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Windies A takes
aim at series sweep
ST JOHN’S—After completely dominating
England Lions in the first two four-day
“Tests”, West Indies A will begin their
quest for a clean sweep when the day/
night final match bowls off at the Vivian
Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, today.
Though confident before the start of
the series, the hosts would have hardly
dreamed of the dominance they have
enjoyed, winning the opening “Test” in
Trelawny by two wickets and following up
with an innings and 17-run victory inside
three days in the second game in Kingston.
Newly installed head coach Floyd Re-
ifer said the Caribbean side would be tak-
ing nothing for granted, however, even
though they were focused on extending
their winning streak.
“The guys are confident. Obviously
we’re not going to underestimate the op-
position. They’re going to come hard at us
because we’ve dented their pride. They
came to the Caribbean thinking that it
would have been an easy walkover,” the
former West Indies captain said.
“So we’re not going to get complacent.
We’re going to play the game as hard as
possible, play one day at a time, session by
session, hour by hour. We’re going to go in
there with the same mental attitude, the
same desire to win and desire to perform.”
In both matches, West Indies A dom-
inated in all areas. At the Trelawny Mul-
ti-Purpose Stadium, they led Lions by 27
runs on first innings after recovering from
a dire situation of 114 for eight, to reach
279 all out.
Lions then collapsed from 60 for one in
their second innings to 132 all out, leaving
Windies A with a straightforward target of
106 for victory.
At Sabina Park last week, Windies A
bundled the visitors out for 145 in their
first innings before piling up 422 in reply,
and 260 in the Lions second innings failed
to save them from defeat.
Despite strong batting performances
which have seen hundreds from senior
team gloveman Shane Dowrich and Jah-
mar Hamilton, Reifer said there was still
a need for bigger efforts at the top of the
“It’s still at the development stage for
some guys and in our batting, we still
need to build some more partnerships at
the top which is important for us,” he ex-
“Going into the last Test match, that is
one of the boxes we want to tick off. In
the last couple of games especially the last
“Test” match, we got some good partner-
ships in the middle order and the lower
order so it is for us now to tick that next
box to get the top order building some
Lions, with the likes of Test players
Keaton Jennings, Toby Roland-Jones and
Mason Crane, had attracted the odds prior
to the start of the series.
However, left-arm spinner Jomel Warri-
can has taken 20 wickets and off-spinning
all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, 14, to sup-
port a batting unit coming into its own,
and deliver key results in the series.
Reifer said the series victory had been a
critical part of the side’s development, as
they were also learning how to win.
“It was very important for us, important
for West Indies cricket as well and obvi-
ously for the confidence of the players and
the development of the players,” the Bar-
badian pointed out.
“It is always good to win. Winning is a
habit and we want to teach the guys how
to win cricket games and how to develop
their skills on and off the field.
“It was a total team effort so from the
beginning when we had our initial meet-
ings we were talking about playing to-
gether as a team, sticking together and
working hard. CMC
century for Parkites
National batsman Yannic Carriah scored a cen-
tury to lead Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC)
to first innings points in their drawn encounter
against Central Sports in round one of the TTCB
Premiership at Felicity yesterday.
Central Sports made 201 batting first with left
arm spinner Khary Pierre taking 5/43. Queen’s
Park then replied strongly with Carriah getting
102 and Tion Webster scoring 49.
However former West Indies Under-19 player
Jyd Goolie sparked a collapse that saw the de-
fending champions struggling to get first in-
nings. He finished with five wickets for 22 runs.
Batting a second time, Central Sports reached
90/5 when stumps were drawn. The Parkites
collected 15 points from this game while Central
Sports got seven.
At the Oval, QPCC II got first innings points
after a brilliant century by West Indies U-19
batsman Kirstan Kallicharan. QPCC II resuming
on the bedtime position of 127/7, rallied well to
get to 287 all out, Kallicharan who started the
day on 25, moved on nicely to 110 and got good
support from Nabbir Seupaul who made an un-
Victoria United was then bowled out for 97 in
their first innings, as Dexter Sween and Darren
Deonarine each collected three wickets. Batting
a second time, Victoria closed on 87/1.
Brilliant spin bowling by Ancil Bhaggan gave
PowerGen three points in their rain affected
encounter against Merryboys at Syne Village in
Penal. Bhaggan a fringe national player grabbed
5/13 to hustle out Merryboys for 158, after they
resumed on the overnight position of 30 with-
out loss. They lost Mario Belcon for 19 and Amir
Jangoo for 36 and this opened the floodgates.
Flighting his offerings generously, Bhaggan
ran through the middle order that included
top scorer Leonardo Julien for 41. Also getting
a start was West Indies middle order batsman
Narsingh Deonarine but on 22 he left. Fellow
spinner Sanjeev Gooljar was also in fine form
and collected 2/45.
Across at Wilson Road, there was excitement
down to the last ball as Alescon Comets were
trying to steal first innings points from First Cit-
izens Clarke Road.
Clarke Road starting the day on 21 with-
out loss, was bowled out for 142 as Red Force
leg-spinner Imran Khan had a magical spell of
With time running out to get to their first in-
nings, Comets went for the target but when the
final ball was bowled they had reached only
123/6. They reached that score in just 17 overs,
as Guyanese Shemroy Barrington slapped 36
and Brandon Ramdial got 33. With no winner
on first innings, the teams just shared bowling
points with Comets getting three and Clarke
Unruffled Athanaze lifts Volcanoes to dramatic title
ST JOHN’S—Youth World Cup star Alick
Athanaze rode his luck and held his nerve,
as he lifted Windward Islands Volcanoes to
a dramatic three-wicket victory over Bar-
bados Pride in a nerve-jangling Regional
Super50 final in Antigua late Saturday night.
In pursuit of 233 for victory, Volcanoes
slumped to 205 for seven in the 44th over
before the left-handed Athanaze arrived to
stroke an unbeaten run-a-ball 23 and see his
side home with three balls remaining in the
day/night affair at Coolidge Cricket Ground.
Volcanoes were never in control of the
run chase and the match was in danger of
slipping away when Kyle Mayers missed a
heave at part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brath-
waite and was bowled for 32 at 205 for
seven in the 45th over.
With 28 still required from 33 deliveries,
the 19-year-old Athanaze – the leading run-
scorer at the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup
in New Zealand with 418 runs – displayed
nerves of steel in a vital unbroken 31-run
eighth wicket stand with captain Shane Shil-
lingford (7 not out) to see Volcanoes to their
first domestic 50-overs title in five years.
Twenty runs were required from the last
18 balls but Athanaze eased the pressure
when he squeezed fast bowler Keon Hard-
ing to the backward point boundary.
He then enjoyed a huge slice of luck off
the very next ball when he was put down
by wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott on seven,
trying to steer a delivery to third man.
The miss proved costly for Pride as
Athanaze, unfazed by the let-off, sensibly
rotated the strike with Shillingford, to leave
Volcanoes needing just three to win from
the last over.
They sprinted a couple to wide third
man off the first ball to level the scores and
Athanaze, on debut for Volcanoes, fittingly
sealed the win when he drove pacer Shamar
Springer to the cover boundary.
Man-of-the-Match Roland Cato top-scored
with 54 in an unruffled 64-ball innings while
Kavem Hodge struck an important 39 and
veteran opener Devon Smith, 26.
Left-hander Jonathan Carter had earlier
led Pride with a polished 80 but the defend-
ing champions suffered a disappointing bat-
ting collapse to end with an inadequate 232
for nine off their 50 overs.
Roston Chase chipped in with 44 and cap-
tain Brathwaite, 30, but Pride squandered
a promising position of 140 for two in the
32nd over. CMC
BARBADOS PRIDE 232 for nine off 50 overs (Jonathan
Carter 80, Roston Chase 44, Kraigg Brathwaite 30; Obed
McCoy 2-29, Larry Edward 2-41, Shane Shillingford 2-44)
vs WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 236 for seven off 49.3
overs (Roland Cato 54, Kavem Hodge 39, Kyle Mayers 32,
Devon Smith 29, Alick Athanaze 23 not out; Dominic Drakes
3-38). Volcanoes won by three wickets.
Windward Islands Volcanoes players celebrate after winning the Super50 Cup Final against
Barbados Pride on Saturday night at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
PICTURE WICB PICTURE
PREMIERSHIP SCORES: ROUND ONE
At Felicity: Central Sports 201 all out (Kamil Pooran 44, Jyd
Goolie 36, Al Small 27, Khary Pierre 4/43) & 90/5 (Al Small 35)
vs QPCC 209 all out (Yannic Carriah 102, Tion Webster 49, Jyd
Goolie 5/22). QPCC won on first innings, QPCC 15 pts, Central
Sports 7 pts.
At Syne Village: Merryboys 158 all out (Leonardo Julien 41,
Amir Jangoo 36, Narsingh Deonarine 22, Mario Belcon 19,
Ancil Bhaggan 5/13, Sanjeev Gooljar 2/45) vs PowerGen. Match
drawn. PowerGen 3 pts, Merryboys 1.
At Wilson Rd: FC Clarke Road 142 all out (Kerry Holness 57,
Gregory Mahabir 38, Imran Khan 6/19) vs Alescon Comets
123/6 (Shemroy Barrington 36, Brandon Ramdial 33, Kerwyn
Sirju 2/30, Akheel Mollon 2/20) - Match drawn. Comets 3 pts,
Clarke Road 2 pts.
At the Oval: QPCC II 287 all out (Kirstan Kallicharan 110,
Nabbir Seupaul 66no, Joshua DeSilva 35, Farrell Jugmohan
5/63) vs Victoria United 97 all out (Dexter Sween 3/21. Daren
Deonarine 3/32) & 87/1. Match drawn. QPCC 12 pts
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