England refocus after reaching the summit

LONDON, (Reuters) – England have already set new  goals after reaching the coveted number one spot in the world  rankings at the expense of India who face an unenviable task in  the fourth test starting today.

Gayle to meet with Hilaire to resolve lingering issues

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Estranged West Indies opener Chris Gayle will meet with West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Ernest Hilaire next Tuesday, to hash out lingering issues that have kept the Jamaican out of the regional side.

Bravo fails again but Notts win

TAUNTON, England, CMC – Young West Indies stroke-maker Darren Bravo failed but Nottinghamshire still did enough to beat Somerset by three wickets with a ball to spare in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Championship here yesterday.

Tharanga leads Sri Lanka to victory

HAMBANTOTA, (Reuters) – A brilliant 13th one-day  international century from opener Upul Tharanga took Sri Lanka  to a 78-run win over Australia in the third one-day  international at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium yesterday.

Quintyne, Knight new faces in Windies squad

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Fifteen-year-old Barbadian Shaquana Quintyne has been named in a 14-member West Indies women’s squad to face Pakistan on the upcoming tour of the Caribbean.

Titans are ‘Gods’ of T20 Master Cup

- HJ All Stars clinches third place

In Greek mythology the Titans, were a race of powerful Gods and in the famous Tintanomachy “War of the Gods,” The elder Gods were overthrown by a group of younger Gods known as Olympians.

De Sinco hard court facility a step in the right direction

-Says Minister Frank Anthony

Sport Minister Dr. Frank Anthony labelled the De Sinco Trading Limited hard court cricket facility a step in the right direction for cricket development when it was commissioned at the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) ground, Woolford Avenue, last evening.

Edgbaston happy with debt to retain test status

BIRMINGHAM, England,  (Reuters) – Warwickshire  County Cricket Club, which hosted the England-India test that  ended on Saturday with the home side crowned the world’s best,  has incurred a 29 million pound debt to retain its international  status but has no regrets about the “risk”.

B/dos crowned 2011 Regional one-day champs

The boys from the Land of Flying Fish made it five wins out of five  en route to dethroning 2010 winners Trinidad and Tobago as the regional limited overs champions with a commanding nine-wicket win at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) Ground, yesterday.

Guyana, Windwards play to draw

Guyana’s Under-19 cricket team ended its chequered campaign of the WICB limited overs tournament with a draw against the Windward Islands at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda.

Tit for tat

As one who has written as many words to fill the public library on behalf of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine’s comment last week suggested that the penny had finally dropped.

Dyna’s Bravados, Fire Links into Super 16

Dyna’s Bravados and Fire Links cricket teams have advanced to the Super 16 stage of the Kares Engineering/Bushy Park Sawmills 10/10 Tapeball Cricket Competition when play in the East Bank Zone ended yesterday at the Diamond Community Centre ground.

Bakewell/GFSCA softball tourney set to commence on August 28

Bakery giants Bakewell of 5-9 Drive, Miller St., Triumph, East Coast Demerara, has joined forces with the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) to sponsor the next nationwide male/female softball tournament, set to kick off on August 28.

Almost there!

-B/dos have one hand on the title after crushing Guyana

Guyana’s tournament momentum and title hopes came to an abrupt halt yesterday when they suffered their second defeat in a week losing by eight wickets to Barbados at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground, Berbice, in the penultimate round of the limited overs version of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 19 tournament.

T&T hammer Leewards to set up final-round showdown

GEORGETOWN, Guyana,  CMC – Emmanuel Lett continued his outstanding showing at the WICB Regional Under-19 Championship with another brilliant performance yesterday to re-ignite Trinidad and Tobago hopes of winning the One-Day title.

J/ca finally find win in dramatic finish

GEORGETOWN, Guyana,  CMC – Jamaica finally got a win in the WICB Regional Under-19 One-Day Championship, as middle-order batsman Brian Gayle hit an unbeaten century to guide them to a two-wicket victory with a ball to spare in a cliff-hanger yesterday.

Triumphant England on top of the world

BIRMINGHAM, England, (Reuters) – England surged to  the top of the world rankings after crushing India by an innings  and 242 runs in the third test yesterday to secure their sixth  consecutive series win.

Going all out to win

- Says Women’s Coach Latchman Yadram

In his first year in charge of the national side, new Guyana women’s cricket coach Latchman Yadram has pledged to go all out to win this year’s West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Women’s limited overs tournament which commences today in Barbados.

Jamaicans thrilled to take home WICB Under-19 three-day title

Georgetown, Guyana – Jamaica coach Robert Samuels has praised his players for their team-work, unity and belief in each other following the capture of the three-day title in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under-19 Tournament.

Pollard powers Somerset to semi-finals

NOTTINGHAM, England, CMC – A typically belligerent, unbeaten 47 from Kieron Pollard propelled Somerset to a six-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in the quarter-finals of the English Twenty20 Championship yesterday.

WIPA appoints Kissoon, Hall to negotiate CBA with WICB

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Regional players body, WIPA, have appointed directors Dave Kissoon and Michael Hall to lead its negotiations with the West Indies Cricket Board to revise the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

India’s Zaheer needs surgery, to miss rest of tour

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India seamer Zaheer Khan needs  surgery for ankle and hamstring problems and has been ruled out  for the remainder of the England series, the Indian cricket  board (BCCI) said yesterday.

Dravid recall smacks of poor planning – More

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Rahul Dravid has said his return  to India’s one-day squad is a temporary one and he is retiring  from the shorter forms of the game after the upcoming series  against England, but his surprise recall is being viewed by some  as a step in the wrong direction.

B/dos in sight of victory

Barbados 297/8 dec. (Kraigg Braithwaite 146 not out, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai 4/76, Loyydel Lewis 2-47) lead Guyana 87 (Kwame Crosse 42, Justin Greaves 4-17) and 143 for 9 (Amir Khan 36, Ronsford Beaton 21, Shai Parris 2-13, Kyle Mayers 2-16, Greaves 2-15, Jones 2-31) by 67 runs with one wicket remaining.

BCB pays tribute to Bishoo, Campbelle

The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) honoured West Indian players Devendra Bishoo and Shemaine Campbelle through its Tribute to Heroes programme last Wednesday which was sponsored by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) in Berbice.

J/ca crowned three-day champs

WICB U19 tourney….

Jamaica became this year’s WICB three-day champions when they crushed defending champions Windward Islands inside two days by an innings and 77 runs at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground yesterday.

Garner wins third term in landslide

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – West Indies fast bowling legend Joel Garner has been re-elected for a third successive term as Barbados Cricket Association president.

Gayle to skipper WIPA against T&T

The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) launched its second Balls of Fire charity event at the Queen’s Park Oval  yesterday and sports fans can look forward to extreme excitement from a number of regional cricketers on September 3.

Lett puts T&T in command over Leewards

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – A superb century from rookie Emmanuel Lett has put Trinidad and Tobago in an excellent position to secure victory over Leeward Islands after two days of their WICB Regional Championship, fifth round match at Bourda yesterday.

T&T in solid position against Leewards in U-19 tourney

Solid batting by Trinidad and Tobago has placed it in a good position against the Leeward Islands in the fifth round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) three-day under-19 Tournament yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda.

Gayle’s exile likely to go on

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Chris Gayle’s exile from West Indies is likely to continue for the two Twenty20 Internationals against England next month in London.

Enterprising Jamaica leaves Windwards in dire straits

-John Campbell blasts impressive century

Jamaica’s opening batsman John Campbell rubbed more salt into the wounds of the Windward Islands by carving out an impressive century after being dropped on 14 by Terron Smith at the Demerara Cricket Club yesterday.

India expects great things from Sehwag’s return

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Former India players are united in  their belief that Virender Sehwag’s return from injury will  stabilise the team’s fragile batting order and lift morale in  the remaining two tests against a dominant England.

Ojha heads to England buoyed by shock recall

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha  is keen to capitalise on a second bite of the cherry after  landing a surprise call-up to an India squad he was originally  omitted from for the ongoing tour of England.

Australia will take time to get back to the top-Clarke

SYDNEY, (Reuters) – Australia’s journey back up the  test world rankings is not going to happen overnight but the  upcoming series in Sri Lanka will be an indication of their  current status, captain Michael Clarke said yesterday.

Sarwan intent on winning back Test place

Guyanese and West Indies batting star Ramnaresh Sarwan has vowed to win back his Test place after acknowledging that he nearly gave up the game eight months ago, according to a report today in The Royal Gazette Online of Bermuda.

Guyana’s title hopes being washed away

Says Colin Benjamin As Mother Nature continued its relentless downpour in the city it brought the scheduled second day of the fourth round matches in the West Indies Cricket Board regional Under-19 three-day tournament to a halt yesterday.

Hughes patience fails to stave off defeat for Derbyshire

LONDON, England, CMC – Chesney Hughes’ patient 44 on Sunday was not enough to stave off defeat for Derbyshire as they went down by seven wickets to Middlesex in their County Championship clash here yesterday.

Bresnan bowls England to crushing victory

NOTTINGHAM, England, (Reuters) – Tim Bresnan bowled  England to a crushing 319-run victory over India in the second  test yesterday with a test best of five for 48 as the world  number one side capitulated for 158 with a day to spare.

Gayle, Bishoo clash could be highlight of Jam Zone T20

Guyana’s leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo  will have his sternest test yet when he comes up against Chris Gayle in the Jam Zone Masters’ Cup T20 cricket tournament later this month at the Providence National Stadium.

Washed away!

- opening day of fourth round clashes abandoned

Overnight and early morning rain washed out all hopes of play on the first day of the fourth round of the West Indies Cricket Board Under-19 three day competition at the various venues in Georgetown yesterday.

Naive Bell said right decision made

(BBC) England centurion Ian Bell was reprieved and allowed to bat on in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge after initially being controversially run out yesterday.