Leeward Islands wicket-keeper batsman Devon Thomas is one of the notable ommissions from this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), but according to the Antigua-born cricketer, it was expected.

Thomas did not have a fantastic CPL for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last year, and says he needs to show improvement even though he feels disappointment.

According to Thomas, who was speaking with the Antigua Observer, his performances over the years matter very little in franchise cricket and what you have done last may count against you.

“Playing for St Kitts, I have been the second leading scorer over the last few years, so I was a bit disappointed but at the end of the day, it’s a franchise and they are coming with a different plan and different owners,” he said.

“Also, last year I got a few starts but I didn’t capitalise on those starts so I have to look back on myself and say I let myself down as well,” he said.

Thomas only scored 180 runs in the CPL last year, even though he had a high-score of 71.

But Thomas isn’t sitting on his laurels. The 30-year-old is already looking at making an impact in next season’s Super50 and four-day competition for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

“They [LICB] have given us a programme to work with and I think that it was just last week Friday we did a fitness test, a yoyo test, so I’ve been keeping in good shape. I am just lacking of hitting balls, that’s the only thing,” said Thomas.

“As I’ve said, I have to be more consistent and I wasn’t consistent enough. I did okay in the Super50 but I had a poor run in the Four Day so I have to try and fix those things and have better consistent performances going forward.”

Thomas was not retained by the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and had gone into the CPL draft as a result, but was not picked up by any of the other five franchises.

The Guyana Jaguars are the winners of the inaugural All-Time West Indies Championship after a rip-roaring week of cricket online.

According to the vote, the Barbados Pride were the team to finish second while the Jamaica Scorpions were third.

Rounding out the six-team table were the Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who tied for fourth, while the Windward Islands Volcanoes found themselves rooted to the floor.

 

 

 

So, according to the fans of regional cricket, Guyana, with an elegant batting line-up, led by none other than the greatest West Indies captain of all time, Clive Lloyd, would find a way to get it done against an all-powerful Barbados unit.

Barbados, of course, boasts the most powerful team on paper, with Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes opening, followed by a middle-order with the likes of the three Ws, Conrade hunte, and the greatest all-rounder the game has ever seen in Sir Garfield Sobers as well as an opening bowling pairing of Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall.

According to the voting, done over the last week, the powerful hitting of Chris Gayle, in tandem with the unmatched consistency of George Headley and the fearsome bowling attack of Patrick Patterson and Michael Holding, backed up by Courtney Walsh and the most prolific regional bowler of all time, Nikita Miller, would help the Jamaica Scorpions get the better of Brian Lara and Ian Bishop from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, as well as the combination of Richie Richardson, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts and Curtly Ambrose from the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

The Jaguars won the voting with a massive 44.44 per cent of the votes, while The Pride mustered a commendable 35.19 per cent.

The Scorpions were well beaten into third with just 16.67 per cent of the votes going their way, but they were street and lane better than the Hurricanes and the Red Force who shared 1.85 per cent of the votes. The Volcanoes are yet to register a vote in the conversation.

I think I will leave the voting open for another week just to see if the fans of regional cricket change their minds over time. You can vote by clicking here. If there are any changes, next week I will mention them in whatever we choose as our next BestXI to pay attention to.

Please feel free to comment on the voting to date in the comments section on Facebook or Twitter. Pick the rundown of places from 1-6 you would have chosen. We always want to hear from you.  

A match-finishing spell from Jamaica Scorpions pace bowler Derval Green wrapped up an emphatic 118 runs victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes, in the West Indies Championship, at Northsound on Sunday.

Green’s final day haul of three wickets pushed the bowler’s second innings tally to 5 for 75 and

9 for 159 overall as the Leewards came crashing down for 183.  The total was still well short of the Scorpion's first innings total of 516 for 9.  Beginning the day at 134-6 and with Montcin Hodge (60) and Hayden Walsh Jr leading the battle for an unlikely draw, the Leewards were roiled early when Green uprooted Hodge.  The batsman was just able to one more run to his overnight total.

Alzarri Joseph who made 89 in the first innings did not have that much of an impact this time around as he lasted just three deliveries before being bowled by Marquino Mindley.  Walsh battled on to make 35 but was also removed by Green to leave the Leewards at an irretrievable 154 for 9.  Jeremiah Louis added a spirited 29 from 23 balls but became Green’s fifth victim to leave Kian Pemberton on 1 and the Hurricanes resistance at an end.  Mindley ended with second-innings figures of 2 for 61.

Earlier the Jamaica Scorpions had been powered to their massive first innings total by 248 from Jermaine Blackwood and then skittled out the Leewards for 281.

 

The Jamaica Scorpions, with a lead of 167 and just four second-innings wickets to get, are on the verge of a big victory against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes heading into the final day of their 2020 West Indies Championship game at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua & Barbuda.

Scores in the game so far, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, 260 and 134-6, against the Jamaica Scorpions, 561-9 declared.

After a first-innings performance with the ball that restricted the Hurricanes to 260, thanks to Marquino Mindley’s 5-65 and Derval Green’s 4-84.

The Scorpions responded brilliantly courtesy of 248 from discarded West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who slammed 248, and by opener John Campbell, who scored his fifth first-class century, this time scoring 112.

Nkrumah Bonner, 48, and Jamie Merchant, 50 not out, played good supporting roles in helping the Scorpions rack up 561.

On Saturday, despite Montcin Hodge’s unbeaten 60, Green’s 2-49, Mindley’s 1-39, and 3-12 from Jamie Merchant, left the Hurricanes struggling at 134, still some 167 runs away from making the Scorpions bat again.

There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for the Hurricanes with Alzarri Joseph and Jeremiah Louis yet to bat. Joseph scored 89 in the first innings, while Louis also notched a half century, getting to 75 before he was last man out.

Hayden Walsh Jr is also still at the crease with Hodge on 18.

Leeward Islands Hurricanes all-rounder Rakheem Cornwall helped himself to an eight-wicket haul to force a draw with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in the West Indies Championship fixture at Basseterre.

The Red Force resumed the day at 96 for 6, already under a blistering attack from the burly spinner who removed five of the six batsmen dismissed on the third day.  On the resumption, Cornwall picked up where he left off, accounting for Joshua Da Silva, who battled to 79, before dismissing lower-order batsmen Terrance Hinds (8), Uthman Muhammad(14) and Anderson Phillip (0) as the Red Force collapsed.

With Trinidad and Tobago all-out for 155, the Hurricanes looked set to make it a close contest after needing 191 to win and they took the opportunity.  A strong bowling attack led by Akeal Hosein and Iram Khan, however, prevented the Leewards from having an easy run at the total.

Cornwall, however, returned to have a good go at the target, compiling a brisk 48 from 44 before caught by Khan off Hosein.  Devon Thomas provided solid support with 34 from 82 but the Leewards ran out of time with the score stuck on 183 for 9 and just eight runs short of the target. Hosein ended with figures of 4 for 40, with Khan claiming 3 for 44.

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force have it in their hands to decide if their West Indies Championship game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park in St Kitts ends in a win, loss or draw.

The Red Force, going into Sunday’s final day, enjoy a lead of 130 runs with four second-innings wickets still intact.

Of course, they need quite a few more runs to ensure they do not lose to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, who made 251 in their first innings.

Batting first, the Hurricanes scored 287 thanks to a lower-order fightback from Terrance Ward, who scored 89 to save them from a particularly poor total against an all-round bowling performance from the Hurricanes, including 3-62 from Jermiah Lewis, 2-87 from Sheeno Berridge, 2-43 from Nino Henry, and 2-74 from Rahkeem Cornwall.

The Hurricanes’ 251-run reply came on the back of Amir Jangoo’s 90, and against Imran Khan’s 4-67.

There were also two wickets apiece for Anderson Phillip (2-54), Akeal Hosein (2-52), and Uthman Muhammed (2-51).

On Saturday, the penultimate day of the contest, the Red Force made their way to 94-6, with Joshua Da Silva not out on 45. Hosein has joined him at the crease but is yet to score.

The Red Force have to bat long enough to ensure the Hurricanes do not have time to overhaul their target but must be wary of Cornwall who has sent five of the six batsmen to have fallen back to the pavilion. Cornwall has 5-29 so far this innings and seven wickets in the match.

A five-for from Jamaica Scorpions pacer Nicholson Gordon helped unlocked the stubborn resistance of Leewards Hurricanes, in a 5 wickets triumph, in the West Indies Championship.

Resuming the day at 134 for 4, the Hurricanes were eventually all out for a battling 294 and leaving the Scorpions needing 137 to win.  In response, an unbeaten 66 from 48 from Nkruma Bonner, who received support in the form of 38 off 34 from Jermaine Blackwood was good enough for the Scorpions to surpass the total at 137 for 5.

Earlier, Jahmar Hamilton (12) and Terrence Ward (20) were the ones to resume the Leewards fight and added a useful 5th wicket partnership of 110.  With the team seemingly on the way to a 300 plus total, the partnership was broken when Hamilton was bowled on 54 by Bonner.  Ward was the next to go as he was caught by Dennis Smith, on 74, off the bowling of Nicholas Gordon. 

Rahkeem Cornwall added 22 before being another victim of Gordon as the Leewards lost momentum and crashed at 294 all out.

The Jamaica Scorpions are in a race against time headed into the final day of their West Indies Championship game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Sunday at the Trelawny Muli-Purpose Stadium.

Scores in the match so far, the Scorpions, 385, and the Hurricanes, 227 and 134-4.

The Scorpions, batting first, posted the competitive total thanks to Jermaine Blackwood’s 98 and Denis Smith’s 84.

In reply, only Montcin Hodge, 52, and Terance Ward, 65, made it to landmarks while Amir Jangoo scored 35 before he was run out.

Patrick Harty was the pick of the Scorpions bowling, bagging 4-43 on the way to restricting the Hurricanes to just 227.

Batting a second time and facing a deficit of 158, the Hurricanes made a fight of it but were pegged back by Nicholas Gordon’s 2-44.

That fight came mostly from the bat of Kieran Powell, who scored 54 before Gordon had him caught by Smith.

1-37 from Harty and 1-27 from Pete Salmon left the Hurricanes 24 runs short with just six second-innings wickets still intact.

The Hurricanes could bat for a long time tomorrow and end the match in a stalemate, as Jahmar Hamilton, 12, and Ward, 20, have hunkered down.

The Scorpions, on the other hand, will look to get rid of these six wickets as soon as possible and set to the task of overhauling what they hope will be a very small target. They currently lead by 24 runs.

Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood narrowly missed out on a hundred but anchored Jamaica Scorpions to 33-run,first-innings lead so far against the Leeward Islands in Trelawny on Friday.

Blackwood hit the top score of 98 and the Scorpions batted consistently down the order to finish the day with a tidy advantage as the Scorpions closed on 260 for 6.

Blackwood shared stands of 52 with Paul Palmer for the third wicket and 58 with Oraine Williams for the fifth wicket to power the Scorpions’ innings.

Several others got starts, but they failed to carry on – Grenadian wicketkeeper/batsman Denis Smith, one of the Scorpions draft imports, was not out on 36; West Indies left-handed opener John Campbell, the Scorpions captain, made 35; Williams got 30 and Palmer added 21.

 West Indies off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers, taking 3-72 from 28 overs, and pacer Sheno Berridge captured 2-47 from 10 overs.

 Earlier, Hurricanes resumed from their overnight total of 215 for nine and were bowled out inside the first hour.

 Pacer Nicholson Gordon took the last wicket of Berridge for one and finished with 2-54 from 20.4 overs.

The Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium will host the next two home matches for the Jamaica Scorpions in the CWI 4-day PCL (Windies Championship).

Rounds five and six will take regional cricket action to fans in western Jamaica February 13 – 16 and February 27 – March 1 as Jamaica host the Leeward Islands and Guyana Jaguars, respectively.

This will be the first time that the venue is being used to host matches in this competition. Sabina Park is listed as the official home ground of the Scorpions but CWI granted permission to play games there as all the standard requirements were met.

Previously, the venue hosted international cricket and West Indies Fist-Class matches.

This season Sabina Park has not been a space with many happy memories for the Scorpions who eked out a draw against the Windward Islands Volcanoes and lost to the Barbados Pride in rounds two and three respectively.

Captain John Campbell, however, is not focusing on the venue.

“It’s all about the quality of the cricket that we play. The location of the ground is of little significance, there are more important factors to consider,” he said.

“The condition of the pitch and outfield, the existing weather conditions, the available players and their health, their form among other things. We focus on the best way to deliver the game plan designed by the coaching staff.”

Scorpions Head Coach Andre Coley complimented his team’s approach to the game which earned them a victory against five-time champion Guyana Jaguars on their home patch.

“We weren’t daunted by the strength of the opponent or their form in this season. The team dug deep and delivered an inspired performance. At times the game was in the balance and we did what was necessary to swing it in our favour,” he said.

“How we want to play won’t change. We must maintain discipline and focus; we have to do the basics perfectly. We observed carefully what inputs and execution made us win so we’ll be repeating those things. There are areas for improvement; we have to post higher first innings totals and the batsmen have to build solid, long-lasting partnerships.

“The big lesson from the victory in our last game is that we are good enough. The team has talent – technically and tactically. Our application must be consistently good if we are going to  secure winning results.”

After four rounds of play, Jamaica currently sits in fifth place with 36.8 points, just a place above the Leeward Islands who anchor the table on 29.2 points.

Scorpions squad: John Campbell – Captain, Assad Fudadin, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Paul Palmer, Pete Salmon, Denis Smith, Jamie Merchant, Derval Smith, Marquino Mindley, Nicholson Gordon, Patrick Harty and Oraine Williams

LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES: Jahmar Hamilton (captain), Colin Archibald, Sheno Berridge, Rahkeem Cornwall, Nino Henry, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Amir Jangoo, Jaison Peters, Kieran Powell, Ross Powell, Devon Thomas, Terance Warde.

 

A career-best spell from Sheeno Berridge undermined hosts Windward Islands Volcanoes and set up Leeward Islands Hurricanes for their first win of the season by 165 runs at Gros Islet.

Kieran Powell and Amir Jangoo followed up a strong bowling performance led by West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph to put Leeward Islands Hurricanes in a strong position against Windward Islands Volcanoes in their rain-marred, day/night contest at Gros Islet.

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein completed a career-best to propel home team Trinidad & Tobago Red Force to an innings and 168-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

A maiden hundred from rookie tail-ender Terrance Hinds combined with a destructive spell from left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein put hosts Trinidad & Tobago on the brink of victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the West Indies Championship on Saturday.

Odean Smith was the chief destroyer as the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force gained the early ascendancy on the first day of their second-round regional-four day match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Tarouba on Thursday.

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