Middle-order batsman Tevyn Walcott’s half-century spared the Barbados Pride the blushes on the opening day of the match against the Windwards Volcanoes at Arnos Vale on Thursday.

Cricket West Indies Presidential candidate, Ricky Skerritt explains his reasons for challenging incumbent Dave Cameron for the post.

Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell has insisted that a change of structure should be the primary focus of the next Cricket West Indies (CWI) boss, following the announcement of a challenge to incumbent president Dave Cameron.

After four terms in charge of the regional body, Cameron will face a challenge from former Windies team manager Ricky Skerritt, when the organisation goes to the polls next month.

Mitchell, who has at times found himself in an adversarial relationship with regional cricket’s leadership team in recent years, however, believes very little will be different unless the new leader is willing to focus on decades-long structural deficiencies.

“30-50 years ago Governments were operating one way in terms of how they governed countries.  They made you believe they could solve all your problems, ‘just vote for me’.  That has changed dramatically, businesses had to change over the years and be more transparent,” Mitchell told the SportsMax Zone.

“Trade Unions had to also recognize that it was not about getting increases in salary but also getting productivity, it’s a competitive world.  Similarly, sporting bodies cannot operate a 19 century, 20th-century system in the 21st century,” he added.

A 2015 CARICOM-commissioned Governance Report – authored by prominent regional academic and UWI Cave Hill principal Professor Eudine Barriteau – had called for the “immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an Interim Board.”

“The chop and change of presidents in my view is not going to solve the problems that are plaguing West Indies cricket.  The attitude and structure that we have in place and the transparency and accountability has to be a fundamental issue also.”

Jamaica can boast that it has the biggest relay festival in the Caribbean - The Gibson McCook Relays. But what do you know about the  the festival? Before you tune into SportsMax at 4pm on Saturday or from 9am online, learn the rich history of this wonderful event.

Off-spinner Akim Fraser took four wickets on debut as the Jamaica Scorpions were locked in a tense battle at for first-innings honours at stumps on day one of their match against the Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park.

 Solid middle order batting from the trio of Devon Thomas, Jahmar Hamilton and Terrance Ward left the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in a comfortable position, on day 1 of the West Indies Championship fixture at Warner Park.

At stumps, the Leewards were 295 for 5 after being sent in to bat by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force who won the toss.  The score was, however, compiled after the Hurricanes staged a remarkable recover after a poor start to the innings.

The Hurricanes lost opener Montcin Hodge in the fourth over and partner Kieran Powell four overs later to leave the team struggling at 14 for 2.  Medium pacer Daniel St Clair was responsible for the removal of both openers, first bowling Hodge for 2 before having Powell caught by Jason Mohammed for 5.

Up next at the crease, however, Keacy Carty and Thomas began the repair job for the Hurricanes, adding 105 for the third wicket.

The partnership was ended when Carty, who was just short of a half-century on 44, was caught by Joshua Da Silva off the bowling of Anderson Phillips.  Thomas followed to the pavilion five overs later, when he was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Khary Pierre.  Thomas’ well struck 67 came from 103 balls.

There would be little respite for the T&T bowling attack, however, as Hamilton would join Ward at the crease with the duo putting on 109 for the fifth wicket.  The partnership was ended by Pierre who had Hamilton caught by Jason Mohammed on 68.

Ward ended the day on 64 and was joined at the crease by Rahkeem Cornwall, who was not out on 34 from 55.  St Clair and Pierre were the pick of the bowlers, with two wickets each for the Red Force.

Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron will face a challenge to his attempt to lead the organization for a fourth term from former West Indies team manager, Ricky Skerritt.

Skerritt announced he would be in the running for the post that goes up for election on March 28 and announced a running mate in Dr Kishore Shallow, who will be challenging for the post of vice president. 

Windies skipper Jason Holder has hailed the impact of top opening batsman Chris Gayle who cracked 135 in a losing effort against England on Monday.

On a placid Kensington Oval pitch that suited the batsmen, the 39-year-old left-hander cracked an astounding 12 sixes and four 4s enroute to his 135 off 129 balls.  The effort was, however, somewhat in vain as England cruised to a six-wicket win on the back of centuries from Jason Roy (123) and Joe Root (102).  The result saw England move ahead 1-0 in the five-test One Day International series.

“Credit to our batters I thought we played exceptionally well on what was a really good pitch, one of the best I have seen at Kensington Oval for a while. I thought Chris played a really good innings. He took a bit of time upfront, got himself set and then put pressure back on the spinners in the middle and forced Eoin Morgan to bring back the seamers back a bit earlier. I felt he held the innings together and gave other batters a chance to express themselves,” Holder said.

“England played well to chase down our target. We’re now 1-0 down so we know we have to bounce back on Friday and look to make it 1-1 before we head off to Grenada.”

The teams will play the second ODI at the same venue tomorrow.

Just days after an Achilles tendon injury ended her illustrious collegiate career, Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Williams has some good news.

Jamaica national representative Danielle Dowie and former Cayman Islands sprint star Cydonie Mothersille, will lend their expertise to an already knowledgeable SportsMax panel put together for this weekend’s Gibson McCook Relays.

 Mothersille, who represented the Cayman Islands at four Olympic Games and six World Championships, will bring plenty of experience to the table.  As one of the region’s most recognized names for many years, the athlete specialized in the 100 and 200m sprints.  Mothersille, who was born in Jamaica, can also boast about plenty of relay know-how as a one-time member of the Clemson University 4x100 and 4x400m relays teams, which received All-American honours in 2001.

The 27-year-old Dowie, who remains an active competitor and a member of the famous MVP track club, is best known as a 400m hurdles specialist who represented Jamaica at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.

 Like Mothersill, however, she has plenty of experience getting the stick around the track.  Dowie was part of 4x400m relay that claimed a bronze medal at North America-Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships and prior to that was a part of relay teams at the CARIFTA Games and 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships. 

As an alumnus of Texas University, Dowie gained All-America honours at the NCAA Championships as a member of the school’s 4x400m relay team.

  The athletes will be joined on the panel by an experienced coach and long-time track and field analyst Raymond ‘KC’ Graham.  The Gibson McCook relays will be broadcast live on SportsMax beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

 

Regional broadcast giants SportsMax has announced comprehensive coverage plans for the 45th renewal of the Gibson McCook Relays, which will run off at the National Stadium on Saturday. 

Shaquena Foote ran a record 59.95 seconds in the 400-metre hurdles at the Western Championship at the weekend. Take a look.

Three standout Jamaicans will receive awards from President of the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association, Professor Victor Lopez, during the annual Gibson McCook Relays set for the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts said he has hopes of arranging a match between the Reggae Boyz and two-time World Cup champions Argentina in the near future.

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