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Windies to tangle with dangerous Irish in World Cup qualifiers

LONDON, CMC – West Indies will go head-to-head with nemesis Ireland in their quest reach the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2019 Cricket World Cup, after being installed in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe starting in March.

The two-time champions will play alongside the dangerous Irish, with the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea also included in the preliminary group.

The winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 tournament, involving Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, will decide the last side in the group for the March 4-25 qualifying tournament.

Namibia play hosts to the Division 2 tournament from February 8-15.

West Indies … will re-ignite their rivalry with Ireland in the World Cup Qualifiers.
 

Group B of the World Cup qualifiers, meanwhile, will comprise Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and the runners-up from the Division 2 tournament.

“This will undoubtedly be a competitive and hard fought tournament with two tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup up for grabs as well as ODI status,” ICC chief executive, David Richardson said.

“Seeing four Full Member sides up against our best Associate Member teams who have progressed through qualification will make for some exciting cricket.

“This is the conclusion of a four-year qualification process that began with regional events and progressed through to the global World Cricket League. There is a huge amount at stake for all ten teams battling it out for the remaining two spots at the ICC Cricket World Cup.”

All eyes in the qualifiers will be on West Indies who failed to qualify automatically for the World Cup because of their ninth-place ranking at the cut-off date of September 30 last year. Only hosts England, along with the remaining top seven sides, achieved direct qualification.

 

The Caribbean side entered 2017 battling for the eighth place ranking but lost 16 of 22 ODIs in the calendar year while winning just three matches, to slip even further behind in ninth place.

They will open their qualifying campaign on March 6 with a clash against the yet-to-be determined Division 2 winners, with their sternest test expected to come against Ireland on March 10 at the Harare Sports Club.

The last time the two sides met in an ODI during the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand, Ireland stunned the Windies by four wickets after remarkably chasing down 305.

In the preliminaries, each side will play the other team in their group once, with the top three advancing to the Super Six stage. Each side will then play three matches against the teams they did not meet in the group stage.

All points won in the preliminaries will be carried over to the Super Six round, apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.

The top two teams will qualify for the final and also book their spots at the World Cup.

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Red Force slide to bottom of Regional 4-Day standings

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force have slumped to the bottom of the Regional Four-Day Championship standings, after suffering their third straight defeat on Sunday.

In the latest points standings, Red Force were languishing on 80 points, with just two wins in nine matches, in what has been another difficult season.
Their innings and 38-run defeat to Windward Islands Volcanoes at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, was their fourth of the campaign and saw them slip from fourth after earning only 3.2 points from the encounter.

Red Force, who have failed to compete since the emergence of the new Professional Cricket League four years ago, went down by 207 runs to Barbados Pride in the seventh round and lost by one wicket to Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the following round.
The Denesh Ramdin-led side have not won since they beat Hurricanes by an innings at Warner Park.

Ramdin has been the bright spark for the side this season, already with over 700 runs and three hundreds.
Jamaica Scorpions, meanwhile, have taken aim at second place in the already-decided championship, following their comprehensive 57-run victory over Hurricanes in Kingston on Sunday.

They have 91 points and are only 3.6 points behind the second-placed Pride who drew with newly-minted champions Guyana Jaguars in their contest at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
Scorpions and Pride will clash at the Oval in the last round of the competition starting Thursday, a fixture that will decide second place.
Hurricanes, who face Volcanoes in the final round, lie fourth on 85.2 points while Volcanoes are fifth on 80.4 points.

Jaguars, still unbeaten this season, sit on top the standings on 145.2 points, having wrapped up their fourth straight title following their eighth round win over Scorpions in Kingston.
They take on Red Force in Georgetown in their final fixture.

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ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 schedule announced

 

ICC Press Release: Two-time world champions the Windies will be the star attraction when 10 sides converge on Zimbabwe next month for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, to battle it out for the two remaining places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The announcement marks 500 days to the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from 30 May to 15 July.

Queen’s Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare and Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe, will share 34 matches between them from 4 to 25 March, with Harare Sports Club staging the final.

The Windies, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, had missed out on automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by finishing outside the top eight on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings at the 30 September 2017 cut-off date. These four sides have been joined by Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Scotland and Papua New Guinea, who finished in the top four of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

 

The remaining two sides for the Zimbabwe tournament will be confirmed in Namibia from 8-15 February when Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will fight it out in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, with the finalists getting a step closer to cherishing their dreams of playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Eighty-three teams had embarked on the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 way back in 2013 through the ICC World Cricket League, introduced to give the teams outside the top 12 meaningful competition as part of the World Cup qualification.
The 10 teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 are split into two groups of five teams. The Windies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and runners-up of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 form Group B.

Each side will play the other teams in their group once with the top three from the groups progressing to the Super Six stage. The teams each play three Super Six matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage. All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.

The finalists will both progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, whilst the Netherlands (ICC World Cricket League Championship winners) and the three highest finishing Associate Members will earn ODI status till 2022 upon the conclusion of the event.

As such, only matches between Afghanistan, Ireland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the Windies, Zimbabwe and potentially the United Arab Emirates (if they qualify) will have ODI status in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

Hosts Zimbabwe will feature on the opening day of the tournament on 4 March when they will take on the runners-up from the Namibia tournament at the Queen’s Sports Club, Bulawayo, while the Windies will square-off against the winners of the Namibia tournament on 6 March at Old Hararians Cricket Club in Harare.


Groups:

Group A: Windies (A1); Ireland (A2); Netherlands (A3); Papua New Guinea (A4); ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2) winner (A5)

Group B: Afghanistan (B1); Zimbabwe (B2); Scotland (B3); Hong Kong (B4); ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2) runners-up (B5)


First round fixtures:
Tuesday, 6 March – Windies v WCL Div.2 (winner),

Thursday, 8 March Windies v PNG, OH

Saturday, 10 March – Windies v Ireland, HSC

Monday, 12 March – Windies v Netherlands

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Red Force suffer third straight defeat in Regional 4-day championship

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force suffered their third straight defeat in the Regional Four-Day Championship, when they collapsed to a heavy innings and 38-run defeat to Windward Islands Volcanoes here Sunday.
Resuming the final day of the ninth round contest at the National Stadium on 93 for two in their second innings and requiring a further 101 runs to avoid an innings defeat, Red Force surrendered without so much as a whimper – bowled out for a paltry 156, about 15 minutes after lunch.

They were ripped apart by seamer Sherman Lewis (3-20) and former Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford (3-52) who both snared three-wicket hauls while left-arm spinner Larry Edward ended with two for 26.
Opener Amir Jangoo, unbeaten on 58 overnight, added just 11 and no other batsman showed any enterprise as Yannic Cariah failed to add to his overnight 11, and all-rounder Imran Khan (11) and wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo (10) barely managed to make double figures.

Already following on by 194 after an equally poor showing in the first innings, Red Force needed a huge effort to avoid defeat but it never came.
With just one run added in the second over of the day, Cariah fell lbw to Shillingford and five overs later, the mainstay of their batting – skipper Denesh Ramdin – departed lbw for seven to left-arm speedster Delorn Johnson.
Eleven balls later, Tion Webster was bowled by Shillingford for six and the breaking point came when the left-handed Jangoo was sixth out with the score on 122, caught at the wicket off Lewis.

He faced 199 deliveries in just under four hours at the crease and counted two fours and a six.
Lewis then took two of the last four wickets to fall as Volcanoes wrapped up an emphatic win.

The result for Red Force came on the heels of their one-wicket loss to Leeward Islands Hurricanes last week and their 207-run defeat to Barbados Pride in the seventh round.
In contrast, the win for Volcanoes was their second of the season, coming after their maiden win in the seventh round against Jamaica Scorpions.
They are now unbeaten in four outings.

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Jacobs snatches career-best 12 for 157 to dispose of Leewards

KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs snatched a career-best 12-wicket haul as Jamaica Scorpions needed just an hour to dispose of Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 57 runs in their ninth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship here Sunday.

Chasing 262 for victory, Leewards resumed the final day at Sabina Park on 159 for six needing a further 103 runs but were dismissed for 204 on the stroke of the first hour of play.

Jacobs, the West Indies A spinner, grabbed three of the four remaining Hurricanes wickets to end with five for 83 and post match figures of 12 for 157.
Part-time off-spinner, John Campbell, whose three quick wickets late on Saturday’s penultimate day turned the game in Scorpions’ favour, added another scalp to his column to finish with four for 40.

Only Jeremiah Louis, with an unbeaten 34, offered any resistance as the last four Hurricanes wickets tumbled for 45 runs.

Louis, better known for his pace bowling, faced 67 balls and counted three fours and a six.
Hurricanes’ retained slim chances of winning the match at the start but once their last remaining hope, West Indies A one-day skipper Jahmar Hamilton, was dismissed seven balls into the morning without adding to his overnight five, all hope vanished.
Louis found an ally in Mervin Mathew (11) to add 25 for the eighth wicket but the partnership only served to delay the inevitable.
The victory broke a two-match losing streak for Scorpions while Hurricanes slumped to their fourth defeat of the season.

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Tagenarine Chanderpaul completes maiden first-class hundred

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Tagenarine Chanderpaul completed his maiden first-class hundred, but newly-crowned champions Guyana Jaguars had to settle for a draw against Barbados Pride in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Sunday here.
Chanderpaul hit an undefeated 101 and wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble slammed a pugnacious 74 to lead Jaguars to 263 for five in their second innings before they declared about 50 minutes before lunch on the final day of their ninth-round match at Kensington Oval.

The left-handed opener, son of legendary West Indies left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is also a member of the Jaguars line-up for this match, reached his landmark from 275 balls, when he swung Jonathan Carter to deep mid-wicket for the last of his nine boundaries to prompt the declaration.
He shared 115 for the fifth wicket with Bramble, whose 78-ball innings in close to 2 ½ hours included four fours and five sixes.

Set a highly improbable victory target of 362 in a minimum of 73 overs, Pride reached 208 for four in their second innings before the two sides it was pointless to continue.
West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite hit the top score of 54 for Pride, their captain Shamarh Brooks supported with 40, Shayne Moseley made 28, Roston Chase was not out on 23 and Carter added 20.
Brathwaite shared 60 with club-mate Moseley for the first wicket and put on 76 for the second wicket with Brooks, but Keemo Paul grabbed 2-76 from 16 overs to send a few shivers down their spines.

All two of Paul’s wickets were catches to stand-in keeper Vishaul Singh, who was deputising for the injured Bramble, and also held a top-edged catch down the leg-side to dismiss West Indies batsman Roston Chase off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul.
Later on, there was such a shortage of personnel for the Jaguars that head coach Esuan Crandon, a former national fast bowler, was required to take the field.
The result meant that Jaguars gained 10.4 points from the match, taking them to 145.4, and Pride collected 5.8 points, moving them to 91.6.
Pride fast bowler Chemar Holder was named Player-of-the-Match following figures of 5-57 and 3-72 on his first-class debut.

Next round, Jaguars conclude the season against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Guyana National Stadium, at the same time Pride face Jamaica Scorpions at this venue.

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Defending champions W.1 go down to NZ in Under-19 World Cup opener

 

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, (CMC) – Openers Keagan Simmons and Kimani Melius carved out contrasting half-centuries but reigning champions West Indies Under-19s suffered a disappointing start to their title defence when they went down to hosts New Zealand Under-19s by eight wickets here Saturday.

Sent in at Bay Oval in the opening Group A clash, the Caribbean side raced to 123 without loss but a cluster of wickets in the middle overs hurt their momentum,restricting them to 233 for eight off their 50 overs.
Simmons carried his bat for a top score of 92 not out while debutant Melius unfurled a stroke-filled 78 off 85 deliveries.

Left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (3-30) and fast bowler Matthew Fisher (3-61) picked up three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Felix Murray supported with two for 37.
In reply, the hosts hardly put a foot wrong as they stormed to their target in the 40th over, with the exciting Finn Allen smashing an unbeaten 115 and Jakon Bhula, 83.

New Zealand took charge from the outset with Bhula and Ravindra (16) putting on 46 from 60 deliveries for the first wicket before Allen arrived to put the result beyond doubt.
The right-hander plundered 15 fours and two sixes in a 100-ball knock, dominating a 163-run, second wicket stand with Bhula who faced 105 balls and counted nine boundaries.
Allen reached his half-century off 43 balls and raised three figures off 92 deliveries in the 37th over, with NZ already on the cusp of victory.

West Indies had earlier made the Kiwis nearly rue their decision to field first when Simmons and Melius dominated the first half of the innings with their century stand.
The left-handed Simmons produced a measured knock, facing 132 deliveries and striking seven fours and a six while Melius was far more expansive, crunching six fours and four sixes in an 85-ball outing.

Melius started circumspectly, gathering a mere four runs from his first 16 deliveries before exploding with an extra cover-driven six off Fisher in the sixth over.
He reached his half-century off 66 balls and continued to free his hands until finally departing in the 28th over, top-edging a slog-sweep at Ravindra to be caught by Bhula next to the square leg umpire.

Bhaskar Yadram joined Simmons to add 22 for the second wicket before holing out to long on off left-arm spinner Murray in the 32nd over, sparking a slide which saw three wickets tumble for five runs in the space of 20 deliveries.
Kirstan Kallicharan was lbw for two to a straight one from Fisher and captain Emmanuel Stewart followed in the next over, chopping on to Murray for one.

Stumbling on 150 for four in the 36th over, Simmons and Alick Athanaze then combined in a 49-run, fifth wicket partnership to stem the flow of wickets.
While Simmons anchored, the left-handed Athanaze was free-scoring, belting two fours and a six in an attractive 33-ball 26.

They were setting the innings up nicely for a strong finish when Athanaze failed to clear the long-on boundary with Ravindra and was taken just inside the ropes in the 45th over.
Simmons, on 75 then, stepped up his scoring but the Windies managed only 34 runs from the last five overs.

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Qumar Torrington dreams of playing First-Class cricket

Beaming with confidence in his ability, young fast bowler Qumar Torrington has locked his eyes on playing First-class cricket in the near future after but not necessarily for his native Guyana.
The 17 year-old was part of former West Indies Captain Floyd Reifer’s scouting programme which was aimed at unearthing new talents for the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) which participates in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) First-Class circuit.
After an impressive spell of bowling where he took 4-14 in one of the practice

The young pacer has been earmarked to have a bright future ahead of him

matches, his deep desire stands closer to becoming a reality.
For the former West Indies under-15 player, success should not be a surprise since he has a classical but powerful approach the crease and an open-chested action, which generally helps the tall seamer to generate an appreciable amount of pace.
Reflecting on the outing, the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) player told Guyana Times Sport, “the four-day training which was highly developmental and it could only make me get better and I look forward to being exposed to similar training programmes which would only help to me build my cricket and me gradually progress into West Indian colours.”
He added, “On the first day we conducted basic drills at the indoor facility. He even

Torrington and his father Darren after his graduation from Charlestown Secondary School

helped me with some field placement where I had to bowl five different deliveries with the same field and be successful.”
A career which the young pacer hopes to model after marque international players Dale Steyn and James Anderson, has admitted he left an impressionable mark on Barbadian Reifer.
“Well he said to me that I have a good strong bowling acting and a good follow through but just need to do some more strengthen work to gather some more pace.”
*Balancing Act*
Going full throttle on the field is not the only major aspiration the cricketer has since hitting the stumps in the world of academics is high on his agenda for the Chase Academic Foundation Student.
“Well balancing both cricket and studies is a bit challenging but in order to be successful time management is important. I manage my time efficiently to get my results in the end since my goal is to become an entrepreneur so I’m currently doing business subjects at Sixth Form level.”
Given the CCC structure allows for cricketers to purse their dreams both on and off the field, Torrington contended that similar structures should be developed in Guyana.
“I think they should have more schools placing more emphasis on both sports and studies. Maybe in the same manner my school does. This would further help students like myself to develop in both the academic and whatever sporting arena they are competing in,” disclosed the player who has five passes at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate level.
*Support mechanisms*
To a large degree the ‘gentleman’s sport’ has evolved over the past decade becoming one which situational awareness sometimes overrides raw talent. While the player has showcased glimpses of being a critical thinker on the field he admitted the overwhelming advice imparted has helped to keep him above par.
“As a fast bowler in order to be successful you must stick to the basics and that is what I focus on before games and try to execute it efficiently and with the work of my coaches who keep encouraging me and helping me to remain focus.”
“Coach [Garvin] Nedd, coach [Corey] Colleymore from Barbados who was with us in England with West indies u15 and coach Julian [Moore] who would normally say to me just keep focus and continue working hard.”
In 2016, Torrington had this first taste of the maroon colours when he toured England to play against English U-16 teams in a 50-over invitational tournament.
“I think the tour to England helped me a lot. Firstly, it was a good exposure as it learned to adapt to different conditions, secondly with the quality of the coaches. Robert Samuels from Jamaica, Corey Colleymore and manager Courtney Walsh shared a lot of important information that up to now I still remember and use it in my cricket whenever I play.”
The player also credited the constant jolts of ‘keep going and never give up from parents Daren and Sharon Torrington along with principal Henry Chase.
With entrance to the sport since the age of seven when he joined the Queenstown-based DCC and then playing for Guyana at the age of 14, is now looking to break into the under-19 squad since he has hopes of playing in a Youth World Cup.
“I am looking forward to next year’s regional under-19 since it will give me the opportunity to stake a claim for a spot on the Windies under-19 team hopefully a chance to play in the world cup.”
“But it doesn’t stop there. I know that this first step in me moving forward into First-Class and the Test arena. I know with the help of the Almighty all of these things are possible.”

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Joe Root and Ben Stokes confirmed in 2018 Indian Premier League auction

Joe Root and Ben Stokes are among 282 overseas players who will be part of this year's Indian Premier League auction.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have confirmed the player auction for the 11th IPL is set for January 27-28 in Bangalore with eight teams bidding for 1,122 players.

England Test captain Root is a new IPL entrant after opting to play for England in their T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.

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Fidel Edwards says he is available to play in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL)

Former West Indies Test fast bowler Fidel Edwards says he is available to play in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and hopes he is selected for the Barbados Tridents.

Fresh from completing his third season with the English county side Hampshire, Edwards said he was fit and ready to play in the sixth edition of the popular T20 league slated for August.

“I would love to put my name back in the auction. I wasn’t available last year because of injury, but I am eager to play this year. From the first time CPL was launched, I wanted to play for Barbados, but it just didn’t happen. Hopefully, I can get the chance to play for Barbados this year.

“My aim is to play more T20 cricket this year. CPL is high on the agenda,” said Edwards, who last played in the CPL in 2015 for the St Lucia Zouks.

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