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.  

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force coach Meryn Dillion insists he is confident of keeping his job, despite the post recently being advertised by the TTCB.

The 45-year-old former fast bowler took charge of the twin-island republic team in January of last year and has done a commendable job to date.  After taking over a faltering Red Force team in the 2019 edition of the West Indies Championship, Dillon, led the team to a fourth-place finish with a record of three wins, one draw and two losses.

In the following Regional Super50 competition the Red Force went as far as the semi-finals but were defeated by the Leeward Island Hurricanes.  In this season’s edition of the West Indies Four-Day Championship, the Red Force finished second to champions Barbados Pride.  His spell in charge has, however, not been without controversy with Windies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin of throwing him out of the team and not using proper channels of communication, which hurt the team.  Ramdin officially filed a complaint with the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) but was told the matter could not be looked into until the end of the season.

With Dillon’s contract coming to an end at the end of this month, the position has been advertised.  The coach, while insisting that he was not aware the post had been tendered, is confident he will be seen as the right man for the job.

“I am quite confident. I think I am probably in a better position than anybody else to retain the job,” Dillon told Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

“Funny enough I heard about it after one of the (media) guys called me (on Thursday) morning. That’s when I found out about it, which was kind of disappointing because even if it is being advertised I would think I would be one of the first people to be notified,” he added.

Dillon said the president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath told him on Thursday that he was previously informed that the position would be advertised, he does not, however, recall that conversation.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, courtesy of Anderson Phillip and Jyd Goolie, demolished the Windward Volcanoes, winning their West Indies Championship game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy by an innings and 84 runs.

First up, Goolie led the charge in helping the Red Force to a massive 409 all out, before Phillip was the main destroyer in restricting the Volcanoes to 173 and 152.

When the Red Force bat for the only time in the match, Goolie scored 128, to lead all scorers but was more than well supported by Imran Khan, 84, Kyle Hope, 54, and Jason Mohammed, 45, in putting together 409.

That 409 was made despite 5-60 from Preston McSween. Kenneth Dember toiled hard for his three wickets at a cost of 125 runs, while Ryan John took 1-85, and Obed McCoy took 1-77.

In reply, the Volcanoes could only manage 173 largely thanks to the veteran Devon Smith, who top scored with 67.

Phillip was the chief destroyer, bagging 4-53. Akeal Hosein, 2-27, and Khan, 2-6, provided wonderful support.

The Volcanoes follow on didn’t go any better, with Kerron Cottoy’s 35 accounting for the most runs against Phillip’s 6-19 in just 9.2 overs.

Phillip would end with a remarkable 10-72 in the match.

A career-best spell from pacer Anderson Phillip threatened to derail current leaders Barbados Pride against arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the 2019-20 West Indies Championship on Friday.

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.

The Barbados Pride have a massive 329-run lead going into the final day of their West Indies Championship game against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Bridgetown.

After scoring a paltry 209 in their first innings, the Pride hit back by skittling out the Red Force for just 175 before returning to the crease to rack up 342 and put pressure on the visitors who are now struggling at 48-4.

When the Pride bat for a second time, Kraigg Brathwaite scored 58, Sheyne Moseley had a wonderful knock of 155, and Kevin Stoute chipped in with an important 55.

Jeremy Solozano, with an even 50, was the only person to lay down a significant mark on the scoreboard in the Red Force’s 175.

On Sunday morning, Joshua Da Silva, on 23, and Yannic Cariah, on 12, will resume batting for the Red Force with Solozano, 5, Yannick Ottley, 1, Jason Mohammed, 5, and Denesh Ramdin, 0, all back in the pavilion.

Kemar Roach, 2-25, and Chemar Holder, 2-13, have been the destroyers so far.

Roach and Holder had bagged two wickets when they bowled to the Red Force the first time out, providing good support to Keon Harding, who had ended with 5-57.

Their bowlers, led by a destructive spell of fast bowling from Keon Harding, set things up and their batting, lifted by a half-century from their captain and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite, extended Barbados Pride’s lead over Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies Championship in Bridgetown on Friday.

Harding, the leading bowler in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup this past November, continued his fine form when he snared 5-57 from 17.3 overs and the Red Force were dismissed about an hour after lunch for 209 to give the Pride a first-innings lead of 34 on the second day of fifth-round matches in the Championship.

Brathwaite, the Pride captain, hit 58 and left-handed opener Shayne Moseley, his club-mate, was not out on 49.

The Pride opening pair gave the innings a firm foundation before the wickets of Brathwaite, lbw to pacer Terance Hinds, and West Indies teammate Shamarh Brooks, lbw to left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, fell inside the final half-hour to upset the Pride’s momentum.

When bad light stopped play 10 overs early, the Pride were ahead by 161 at 127 for 2 and looking to put themselves in an impregnable position on the third day, on Saturday.

Earlier, five wickets, three to Harding and two to West Indies pacer Kemar Roach, had Red Force rocking on 88 for six.

Resuming from their overnight total of 52 for one, Red Force were 71 for two, when their captain Yannick Ottley was caught behind off Harding for 12.

The real damage to the reply of the Red Force unfolded when they lost left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano for the top score of 50, Jason Mohammed for 11, as well as Denesh Ramdin and Yannic Cariah for ducks without addition to the total in the space of 19 balls.

The visitors got a few small stands from the lower order, led by 28 from Hosein and 27 from Uthman Muhammad, to fashion a respectable total before Harding brought the innings to a close when he claimed his fifth scalp of Muhammad.

Veerasammy Permaul claimed another two wickets as defending champions Guyana Jaguars pushed leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to the edge of defeat, heading into the final day of the West Indies Championship fixture at Providence.

Resuming the day on 53 for 0, the Jaguars, led by a half-century from Chanderpaul Hemraj (54), added another 124 runs before declaring at 177 for 5. Vishaul Singh was unbeaten after adding a patient 37 from 74.

In pursuit of a mammoth 402 to win, the Red Force were in early trouble when pace bowler Keon Joseph struck twice.  Keagan Simmons was the first to go after being caught by Anthony Bramble off the bowling of Joseph in the second over.  Darren Bravo only managed to put two runs on the board before falling to Joseph in the next two overs.  Opener Jeremy Solozano (34) steadied the ship after forming a partnership with Jason Mohammed (33) as the pair put on 62 for the third wicket.  The partnership was, however, broken when Solozano was dismissed lbw by Kevin Sinclair with Jason Mohammed falling to Permaul soon after. 

Permaul further rocked the middle order after having Joshua Da Silva (8) caught by Leon Johnson.  The spinner has so far claimed six wickets in the match so far.  Yannic Cariah put 27 runs on the board but was dismissed lbw by Devendra Bishoo.  Yannick Ottley (13) and  Akeal Hosein (5) close the day as the not out batsmen with a further 280 runs needed for safety.

 

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.

Another devasting spell from pacer Keon Harding powered the West Indies Emerging Players to a nail-biting 10-runs win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Queen’s Park Oval, in Port of Spain, on Tuesday.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat the Emerging Players, anchored by a patient 80 from middle-order batsman Justin Greaves, put 243 runs on the board before being all out.  The team got off to a shaky start after losing opener Gidron Pope for a duck, with just four runs on the board.

Joshua Da Silva (34) joined opener Kimani Melius (39) at the crease and the pair put on 67 for the second wicket.  The partnership ended when Melius was dismissed lbw by Imran Khan.  Greaves, however, then steadied the ship putting on another 93 runs in a partnership with Yannic Cariah.  A late innings collapse, following the dismissal of Greaves, who was caught by Smith off the bowling of Jon-Russ Jaggesar, eroded some of the team’s early work.  Jaggesar was the top bowler after claiming figures of 3 for 33.

In response, Trinidad and Tobago were immediately on the back foot after Harding dismissed Tion Webster for a duck with just two runs on the board.  His opening partner Jeremy Solozano followed soon after, caught for 17 by Keon Harding off the bowling of  Ashmead Nedd.  Kyle Hope (34) and Darren Bravo (34), however, came together to repair some of the early damage as they put on 59 for the third wicket before Hope was caught by Harding off Melius.  A determined stand by Yannick Ottley, however, kept Red Force in the game but his brave 71 off 80 balls proved just short as he was run out with just 10 runs remaining to get.

 

Out of favour Windies batsman, Darren Bravo has admitted an authoritative start to the Colonial Insurance Super50 was a relief after struggling at find form in recent months.

Bravo cracked an unbeaten 115 off 127 balls, anchoring the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in an eight-wickets win over the Windward Island Volcanoes.  The middle-order batsman was ably partnered by Jeremy Solozano who also got to the century mark, scoring 102 from 118 balls.

In an impressive knock, Bravo sent the ball racing to the boundary on five occasions and cleared the rope eight times.  It was a welcome sight for the out of form batsman, who was dropped from the West Indies squad after failing to make any significant or consistent impact at the crease for the past several months.

“I think this innings went a long way for me,” Bravo said following the match.

 “I just needed to back myself in the best possible way.  I know as long as I spent time out in the middle things were going to get easier and that is what I did.”

Bravo who received man-of-the-match honours insisted that patience and communication had been key in the record stand with Solozano.

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