ..................... 19
C Chibhabha b Holder .................9
H Masakadza b Bishoo...............20
C Ervine lbw b Nurse.................. 7
Sikandar Raza not out ...............76
S Williams c wkp Hope b Nurse ...... 0
P Moor b Nurse ......................13
G Cremer b Bishoo ....................1
D Tiripano c wkp Hope b Holder ......15
T Chisoro not out ....................42
Extras (lb4, w9, nb3) ............... 16
TOTAL (8 wkts, 49 overs) ........ 218
Did not bat: C Mpofu.
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Chibhabha, 4 overs),
2-48 (Masakadza, 11.3), 3-59 (Chari, 17.1),
4-63 (Ervine, 18.3), 5-63 (Williams, 18.5),
6-86 (Moor, 24.5), 7-89 (Cremer, 26), 8-127
Bowling: Cummins 10-1-40-0 (w3, nb3),
Holder 10-0-58-2 (w2), Bishoo 10-1-30-3
(w1), Nurse 10-0-27-3, Brathwaite 8-0-52-0
(w2), Carter 1-0-7-0 (w1).
E Lewis lbw b Chisoro................. 9
J Charles c & b Chisoro................ 0
K Brathwaite run out ................24
S Hope c Masakadza b Williams ..... 14
J Carter not out .....................43
R Powell c Ervine b Williams .......... 6
J Holder not out .....................22
Extras (b4, lb1, w1) ....................6
TOTAL (5 wkts, 27.3 overs) .........124
To bat: C Brathwaite, A Nurse, D Bishoo,
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Charles, 0.4 overs),
2-12 (Lewis, 2.5), 3-35 (Hope, 9.2), 4-70
(K Brathwaite, 17.4), 5-93 (Powell, 22.5)
Bowling: Chisoro 6-1-23-2, Sikandar Raza
6-1-26-0, Williams 7-1-18-2, Cremer 5.3-0-
28-0, Mpofu 3-0-24-0.
Result: Zimbabwe won by five runs. (D/L
Points: Zimbabwe 4, West Indies 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Tendai Chisoro.
To ss : Zimbabwe.
Umpires: M Gough, J Matibiri; TV: R Illing-
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