A solid century from opener Devon Smith gave the Windward Islands a solid start against Jamaica Scorpions in the West Indies Championship at Grenada National Stadium on Thursday.

At the close of play, the Windwards stood at 256 for 6 an innings underpinned by a patient 124 off 209 balls from Smith.  The batsman’s stubborn knock included 16 fours and no sixes.  A five-for from the Scorpions Dennis Bulli limited the damage somewhat as he ended with figures of 94 for 5.  In fact, with Smith’s obstinance to contend with, it was Bulli who claimed wickets at regular intervals and accounted for the entire top order. 

Smith’s opening partner Taryck Gabriel was the first of his victims as he was trapped lbw for 10 after facing 61 balls.  The pair Tyrone Theophile and Kirk Edwards, who next up at the crease, fared even worse off as they were consecutively bowled for eight runs each, having faced a total of 32 balls. 

Kavem Hodge then joined Smith at the crease and the pair put on 144 for the fourth wicket.  From a strong position of 205 for 3 the Windwards experienced a setback when Hodge was dismissed by Chadwick Walton for 56 and Smith, the victim of the brilliant Bulli, followed two overs later.  Alick Athanaze meekly two overs after adding a single run before being caught by Kenroy Williams off the bowling of Bulli.  Dennis Smith (36) and Sherman Lewis (16) will return as the not out batsmen.

Kevin Stoute took 6 for 34 to reduce the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to 170 all out after just 60.4 overs against the Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Thursday.

Rahkeem Cornwall’s four-wicket haul and three from Damion Jacobs reduced defending champions Guyana Jaguars to 196 all over during Thursday’s first day of round four of the West Indies Championships at Providence.

Asim Bazzarath who on Wednesday, won a fourth term as president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, claims that the court matter brought by rival Dinanath Ramnarine two years ago stifled the development of cricket in the twin-island republic.

The economic impact of the Caribbean Premier League reporting on the countries hosting matches continues to see steady growth, according to figures released by the CPL on Thursday.

Mark Wood has been called up to the England Test squad for the series against West Indies as a replacement for fellow paceman Olly Stone.

Sri Lanka are hopeful Kusal Mendis will be fit for the first Test against Australia after suffering a finger injury on day one of their tour match in Hobart. 

The batsman felt the force at short leg when Jake Doran played a sweep shot to a Dilruwan Perera delivery during the second session of play. 

Kusal will go for a scan on the ring finger on his right hand on Friday, less than a week before the tourists start a two-match series against Australia at the Gabba. 

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said: "He can't hold the bat so hopefully in 24 hours' time we'll know more, 

"He was in quite a lot of pain but now he's okay after icing it a couple of times." 

Kurtis Patterson made 157 not out and Doran was unbeaten on 102 as a Cricket Australia XI declared on 316-5, with Sri Lanka 38 without loss at stumps in their opening tour match. 

Hathurusingha was concerned to see Sri Lanka bowl 12 front-foot no balls. 

"It's a big concern. We need to get that right because it's happened to us again," he said. 

"The spinners also bowled no-balls in the England series and we got, I think, three wickets off no-balls so it's a big concern. We need to get it right soon." 

 

David Warner is to return to Australia after picking up an elbow injury while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Shane Watson scored the first century of the Big Bash League season before a power cut forced the abandonment of Sydney Thunder's match at Brisbane Heat on Thursday.

After another resounding defeat at the hands of Azim Bassarath for the post of Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president should Dinanath Ramnarine call it quits?

Azim Bassarath has retained the presidency of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board following elections held on Wednesday evening.

Windies cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammed insists it would be difficult to argue against recently recalled batsman Darren Bravo’s spot in the squad, based on merit, due to the lack of quality options available to the regional selectors.

The 29-year old batsman has been called to the team ahead of the Test series against England, his first inclusion in a regional team for the game’s longest format in two years. 

Having been out of the game for an extended period, Bravo, who boasts a Test average of 40, would hardly have had a recent record of form to recommend him to the squad, having only played one match in the ongoing West Indies Championship. 

Following a disastrous tour of Asia, however, a board of selectors looking for changes and experience could hardly be expected to pass over the talented batsman.    

“He has justified it on reputation not performance, as far as first-class cricket is concerned,” Mohammed told the SportsMax Zone.

“If you use the yardstick of having played a lot of first-class cricket to confirm your spot it would be difficult as he has only played the one match for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force the previous weekend,” he added.

“The fact of the matter is that the cupboard is pretty much bare when it comes to West Indies cricket at the moment and therefore you would have expected changes following the embarrassment in India and Bangladesh.”

Bravo ran afoul of the regional body in 2016 after calling Cricket West Indies boss Dave Cameron a ‘big idiot’ in a tweet.

Olly Stone will be sent home from England's tour of the West Indies after suffering a stress injury in his lower back.

Former West Indies batsman Dr Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been appointed interim assistant coach of the Guyana Jaguars with immediate effect.

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