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ANTIGUA---The first two one-day interna-
tionals between the West Indies and England
have been a combination of some very good
cricket and some very ordinary cricket - both
teams have provided both aspects. In the
second match, England played just enough
of the better stuff than West Indies, but it
was a close-run contest as they found them-
selves in a heap of trouble chasing a small
Stuart Broad s reaction on hitting the win-
ning runs showed how much it meant to him
to register a victory. The team desperately
needed a positive result after twice letting
strong positions fritter away in the opening
match. Going 2-0 down, in the face of chasing
just 160, would have left the danger of painful
memories from Australia being revived.
The result of this series will not mean a
huge amount in terms of the challenges ahead
but a number of players are taking their chance
to impress for England, notably Michael Lumb,
Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry who claimed
three wickets on his debut. For West Indies,
Lendl Simmons has twice held the innings
together while Sunil Narine has been the hand-
ful expected of him.
However, the hosts need much more from
their top order - which is missing Chris Gayle s
power - and need to find a way of either put-
ting more pressure on England s spinners or,
at least, not losing early wickets which sets
the innings back and leaves the likes of Sim-
mons needing to stage a recovery.
Nikita Miller can fly under the radar when
all the attention is on the wiles of Sunil Narine,
but he has had a significant impact for West
Indies in recent ODIs. His last three matches
- against New Zealand, Ireland and England
- have brought him eight wickets and it was
his dismissal of Michael Lumb which sparked
England s collapse the other day. He and Narine
make an ideal pair; if a team aims to largely
survive against Narine, especially on turning
pitches, Miller can take advantage of the pres-
For England, Jos Buttler has not been able
to show his finishing skills so far in his brief
series. He fell trying to clear in the in-field
as the asking rate climbed in the first match
and was surprised by a short ball on a slow
pitch in the second. Neither dismissal need
raise major alarms, but England put a lot of
onus on Buttler to be able to close out an
innings. Behind the stumps, the amount of
spin bowling has tested his glovework which,
at times, remains fallible as shown by the con-
troversial stumping of Dwayne Bravo.
The West Indies top four have struggled
and Marlon Samuels appears to have overcome
his injury so would be a logical swap for one
of them, perhaps the rather leaden-footed
Kirk Edwards. Samuels would also provide
another bowling option, although he is not
allowed to use his quicker ball after ICC testing
ruled it illegal last year.
Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales trained on
Tuesday, but with T20s around the corner
neither may be risked even though it is a
deciding one-dayer. That would mean a
reprieve for the struggling Luke Wright.
For the third game in a row the same pitch
will used: it was tired during the second match,
it could well be comatose this time. Expect
more spin, albeit slow, and even less bounce
- 150 may not be far off defendable again.
England have bowled 314 deliveries of spin
in two matches. Their most in a series of three
matches is 384 during the 1977-78 series
against Pakistan which was played over 35
For both teams a series win here will be
their first in one-day cricket since February
last year: West Indies beat Zimbabwe and
England beat New Zealand.
Spin battle to decide series
Denesh Ramdin and Dwayne Bravo celebrate the dismissal of Ben Stokes during the second
ODI. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
Leeward Islands broke a sequence of three
matches without a win over against Com-
bined Campuses & Colleges in the Regional
4-Day Tournament with a 72-run, come-
from-behind victory on Tuesday.
Spin bowling all-rounder Hayden Walsh Jr,
an attendee of the Sagicor West Indies High
Performance Centre in the last year, grabbed
4-81 from 15 overs to trigger a CCC batting
collapse, as they chased 262 for victory on
the final day of their first round match at
Warner Park in St. Kitts.
Gavin Tonge supported with 3-44 from 13
overs to flatten the top-order and leg-spinner
Anthony Martin completed the demolition
with a miserly 2-17 from 19 overs, as the Lee-
wards ensured a full house of victories in the
opening week of the Tournament.
The highlight of the match was the first
hundred of the new term from Leewards wick-
etkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton.
A graduate of the Sagicor WIHPC, he col-
lected his second first-class hundred of 119
in the second innings to bring the home team
back into the match and give them the inspi-
ration to fight for a victory that has become
It was the Leewards first victory over the
CCC since they crushed them by ten wickets
four years ago at the Beausejour Cricket Ground
in St. Lucia.
Jamaica continued their dominance of
Guyana, when they started the Tournament
with a resounding seven-wicket victory on
home soil at Sabina Park.
The Jamaicans defied a seven-wicket, match
performance from West Indies left-arm spinner
Veerasammy Permaul to coast to victory before
tea on the final day on Monday.
It was the home team s seventh straight
victory over the visitors and 12th in 21 matches
since 2000---a period during which the
Guyanese have only been able to snare one
victory eight years ago at Chedwin Park in
the Jamaican district of Innswood.
Windward Islands were the first to the finish
line, when they completed a confident nine-
wicket victory inside three days over reigning
champions Barbados on Sunday under the
lights at Beausejour.
It was their third win in their last seven
matches against the Barbadians and was set
up by impressive fast bowling from Nelon
Pascal and long-standing left-arm medium-
fast bowler Kenroy Peters.
Pascal ended with match figures of 8-103
and Peters grabbed 7-45 in a contest ending
before tea on the third day with Kraigg Brath-
waite s side demolished for 90 in their second
innings---the third time in the last four matches
between the two sides that Barbados had been
dismissed for a total of less than 100.
The West Indies Cricket Board has also
advised that the number of day/night matches
to be contested in the tournament has now
been reduced from nine to six.
The third round contest between CCC and
Barbados at the Three Ws Oval in Barbados,
the sixth round match between Trinidad &
Tobago and Jamaica at Queen s Park Oval in
Port of Spain, and the last round fixture
between Leewards and the Barbadians at the
Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua
are all now scheduled to be day-time games,
starting daily from ten in the morning.
KINGSTON---Jamaica s cricket captain,
Tamar Lambert, lauded the efforts of young
batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and John Camp-
bell, who played lead roles in helping the
team to secure a seven-wicket win over
Guyana at Sabina Park on Monday.
The WICB Four-Day Championship open-
ing-round encounter saw Guyana making
117 and 264 to which Jamaica replied with
294 and 89 for three.
Bonner led Jamaica s batting performance
in both innings with scores of 62 and 38,
respectively, while opener Campbell, playing
in his maiden first-class fixture, made 50
in the first innings.
"What we have been trying to improve
on for a number of years now is our batting.
So to see Bonner and Campbell stepping up
in this match is a good sign," said Lambert.
"I think last year, that (batting) was the
thing that cost us from not winning the
four-day competition, and it is something
that we continue to address," he added.
The only senior player among Jamaica s
top five batsmen, Lambert said what
impressed him most were Campbell s appli-
cation and Bonner s batting maturity.
The left-handed Campbell, who recently
turned 20, batted for three hours and 39
minutes and faced 158 balls in compiling his
first-innings knock, which featured five
Bonner, 25, batted for three hours and 20
minutes, faced 167 balls, and hit two fours
in the first innings.
"I think the innings that John Campbell
played in the first innings was really good,"
"Playing in his first match at this level,
he showed good determination, and is the
sort of batting you want to see from your
"As for Bonner, although he has been
playing for two years, I think last year he
played all the matches and did not score a
Jamaica will next play the Leeward Islands
in St Kitts, starting Friday.
Leeward Islands 1st Inns 164
CCC 1st Inns 202
Leeward Islands 2nd Inns299
CCC 2nd Inns
Fall of Wickets: 1-16, 2-24, 3-25, 4-89. 5-113, 6-
125, 7-144, 8-157, 9-172, 10-189.
Leeward Islands 2nd Innings Bowling: Gavin
Tonge 13-3-44-3, Anthony Martin 19-10-17-2,
Kelbert Walters 10-4-18-1, Hayden Walsh Jr 15-1-
81-4, Tonito Willett 4-2-13-0.
Result: Leeward Islands won by 72 runs
Toss: Leeward Islands won the toss and elected
Points: Leeward Islands 15 (12 points for winning
+ 0 batting points + 3 bowling points) | Combined
Campuses & Colleges 4 (1 batting point + 3
Man of the Match: Jahmar Hamilton (Leeward
Umpires: Lennox Abraham & Zahid Bassarath
Leewards crush students
Captain Lambert hails Bonner, Campbell
WEST INDIES: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Kieron
Powell, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon
Samuels, 5 Lendl Simmons, 6 Dwayne
Bravo (capt), 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Denesh
Ramdin (wk), 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Ravi
Rampaul, 10 Nikita Miller
ENGLAND: 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Moeen Ali,
3 Luke Wright, 4 Joe Root, 5 Ben Stokes,
6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Tim
Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 James
Tredwell, 11 Stephen Parry
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