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Wednesday, May 16, 2001

L.I. Tournament Fixtures Announced

The Leeward Islands Cricket Association announced this past week the fixture list for the upcoming 2001 Leeward Islands Cricket Tournament. The three day matches will be played from the Thursday to the Saturday of every week and the one-day matches will be played on the Sundays.

Anguilla will play Montserrat in the first round from the 24th to the 27th of May, against Nevis in Anguilla in the second round from the 31st of May to the 3rd of June, against Antigua in the third round, again in Anguilla from the 7th to the 10th of June. The final two rounds will be against the Combined Virgin Islands from the 14th to the 17th of May in Tortola and Against St. Kitts in St. Kitts from the 21st to the 24th of June.

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Barbadian Cricketer Mark Lavine Dies On Field In England

Bridgetown, Barbados, CANA - Outstanding Barbadian cricketer Mark Lavine died Saturday at age 28 from a suspected heart attack while playing a cricket match in England, newspaper reports here said Sunday. Lavine, a cousin of former West Indies opening batsman Gordon Greenidge, complained of feeling unwell after bowling two overs for Coventry and North Warwickshire CC in Birmingham. He had scored 127 runs when his team batted. Lavine was treated on the field by paramedics before being taken to Walsgrave Hospital, newspaper reports said.

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Jamaica Clip Martinique 1-0 In Copa Caribe Match

Port of Spain, Trinidad, CANA - United States-based Andy Williams shot home a second half goal to give Jamaica a 1-0 win over Martinique in their Group A Copa Caribe football match at the Larry Gomes Stadium Tuesday night. Jamaica, 1998 World Cup qualifiers, controlled most of the play and Williams got the decisive strike in the 60th minute. Both teams missed scoring opportunities but Jamaica clinched the valuable three points when Williams, who plays for the New England Revolution in US Major League Soccer (MLS), knocked in a right-sided cross for his seventh international goal. The Group A matches continue Thursday with Jamaica facing defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, and Martinique playing Barbados.

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, May 16, 2001

West Indies Grab Consolation

The West Indies grabbed a consolation win this past Wednesday when they defeated the South Africans by 6 wickets in the final one-day international of their 7 match series to lose 5-2. Cameron Cuffy, after a brilliant spell of 3 for 24, won man of the match while Shaun Pollock, the South African captain won man of the series and walked away with a Grand Vitara Jeep as his prize.

Scores:-South Africa 163 for 7 in 50 overs ( Jacques Kallis 69, Mark Boucher 25, Cameron Cuffy 3 for 24, Marlon Samuels 2 for 14). West Indies 164 for 4 from 44.2 overs (Marlon Samuels 59 not out, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 31 not out, Chris Gayle 28, Justin Kemp 2 for 16).

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Totally Lost

The West Indies cricket team is obviously totally lost when it comes to playing one-day international cricket. Of course, it doesn’t help either, when those in charge have no idea either as to how the one-day game should be prepared for and tackled.

The West Indies have lost the last three one-days comprehensively by scores of 132 runs, 8 wickets and 7 wickets. The victories are getting easier for South Africa, but even more worrying is the inability for the West Indies to look even slightly competitive. The planning seems to be entirely non-existent, the batsmen believe that fours and sixes are the only possible ways to score in one-day cricket and the bowlers are ill disciplined and wayward and the fielding is appalling. It is not that they lose, for as supporters we are expecting that at the moment, it is the fact that the fundamentals of cricket are eluding the West Indies. Nixon McLean bowled appallingly in Antigua and then was re-selected and played 2 matches later. Opportunity after opportunity he has failed the West Indies. Yet the selectors still persevere with him. Maybe they see something in him that the rest of the Caribbean is totally oblivious to. Yet, on the other hand, after one match, in Jamaica, Kerry Jeremy was dropped. When brought back he bowled In Grenada and then didn’t touch a ball in the loss in Barbados. Why was he then selected if he was not going to bowl? He is by no means a batsman. Why was Wavell Hinds dropped from the squad entirely after just one match when he batted at number 8? Why is Mahendra Nagamootoo, probably the best performer in the one-day series in Australia after Lara, not in the side?

Then there is a player like Ricardo Powell. All season long he would have had opportunities to play in the warm up matches against South Africa to stay in form. Yet he was never selected. However, Ryan Hinds of Barbados was selected for every warm-up match and never played in West Indies colours all season long. Then Powell is selected to the one-day side, after months without cricket and immense pressure is put on him to perform. Then, after a complete misuse of him in Jamaica, he has to play his cards right which puts even more pressure on him. Then, like some other beleaguered West Indians, he was axed from the squad entirely. There is a virus spreading quickly from the Board right down. A panic attack has hit and officials have no idea what to do. It is one thing to lose but another to look totally out of depth. Unfortunately the talent is there but those around are obviously doing nothing to encourage the players to realise that potential.

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Thursday, May 03, 2001

Trial Matches To Get Underway

The ACDC (Anguilla Cricket Development Committee) has announced this past week that Terry Adams is to captain the National Anguilla Cricket Team in the Leeward Islands Tournament that begins on the 23rd of May. His deputy will be Leon Lake and the manger of the side is Gerard ‘Rock’ Gumbs. The veteran offspinner, Paulliver Rogers, has been appointed to be the player/coach of the side throughout the tournament.

The ACDC also announced that a two-day trial match will take place this weekend at the RWP and the same is scheduled for the following week.

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Thursday, May 03, 2001

USA Take Big Lead

The USA Football team lengthened their lead considerably in the CONCACAF qualifying final round for the 2002 World Cup after they won their third match in a row. Costa Rica were dealt the blow this time as the US handed them a 1-0 defeat. Coata Rica are the only side to defeat the US in World Cup qualifiers in the last 21 years. However, in the 69th minute, after a Jeff Agoos corner, which was headed on by Clint Mathis, Scott Wolff easily slipped it into the back f the net, giving the Americans an unassailable 1-0 lead.

Trinidad and Tobago took their first points of the final round as they impressively held on to a 1-1 draw against the mighty Mexicans infront of 15 000 screaming fans at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. The crowd was sent into a frenzy in the 14th minute as Scottish based defender, Marvin Andrews slammed home a header from an Angus Eve cross. However, the Soca Boys were reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute as Eve was given a red card after an off the ball incident with Mexican midfielder Marco Antonio Ruiz. However, the win was not to be as only 15 minutes into the second half saw Mexican midfielder Pavel Pardo slam a right-footed missile that left the Trinidadian keeper, Clayton Ince, a mere spectator.

At the National Stadium, in Jamaica, the Reggae Boys, once again, squandered some golden first half opportunities and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Honduras. However, the draw insured that Jamaica’s unbeaten record of 45 matches at home would not be broken. Jamaica were hit hard as they were without captain Linval Dixon and defender Christopher Dawes as well as the suspended Tyrone Marshall and the two injured players in Darryl Powell and Barry Hayles. The Jamaicans, however took the initiative and their hard work was rewarded in the 56th minute as Ricardo Gardener sent 30 000 Jamaicans into a mad frenzy. Gardener curled a corner between two defenders and then beat the Honduras keeper. However, an attack down the left flank soon after left Fabian Davis fouling Julio Cesar De Leon inside the box which resulted in the match tying penalty. Reynaldo Clavasquin smashed the penalty to the right of Rickets and the match’s scorline remained the same until the final whistle was blown.

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Thursday, May 03, 2001

Lacklustre Again

Herschelle Gibbs
who slammed a century
for the South Africans

The West Indies slipped to a devastating 8 wicket loss against the South Africans in the second ODI at the Antigua Recreation Ground in Antigua. It was an extremely lackluster display after such a promising start to the ODI series in Jamaica, which the West Indies one thanks to the heroics of Ridley Jacobs.

Shaun Pollock won the toss and surprisingly asked the Carl Hooper to take a knock on a dry pitch that looked as if it would crack early in the afternoon. However the decision proved vital as the batsmen never looked in control and only Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who cracked a blistering 60 from 54 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours, and Carl Hooper (48 from 46 balls) managed to dominate the bowling. Earlier Chris Gayle contributed a patient but stylish 50 as the West Indies lumbered to 220 for 8 from 50 overs.

In reply, the South Africans made very light work of the modest total as the West Indian bowling, apart from Cameron Cuffy, was appalling. Mervyn Dillon, although he has shown tremendous promise throughout the test series, bowled his ‘perennial bad ball per over’ that was smacked for 4 runs on every occasion. The frustrating aspect of his bowling is that the otyher 5 balls per over are unplayable. Nixon McLean was recalled for the unlucky Kerry Jeremy, who was dropped after just one match and was not allowed to play on his home ground. However, it would have been better if McLean didn’t show up at all. His 4 overs for 40 runs was a typical example of how not to bowl in one day cricket. It was an embarrassment to behold.

Cuffy, on the other hand, has obviously learnt and at the age of 31 is at the prime f his career. He bowled tremendous line and length and moved it off the seam both ways. However, his 10 overs for 27 runs with one wicket couldn’t prevent the South Africans from coasting to victory with more than 4 overs to spare and only two wickets down. Herschelle Gibbs was glorious and his 104 was scored from 141 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes. His partnership of 179 with Jacques Kallis (78 not out) was match winning and exemplified the application that is necessary to be successful, something that the West Indian batsmen seriously lack.

It is truth that the West Indies still rely too heavily on Brian Lara, even when Hooper and Chanderpaul score runs, it is never enough. The bowling attack is also seriously lacking another seamer, a line and length bowler who won’t get smashed for 10 an over. Hopefully the right steps can be taken by the selectors before the back to back ODIs in Grenada on the 5th and 6th of May.

As Seen In The Anguillian May, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Thursday, May 03, 2001

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Farewell Courtney courtney

Upon becoming the first man ever to take 300 test wickets, Fred Trueman said that, whoever took more wickets than him would be one tired man. Five hundred and nineteen wickets later Courtney Walsh still doesn’t look tired enough to be a spectator. Rather, he has been compared to a vintage wine that has improved with age, slowly replacing his youthful physical attributes with a guile, a wisdom and a determination of a war general. However, a war general he is not but a true gentleman of the sport, one of the ‘old breed’ that respects the game and plays for the love.

The facial expressions, the long, dangling amble to the crease, the unorthodox delivery stride that fell away time after time, his batting prowess and those countless match-winning efforts that seemed as nonchalant as a Sunday drive will be sorely missed. They all are, in truth, rare treasures of the game that are as individualistic as the man himself.

As Courtney Andrew Walsh walked from the Sabina pitch that final afternoon of April 23rd 2001 one got the feeling that a relic, a cornerstone of the modern game and more importantly one of the greatest players and personalities ever to grace a cricket field was departing. Hopefully he will not be entirely lost to the West Indian game.

The final years must have been excruciating for one who was so used to bowling out sides and seeing the likes of Richards, Haynes, Greenidge, Richardson and Lara knock off the runs. However, victories became rare, the batsmen terribly under performed, disharmony between players and the Board was highlighted by a standoff in London before the tour to South Africa, and a string of one-sided affairs that saw the West Indies descend into the doldrums of World Cricket. After tasting the sweet nectar of world dominance the bitter reality of such a low ebb must have been hard to stomach. Yet, the great man soldiered on.

Then on to Sabina Park, home ground to Mr. Walsh, the site where he broke Kapil Dev’s all-time wicket record just twelve months before by having Henry Olonga caught at forward short leg by Wavell Hinds. The site where a refreshing victory was richly achieved for an old work horse and as Courtney Walsh walked away that final afternoon it suddenly became a reality; the greatest bowler of all time had retired.

As Seen In The Anguillian April, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Anguilla Squad Announced

The Anguilla Cricket Development Committee (ACDC) announced this past Wednesday a 24-man squad that is to begin training immediately for the forthcoming Leeward Islands cricket tournament. The tournament begins on the 24th of May and the ACDC has announced that there are forthcoming trial matches to select the final side to enter the tournament. Captain, vice-captain, manager and coach will be named at a later date.

Full Squad Reads:- Terrence Adams, Marlon Martin, Pauliver Rogers, Rudolph Proctor, Girdon Connor, Leon Lake, Zachary Kenworthy, Richard Stevens, Richard Burton, Eversley Browne, Clarence Fleming-Rogers, Lyndel Richardson, Dillon Skellekie, Samek Connor, Mitchel Harrigan, Carwin Carty, Terrence Rogers, Mike Hodge, Troy Gumbs, Trevor Fabian, Maurice Burleigh, Travis Carter, Lynval Richardson and Junior Johnson.

As Seen In The Anguillian April, 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Salvaged Pride

After losing the series in Antigua with one match left in the series still to play the final test was all about pride and moving on, once again, for the West Indies. However, this time, the results were positive and for Walsh’s final hurrah a victory was sealed. Lara looked superb once again in the first innings with a flashy 81 that deserved being a century. It looked as if the home side had not scored enough runs once again. However, Dillon and Walsh were immaculate in a bowling effort that was described as the best in years. How quickly we forget Walsh and Ambrose in England last year because of a few losses.

The batting was far more disciplined in the second innings and Jacobs bludgeoned the bowling with a fine 85. South Africa were then skittled out for 255 chasing a virtually impossible 386. A richly deserved victory at last.

Scores:- West Indies 225 all out (Lara 81, Ramnarine 35 not out, Gayle 25, Hooper 25, Dillon 24, Pollock 5 for 28, Donald 4 for 54) and 301 all out (Jacobs 85, Samuels 59, Gayle 32, Garrick 27, Pollock 4 for 66) South Africa 141 all out (McKenzie 45, Pollock 24, Dillon 4 for 32, Walsh 3 for 31) and 255 all out (McKenzie 55, Gibbs 51, Kallis 51, Kluesner 31 not out, Dillon 3 for 59, Walsh 3 for 62, Ramnarine 3 for 61).

As Seen In The Anguillian April 2001
posted by Zack Kenworthy Wednesday, April 25, 2001

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