The Barbados Pride completed a 236-run victory over the Guyana Jaguars on Saturday, courtesy of West Indies stars Jason Holder and Kemar Roach in their West Indies Championship game at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.

The Pride were devastating with the ball, restricting the Jaguars to under 100 in both innings, the hosts scoring 55 and 94. While the Pride didn’t cover themselves with glory when they bat either, their 174 and 210 were more than enough.

When the Pride bat first, they had no answer to Keemo Paul, whose 3-61 led the way. They didn’t have many responses to Romario Shepherd (2-15), or Raymon Reifer (2-19).

But if the Pride had no answer to the trio, the Jaguars didn’t even understand the questions Roach, who bagged 5-20 and Holder, who had 4-24, were asking.

The two helped reduce the Jaguars to 54 before going back to bat where they fared a little better in the runs column but still could not deal with the pace and guile of Paul, who had 4-52. Kevin Sinclair, 2-28, and Christopher Barnwell, 2-26, were also markedly difficult for the Pride to negotiate, who benefitted from Kraigg Brathwaite’s 84 and Jonathan Carter’s 43.

In the first innings, Brathwaite had scored an important 48.

With a lead of 329, Roach and Co set to work again.

Roach ended with 4-40, while Chemar Holder got in on the act with 2-29.

Jason Holder had an easy afternoon, bowling just four overs, with 1-10.

Carter was also in the thick of things, taking 3-13.

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.

Former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning pacer Chemar Holder led the demolition of the Jamaica Scorpions batting with a career-best return, propelling Barbados Pride to a 119-run victory in the West Indies Championship on Saturday.

Cricket West Indies has instituted a mandatory rest period for Test captain Jason Holder in what seems to be a calculated bid to avoid overuse injuries or player burnout.

Holder, who was a part of the team’s recent tour of India, will be rested for both the three-match ODI and Twenty20 series against Ireland.  The player will also be unavailable for his regional team Barbados in the upcoming four-day competition fixtures.

“Jason will be rested during the Ireland series and will be unavailable for Barbados until the end of the series against Sri Lanka in February. He will then be assessed coming out of the SL series and a decision made and communicated on what his regional workloads will be for the later rounds of the 4-day competition,” CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams told Barbados Today.

With a busy 2020 coming up, which will includes the team’s defense of the T20 World title, another player targeted for load management is fast bowler Kemar Roach.

The bowler is not in the Barbados team for the opening match against Windward Islands Volcanoes in St. Vincent following a request from Cricket West Indies (CWI) that he plays six of the maximum ten matches.

“We see the need to manage Kemar and Jason’s workloads to get the best out of them for 2020," Adams explained.

 

 

Another emphatic India victory over West Indies continues to look inevitable in Kingston after the overmatched hosts ended day three on 45-2 in their second innings, having been set 468 for victory.

Jasprit Bumrah's six-wicket burst on the previous evening put India - winners of the series-opener by 318 runs - in total command of the second Test and ensured the Windies began Sunday's play trailing by 329 on 87-7.

They were dismissed for 117 before lunch, despite contrasting shows of modest resistance from Jahmar Hamilton and Kemar Roach, before India opted against enforcing the follow-on and declared on 168-4 to leave a mammoth target.

Roach removed touring skipper Virat Kohli for a golden duck and came agonisingly close to emulating Bumrah's hat-trick from the previous day, only missing out on a third wicket in as many balls when Ajinkya Rahane inside-edged a delivery past his stumps for four.

Kohli's exit left India 36-3, but Rahane (64 not out) and first-innings centurion Hanuma Vihari (53 not out) raised the tempo in a fifth-wicket stand of 111 that set up an evening declaration.

The Windies then lost both of their opening batsmen in the 13 overs before stumps and appear to be facing a hopeless task with two days still remaining.

Although India are in command, Roach could be proud of his efforts on Sunday.

He struck a trio of boundaries in an innings of 17 that, in tandem with Hamilton's 59-ball five, at least prolonged the Windies' miserable first innings.

Roach then starred with the ball when India batted again, trapping Mayank Agarwal lbw for four before striking twice in the 21st over.

KL Rahul's painful innings of six, which spanned 63 balls, ended when he was caught behind and Kohli immediately followed suit having been forced to play at a teasing delivery.

Roach then found Rahane's inside edge with his next delivery, but the ball narrowly missed the stumps and instead ran to the fence.

West Indies' only subsequent success came courtesy of skipper Jason Holder, who ousted Cheteshwar Pujara for 27 before Rahane and Vihari found fluency in the evening session.

Kohli called a halt to the innings after both batsmen passed 50 and soon had reason to celebrate as Kraigg Brathwaite edged Ishant Sharma through to Rishabh Pant in the third over of the Windies' second dig.

John Campbell was guilty of an inexcusably loose shot as he drove airily at Mohammed Shami to be caught by Kohli at third slip.

Darren Bravo made it through to stumps in the company of Shamarh Brooks, but the former suffered a nasty blow to the helmet from Bumrah in the final over of the day.

Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel got West Indies off to a promising start on a rain-affected day one of the Test series against India before Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship with a half-century at North Sound.

Roach took 3-43 and fellow paceman Gabriel (2-49) also shone in Antigua, where the tourists recovered from 25-3 to 203-6 at stumps on Thursday.

Rahane made a patient 81 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to rescue the top-ranked side, who left out spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma.

KL Rahul chipped in with 44 on an opening day in which only 68.5 overs were bowled due to the weather, which brought play to a premature end.

India were in trouble on 7-2 after the lively Roach struck twice in the fifth over, snaring Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara caught behind with a hostile display of bowling with the new ball.

Gabriel then claimed the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli, who was taken by debutant Shamarh Brooks in the gully for just nine to leave the tourists deeper in the mire.

Rahul and Rahane prevented any further damage from being done before lunch, digging in as the Windies attack continued to probe.

Rahul hung in there following an edgy start and Miguel Cummins was unable to cling on to a difficult chance to see the back of Rahane, who drove with increasing assurance.

Roston Chase (1-42) ended a fourth-wicket stand of 68 by getting Rahul caught behind down the leg side and India were 134-4 when tea was taken early due to rain.

Hanuma Vihari, playing in only his fifth Test, struck five boundaries in his 32 before edging Roach behind and Rahane missed out on a century when he chopped on attempting to punch Gabriel through the off side.

Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 20 and Ravindra Jadeja dug in for three before stumps were called after the rain returned.

Kemar Roach says West Indies must take a long, hard look at themselves after their Cricket World Cup failure but feels the future is still bright for Jason Holder's side.

The Windies' hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals were dashed when India consigned them to a chastening 125-run defeat at Old Trafford on Thursday.

India posted 268-7 after Virat Kohli won the toss on a glorious day in Manchester, the captain making 72 and MS Dhoni 56 not out.

The hostile Roach (3-36) was the pick of the Windies bowlers, with excellent support from Sheldon Cottrell (2-50) and captain Jason Holder (2-33).

Holder's men collapsed from 71-2 to 143 all out in reply, paying the price for a lack of application - Mohammed Shami doing much of the damage with outstanding figures of 4-16.

Paceman Roach says the Windies must learn their lessons after falling short in the tournament.

"All the bowlers bowled well. To restrict India for 260 is always going to be good," he told the media.

"They're a quality batting line-up, some world-class players on their team. And I think 260 on that pitch was, for me, [was] below par. But it was just not our day for the batsmen. So we go look at ourselves deeply and obviously move forward."

He added: "I think we have a bright future. We have some quality players around. [Shimron] Hetmyer and Oshane [Thomas], the younger guys, once they get some good guidance, they'll do well for West Indies.

"And I'm confident in the guys. I'll always be a fan of West Indies cricket for sure. And there's no doubt about it.

"It's all a good future for us. There's a couple of guys back home doing well as well. So hopefully we'll see these guys filter into the West Indies team in the probably near future."

West Indies' pacers have shown sparks of the old Caribbean fire, but it needs to translate into more consistency, and wins for the team, before they can be truly compared to the greats of that era. 

Windies fast bowler Kemar Roach has declared himself almost fully recovered from a troublesome back injury and targeted making an appearance at next month’s ICC World Cup.

The 30-year-old pace bowler recently gave another stark example of his immense talent after claiming a five-wicket haul against England in the first Test at Kensington Oval, January.  He returned to take eight wickets in the second Test, before sitting out the third with the back injury.

 “I am not 100 per cent. There are still a couple of weeks before the first game in Ireland, so I am gradually improving and I will be ready for the first game. I bowled a lot of overs in the Test series against England which took a toll on me but I am back now and ready to go,” Roach told Barbados Today.

Roach has, however, not made a One Day International (ODI) appearance for the Windies since Bangladesh in December of last year.  On that occasion, the bowler injured his hamstring.  The bowler will hope to stake his claim for a spot in the ODI squad when the team faces Ireland and Bangladesh in a Tri-series next month.

“In one-day cricket, I have to get back in the frame of things. The last ODI series I played in was in Bangladesh and I got injured there as well. So, it is about building up for all of the ODIs coming after a long World Cup at home and overseas, I am prepared to go out there and give it my best shot,” Roach said.

“Playing in the World Cup is something I have been working towards in the last couple of weeks so hopefully, if selected, I will give it my best shot and go out there and try hard to bring home the silverware for the West Indies.”

Roach has taken 184 wickets from 53 Test matches and 114 scalps from 80 ODIs.

 

 

 

On the eve of the third and final Test against England, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is hoping for a bounty of wickets on a St. Lucia pitch that has been good to him in the past.

Windies captain Jason Holder has climbed into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres Test Player Rankings following the completion of the Test against England in Antigua last Saturday.

Kemar Roach and Jason Holder took four wickets apiece as the magnificent West Indies tore through brittle England yet again to seal a crushing, series-clinching 10-wicket victory on day three in Antigua. 

West Indies' pacemen took advantage of a lively surface in Antigua to dismiss England for 187 on the opening day of the second Test, before reaching 30 without loss in reply. 

Kemar Roach (4-30) and Shannon Gabriel (3-45) were the chief destroyers as the tourists, who were skittled for 77 in Barbados en route to a thumping first-Test defeat, again endured a tough time of things with the bat. 

Seven of England's 11 batsmen failed to make double figures and they were grateful to Jonny Bairstow (52), Moeen Ali (60) and Ben Foakes (35) for their roles in a recovery of sorts from 34-3 and 93-6. 

Given the amount of variable bounce and seam movement in evidence on day one, Joe Root's men may feel they have enough runs to be competitive, but Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell enhanced the Windies' position with a gutsy and patient opening stand. 

England's first-wicket pair were parted inside five overs after the hosts elected to bowl, Roach squaring up Rory Burns (4) with a beauty that induced an edge to Jason Holder at second slip. 

Joe Denly, making his Test debut at 32, failed to convince and made just six before departing in abysmal fashion, swishing wildly to feather an edge behind from Alzarri Joseph's first ball, a dreadful loosener well outside off stump. 

Root then fell to a brute of a delivery that epitomised the unpredictability of the playing surface, as a full ball from Joseph reared up alarmingly to take the glove and loop to the slip cordon, where a leaping Campbell parried it upwards to allow Shai Hope to complete the catch. 

The promoted Jos Buttler did not last long before becoming Holder's first scalp, but Bairstow counter-attacked superbly, bringing up a thrilling half-century before lunch. 

When Bairstow and Ben Stokes were ousted by Roach and a fired-up Gabriel respectively early in the afternoon, England were in disarray, but Moeen and Foakes brought some much-needed stability in a stand of 85.

However, Moeen was caught at mid-on early in the evening session when a Roach delivery appeared to get stuck in the pitch and West Indies brought a swift end to the innings thereafter, with Foakes playing on to Gabriel via glove and hip before Sam Curran and James Anderson followed in quick succession.

Wicketkeeper Foakes was absent when England took the field, bruising on his right hand pressing Bairstow into action behind the stumps.

There was still plenty of movement on offer as the Windies began their reply, but Brathwaite and Campbell - who finished up unbeaten on 11 and 16 respectively - dug in to survive 21 overs, registering a solitary boundary between them.

Campbell did get away with one moment of madness when he attempted an over-ambitious scoop off the recalled Stuart Broad and succeeded only in diverting the ball into his own neck, while England spurned a review for lbw as Curran was shown to have overstepped.

England opener Rory Burns insists he is relishing the prospect of facing a furious Windies pace attack when the second Test match gets under way on Thursday.

The Englishmen will be eager to recover from an unexpected bruising defeat in the first Test, which saw them destroyed by 381-runs at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. 

In a chastening experience for England, the team failed to get to triple figures in the first innings after they were scorched by a fiery spell from Kemar Roach who claimed a six-wicket haul.  Roach was backed by nippy spells from Shannon Gabriel who kept the English batsmen on their toes.  The performance had a few thinking of a vintage West Indies pace attack as the duo were also backed up by Jason Holder and Alzarri Josephs.

“You get a few butterflies when the ball’s whizzing round your face but it’s quite enjoyable at times. I’m enjoying the challenge and being in the environment and getting up to speed a bit with it,” Burns said.

“That first innings they just bowled really well and we weren’t good enough to deal with it. They kept the pressure on, the foot on the throat and got their rewards,” he added.

“But it’s only going to help having a view of their bowlers. It certainly helped me between the first and second innings.”

On the heels of his majestic maiden double century against England on Friday, Windies Captain Jason Holder has become the first Windies player in 45 years to top the list of all-rounders in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

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