Dec 312013
 

The mood in the West Indian camp could be as grim as the rain clouds hovering around the beautiful landscape in Queenstown – with a delayed start to the third ODI against the Black Caps in their rain-plagued series.

Coach Ottis Gibson’s revealed the travel is starting to get to the side after back-to-back tours.

Cricinfo is also reporting Windies captain Darren Sammy may have pulled a hamstring while running around the picturesque ground chased by his teammates

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Dec 152013
 
George Bailey equals Brian Lara record

PERTH (Australia): Australian batsman George Bailey equalled Brian Lara’s Test record for most runs off an over against England in Perth on Monday.West Indian great Lara hit 28 runs off an over from South Africa’s Robin Peterson in Johannesburg in 2003…

Nov 122013
 
'Sachin's technique is best in the world'

MUMBAI: Terming retiring Sachin Tendulkar’s batting technique as the best in the world, legendary West Indian cricketer Brian Lara on Tuesday said if he had a son he would have asked him to learn from the videos of the Indian great to excel in the spor…

Nov 082013
 
When Shami cuts short Master's farewell
KOLKATA: The euphoria over India’s crushing victory over the West Indies on Friday was tinged with melancholy. Day Three of Sachin Tendulkar’s final Test at the Eden Gardens suddenly turned out to be his last day on the hallowed turf.

The sadness that was setting in as dusk descended over this cricket-crazy city was about the real realization of what they will miss from here. It was about thirst not being quenched even on this one last occasion.

It was a day when India’s middle-order consolidated the advantages it had accumulated the previous day. It was a day when the batsmen all but shut out their opponents from the match. Sadly for the fans here, the Indian batsmen were also ‘shutting out’ Sachin from them in the process.

As debutant Rohit Sharma and No. 8 Ravichandran Ashwin expanded their overnight association to what would go on to be an Indian record for a seventh-wicket partnership, and took the team to a potentially match-clinching lead, it would have dawned on most that the Little Master may not be required to come out and bat again in this match. That Sachin wouldn’t get a chance to make amends for that 10-run knock in the first innings.

Spectators at the Eden Gardens had resigned to the fact that they may have seen the final hurray of the batting genius in Sachin when ‘home boy’ Mohammed Shami, and floundering West Indian batsmen, killed even the other possibilities of witnessing any more magical moment from him. The first Test didn’t even go to the fourth day. Memories of the master cricketer at the Eden Gardens will now end with events on November 8, 2013.

It was a day when the Little Master, who plays the final Test of his career at the Wankhede in Mumbai from Thursday, didn’t get to play a standout role but seemed happy to spend time on the wings savouring and being part of the success of a new generation of Indian cricket stars.

Standing at mid-on for most of the West Indian innings, he seemed as passionate and involved as he was in his debut series with the Indian Test team 24 years ago.

Cajoling MS Dhoni into throwing the ball to Sachin with chants of ‘Sacheeen, Sachin!’, the crowd did try to get a little more out of their final day with the Little Master. Dhoni ‘relented’ after lunch, but the cocktail of leg-spin and googly didn’t fetch a wicket this time, and that window was closed by the skipper after just three overs.

As the limelight shifted to an imminent Indian victory and the rampaging bowlers, Sachin’s relevance in the unfolding script receded somewhat — but not his passion as the team man. Savouring every wicket with a child-like enthusiasm, the big smile that lit up his face as Shami followed up a disconcerting bouncer to Tino Best with a little ‘chat’ with the West Indian was a moment to savour.

At the tea break, as CAB officials waited for the Little Master to walk out of the ground and release 199 bunches of balloons carrying his photos, Sachin seemed reluctant. It was only when he saw ‘old mate’ Sourav Ganguly walking up that Sachin seemed to change his mind and the duo did the honours.

Jul 192013
 
Last-eight ties set up in National Club Championship

The 2011 National Club Champions, Shrewsbury, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as they produced a remarkable recovery to beat Chorley by four runs.

The hosts started steadily after choosing to bat, but the run out of Will Parton sparked a flurry of wickets as Shrewsbury went from 46 without loss to 64 for four.

Captain Rob Foster and Stephen Barnard rebuilt but some disciplined Chorley bowling, especially by Chris Harty, offered few scoring opportunities and slowed the run rate.

After Foster fell, Barnard marshalled the tail but scoring continued to be difficult and the hosts could only reach 168 for eight from 45 overs.

In reply, Chorley opener Andrew Griffiths helped put the visitors in a strong position with a near run-a-ball 43 before being dismissed by Mike Barnard.

This brought Ian Dickinson to the crease and he combined with David Fisher to move the score onto 145 for one in the 38th over before Henry Blofield removed Dickinson for 36.

With Chorley requiring just 24 to win at a run-a-ball, the Barnard brothers produced an excellent bowling display to restrict the runs and apply pressure. There were two run-outs, including that of Fisher for 54, as Chorley could only make 164 for six.

Shrewsbury will host West Indian Cavaliers, who recorded a 96-run win over Liverpool & District League side Ormskirk, in the quarter-finals.

Batting first, the Cavaliers from the Nottinghamshire Premier League had ex-England batsman Usman Afzaal to thank as he hit 65 in a total of 237 for six.

Martyn Farrell bowled well to keep the runs down and Liam Hurt took three wickets, with the visitors feeling they had left a gettable target.

However, Akhil Patel had other ideas. The Cavaliers opening batsman shone with the ball, taking 6-27 from nine overs to help skittle out Ormskirk for 141 with nearly 10 overs to spare. Only Matthew Glayzer was able to score more than 20.

Ealing enjoyed a comfortable six-wicket win over Southern Premier League side and 2012 semi-finalists Havant to book a home draw in the quarter-finals.

Havant chose to bat in hot conditions and both Robert Green and Christopher Stone hit half-centuries as the hosts put on 240 for nine, ex-Middlesex player Chris Peploe the standout bowler with 3-33.

The Wilkin brothers then took to the hosts bowling attack. Oliver opened and hit a quickfire 38 from just 21 balls before Mylo took over and compiled a more patient 66 off 76, supported by 50 from Chris Wakefield, as Ealing reached their target with 19 balls to spare.

West of England Premier League leaders Bath will travel to Ealing after they secured a 50-run win from their trip to Cornwall against Werrington.

Batting first, Bath reached 220 for seven as captain James Campbell, Max O’Leary and James Brown all made forties. Andrew Smeeth was the pick of the hosts bowling attack as he took 4-52.

Werrington found it difficult to build partnerships in reply as all six Bath bowlers took wickets to dismiss the Cornwall Premier League leaders for 170.

East Anglian Premier League leaders Swardeston have reached the quarter-finals for the first time, having beat Middlesex League side Stanmore by three wickets.

Stanmore won the toss, chose to bat and reached 205 for nine. Steve Mehra top-scored with 36, while Michael Eccles’ 4-42 helped restrict the visitors’ batsmen.

The Norfolk side had Callum Taylor to thank as his unbeaten 89 from 90 balls underpinned a successful chase completed with three wickets in hand and six overs remaining.

Khawar Ali Kazmi produced his second successive match-winning performance in the National Club Championship as his all-round display helped guide Waltham to a 19-run win over runaway Kent Premier League leaders Hartley Country Club.

He hit 73 in Waltham’s 236 for six before taking 4-52 in Hartley’s reply. Hartley’s Scott McKechnie hit 68 but it wasn’t enough and the Essex side will face Swardeston in the last eight.

2006 and 2010 winners South Northumberland had the most comfortable win of the round as they beat Yorkshire Premier League side Doncaster Town by eight wickets.

The North East Premier League side bowled well to restrict their hosts to 183 for eight, Stephen Humble’s 3-29 including the key wicket of James Stuart who hit 63.

Wicketkeeper Sam Jobson then opened for the visitors and hit 78 from 67 balls as South North reached their target with 13 overs to spare.

Barnt Green are the second Birmingham & District Premier League side in the last eight, along with Shrewsbury, after they beat Cheshire Premier League outfit Bowdon by 51 runs at Cherry Hill Road to earn a home tie against South North.

The hosts batted first and reached 223 for seven thanks largely to Richard Wilkinson’s unbeaten 79. Chris Ashling became the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 15 when returning 2-44.

Andrew Sutton then returned an excellent analysis of 2-10 from nine overs as Bowdon struggled to keep up with the required run-rate, lost wickets at regular intervals and ended up being dismissed for 172.

For a full list of the results and scorecards from the last-16 matches, please go to http://ecb.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/results.asp. The quarter-finals, listed below, will be played on Sunday August 4.

Barnt Green v South Northumberland
Ealing v Bath
Shrewsbury v West Indian Cavaliers
Swardeston v Waltham

The semi-finals will be held on Sunday September 1 with the final on Sunday September 15 at Emirates Durham ICG.

Jul 142013
 
Afridi's seven wicket burst, 76 rips apart Windies

Published: 11:09AM Monday July 15, 2013 Source: Reuters

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi produced a brilliant performance with both bat and ball to lead his team to a thumping 126-run victory over West Indies in their first one-day international today.

Afridi blasted 76 off 55 balls to help the visitors recover from a disastrous start to reach 224 for nine from their 50 overs.

Then he took seven wickets for just 12 runs – the second-best figures ever recorded by any player in a ODI – as Pakistan skittled the home team for 98 at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

“Wow, wow, wow, wow, what a pitch it was for me to bowl,” Afridi said at the post-match presentation.

“I just kept it simple, and it worked.”

Afridi’s incredible all-round display enabled Pakistan to cruise to an easy win after an awful start on a difficult pitch.

The visitors crumbled to 47-5 as Jason Holder (4-13) ripped through the top-order with four wickets in a devastating opening spell.

With Misbah-ul-Haq content to knuckle down and play the anchorman role, Afridi unleashed on the West Indian bowlers, smashing six fours and five sixes to reach his 35th one-day half-century from 35 deliveries before holing out to midwicket.

“It was not easy to survive so I tried to stay positive,” Afridi said.

“Whenever I got the ball in my zone I went for it. I knew Misbah was at the other end. I knew he would stay till the end, it gave me the confidence to go after it.”

The West Indian reply was doomed almost as soon as it began when the home team crumbled to seven for three within the first five overs, losing explosive opener Chris Gayle to a run out.

Afridi was only introduced to the attack as Pakistan’s sixth bowler but proceeded to mop up the last seven wickets with his legspinners in an inspired performance.

The only player to get a better return in a one dayer was Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas, who took 8-19 against Zimbabwe in 2001.

“Credit to Shahid Afridi. I thought 225 was gettable, but once again the batting crumbled under pressure,” West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo said.

“It is the lack of confidence. We have not been scoring runs. That plays its part. We really have to rally around each other and back ourselves and back our ability.”

The second match in the five-game series will be played on Tuesday, also in Guyana.

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Jul 142013
 
West Indies v Pakistan: Afridi’s superlative all-round performance crushed West Indies

West Indies after winning the toss decided to field first. Pakistan gave West Indies target of 225 runs at the loss of 9 wickets. West Indies while batting suffered miserably at the hands of Afridi and whole of the West Indian team got out at the mere score of 98 in the 41st over with Afridi taking his career best 7 for 12. Pakistan won the match by 126 runs.

Match Report: 1st ODI, West Indies v Pakistan, Providence, 14th July, 2013

If we say that it was officially a Shahid Afridi’s day then it would not be wrong. To talk about the bat or about the ball he performed splendidly well with both leaving West Indies in tatters. Afridi definitely is the player who can single-handedly lead the team to the victory like he did today. First he spoiled the West Indian bowler’s early breakthrough they got when Pakistan was struggling at 47-5. Smashing boundaries around the whole stadium while standing calmly on the crease. He scored fast paced 76 runs of just 55 balls before he departs at the ball of Pollard.

Afridi’s maestro performance didn’t end here; when he grasped the ball he grasped the much needed victory for Pakistan. His terrific bowling made it difficult for West Indian batsmen to stand on the crease. He bowled out 7 players by giving away just 12 runs. This is his career best bowling figure and second-best bowling figures of all times. Also Afridi is the only player who scored half-century and took five-wicket haul in the same match for three times. His records don’t end here; today he also completed his 350 wickets in One Day Internationals. He also completed his 500 international sixes in today’s match. Afridi become the only Pakistani player to hold 30 Man of the Match trophies. He is indeed one-man army.

Batting woes continue to haunt Pakistan when they kick off their inning as Pakistan lost its most important opening wickets at the score of 18 followed by middle order batsmen, Nasir Jamshed and Asad Shafiq. Nasir Jamshed, one of the very important wickets for Pakistan was fall victim of wrong decision by the umpire. Pakistan was struggling at 23-4 when Umar Akmal steps in, one of the players who made his come-back in the series, he before catch the pace was caught out by Roach. Misbah on the other end was supporting Pakistan with his usual calm and cool style. He was later joined by Shahid Afridi, the other player to made come-back, when Umar Akmal got out.

Afridi was in no mood to be calm and cool, and despite of much criticism on his hitting he started in his usual style and hit one after the other ball towards boundary. He smashed 5 sixes and 6 fours. He was continuously supported by Misbah on the other end. Cool as cucumber Misbah save the wickets while Afridi was on fire. They collectively build up the partnership of 120 runs. Sammy caught Afridi when he was on 76 on the ball of Pollard. Misbah, the skipper, after that lead the team, he himself scored the second fifty of the inning before Bravo took his wicket. By the end of 5oth over Pakistan had scored 224 runs, a defendable total. Holder proved very beneficial for West Indies as he took 4 wickets, while Bravo and Pollard took 2 each.

West Indies start was shattered by Pakistani bowlers, they don’t give West Indies players enough time to set on the crease and West Indies lost its 3 wickets just at 7, their second lowest total at which they lost 3 wickets. Muhammad Irfan, the tall man, set the stage by taking first two wickets while the danger man, Gayle was run out through a beautiful direct hit by the strong-nerve man Misbah. It was a bigger breakthrough for Pakistan as Gayle is the player team relies upon.

After that Samuels tried to bring the team back in the game, but Misbah bring Afridi in the field and then there were no hopes left for West Indies, he came and he conquered. One after the other Afridi took all the remaining 7 wickets. Whole of the West Indian team got out at the score of 98 runs in 41st over.

Scorecard:

Pakistan 224 for 9 (Afridi 76, Misbah 52, Holder 4-13) beat West Indies 98 (Afridi 7 for 12) by 126 runs.

Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

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