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Three players found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct in Sunday’s T20I

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — England’s Ravi Bopara and West Indies’ Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels have been fined for a level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Twenty20 International (T20I) in Barbados on Sunday.

The three players were found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the code, which states: “Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the (above) offence, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute”.

All the three players pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by Andy Pycroft of Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The incident took place in the 12th over of England’s innings when Bopara, while taking a single, made insulting comments towards Samuels, who responded. West Indies captain Sammy joined in, also trading insults with Bopara. The exchange only ceased with the intervention of the on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Peter Nero.

For their involvements in the incident, Bopara was fined 25 percent of his match fee, while Sammy and Samuels were fined 20 and 10 percent respectively.

Besides the on-field umpires, the charge was also laid by third umpire Gregory Brathwaite as well as fourth official Nigel Duguid.

All Level 1 breaches for this offence carry a penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine up to 50 percent of the applicable match fee.

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Windies defeat England in first Twenty20 cricket match in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sunday March 9, 2014, CMC – West Indies beat England by 27 runs in the first Twenty20 International cricket match at Kensington Oval here on Sunday.

Summarised Scores

West Indies 170 for three (Marlon Samuels 69 not out, Chris Gayle 43, Andre Russell 24; Ravi Bopara 2-23, James Tredwell 1-16).

England 143 for 9 (Tim Bresnan 47*, Ravi Bopara 42, Eoin Morgan 19; Samuel Badree 3-17, Marlon Samuels 2-21, Sunil Narine 1-8).

Toss: West Indies, who chose to bat

West Indies 170 for 3 (20.0 overs)

Dwayne Smith b Bopara 27

Chris Gayle lbw b Tredwell 43

Marlon Samuels not out 69

Lendl Simmons c Lumb b Bopara 3

Andre Russell not out 24

Did not bat: Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin+, Darren Sammy*, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree

Extras (lb 3, nb 1) 4

Total (3 wkts; 20.0 overs) 170

Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-87, 3-112

Bowling: Stuart Broad 2-0-26-0 (1nb), Jade Dernbach 4-0-36-0, Tom Bresnan 4-0-36-0, Ben Stokes 2-030-0, Ravi Bopara 4-023-2, James Tredwell 4-0-16-1

England 143 for 9 (20.0 overs)

Michael Lumb c Rampaul b Badree 18

Alex Hales st +Ramdin b Badree 3

Luke Wright st +Ramdin b Badree 0

Eoin Morgan c sub (J Charles) b Samuels 19

Jos Buttler+ c sub (J Charles) b Narine 0

Ravi Bopara c & b Bravo 42

Ben Stokes st +Ramdin b Samuels 4

Tim Bresnan not out 47

Stuart Broad* run out (+Ramdin) 5

James Tredwell run out (Russell) 1

Jade Dernbach not out 1

Extras (b 1, lb 2) 3

Total (9 wkts; 20.0 overs) 143 

Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-13, 3-36, 4-40, 5-55, 6-73, 7-101, 8-123, 9-133

Bowling: Samuel Badree 4-0-17-3, Ravi Rampaul 3-0-31-0, Sunil Narine 2-0-8-1, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-30-1, Marlon Samuels 4-0-21-2, Darren Sammy 1-0-12-0, Andre Russell 2-0-21-0

Result: West Indies won by 27 runs

Man-of-the-Match: Marlon Samuels (West Indies)

Umpires: Peter Nero, Joel Wilson

TV Umpre: Gregory Brathwaite

Fourth Official: Nigel Duguid

Match Referee: Andrew Pycroft

Fraser-Pryce keeps indoor 60 gold for Jamaica

SOPOT, Poland, Sunday March 9, 2014, CMC – Reigning World and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won her first World Indoor medal when she ran a world leading time of 6.98 seconds to capture the gold in the women’s 60m final here on Sunday.

Fraser-Pryce, among favourites in a highly anticipated match-up against rivals Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, exploded out of the blocks to win the title in a world leading and personal best.

Campbell-Brown, who won in Istanbul two years ago, was fifth (7.13) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye was sixth in 7.16.

Fraser-Pryce, the triple gold medallist from the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, now joins Campbell-Brown as the only women to win world titles in the 60, 100 and 200m.

“It’s an amazing feeling of grace. I’ve never done the indoor championships before and I finally did it and it and I won,” she told reporters.

“It reminds me of the Olympics – I’ve never done the Olympics (before) 2008 but I went and I won so it’s an amazing feeling of grace and of course I lined up against girls who are seasoned in the 60m and it was just an awesome time to just go out and have fun.”

It was a strong finish for the Jamaicans who also picked up medals in both relays.

The quartet of Patricia Hall, Anneisha McLaughlin, Kaliese Spencer and Stephanie Ann McPherson ran a new national indoor 4x400m record of 3:24.83 to finish behind the United States (3:24.82).

Spencer ran a terrific third leg to give the Jamaicans silver after trailing Great Britain (3:27.90) over the first 800m.

The Jamaican men’s team also had a strong finish but could not overpower the dominant United States which set a new world record of 3:02.13. Great Britain (3:03.49) took the silver and Jamaica secured the bronze in a new national indoor record of 3:03.69.

Jamaican champion hurdler Andrew Riley did not start in the final of the 60m hurdles in which American Omo Asaghae ran a world leading 7.45 to take gold and the Frenchmen Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (7.46) and Garfield Darien (7.47), the silver and bronze respectively.

On Saturday, Spencer took the silver in the women’s 400m and Kimberly Williams was third for the bronze in the women’s triple jump.

Cuba with three medals and the Bahamas with two medals – one silver and one bronze were the other Caribbean countries on the medal table.

The United States led the table with 12 medals including eight golds, followed by Russia, Ethiopia, Great Britain and Jamaica with a total of five medals – one gold, two silvers and two bronzes.

Ramdin ton not enough to save West Indies

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Denesh Ramdin hit a magnificent 128 off 109 balls to register his maiden century in One-Day Internationals on Wednesday. The Windies keeper struck 12 fours and five sixes in a record-breaking innings against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

He reached the landmark with a huge six and became the first West Indian keeper to make an ODI century. He now holds the records for the highest ODI score and highest Test score (166 vs England in at Kensington Oval in 2009) by a West Indian wicket-keeper.

Ramdin’s effort was however not enough to see West Indies to victory. They were bowled out for 278 off 47.4 overs in reply to England’s 303-6 off 50 overs. England therefore won the three-match series 2-1.

Scoreboard

England

M Lumb c Narine b Dwayne Bravo 20
M Ali c & b Miller 55
B Stokes c Rampaul b Dwayne Bravo 0
J Root c DM Bravo b Dwayne Bravo 107
E Morgan b Narine 1
J Buttler+ c & b Rampaul 99
R Bopara not out 5
T Bresnan not out 1
Extras: (lb 5, w 8, nb 2) 15
Total: 303/6 (50 Overs)

Did not Bat: S Broad*, J Tredwell, S Parry

Fall of Wickets: 1-37 (Lumb, 6.4 ov), 2-37 (Stokes, 6.5 ov), 3-115 (Ali, 22.3 ov), 4-116 (Morgan, 23.1 ov), 5-291 (Root, 48.3 ov), 6-300 (Buttler, 49.3 ov)

West Indies Bowling: Dwayne Bravo 10-0-60-3, R Rampaul 8-0-55-1, D Sammy 5-0-35-0, D Smith 1-0-6-0, S Narine 10-1-52-1, N Miller 10-0-48-1, M Samuels 5-0-29-0, L Simmons 1-0-13-0.

West Indies (Target; 304)

K Powell b Root 1
D Smith c Ali b Broad 9
Darren Bravo c Bopara b Ali 16
L Simmons b Broad 16
M Samuels c Buttler b Parry 23
D Ramdin+ b Bresnan 128
Dwayne Bravo* c Buttler b Bopara 27
D Sammy c Stokes b Bresnan 24
N Miller c Jordan b Bresnan 10
S Narine run out Jordan 10
R Rampaul not out 0
Extras: (b 3, lb 6, w 5) 14
Total: 278 All Out (47.4 Overs)

Fall of Wickets: 1-10 (Powell, 0.6 ov), 2-10 (Smith, 1.1 ov), 3-42 (DM Bravo, 6.6 ov), 4-43 (Simmons, 7.6 ov), 5-80 (Samuels, 19.5 ov), 6-131 (DJ Bravo, 29.2 ov), 7-202 (Sammy, 39.6 ov), 8-246 (Miller, 45.1 ov), 9-263 (Narine, 46.5 ov), 10-278 (Ramdin, 47.4 ov)

England Bowling: J Root 3-0-24-1, S Broad 9-0-58-2, M Ali 1-0-5-1, S Parry 9-1-60-1, T Bresnan 4.4-0-45-3, J Tredwell 10-1-38-0, B Stokes 4-0-21-0, R Bopara 3-0-18-1.

Result: England won by 25 runs
Series: West Indies 1-2 England

Man of the Match: Joe Root (England)
Man of the Series: Joe Root (England)

Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to field

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa) & Joel Wilson (T&T)
TV Umpire: Rod Tucker (Australia)
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve Umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (Barbados)

Guyana call up young Chanderpaul and Hemraj to face Barbados

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday March 5, 2014, CMC – Promising young batsmen Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Chanderpaul Hemraj have been included in the Guyana squad for their second round match against Barbados in the Regional Four-day Championships this weekend.

Chanderpaul and Hemraj replace veterans Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan who have been forced out of the second round contest through injury after not participating in the opening round.

Tagnarine, Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 17-year-old son, made his debut last year against the Leeward Islands and has to date scored 176 runs at an average of 22.00 with a highest score of 42.

He was the most consistent batsman with two half-centuries and one century playing for young West Indies in the recent Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

20-year-old Hemraj, who went under his first stint at the WICB’s High Performance Centre last year, has played three first class matches for Guyana since making his debut against Trinidad and Tobago two years ago, averaging 9.50 with a topscore of 29.

Guyana, who suffered an opening round defeat to Jamaica, plays Barbados from Friday in a day/night affair at the Guyana National Stadium.

West Indies fall short in low-scoring ODI

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — West Indies went under by three wickets to England in another exciting One-Day International on Sunday at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Playing in front a colourful crowd of over 10,000, Windies were bowled out for 159 in the 45th over. Lendl Simmons topscored with 70 off 98 balls, including four fours and two sixes.

West Indies struck back to have England seven wickets down for 105 but the visitors battled back to reach 163-7 to level the three-match series.

The result left the series 1-1 with the final match to be played on Wednesday at the same venue.

West Indies

D Smith c Wright b Root 5
K Powell c & b Ali 16
K Edwards c Tredwell b Root 9
Darren Bravo b Broad 13
L Simmons c Stokes b Parry 70
Dwayne Bravo* st Buttler b Tredwell 20
D Sammy c Broad b Parry 3
D Ramdin+ b Bresnan 5
N Miller not out 2
S Narine st Buttler b Parry 4
R Rampaul c Lumb b Tredwell 1
Extras: (lb 5, w 6) 11
Total: 159 All Out (44.2 Overs)

Fall of Wickets: 1-10 (Smith, 2.1 ov), 2-30 (Powell, 7.6 ov), 3-30 (Edwards, 8.2 ov), 4-81 (DM Bravo, 22.4 ov), 5-133 (DJ Bravo, 34.6 ov), 6-145 (Simmons, 37.5 ov), 7-151 (Ramdin, 40.2 ov), 8-151 (Sammy, 41.1 ov), 9-155 (Narine, 41.6 ov), 10-159 (Rampaul, 44.2 ov)

England Bowling: J Root 5-0-15-2, S Broad 8-0-25-1, M Ali 3-0-11-1, J Tredwell 9.2-2-39-2, S Parry 10-1-32-3, T Bresnan 5-2-13-1, R Bopara 2-0-6-0, B Stokes 2-0-13-0.

England (Target 160)

M Lumb LBW Miller 39
M Ali c Miller b Rampaul 10
L Wright b Narine 0
J Root c & b Dwayne Bravo 23
B Stokes c Ramdin b Miller 4
J Buttler+ c Ramdin b Dwayne Bravo 0
R Bopara not out 38
T Bresnan run out (Dwayne Bravo/Ramdin) 10
S Broad* not out 28
Extras: (lb 5, w 5, nb 1) 11
Total: 163/7 (44.5 Overs)

Did not Bat: J Tredwell, S Parry

Fall of Wickets: 1-29 (Ali, 6.5 ov), 2-30 (Wright, 7.6 ov), 3-79 (Lumb, 20.3 ov), 4-81 (Root, 21.1 ov), 5-81 (Buttler, 21.2 ov), 6-89 (Stokes, 24.3 ov), 7-105 (Bresnan, 31.4 ov)

West Indies Bowling: Dwayne Bravo 10-1-41-2, R Rampaul 10-0-40-1, S Narine 10-0-25-1, N Miller 10-1-28-2, D Sammy 4-0-19-0, D Smith 0.5-0-5-0.

Result: England won by 3 wickets

Toss: England won the toss and elected to field

Series: West Indies 1-1 England

One Day International Debut: Stephen Parry (England)

Man of the Match: Stephen Parry (England)

Umpires: Rod Tucker (Australia) & Joel Wilson (T&T)
TV Umpire: Marais Erasmus (South Africa)
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve Umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (Barbados)

Aguilleira backs West Indies Women to level ODI series

LINCOLN, New Zealand — Merissa Aguilleira said she was confident West Indies Women could rebound from defeat in the first One-day International against New Zealand Women on Saturday.

The Windies Women’s captain was speaking, after her side suffered a nine-wicket loss, following an unbroken, century, second-wicket stand between the White Ferns’ captain Suzie Bates and Sara McGlashan on Saturday.

Though Stafanie Taylor hit top score of 36, Kycia Knight made 30 and Shanel Daley got 24, the Caribbean side were restricted to 181 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.

The Windies Women’s bowlers then failed to distinguish themselves, as Bates, with an undefeated 95 from 91 balls to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, and McGlashan, with 60 not out from 61 balls, were the backbone of the home team’s successful chase of 182 for victory at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

Aguilleira said she believed her side could level the series in the next match due to their track record in similar situations in the past.

“It’s about believing in ourselves and encouraging each other,” Aguilleira told WICB Media. “I believe we will pick things up because it’s not just about us, it’s about representing the people of the Caribbean and we know what we have to offer.

“The management staff believes in us and are giving us that support, we know the areas that we need to work on, and so we will pray and work hard and believe that we can be successful.”

Aguilleira said the failure of the batting to set the team up for a competitive contest was the principal reason for the setback in the first ODI.

“What we had intentions of getting when it comes to our batting, we did not get it,” she said. “We had some good starts, but no one really carried on with the bat – including myself. I am the captain and must do much better.

“We needed to put up a bigger total, and even our fielding and our bowling was not up to scratch and we need to get back into touch.”

She said: “We know we are a good side. We are here to win matches and so it will be to see the areas in which we went wrong and improve them. We need to put more runs on the board, be a lot more consistent with our bowling and our fielding.

“I believe we have the talent in this side to bounce back from this defeat, so I am not worried at all.”

Aguilleira said the unfamiliar conditions played little part in the defeat and expected her side to approach every match with a professional mindset.

“We need to apply ourselves,” she said. “We are professional players and we have got to be able to adjust to different climates and conditions.

“We have been here for two weeks now, and though the weather has been up and down, we have to be able to adjust pretty quickly.”

West Indies bowlers thrilled with match-winning efforts

KINGSTON, Jamaica — West Indies opening bowlers Krishmar Santokie and Samuel Badree were both pleased with their efforts in Friday’s series-levelling victory over Ireland.

Santokie, the left-arm seamer had figures of 4-0-12-1 to mark a successful return to international cricket in front his home supporters at Sabina Park. Badree, the experienced leg-spinner, was equally impressive with 4-1-13-1 as West Indies restricted Ireland to 85-8 off 20 to win by 11 runs in the second T20 International.

“It wasn’t an excellent day in terms of our batting so as bowlers we knew we had to step up and do it for the team. The pressure was on us as bowlers to go out and defend the small target and we did a magnificent job of it,” said the 32-year-old Badree.

“We bowled our hearts out out there to restrict them under our small total and now it feels good to win today and level the series. My role has always been to create pressure at the top of the innings in the PowerPlay and I was just happy to do that and help the team to win.

“The pitch was one where you had to bowl ‘wicket to wicket’ and I knew my lines and lengths would be vitally important. I knew I had to pick up wickets and restrict the scoring.”

Santokie, playing his first match for the Windies since 2012, made the most of his opportunity with the new ball. Backed by a colourful crowd which included several members of his family, he was excellent in his first and second spells from the Courtney Walsh End at the north.

“I’m happy to be back and in the maroon colours and get this win and level the series. It was a boost for me playing in front my home crowd for the first time. Even though the runs were small, we bowled really well and kept the ball in good areas – that was the key to victory today,” said Santokie.

“The conditions suited my bowling, but I still had to get it right. That was what we went out and did today. It felt good that my biggest supporter and my biggest motivator – my father – was in the crowd watching me perform for the West Indies at my best. I know he’s a happy man this evening.”

NACAC shocked by sudden death of Jamaican athlete

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Monday February 24, 2014, CMC – The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) said the death of Jamaican teenage athlete Cavahan Mckenzie has shocked the track and field family.

“On behalf of the whole NACAC Athletics Family and the IAAF we would like to express our most sincere words of condolences to Cavahan McKenzie’s Family, to the Jamaican Athletics Family and to the People of Jamaica,” said NACAC President Victor Lopez.

“This is an extremely sad moment for all of us in the NACAC Area and we will mourn Cavahan passing forever. On behalf of the NACAC Council and the IAAF Family we would like to express our deepest sorrow and grief in this unfortunate occasion.”

Lopez said that he has been in touch with the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago and the Meet Director of the NACAC Cross Country Championships, Allan Baboolal.

“He gave me a report on what happened but he will keep me informed tomorrow (Monday) after he visits with the doctors and they are able to give him more information about the cause of the death,” said Lopez.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller also expressed grief on the passing of McKenzie.

“Our grief is heightened because Cavahan was taken from us at such a young age and while competing on behalf of his school and country,” read a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister on Saturday.

“The Government will lend support to the family through this difficult time,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister offered condolences to his family, school, community and friends.”

West Indies Gayle wants ‘big’ tour of India

MUMBAI, India — Chris Gayle wants to score big – very big! The big man who has made two triple centuries in Test cricket is looking to “go big” in the upcoming two-Test series against India.

Gayle has never made a Test century against India and is eyeing up a “big one” when he steps out at Eden Gardens in Kolkata for the first contest and at the Wankhede in Mumbai for the second encounter.

“I’m looking for something big in this series,” the powerful six-footer said. “I enjoy playing in India and I know Eden Gardens and Mumbai very well. The pitches are very good but they will turn a bit going into the match.

“I have my plans… I know my areas and I will look to get a ‘big one’ or two when we get going against India. I’m really looking forward to the Tests because I haven’t played one in a while,” Gayle said. “It’s always tough in India, no matter the format, and this is crucial to test ourselves against top-five opposition. It will be difficult to beat India at home for sure.

“We want to start the first Test with a bang and we know what’s required to win in India. I hope this series will be a turning point in my career as I get back to the red-ball as opposed to the short-format white ball. India are looking to consolidate their Test spot in the rankings so it will be a very engaging contest.”

The 34-year-old has played 97 Test matches and has a good record of 6,836 runs including 15 centuries. His highest score is the memorable 333 against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2010.

The second Test match is slated to be the 150th for Gayle’s team-mate Shiv Chanderpaul and the 200th and final match for Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian legend.

Gayle paid tribute to both.

“Sachin Tendulkar and I have always shared fun moments whenever we’ve met. The routine’s generally the same. I’ll share a few jokes with him, pull his leg. And he just ends up laughing a lot,” Gayle said.

“Shiv’s our own legend. He’s still going strong and scoring a lot of runs. He’s another phenomenal person. He’s a laid back guy and very easy to relate to. I have played 97 Tests and most of them with Shiv. We have shared great moments on and off the field.”

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