Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 19th 2014 Contents DHAKA---With Chris Gayle in
the house, there is always enter-
The big Jamaican power-hitter is
box office' on the cricket field with
his immense ability to blast sixes to
all part of any cricket ground in the
world. Off the field, he also offers
great entertainment value with his
often humorous, impromptu
remarks, and accompanying char-
acteristic big broad smile.
Take for example Monday's Open
Media Session at the team hotel in
Dhaka. Gayle held court for 20 min-
utes as over 50 members of the print
and broadcast media jostled for posi-
tions to hear his views on the
upcoming ICC World T20 tourna-
When asked about the West
Indies spin bowling options at the
tournament, reporters expecting to
hear an assessment of off-spinner
Sunil Narine and leg-spinner Samuel
Badree, were left in stitches.
"Talking about my spin bowling?
I'm the best spinner in the world,
man. Narine is great and Badree is
also great but I'm the leading spinner
in the team," Gayle quipped. (CMC)
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smashed a typically stroke-filled
half-century as West Indies
crushed England in their first
official warm-up match of the
Twenty20 World Cup here yes-
Chasing a modest 132 for victory
at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali
Stadium, West Indies easily
reached their target with 23 balls
The left-handed Gayle blasted
an unbeaten 58 from 38 balls with
six fours and two sixes, posting
78 for the first wicket with Dwayne
Smith whose 38 came from 30
balls and was decorated with four
fours and two sixes.
Earlier, left-arm seamer Krish-
mar Santokie was outstanding,
taking three for 24 from four overs
as England struggled to 131 for
Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan
top scored with a painstaking 43
not out off 42 deliveries.
Morgan shared in two shared in
two crucial partnerships in the
middle of the innings that both
yielded 33 runs, a fourth wicket
stand with Jos Buttler who scored
14 and a fifth wicket association
with Ravi Bopara who scored 15.
Moeen Ali hit four fours in a
knock of 22 as he attempted to
compensate amid a chaotic sce-
nario in which England lost opener
Michael Lumb for 14 in the first
over and careened to 48 for three.
Santokie and Sheldon Cotterell
were the stars of the West Indian
bowling effort that contained the
Santokie's top figures were sup-
ported by Cotterell's impressive
two for 23 from two overs while
Samuel Badree and Andre Russell
picked up a wicket each.
The two bowlers were partly
responsible as England's top three
batsmen were dismissed by the
end of the sixth over with only
45 runs between them.
The West Indies run chase got
off to a speedy start with Gayle
leading the way supported by
Johnson Charles and Marlon
Samuels were sent back cheaply
but the inform Lendl Simmons
played a cameo of an innings with
15 runs coming in 5 balls faced.
He scored two boundaries and
a six. (CMC)
SAVAR---Brilliant bowling compli-
mented a stabilizing innings from
Stafanie Taylor as West Indies Women
defeated South Africa Women by 52
runs in an encouraging start to their
preparations for the ICC Women s
World Twenty20 2014 yesterday.
Taylor slammed an unbeaten 45 to
help her team post 123 for 4 in 20 overs
after overcoming the early setback of
losing opener Kycia Knight at Krira
Shikkha Protisthan in Savar.
An all round bowling effort from the
Caribbean women snuffed out any
resistance from the South Africans who
crumbled for 71 runs in 18.5 overs.
West Indies Women, who won the
toss and chose to bat, were 71 for 3
after losing Deandra Dottin cheaply in
the 11th over.
Taylor who struck three fours and a
six shared a 54 run stand with Chinelle
Henry for the fourth wicket.
Henry scored 25 while Natasah
Mclean, who opened with Knight,
chipped in with a 24-ball 26 before
being caught behind off Dane van Niek-
In her four overs, Shabnim Ismail
returned 2 for 12 to be the pick of the
South African bowlers.
The West Indies bowlers prove too
much for their opponents who did not
put up a fight except for Trisha Chetty
who scored 16 and Yolandi van der
Westhuizen, who top scored with 24.
No other South Africa batters reached
Anisa Mohammed, the right-arm
spinner, and Dottin returned figures of
2 for 6 and 2 for 7 respectively.
Tremayne Smartt, Subrina Munroe,
Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman
and Shemaine Campbelle picked up a
West Indies play their second and
final warm-up match against Australia
on Friday, while South Africa takes on
Bangladesh on the same day. (CMC)
DHAKA---West Indies were impres-
sive in all departments as they made
a positive start with bat and ball, easily
defeating England in their opening
warm-up match ahead of the ICC
World T20 tournament yesterday.
Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie
again starred with the ball -- boasting
figures of 4-0-21-3 as England were
limited to 131-7 off 20 overs on a helpful
pitch at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali
Stadium in Futullah.
Chris Gayle then made batting look
easy as he blasted six fours and two
towering sixes in 58 not out off just 36
balls as Windies made 132-3 off 16.2
overs. The big left-hander added 78
for the first wicket with Dwayne Smith
who made 36 off 30 balls.
Assistant Coach Andre Coley spoke
to WICB Media after the match. He
was pleased with the businesslike man-
ner in which the players went about
their duties, which signalled their readi-
ness to defend the world title.
"It was a very professional approach
today. There are times when you play
warm-up matches leading up to a major
tournament and it would peter out.
They went about their business in the
correct manner and in the end it was
a clinical performance to win against
a good England team," said Coley.
"The individual performances by
Santokie and Gayle today showed we
have strength...any given player, any
given time can perform for this team.
The vibe in the camp has been good
so far---when we were in Barbados and
now we have come here to Bangladesh.
This kind of performance helps us to
continue that momentum."
Coley, a former Jamaica wicket-
keeper, has been a member of the
coaching staff at the Sagicor High Per-
formance Centre since inception three
Three graduates from the Sagicor
HPC---Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Flecther
and Johnson Charles -- are in the West
Indies squad. He also worked with the
West Indies Women's team.
"The women also won their match
today against South Africa and it was
to see them start the tournament well.
We did well against England and we
are obviously looking to defend the
title," Coley said.
"It is good to see the players are
developing and creating a good synergy
and mix with the more experienced
players in the senior team. The young
players will be able to learn from the
senior players and gel well."
West Indies will have their second
official warm-up match against Sri
Lanka today at the Sher-e-Bangla Sta-
dium in Mirpur. (CMC)
Gayle hot as WI
win warm up
West Indies pacer Krishmar Santokie gets a high five from wicket
keeper Andre Fletcher, during yesterday's T20 warm up match against
England. PHOTO WINDIESCRICKET.COM
West Indies vs England
M Lumb b Santokie
A Hales lbw b Badree
M Ali c Narine b Cottrell
E Morgan not out
J Buttler c Smith b Russell
R Bopara c Charles b Cottrell
T Bresnan c wkp Fletcher b Santokie
C Jordan b Santokie
Extras (b1, lb2, w3)
TOTAL (7 wkts; 20 overs)
Did not bat: J Tredwell, S Parry, J Dernbach, I Bell, C Woakes, S Broad, L
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Lumb), 2-46 (Ali), 3-48 (Hales), 4-81 (Buttler), 5-
114 (Bopara), 6-115 (Bresnan), 7-131 (Jordan)
Bowling: Santokie 4-0-24-3, Badree 4-0-19-1, Cottrell 2-0-23-2,D
Sammy 3-0-17-0, Narine 2-0-12-0, Russell 3-0-16-1, Samuels 2-0-17-0.
D Smith c Dernbach b Tredwell
C Gayle not out
J Charles b Bopara
M Samuels b Parry
L Simmons not out
Extras (b1, lb5, w8)
TOTAL (3 wkts; 16.1 overs)
Did not bat: A Fletcher, D Sammy, A Russell, S Narine, S Badree, K
Santokie, S Cottrell, D Bravo, D Ramdin, R Rampaul.
Fall of wickets: 1-78 (Smith), 2-104 (Charles), 3-107 (Samuels)
Bowling: Tredwell 4-0-23-1, Jordan 1-0-7-0, Bresnan 2-0-29-0,
Dernbach 1-0-9-0, Bopara 4-0-20-1, Ali-2-0-23-0, Parry 2.1-0-15-1.
Toss: England, who chose to bat
Umpires: Anisur Rahman, Enamul Haque
Anisa Mohammed had impressive
figures of 2-6. PHOTO COURTESY
Coach Coley says ideal start
Bright start for Women
Box-office hit on and off the field
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