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Signal Hill crushes
Mucurapo in SSCL
Signal Hill Secondary came away with
a massive win in their latest round of the
Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools
Cricket League North Championships two
Batting first against Mucurapo Second-
ary in Trinidad, the boys from the 'Hill'
amassed 309 for five off their allotment
of 50 overs.
Ato James topscored with 78 while there
were also useful contributions from Josh-
ua James with 56 and Davion Shanghie
In reply, Mucurapo folded meekly for
93, giving Signal Hill victory by a whop-
ping 216 runs.
Medium pacer Simons Peters did the
damage with the ball, taking four wickets
for 40 runs, while Ato James, bowling his
off-breaks, took three for 12 runs.
The win was the fourth out of four games
for coach Brian Browne and his boys.
Should they remain unbeaten in their
remaining three games they will gain pro-
motion to the Premier Division.
Coach Browne believes that their biggest
threat will come in their final game of the
season against Vishnu Boys, who are also
Members of the Signal Hill Secondary cricket team before their recent SSCL match.
on right path
The spectacular success of West Indian cricket
teams in three International Cricket Council (ICC)
tournaments last year must not be taken for grant-
ed and can act as a pivot for the region to restore
its reputation as a viable force in world sport.
This point was hammered home by president of
the West Indies Cricket Board Wycliffe "Dave"
Cameron, when he hosted a lively town hall meet-
ing last Thursday at the Preysal High School in the
company of his vice-president Emmanuel Nanton
and leading officials of the Trinidad and Tobago
Cameron, who returns unopposed as WICB pres-
ident for a third consecutive term later this year,
highlighted several other notable achievements in
2016 which he said have placed the regional game
in an enviable position.
"No cricket board in the world can boast of hold-
ing three ICC championships at any one time as West
Indies do, and we must commend ourselves as last
year was very big for regional cricket," said Cameron.
He also pointed to significant progress which has
been made in the relationship between the WICB
and its marquee players; the improvement of the
regional board's financial position; the positive
results from restructuring the regional game; and
an increased emphasis on youth development.
Cameron also said a return to the core values
enunciated by his administration when he took the
presidency in 2013 has helped chart the way forward
and is the basis for many of the gains achieved in
the recent past.
Among the principles being strictly adhered to,
and demanded by his administration are account-
ability, integrity, respect, excellence, teamwork,
inclusiveness and innovation and they form the
framework for all decisions reached by the board.
Cameron also disclosed that for the first time in
the 90-year history of the WICB, the organisation
can boast of acquiring its own property, the former
Sticky Wicket facility which is now a High Per-
formance Centre in Coolidge, Antigua, co-jointly
owned with the island's government.
The Jamaican financial expert said he is also
proud of the growth of the Scotiabank Kiddy Crick-
et initiative, a holistic development programme
combining academics with basic cricket coaching,
pioneered in Trinidad and Tobago for primary school
children and now involves 140,000 children around
Cameron told the meeting, the second in a swing
through the six WICB territories, his board has also
hired qualified personnel to several key positions
including Chief Operations Officer, who is a female,
which has strengthened its human resource capital
and enhanced its ability to deliver on his vision
He admitted though that the resuscitation of
West Indian fortunes in the longer formats of the
game, namely Test and one-Day Internationals,
remains a great challenge and is a work in progress,
but he remains hopeful that the groundwork is
being laid for meaningful success in the near future.
"The decline started long before we came into
office in 2013 and it will take some time to get to
where we want to be, among to top Test playing
countries in the world once again," said Cameron.
He pointed to the current Super50 tournament's
new franchise-based restructuring, which he said
had achieved several major successes, including the
staging of more matches, bigger scores by players
and teams, and the employment of cricketers full-
time under retainer contracts.
"We are not yet turning the corner but we are
on the right path with the focus on the players,"
Cameron said. (Trinidad Guardian)
Pride deserved title says Holder
ST JOHN'S---Captain Jason Holder has
praised the Barbados Pride bowling unit,
after they played a key role in helping
the side lift the Regional Super50 title
here last Saturday night.
Defending 272 at the Coolidge Cricket
Ground, Pride held Jamaica Scorpions to
212 all out in the 45th over, to come away
with a 59-run victory.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn spear-
headed the attack with three for 33 from
his 10 overs while seamers Holder (2-28),
Carlos Brathwaite (2-43) and Kemar Roach
(2-54) all claimed two wickets each.
Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who finished
as the tournament's leading wicket-taker
with 26 scalps, managed just one wicket
but was instrumental throughout.
"Our bowlers were outstanding all tour-
nament long, led by Ashley; I thought he
was outstanding," Holder said.
"He wasn't at his best today but that's
what a good team does --- they pick up
the slack when one of the other teammates
is down. I thought Sulieman had an out-
standing game and bowled extremely well.
He got three crucial wickets for us and
that's what he was in the team to do ---
"Credit must be given to the entire
bowling department and also our fielders.
I thought we held our catches and out in
a clinical effort."
Holder produced a superb attacking
innings in helping to set up Pride's win,
hammering an explosive 47-ball 69 to
propel his side to 271 for nine off their 50
overs. He put on a 127-run, sixth-wicket
stand with Shai Hope, who carved out 101
from 98 deliveries to post his sec-
ond-straight hundred following his 125 in
the semi-final against Leeward Islands
Hurricanes last Thursday.
Pride were languishing at 138 for five in
the 35th over when Holder and Hope joined
forces, and the West Indies Test and one-
day skipper said the partnership had been
a crucial one in reviving the innings.
"When I went in to bat with Shai I
thought it was important for us to get a
partnership, and I just needed to be pos-
itive as well," he explained.
"There was no point me going out there
and trying to soak up balls and put pres-
sure back on us. It was a period where I
had to consolidate a bit but still had to
remain positive, and it was important that
I kept instilling confidence in Shai and
made it easier for him by rotating the
"I was able to do that and I was also
able to launch. But again, Shai Hope was
absolutely outstanding and must be given
credit for the way he's played in this tour-
nament. He didn't have the best of starts
but he finished the back end --- the most
important part of the tournament --- real-
Hope finished with 482 runs, Test open-
er Kraigg Brathwaite scored 484 while
Holder gathered 213 runs and also picked
up 18 wickets.
Holder said Pride had been the best side
throughout the tournament and deserved
"I thought the guys were very, very
consistent all tournament long. We put
in the performance needed to win this
final and I don't think a better team
could have come up and won this final,
so congrats to the Barbados Pride team
and everyone who would have contrib-
uted to this." (CMC)
Members of the Barbados Pride team celebrate their Super50 title after
beating the Jamaica Scorpions by 59 runs at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
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