To say that the Jamaica Tallawahs have been having a nightmare 2019 CPL season, would be an understatement. Four straight losses to start the season was immediately followed by a rash of injuries to some key players in the squad.

The recent declaration by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes against Barbados Pride has sent shockwaves through regional cricket.  Is it time to consider a change of the rules regarding bonus points in the West Indies Championships.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes and the Barbados Pride ended a game inside two days, both by declaring when the game did not dictate they needed to. Was the game a disservice to increasing the popularity of the game in the region?

Barbados Pride pace bowler Keon Harding ripped through Leewards Islands Hurricanes batting order to claim a five-for that saw the team dismissed for 90, in day one of the West Indies Championship match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.   

Opener Montcin Hodge was the team’s top batsman on 24 and one of only three to make it into double figures after facing bruising spells from Harding and Miguel Cummins. 

Cummins struck in the first ball of the first over when he had opener Keacy Carty caught for a duck by Jonathan Carter.  The consistent Devon Thomas and Hodge sought to repair the damage and settled in to put on 36 for the second wicket.  Any hopes of a full recovery were, however, quickly dashed when Thomas was caught for 11 by Roston Chase off Harding.  He returned to claim the scalp of Hodge six overs later as the batsman’s resistance came to an end when he was caught by Marquino Mindley.  The team continued to struggle to establish themselves at the crease as Harding then dismissed Akeem Saunders for 5.  Jahmar Hamilton failed to add to the score when he was caught for a duck off Cummins, with Terrance Ward (19) and Alzzari Joseph the only batsmen reaching double digits as the order collapsed.  Harding ended with figures of 5 for 29, with Cummins claiming 3 for 34.

In response, Barbados were in early trouble after losing opener Shayne Moseley and Kraigg Brathwaite with only 10 runs on the board.  Moseley was run out for 1 by Nelson Bolan with Brathwaite caught by Devon Thomas off the bowling of Cornwall.  Shamarh Brooks, however, put an end to the slide as his unbeaten 79 from 144 pushed Barbados to 154 for 4.  Shane Dowrich (28) was the team’s other unbeaten batsman as the Pride ended the day with a 64-run lead.

Marquino Mindley proved the hero as Barbados Pride secured a nervous two-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions, after rash batting late on left the West Indies Championship encounter at Sabina Park in the balance on Sunday.

Entering the day needing just 157 to win, Barbados seemed well on their way to a comfortable win after a half century from Shamar Brooks, who made 71 from 146, put the team in pole position. 

Brooks, who came to the crease following the departure of opener Shayne Mosely (3), was a steadying influence as wickets fell at regular intervals.  He was the central part of key middle order partnerships with Jonathan Carter (6), Roston Chase (18) and Shamar Springer (18).  He was, however, eventually bowled by Nikita Miller to leave the team at 143 for 6.

 With just 14 runs remaining to get, however, it seemed the Pride would have little trouble coasting to the line. 

The quick dismissals of Tevyn Walcott (6), who caught by Nicholas Gordon off the bowling of Akim Frazer (0) and Keon Harding, who was bowled by Nikita Miller, left the team in a tenuous position.  Mindley, however, made a determined 12 from 11 deliveries to see the Pride over the line.  At the other end Miguel Cummins was not out on 2.

Frazer and Miller each claimed three wickets apiece for the Scorpions.

The Jamaica Scorpions have highlighted why they are at the bottom of the West Indies Championship standings after poor batting displays have left them with just 157 runs to defend against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park. 

Half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Paul Palmer spared the Jamaica Scorpions blushes on the opening day of their West Indies Championship match against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park on Thursday.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes continued to win over the weekend in the hopes they could catch a slipping Guyana Jaguars, however the defending champions have not slowed with a big win over the Barbados Pride. 

A devastating hat-trick from pace bowler Miguel Cummins triggered a spectacular Windward Islands Volcanoes collapse, to hand Barbados Pride what seemed an unlikely victory in the West Indies Championship at Arnos Vale on Sunday.

Heading into the final day’s play, the Volcanoes found themselves at 181 for 3, needing a mere 89 runs to win with seven wickets still in hand.  The task, however, proved to be far more difficult than expected.

Overnight batsman Kavem Hodge, who scored a resolute 65 from 165 balls, was the first to go after being bowled by Jomel Warrican soon after the resumption.  His overnight partner Roland Cato did not fare much better.  Cato added five to his previous 26 before becoming the first victim of Cummins, when he was caught by Tevyn Walcott.  Cummins sent back Dennis Smith for a duck just three balls later and Ray Jordan would be his third wicket when he was sent back, for one, three balls later.

Alick Athanaze and Sherman Lewis, however, seemed determined to rescue the situation, adding an eighth-wicket partnership of 41.  The partnership was broken, however, when Lewis (21) was caught by Tevyn Walcott off the bowling of Chaim Holder.  Athanaze also met his end at the hands of Holder as he was caught by Jonathan Carter on 33, to leave the Hurricanes at 246 for 9 still some 24 runs short of the target.  Larry Edwards was then bowled by Warrican.  

 

The Windward Islands Volcanoes are on the verge of an important win over the Barbados Pride in the West Indies Championship game being played at Arnos Vale.

With a day to go, the Volcanoes need 89 runs and have seven wickets in hand. 

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.

A powerful unbeaten century from Jonathan Carter handed the Barbados Pride a sensational four-wicket win over T&T Red Force on a day they began with it all to do at Kensington Oval.

In pursuit of a sizable 309 for victory, things began in bleak fashion when the overnight openers Shane Mosley and Rashidi Boucher were sent packing early.  Mosley only managed to add three to his overnight total as he was caught by Jeremy Solozano off the bowling of Daniel St Clair.

 Boucher departed just three overs later when he was caught, for 15, by Joshua Da Silva off Ravindaranth Rampaul to leave the squad wobbling at 24 for 2.  Aaron Jones was next to be dismissed when he bowled for 11 by Bryan Charles to leave the team at 53 for 3.

Carter, however, began the recovery effort and after losing Kevin Stoute (11) and Nicholas Kirton (12) as early partners, put on a massive 128 for the sixth wicket with Shamar Springer.

 The middle-order batsman then added another 94 for the seventh wicket with Tevyn Walcott, who was also unbeaten on 48.  Springer was good for a solid 66 from 105 balls. 

Red Force bowler Yannic Cariah was unable to repeat his first innings heroics as he claimed 1 for 30.  Daniel St Clair was the team’s most successful bowler after ending with 2 for 59.  The Pride reached their target a 326 for 6.

 

The Barbados Pride are 15 without loss in chase of 324 for victory headed into the last day of their West Indies Championship game against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval. 

Defending champions of the West Indies Championship, the Guyana Jaguars must have thought they were in for an easy day, but a lower-order stand from the Jamaica Scorpions of 90 have meant they were made to wait. 

The Windward Islands Volcanoes crushed the remaining resistance from the Barbados Pride to secure a comfortable 8-wicket win at the Kensington Oval on Sunday.

Resuming the day still some 60 runs short of the Volcanoes first innings total of 470, the overnight duo of Shamar Springer and Tevy Walcott did not add much more to their total before heading back to the pavilion.

Walcott became was Ray Jordan's first wicket of the innings when he was out for 27 after being caught by Larry Edward.  Springer stuck around a few overs more but after adding 24 to his overnight total became Kaven Hodge’s third wicket of the innings when he was caught by Obed McCoy.

Ashley Nurse added a productive 32 from 36 deliveries by became Jordan’s second wicket when he was caught by Taryck Gabriel to end the innings at 250 all out for an overall lead of 33.

In pursuit of the small target, Gabriel was dismissed in the third over without scoring and Roland Cato caught by Walcott off Chemar Holder but Smith and, who was not out on 10 and Kirk Edwards (8) eased the team over the line.

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