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Flow Celebrates Manchester United Victory with the Caribbean

Fans praise Company’s watch parties around the region

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (26 May 2016) – Manchester United (MUTD) fans were united in celebration on May 21 as they gathered at watch parties hosted by the region’s leading quad-play provider, Flow, and witnessed the Red Devils hoist the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium after a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory over Crystal Palace. The story could not have been written better as the club’s historic twelfth FA title was showcased at Flow’s first-ever regional watch-party event – just months after the two organizations entered into a multi-year partnership.

Flow’s Man U Fan Experience at Bubba’s Sports Bar.From Turks and Caicos to Trinidad and islands in between, Flow customers were able to attend the viewing parties after successfully winning the Company’s “txt for a ticket” campaign. In each instance, numerous die-hard MUTD fans turned up decked out in their Manchester United colours, and not only had an opportunity to watch the pivotal match, but were also treated to plenty of cool giveaways, which included official MUTD gear and merchandise. Some fans were even lucky enough to win brand-new smartphones after winning the “Text the Score” competition that took place during the match. By all accounts, in each location, the energy and excitement was palpable, with many attendees expressing their desire to attend similar events in the future. FLOW UTDIndeed, the responses in general were glowing with positivity; in Antigua, for example, local sports talk show host Joseph “JoJo” Apparicio commended Flow for its “great initiative” to bring sports fans together and provide them with an electric environment to watch the ultimate game of the season. Others expressed similar sentiments, including one Barbadian, Rasheed Holder, who praised Flow’s efforts for successfully organizing the event.FLOW UTD1

“Flow provided the perfect setting for what turned out to be the perfect match,” said Holder.

“The atmosphere was tremendous and the added elements that Flow provided made it all the more special. A big thank you to Flow for an awesome match day.”

Fans United in celebration of Manchester United’s big winJustin Luke – another attendee at the Barbados watch party – said he regularly uses the Flow Football App to tune into weekend games, but said, “having the opportunity to attend such an awesome watch party was great. The place was packed and I was happy to meet the Flow team who made sure we all enjoyed every minute of the match. Manchester United getting a late goal made it all the more special.”Fans United in celebration of Manchester United’s big win 1

Offering his congratulations to MUTD, on behalf of Flow, Managing Director of Flow Barbados, Niall Sheehy, had this to say:

“Huge congratulations to the folks at Manchester United for capturing yet another FA Cup title. This triumph was celebrated across the Caribbean and Flow is especially pleased to be bringing regional football fans that much closer to all the action.”

The watch-party initiative was a follow up to the exclusive, multi-year deal that Flow signed with MUTD earlier this year. This partnership offers Caribbean football fans real time updates and news via Red Alerts (the football club’s official SMS), as well as unique experiences like the chance to win tickets to MUTD games, signed merchandise and even interactions with MUTD legends such as club ambassadors Bryan Robson, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

In addition to its deal with MUTD, Flow has formed other strategic partnerships to bring amazing sporting content to the region, including the Barclays Premier League and the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic Games. By giving customers access to MUTD content and more “on the go” via mobile, tablets and desktop devices, as well as through the Flow ToGo app, Flow is the “Home of Sports in the Caribbean.”

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Editor’s Note: Photos attached from around the region.

Fans United in celebration of Manchester United’s big win as they lifted the FA Cup in the finals last Saturday. Flow hosted Viewing Parties around the region in more than 10 markets including Barbados, Trinidad, St. Vincent & the Grenadines among others.  The excitement was palpable.

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Antigua Barbuda government to make additional investment in West Indies cricket

Published on June 1, 2016
1024px-West_Indies_Cricket_Cap_Insignia.svgST JOHN’S, Antigua — Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, who is also chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) sub-committee on cricket, has said that “West Indies Cricket can become the most exciting and most valuable cricket product in the world.”

In an address on Tuesday, to mark the WICB’s 90th year of recognition by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Antigua and Barbuda prime minister also stated, “I categorically reject the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board, and I do so in my capacity as chairman of the committee governing West Indies Cricket. I believe firmly that to dissolve the board, would be to plunge West Indies cricket into further chaos and confusion.”

Asserting that governance could be an issue, the PM also asked that the board and other stakeholders take the necessary and appropriate actions to ensure that the governance framework is strengthened; that there is greater transparency and accountability; and the disputes/differences that will arise from time to time be managed much better than they are now.

He believes when the disputes end up in the public domain, it damages the image of the cricket product. He therefore urged the board to “create a more suitable dispute resolution mechanism in resolving the issues between the board and players going forward.

The prime minister in acknowledging and congratulating the various teams on the wins in the under 19, men’s and women’s categories so far this year, said these victories “should serve as a platform for greater unity for the board and players and for all stakeholders.”

Additionally, the prime minster announced that his government is in negotiation with the Stanford liquidator receiver to acquire the Stanford Cricket Ground, Sticky Wicket and other amenities in partnership with the WICB.

“The value of the investment is estimated at US$6 million and the government will underwrite up to 50 percent of that amount,” the PM noted.

The milestone was also recognized by the governor general, Sir Rodney Williams, who stated that cricket has created an evolution and revolution for the people of the region. He noted the radical changes in the game which took place and highlighted that the format changes were imminent and “there was more to come.”

WICB president, Dave Cameron was brief in his comments and provided a scorecard of the last month, hailing the renewal of the Digicel deal for another four years as an indication of the value of West Indies cricket to its sponsor partners.

The event culminated in a symbolic flag-raising with the flags of the region representing the six regions, the WICB and the national flag of Antigua and Barbuda.

The WICB is now in full swing for the start of the 2016 Tri-Nation one-day international which bowls off in Guyana on Friday, June 3. The teams along with the West Indies are Australia and South Africa and all ten matches are day/night.

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Rising Stars v Lookout

Basket ballers excite in league openers

Davy Hill v St Peters (3)DAVY HILL—Look Out Shooters, St. Peters Hilltop, Cudjoe Head Renegades and Salem Jammers emerged victorious over the weekend as they thrilled fans with their basketball prowess in five games played over three days on May 13, 14 and 15 in the Montserrat Amateur Basketball Association 2016 league. In Game one on Friday, May 13, the Lookout Shooters proved that they were unintimidated by the date’s legend of being ‘unlucky’ as they dominated their rivals the Rising Stars to score 86 points to the Rising Stars 66, securing victory.

The winning team’s top scorers were Kwasi Ryan with 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals and George Green with 21 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and one block. Top Scorers for Rising Stars were Shane Caesar who secured 21 of his team’s 66 points, 20 rebounds and four steals. His team mate Stephan Browne contributed 19 points, three rebounds and one steal.

In game two St Peters Hilltop schooled the Davy Hill Ras Valley Lions with a whopping 93 points to Davy Hill Ras Valley Lion’s 41 points. Seon Evelyn and T.O Shotte were the top scorers for St. Peters with 41 points six rebounds four assists, four steals and 16 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and six steals respectively.Davy Hill v St Peters (5)

The top scorers for Davy Hill in that game were Chrisselton Jules with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals and his team mate Vaughn Fenton with 10 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and five steals.

The basketball action continued on Saturday night with the first match of the night between Cudjoe Head Renegades– who scored 99 points– and MSS Warriors. MSS Warriors lost the game by 28 points, with a score of 71 points. Top Scorers for Cudjoe Head were Encousie Wilson with an impressive 51 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists and eight steals and Wendell Allen with 22 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, nine steals and one block. For the MSS Warriors the top scorers were Davion Smith 13 points, 22 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Dave Williams with 12 points.

Game two of the night saw the Salem Jammers battle the Rising Stars and scoring 84 points to the Rising Stars 51 points. Nichon Weekes was again his team’s top scorer, securing 29 of the Salem Jammers 84 points. He also contributed 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal. Jordan Lambert scored 16 points for the Jammers and contributed 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Rising Stars v LookoutOn Sunday, May 15, basketball fans were still eager for more action and MABA players did not disappoint. MSS Warriors duked it out with St Peter’s Hilltop losing that game when they scored 62 points to Hilltop’s 67 points. Top Scorers for MSS Warriors were Davion Smith with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, four steals and one block and Clevan Skerritt with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals. Top Scorers for St Peters were T.O. Shotte with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block and Holren Bobb with 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, eight steals and one block.

The 2016 Montserrat Basket Ball Association league kicked off on April 30 with back to back games played to an almost full house at the auditorium. Game one of that night featured the Davy Hill Ras Valley Lions in an action packed, fast pace battle against the MSS Warriors. The MSS warriors lived up to their name, winning the game with 67 points compared to Davy Hill Ras Valley Lions 59 points.Davy Hill v St Peters (4)

The top Scorers for Davy Hill on that night were Chrisselton Jules with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist and three steals, and Vaughn Fenton with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 10 steals and one block. Dave Williams was the top scorer for the Davy Hill Ras Valley Lions with 18 points, two2 rebounds, six assists and four steals. His team mate Davion Smith also gave an impressive showing with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, five steals and one block.

Game two saw the St. Peters Hilltop battle the Salem Jammers, in a nail biting, intense game, that went to the Salem Jammers within the last five minutes. Salem Jammers scored 69 points to St. Peters Hilltop’s 63 points. Salem’s Nichon Weekes was the top scorer for his team and of both games that night with 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. Jordan Lambert was Salem’s other top scorer that night with 16 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal. For the St. Peters’ team the top scorers were Holren Bobb with 18 points and13 rebounds and T.O. Shotte with eight8 points, eight rebounds, one steal one block. For the Rising Stars the top scorers were Chaquille Sam with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and four steals and Shane Caesar with 12 points, 13 rebounds and two steals.

The following week Cudjoe Head Renegades proved they are a basketball force to be reckoned with as they dominated the Rising Stars in the Friday night game to emerge with a 44 points victory margin. Cudjoe Head Renegades scored 93 points to the Rising Stars 49 points, with 22 of those 93 points being scored by Encousie Wilson, the top scorer of that game. Outside of his 22 points contribution, Wilson also had 16 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. His team mate Wendell Allen was their team’s second top scorer of that game with 19 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and two blocks. The Top Scorers for Rising Stars were Chaquille Sam with 14 points eight rebounds foursteals and one block and Luis Morales with 14 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Game two on that same night featured St. Peters Hilltop against the Look Out Shooters and boasted a nail biting finish with the Look Out Shooters winning the game by one point. The Look Out Shooters scored 74 points while St. Peters Hilltop scored 73 points. Top Scorers for St Peters that night were Holren Bobb with 23 points, 11 rebounds and one assist and Neil Isaacs contributing 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Look Out Shooters top scorers were Kwasi Ryan with 22 points, two assists and four steals and Vachel Murrain 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Basketball fans were treated to two more games over that same weekend when the MSS Warriors battled Rising Stars on the Saturday night in Game 1 and the Cudjoe Head Renegades battled the Salem Jammers for basketball glory. The MSS Warriors lost to the Rising Stars by two points scoring 70 points while the Rising Stars scored 72 points.  Top Scorers for MSS were Dave Williams with 21 points, five assists and four steals and Maldrick Weekes with 11 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Top Scorers for Rising Stars were Chaquille Sam with 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals and Christon Layne scoring nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists two steals and one block.

In game two between the Salem Jammers and the Cudjoe Head Renegades Nichon Weekes proved his worth scoring 45 of his teams’ 80 points. That was not enough to win the game for the Salem Jammers who lost to their rival by two points. Cudjoe Head Renegades won the game with 82 points. Top Scorers for Cudjoe Head were Wendell Allen with 24 points, eight rebounds, six assists two steals and two blocks and Crenston Buffonge with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Top Scorers for Salem were Nichon Weekes with 45 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals and Jordan Lambert with 10 points, 15 rebounds, five assists two steals and one block.

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The feud between Marlon Samuels and Shane Warne

Women’s World T20: Maiden title for West Indies women – West Indies men join women team’s celebration dance after WT20 win

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The West Indies Women’s team ended three-time defending champions Australia’s domination by winning the World T20 title with an emphatic eight-wicket victory in the final at the Eden Gardens.The moment the West Indies reached the target courtesy an overthrow, the entire dugout jumped in joy as the team joined the two not out batswomen in the middle. What made the celebrations more special was the men’s team, led by captain Darren Sammy, bowling coach Curtley Ambrose and allrounder Andre Russell joined everyone in congratulating the girls.

Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor fashion West Indies to their first World T20 triumph, Australia dethroned.

women's world t20, world t20, world t20 final, west indies vs australia, wi vs aus, australia vs west indies, aus vs wi, west indies cricket, cricket australia, wi vs aus final, cricket news, cricket score, cricket West Indies women celebrate after beating Australia in the final at Eden Gardens on Sunday. (Source: AP)The DJ had turned on the Calypso. ‘Champions, champions’ blared out of the sound system. The West Indies women began the merry dance. Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin all celebrated joyously. The Caribbean women had earned every bit of it, after their convincing eight-wicket win over Australia in the women’s World T20 final. A world record 120-run opening partnership between Matthews and Taylor set up the chase, which became pretty facile in the end. It was West Indies’ maiden title, dethroning three-time defending champions. “When we wake up in the morning it’s going to be like is it real Trophy? I will ask myself is this real? When we touch down at the Caribbean, that’s when it’s going to hit you. A lot of people with cameras and you will realise that you have won the World Cup,” Taylor beamed.

The West Indies captain was named the Player of the Tournament for her 246 runs and eight wickets. But it was her younger team-mate who shone brighter at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Matthews is just 18 years old who played for Hobart Hurricanes in the last season’s Women’s Big Bash League. At 103.17, she had one of the better strike-rates in the tournament. Today, it was imperative that she kept calm after a slow start. Only nine runs had been scored in the first three overs during West Indies’ chase. Also, a victory target of 149 had never been gunned down in the Women’s World T20 final before.

 Matthews broke the shackles with a brace of fours off medium pacer Rene Farrell in the fourth over. It provided the launching-pad, for when Megan Schutt came in the next over, the West Indies opener tonked her for a big six over wide long-on. Her six off seamer Ellyse Perry was even bigger; about three rows back over the straight fence. Taylor joined the party with two fours off the same bowler. After 10 overs, the scores were level. Australia had 76/1, while West Indies got there without losing a wicket. The Aussies had slowed down thereafter, but West Indies built on the momentum.

Matthews got out after a scintillating 66 off 45 balls. But Taylor carried on before she was dismissed in the penultimate over, making a steady 59 off 57 deliveries. Back to back fours from Dottin earlier in that over had titled the balance in her side’s favour. Australia seemed to have given up. A superb yorker from Perry, however, made Britney Cooper a little nervy. She went for an improbable single in the next delivery but a clear run out opportunity was missed, a couple conceded, and the ‘Champion’ dance begun at the West Indies dug-out.

“We never discussed the total. It was good to keep wickets in hand. We wanted to do that; stay there and bat through,” Taylor said. Young Matthews spoke about the future. “Hope our women’s cricket grows from here on.”

Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat on a very good surface. Alyssa Healy, Ian Healy’s niece, perished in the second over. But the team had been going strong, thanks to a 77-run second wicket partnership between Elyse Villani and skipper Meg Lanning. The former was brilliant for his 37-ball 52, but once she was dismissed in the 12th over, Australia started to lose tempo. Lanning tried to wrest the initiative by hitting three consecutive fours off Dottin, but as she departed, completing her half-century, the team started to struggle. Only one run was scored in the final over and two wickets fell as Australia finished about 15 short of the par score. “We needed 160-plus to set us up. We were heading into that. For such a good batting side, it was disappointing not to finish (the game),” Lanning admitted.

Coach Matt Morgan was gracious in defeat.””I”s a great advertisement for wome”s cricket (that big total has been chased). (We) would like to have 160, but being honest, it was a pretty comfortable chase in the end. They batted exceptionally well””

Brief Scores: Australia women 148 for 5 in 20 overs (Meg Lanning 52, Elyse Villani 52; Deandra Dottin 2/33) lost to West Indies women: 149 for 2 in 19.3 overs (Hayley Matthews 66, Staphnie Taylor 59; Kristen Beams 1/27) by eight wickets

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Victorious Windies T20

Cricket: West Indies win World T20 final in stunning fashion

New Zealand Herald
Victorious Windies T20

Victorious Windies T20

West Indies have won the World T20 final in stunning fashion with four straight sixes in the final over to beat England.

Carlos Brathwaite struck four straight sixes to overhaul England’s 155 to seal a dramatic four-wicket win.

West Indies needed 19 runs in the 20th and final over which Brathwaite (34 not out) provided in style by smashing Ben Stokes for sixes off the first four balls.

Brathwaite ensured that hard work put in by Marlon Samuels, who struck 85 not out off 66 balls with nine fours and two sixes, did not go to waste, with Stokes appearing inconsolable at the end of the game.

West Indies finished on 161-6 in 19.4 overs after restricting England to 155-9, when Brathwaite took 3-23.

West Indies’ players rushed on to the ground to celebrate and then broke into an impromptu jig after becoming the first team to win the World Twenty20 title on two occasions, after success in 2012.

“It’s something we’ll cherish for a long time,” West Indian captain Darren Sammy said.

“Every game somebody stepped up. It was good to see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup. It shows the T20 depth we have in the Caribbean.”

Continued below.

It was a double delight for West Indies fans as their women’s team pulled off a surprise eight-wicket victory over Australia in the final played earlier.

Samuels, who had also starred with 78 in the 2012 final against Sri Lanka, was named man of the match for keeping the team in contention after they had been reduced to 11-3 in the third over.

Samuels added 75 runs off 69 balls for the fourth wicket with Dwayne Bravo (25) who also put up an allround effort having taken 3-37. For 2010 champion England, Joe Root produced an allround performance of 54 and 2-9, after being brought on to bowl at the beginning of the Windies’ innings.”We were certainly in the game, put ourselves in a position to win the game,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.

“We didn’t have enough runs on the board, it was a really good batting surface, maybe 180-90 would have been good.”


England’s Ben Stokes is consoled by his captain Eion Morgan. Photo / AP

Root grabbed two wickets in the space of three deliveries as he dismissed both openers in the second over of the innings. Johnson Charles (1) was caught at mid-off and Chris Gayle (4) holed out to long-off as the move to use Root’s part-time off spin with the new ball paid off.

With pace bowler David Willey trapping Lendl Simmons LBW off the first ball he faced, West Indies needed another special innings from Samuels to complete a memorable win.


West Indies players wave to the crowd as they celebrate their win over England. Photo / AP

Earlier, Root added 61 off 40 deliveries with Jos Buttler (36) for the fourth wicket for England. Legspinner Samuel Badree took two early wickets. He got opener Jason Roy LBW without scoring off the second ball of the innings and then induced an edge from Morgan off a googly for Gayle to take the catch at slip.

England were reduced to 23-3 with Andre Russell dismissing opener Alex Hales (1). Buttler’s dismissal led to another slump as Brathwaite and Bravo proved effective in the latter half of the innings.

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Match Summary

England

England v West Indies

West Indies win by 4 wickets

West Indies
Date:
3 April 2016
Match:
Final
Venue:
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Start time:
09:30
Umpires:
Handunnettige Dharmasena / Rodney Tucker
Toss:
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.

England:155 for 9 (20.0 overs)

Joe Root 54, Jos Buttler 36

Samuel Badree (4-1-16-2), Dwayne Bravo (4-0-37-3), Carlos Brathwaite (4-0-23-3)

West Indies:161 for 6 (19.4 overs)

Marlon Samuels 85*, Carlos Brathwaite 34*

David Willey (4-0-20-3), Joe Root (1-0-9-2)

Commentary

  • West Indies win by 4 wickets
  • Over 20. 24 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 161/6 (rr 8.05)
  • 19.4 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.

    Wow! What incredible hitting from Brathwaite to hit four sixes in four balls to win the game for the West Indies. Needing 19 to win off the last over England were looking to likely winners until Brathwaite opened his shoulders and dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground. Samuels held the innings together with his 85 not out to get West Indies into a winning position and he will take all the plaudits.

    David Willey bowled fantastically to get figures of 3-20 and the stroke of genius to open the bowling with Root payed off as he took two wicket including Gayle. England though could never get the big wicket of Samuels and the decision to bring him back after the catch was reversed was a huge turning point. West Indies have now been crowned men’s and women’s T20 champions in the same day.

  • 19.3 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, off stump backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over long off for 6 runs. What hitting from Brathwaite. He has hit three sixes in a row and West Indies now only need 1 to win. Absolute game changing innings from the big West Indian.
  • 19.2 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Stokes just misses his length and Brathwaite swings through the line for another six.
  • 19.1 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Length ball, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over fine leg for 6 runs. A huge six from Brathwaite. Could he do it?
  • Over 19. 8 runs. Bowler: Chris Jordan. West Indies: 137/6 (rr 7.21)
  • 18.6 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump backing away Steer, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 18.5 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air under control to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 18.4 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • 18.3 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 18.2 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, to long off for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs. Samuels once again goes over the fielder at mid off to good effectiveness.
  • Over 18. 11 runs. Bowler: David Willey. West Indies: 129/6 (rr 7.17)
  • 17.6 FOUR! David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Full toss, to leg moves in front Scoop, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs. Great improvisation from Brathwaite as he moves across and scoops the ball over fine leg.
  • 17.5 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, down leg side on the front foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 17.4 David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot Slog, inside edge to short extra cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Willey.
  • 17.3 David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Full toss, outside off stump on the front foot driving, in the air under control to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Ali.
  • 17.2 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, down leg side backing away Slog, hit pad to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 17.1 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Full toss, middle stump on the front foot driving, to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Ali.
  • Over 17. 7 runs. Bowler: Chris Jordan. West Indies: 118/6 (rr 6.94)
  • 16.6 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Full toss, down leg side backing away Slog, to mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Hales.
  • 16.5 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump backing away driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 16.4 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for 1 run, run save by Morgan.
  • 16.3 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump backing away Slog, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Brilliant batting from Samuels. He sees mid off up so he hits over the top.
  • 16.1 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Morgan.
  • Over 16. 7 runs. Bowler: David Willey. West Indies: 111/6 (rr 6.94)
  • 15.6 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Rashid.
  • 15.6 Wide David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, missed to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 15.5 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, to leg on the back foot Late Cut, to deep backward point for 2 runs, run save by Hales, fielded by Root.
  • 15.4 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, down leg side on the back foot Steer, to slips for no runs, shy attempt by Plunkett.
  • 15.3 OUT! Caught. David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep cover, by Hales. England have two wickets in the over. This time Sammy goes over cover but he manages to pick out Hales on the boundary who didn’t need to move.
  • 15.2 David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, middle stump on the back foot cutting, to deep backward point for 2 runs, fielded by Hales.
  • 15.2 Wide David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, missed to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 15.1 OUT! Caught. David Willey to Andre Russell. Back of a length, to leg on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control to deep mid wicket, by Stokes. What a catch from Stokes on the boundary edge. He runs around and dives forward to get the vital wicket of Russell.
  • Over 15. 18 runs. Bowler: Liam Plunkett. West Indies: 104/4 (rr 6.93)
  • 14.6 SIX! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long off for 6 runs. Back to back sixes for Samuels. He gives himself a little bit of room and drills the ball back over the bowlers head.
  • 14.5 SIX! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.
  • 14.4 Liam Plunkett to Andre Russell. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to backward point for 1 run, run save by Roy, shy attempt by Roy.
  • 14.3 Liam Plunkett to Andre Russell. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 14.2 Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 14.1 FOUR! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Short, outside off stump backing away pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.
  • Over 14. 10 runs. Bowler: Adil Rashid. West Indies: 86/4 (rr 6.14)
  • 13.6 OUT! Caught. Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Slog, top edge in the air uncontrolled to gully, by Root. Just the breakthrough England were after. Bravo tries to smash the ball out of the stadium but he gets a top edge which loops into the air.
  • 13.5 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to backward point for 1 run, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 13.4 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 13.3 SIX! Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Bravo picks the googly and dispatches the ball deep into the crowd.
  • 13.2 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, to deep extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Roy.
  • 13.1 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump down the track driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • Over 13. 9 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 75/3 (rr 5.77)
  • 12.6 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, mis-timed to mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Root.
  • 12.5 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot Slog, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 12.4 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Morgan.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Off cutter short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled past deep backward square leg for 4 runs. Bravo is living on the edge as his misdirected pull shot goes for four thanks to a dropped catch from the sub on the boundary.
  • 12.2 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Yorker, off stump on the front foot working, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 12.2 Wide Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Length ball, wide outside off stump no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 12.1 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter short, wide outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • Over 12. 5 runs. Bowler: Adil Rashid. West Indies: 67/3 (rr 5.58)
  • 11.6 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Morgan.
  • 11.5 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • 11.4 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, in the air under control to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • 11.3 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Rashid.
  • 11.2 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 11.1 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner yorker, down leg side on the front foot driving, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • Over 11. 8 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 62/3 (rr 5.64)
  • 10.6 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, outside off stump no foot movement Steer, to backward point for 1 run, shy attempt by Roy.
  • 10.5 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump no foot movement driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 10.4 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Full toss, off stump on the front foot flick, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 10.3 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Leg cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 10.3 Wide Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Short, outside off stump no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 10.2 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Stokes.
  • 10.1 FOUR! Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, well timed past deep backward point for 4 runs. Just a bit of width from Stokes and Samuels opens up his body and carves the ball away.

NZ Herald

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West Indies win

West Indies stun India to reach World T20 final

Thursday, March 31, 2016

West Indies win

West Indies’s Andre Russell celebrates after scoring the winning runs during the World T20 men’s semi-final match between India and West Indies at The Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 31, 2016. (Photo: AFP) 

MUMBAI, India (AFP) — The West Indies clinched their place in the final of the World Twenty20 on Thursday with a stunning seven-wicket victory over the hosts India at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.

Lendl Simmons top-scored with an unbeaten 82 as the West Indies reached their target of 193 with two balls remaining.

They will now play England on Sunday in the final at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, with both teams bidding to become the first sides to win the tournament twice.

Scoreboard from the World Twenty20 semi-final between India and West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on Thursday:

India

R. Sharma lbw b Badree 43

A. Rahane c Bravo b Russell 40

V. Kohli not out 89

MS. Dhoni not out 15

Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 2) 5

Total (for 2 wickets, 20 overs) 192

Did not bat: S. Raina, M. Pandey, H. Pandya, R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, J. Bumrah, A. Nehra

Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Sharma), 2-128 (Rahane)

Bowling: Russell 4-0-47-1, Badree 4-0-26-1, Brathwaite 4-0-38-0, Benn 4-0-36-0, Bravo 4-0-44-0

West Indies

J. Charles c Sharma b Kohli 52

C. Gayle b Bumrah 5

M. Samuels c Rahane b Nehra 8

L. Simmons not out 83

A. Russell not out 43

Extras (lb 3, nb 2) 5

Total (for 3 wickets, 19.4 overs) 196

Did not bat: D. Ramdin, D. Bravo, D. Sammy, C. Brathwaite, S. Badree, S. Benn

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle), 2-19 (Samuels), 3-116 (Charles)

Bowling: Nehra 4-0-25-1, Bumrah 4-0-42-1, Jadeja 4-0-48-0, Ashwin 2-0-20-0, Pandya 4-0-43-0, Kohli 1.4-0-15-1

Result: West Indies won by seven wickets

Toss: West Indies

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Reserve umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)

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MUL leads in organizing cricket matches for charity

DSC_2793Charity Cricket Matches is the name given to a series of T20 cricket matches organised by the Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL). In the beginning the MUL cricket team intended to continue the series of Charity Matches against firstly local celebrities and secondly returning Montserratians during the of St. Patrick’s Week of Activities.

Financial Controller, Duleep Cheddie of Montserrat Utilities Ltd. (MUL) is the organizer of the matches while Mr. David Thompson, Managing Director of MUL, like several others participating in the matches and leading the various teams, explained the purpose of the fun matches.DSC_2807

The Montserrat Reporter on advice that the matches had already begun to take place visited the Little Bay playing field on Sunday, January 31 and witnessed two teams, the Premier’s XI play against the MUL team.

Our young trainee reporter spoke to Manager David Thompson: “…cricket is a great game – that’s the starting point,” he explains. “It’s a bit of team building, a bit of moral help, and support for the team members of MUL,” he said.

DSC_2872He pointed out that the particular game being played against the Premier’s eleven, saying, “we’re raising money for the Premier’s choice this time around, that’s Golden Years home.”

He hoped that people are watching, enjoying the match, buying a bit of food “enjoying themselves and give a contribution which we will gather together and give to the Golden Years home.”DSC_2870

Thompson continued by saying that the season has finished and they are arranging a series of non-league matches – friendly matches against a range of opposition and, “we’re allowing the opposition to choose which charity they would like to donate too.”

DSC_2857Premier Romeo who played in the match told us that he played cricket while at MSS before he gave it up for basketball. He said this was not his first match as he and Leader of the Opposition Reuben T Meade played. “That was the Opposition Leader’s team with myself,” he said. “We played together, actually both of us opened bat against MUL, but MUL beat us badly. That time we raised several thousand dollars.”DSC_2832

This time in the absence of Meade he was represented on the Premier’s XI by Derrick Lee who confirmed, “I’m representing the Premier Office in the place of Reuben T. Meade; he would have been playing on this side. Because he’s unavailable he asked me to take his place.”

An elated MUL’s Jack Ryan also noted that his team is playing the Premier’s team, which was selected by him. His team narrowly edged out the Premier’s team. He said: “The whole experience was very good,” pointing out, “this whole thing is played with a view to raise for a charity which is Meals on Wheels.” Ryan noted that, “…meals are transported to vulnerable persons who can’t afford proper meals so to speak.”

DSC_2833Star of the day was Access Coordinator David ‘Trixie’ Duberry, playing for the Premier’s team scoring 76 which was just not good enough to overhaul the MUL’s score of 154 in 20 overs.

Duberry looked outstanding at the crease, hitting several boundaries which he cleared several times, scoring 6s. He admitted, “I’ve been playing for quite a while. This is my second game in about two years so it’s good to be back,” explaining, “I played for Montserrat and I played some cricket in England as well so I’ve played good level cricket before.”DSC_2827

He acknowledged the efforts of “the planning done by Mr. (Duleep) Cheddie – he organizes it and I think between them they decide which organization they could consider as a charity.”

Chief organiserDuleep Cheddie confirmed that each of the competing teams which vary: Hon Reuben Meade, Leader of the Opposition XI, Hon Paul Lewis (Minister of Coms and Works) XI, Basil Chambers All Starts XI and Hon. Premier’s XI, compete on select Sundays at Little Bay Playing Field in matches beginning at 2.00 p.m.

DSC_2839The matches have been organised with support from the Montserrat Cricket Association regarding the grounds and other aspects of the game; They are to also assist as follows: Donate $1.00 from the proceeds of sale of each beverage for charity; and $1.00 from the proceeds of sale of each serving of food for charityDSC_2840

After this month two matches will be played during the of St. Patrick’s Week of Activities, against a team comprising of returning Montserratians, captained by the Hon. Claude Hogan (Minister of Agriculture.

Premier Romeo hints to our trainee Reporter: “Prime Minister of Antigua has already agreed to come play in a match here, probably on Easter Monday.”

The following is a tentative schedule of matches. The named team is gets to name the charity of their choice.

Sunday 31st January 2016 –

Hon. Premier’s X1;

Sunday 7th February 2016

Hon. Leader of the Opposition X1

Sunday 21st February 2016

Hon. Paul Lewis’ Invitational XI

Sunday 28th February 2016

Basil Chambers All Stars X1

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul

WIPA congratulates Chanderpaul on illustrious career

 
KINGSTON, Jamaica — January 25, 2016 – The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has congratulated Shivnarine Chanderpaul on a prosperous and illustrious international career that spanned more than two decades.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Former West Indies captain Chanderpaul is the only player of the modern game to represent the West Indies for over two decades. Presently, the 41-year-old is the highest ranked West Indian on the ICC Test Rankings. He also holds the record for batting the longest period without being dismissed in Test cricket.

During the almost 22 years of his career, he represented the West Indies 164 times in Test cricket, amassing 11,867 runs, with his highest score being 203 runs, at an average of 51.37. He represented the West Indies in 268 ODI matches scoring 8,778 runs, with a high score of 150, and an average of 41.60. In the shortest form of the game he played in 22 matches, scoring 343 runs at an average of 20.17.

Chanderpaul’s unorthodox batting style did not hinder his performances on the field of play, as he collected accolades throughout his career. Some of the awards he has received include being named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year and ICC Player of the Year for 2008. He was also twice named West Indies Player of the Year, first in 2008 and then in 2014.

WIPA’s president and CEO Wavell Hinds, who played alongside Chanderpaul for the better part of a decade, said, “As a fan, to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket.”

He continued, “Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”

 

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Blatter

FIFA president now under criminal investigation over deal with Jack Warner

Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Switzerland, Friday Sept 25, 2015 – As the extradition process for former FIFA vice president and corruption accused Jack Warner remains in limbo, the head of football’s world governing body is under criminal investigation in connection with a TV rights deal that he signed with the Trinidad and Tobago football executive 10 years ago.

FIFA headquarters was raided, the office of President Sepp Blatter searched and data seized today.

And the attorney general subsequently announced that his office had opened criminal proceedings into Blatter, is due to step down from FIFA’s leadership next February, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement or, alternatively, misappropriation.

It is alleged that on September 12, 2005, Blatter signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union, headed by Warner, which was “unfavorable for FIFA”.

“There is a suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG,” a statement issued by the office of the Swiss attorney general said.

Additionally, Blatter is suspected of a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs (US$2 million) to President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini, at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002. The payment was made in February 2011.

Blatter, 79, was interrogated today, following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee.

The attorney general’s statement said Platini was also heard “as a person asked to provide information”.

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Jeffrey Webb

Former FIFA Vice President pleads not guilty – under house arrest

Jeffrey Webb

Jeffrey Webb

NEW YORK, Jul. 19, CMC – Jeffrey Webb, the former head of CONCACAF, the region’s governing body for football, was granted bail amounting to US$10 million and placed under house arrest when he appeared in court here on Saturday.

Webb, also a former FIFA Vice President is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connecting with the sale of marketing rights.

He was detained in Switzerland in May, along with six football officials before begin extradited to the US last week.

The New York judge who ordered to remain at home in a 20 mile radius of the court, also told the court that Webb’s movements will be monitored via and electronic tag.

He was also required to hand over his three passports.

According to court documents, the prosecutors allege that among the bribes Webb allegedly received was a US$ 1.1 million to award the marketing rights to a Miami based company for the 2012 CONCACAF Gold Cup and Champions league tournament.

Webb, 50, was banned by FIFA after he was indicted in May in the United States.

He entered a plea of not guilty to charges of money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering.

 

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