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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 30, 2014
GROS-ISLET---Two promising bats-
men, Jermaine Blackwood and Sunil
Ambris, featured prominently with
breakthrough hundreds before Jamaica
claimed the Headley/Weekes Trophy
with a tame draw against Windward
Islands in the Final yesterday.
Blackwood completed his maiden first-
class hundred of 118, propping up the
Jamaicans batting, as they were dis-
missed for 200 in their second innings
about half-hour before lunch on the last
day of the finale to the Regional 4-Day
This left the Windwards to chase a
highly improbable, if not impossible
target of 376 on a docile Beausejour
Cricket pitch, and Ambris used the
relaxed atmosphere to carve out his sec-
ond first-class hundred of 102, as Wind-
wards reached 204 for six in their second
innings when play ended an hour before
the scheduled close.
The result meant that the visitors
clinched the Trophy by virtue of accu-
mulating a higher number of points in
the match. They ended with eight,
including two batting points and three
bowling points, while the Windwards
finished with five.
The Headley/Weekes Trophy was
inaugurated five years ago in honour of
the late Jamaica and West Indies batting
legend George Headley, and living Bar-
bados and West Indies batting legend
Sir Everton Weekes.
Blackwood, a graduate of the Sagicor
West Indies High Performance Centre,
struck 15 fours and two sixes from 170
balls in 3 ¾ hours.
He reached his hundred from 159 balls,
when he dragged a delivery from left-
arm medium-fast bowler Kenroy Peters
into square leg for a single.
Blackwood shared two vital tail-end
stands -- 33 with Damion Jacobs for the
eighth wicket and 30 with Sheldon Cot-
trell for the last wicket -- before being
caught at straight mid-wicket off Wind-
ward captain Liam Sebastien, bowling
his off-spin, to bring the Jamaica innings
to a close.
Peters was the most successful Wind-
wards bowler with 6-66 from 17 overs,
Mervin Matthew grabbed 2-35 from 11
overs and Sebastien grabbed 2-46 from
Ambris, a highly-regarded former
Young West Indies batsman, batted
almost 2 ½ hours, faced 120 balls and
struck 13 fours and one six.
He reached his 100 from 118 balls,
when he lofted Andre McCarthy, bowling
his uncomplicated off-spin, over long-
on for his only six.
Along the way, he put on 58 for the
third wicket with veteran left-handed
opener Devon Smith and shared 83 for
the fifth wicket with his elder brother
Romel Currency before he was caught
behind chasing a delivery from McCarthy.
Smith hit 40 and fellow opener
Tyronbe Theophile got 22, but no other
Windwards batsman made it to 20.
McCarthy ended with 2-13 from five
overs and leg-spinner Jacobs finished
with 2-75 from 22 overs.
There was a bizarre twist to the day,
when the players seemed content to end
play at tea-time with both teams meeting
halfway between their respective dressing
rooms for the typical post-play shake of
Ground-staff had extracted the stumps
and started to water the outfield, but
were soon informed that play would
resume as scheduled after the break.
Under tournament rules, play on the
last day could not be ended until 75 overs
had been bowled on the day or 4 p.m.
East Caribbean Time (Jamaica minus an
hour), whichever is the later. (CMC)
JAMAICA 1st Inns 392
WINDWARD ISLANDS 1st Inns 217
JAMAICA 2nd Inns (o/n 147-7)
N. Bonner lbw b Matthew
J.D. Campbell lbw b Peters
J. Blackwood c Lesporis b Sebastien
A. McCarthy c Charles b Peters
D. Bernard c wkpr Ambris b Peters
C. Baugh c Smith b Matthew
T. Lambert c wkpr Ambris b Peters
N. Miller c Lesporis b Sebastien
D. Jacobs lbw b Peters
J. Taylor lbw b Peters
S. Cottrell not out
Extras (b1, lb1, nb1)
TOTAL (all out, 58 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Bonner), 2-51 (Campbell),
3-51 (McCarthy), 4-51 (Bernard), 5-96 (Baugh),
6-136 (Lambert), 7-137 (Miller), 8-170 (Jacobs),
Bowling: Matthew 11-0-35-2; Shillingford 11-1-
33-0; Johnson 1-0-18-0; Peters 17-3-66-6 (nb1);
WINDWARD ISLANDS 2nd Inns (target: 376)
D. Smith lbw b Jacobs
T. Theophile b Cottrell
J. Charles lbw b Taylor
S. Ambris c wkpr Baugh b McCarthy
K. Lesporis c wkpr Baugh b Jacobs
R. Currency c Miller b McCarthy
M. Matthew not out
L. Sebastien not out
Extras (b6, lb2, w3, nb1)
TOTAL (6 wkts, 58 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Theophile), 2-40
(Charles), 3-98 (Smith), 4-120 (Lesporis), 5-203
(Ambris), 6-204 (Currency)
Bowling: Taylor 8-2-25-1; Cottrell 7-1-22-1 (w2);
Jacobs 22-4-75-2 (nb1); Bernard 5-0-18-0 (w1);
Campbell 9-0-34-0; Blackwood 2-0-9-0;
Result: Match drawn
Series: Jamaica win the Headley/Weekes
Man-of-the-Match: J. Blackwood (Jamaica)
Umpires: G. Brathwaite, J. Wilson
Match referee: P. Felix
LONDON---West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo
says he is disappointed with the decision of selectors
to exclude him from the regional side for the last
Bravo who skippers the West Indies One Day side
has been complaining ahead of the home series
against New Zealand which begins in June.
"I must stress my disappointment of not playing
Test cricket for the last four years," declared Bravo
in an interview on the Line and Length Cricket cable
"I think they got it wrong to be honest but there
is nothing I can do about it. I just have to continue
to play my game and show my hunger and desire
to play Test cricket and hopefully I will get the oppor-
West Indies and New Zealand play three tests and
two T20 matches starting June 8th at Sabina Park,
"There is a Test series against New Zealand and
my eyes are on that. I definitely want to be back
involved in Test cricket again," said Bravo.
"For those who don t know, the last Test match
I played was in 2010 in Sri Lanka and to be honest
I was very disappointed that I was not able to make
the Test squad since".
Bravo has scored 2,200 runs in 40 Tests with three
centuries and 13 half centuries.
He has also taken 86 Test wickets since making
his debut against England at Lord s in 2004.
"I keep asking what it is I have to do again to be
selected," he explained.
"Obviously, they can t really give a proper answer
so it always finishes off with a small laugh. Nothing
really serious comes out of it".
The Chennai Super Kings player is currently is
England recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained
during the IPL.
"I have had two very good days of rehab and I
think I am going to extend my stay an extra week
and push myself a bit more," said Bravo.
"Coming from Dubai, I was in a lot of pain and
I was not sure I could actually do the things I am
doing now". (CMC)
A four off the last ball by Craiq Iqwe yesterday
led North to the BG T&T Under-17 50-over Interzone
title, after Jordan Warner slammed 111 for North
in a slim one-wicket win over South at the National
Cricket Centre, Couva.
Chasing a competitive 228 to win in a reduced 45-
over contest, North needed three runs of the last
ball. Iqwe held his nerve, hitting a four to give North
the narrow win.
Earlier, opening right-handed batsman Warner
laid the platform, slamming 12 fours in his knock
before he was dismissed in the 34th over. Jonathan
Bootan contributed a valuable 65, which included
six fours and a six. Adrian Paharry and Tyriq Abdul
were the top bowlers for South, grabbing 3/52 and
Batting first, Vishal Gunness was in fine form for
South, scoring 71 to guide South to 227 all out in 45
overs. Jabari Mills (47) and Paharry (31) also made
valuable contributions. Joshua Clarke was the chief
destroyer for North, snatching 3/36, while Bootan
(2/38) and Anand Lochan (2/45) took two wickets
South 227 (45 overs) (Vishal Gunness 71, Jabari Mills
47, Adrian Paharry 31, Joshua Clarke 3/36, Jonathan
Bootan 2/38, Anand Lochan 2/45) vs North 229/9 (45
overs) (Jordan Warner 111, Bootan 65, Brandon Maraj
21, Paharry 3/52, Tyriq Abdul 2/30) North won by one
Members of the Jamaica team show of their trophies after claiming the Headley/Weekes Trophy with a tame draw against Windward
Islands in the Final yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
from Test team
Warner, Iqwe lead
North to U-17 crown
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