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CARIBBEAN - West Indies test match cricket 2005
Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy - Victory for
Big Bird's boys
Garner's Barbados Cricket Association's team lifted the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy for the second straight year, defeating a Barbados Cricket League (BCL) by 30 runs in the 25-over-a-side encounter.
One of the star performers in the game, organised by the National Assistance Board, was former Barbados selector Clinton St Hill, who smashed three sixes and five fours in a knock of 57, including 28 runs in one over off spin bowler Leroy Leach.
Reproduced compliments of The Nation News
by TONY COZIER in Kandy Tuesday July 26th 2005
OH NO!: West Indies skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught by Mahela Jayawardene for 24 yesterday.
In a defiant, unbeaten 157 that started on his old Trinity College ground on Saturday afternoon and carried through until yesterday morning, the left-handed Kumar Sangakkara converted the virtually deadlocked first innings totals into a certain winning position for Sri Lanka. < Read more>
was a day to remember for the new-look West Indies cricket team. Wavell
Wayne Hinds (right), spearheaded a fightback from the home team with an
authoritative unbeaten 188 that crippled the South African bowling attack.
Cricket in the West Indies, particularly test match cricket, draws legions of fans local, regional, and international. West Indians love their cricket and this passion ensures that visitors travelling in the Caribbean for a cricket holiday are assured of good play under sunny skies, a great combination.
The mighty Barmy Army and other British fans partied in the streets of Bridgetown into the wee hours of the morning – drinking beer and rum – all 10 000 of them celebrating one of modern sports’ major achievement.
When one reflects on our teams of the 80’s and early 90’s; their professionalism, fitness and excellence, it becomes a bitter pill to swallow, not only the fact of defeat but also the absence of fight and determination, which hitherto had extracted every ounce of energy from our opponents.
It is incomprehensible that a region such as the Caribbean which boasts of so many outstanding records, could find itself languishing with two of the minions of international cricket, at the bottom of the ratings.
How can we explain this is the region which gave us Sir Everton Weekes and his five consecutive Test centuries as well as one of the better opening partnerships known to Test cricket – Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge?
What has contributed to our fall from glory?
How much longer will it last?
What can the West Indies Cricket Board do to restore what for us was equilibrium?
But the West Indies captain has vowed he will not raise the white flag, that he will soldier on amidst the personal and team battles.
In this series the champion left-hander’s personal form has matched that of the West Indies team as a whole, and with his men trailing 0 -3 in the series many feel he should step aside.
“I have another Test match to focus on,” he said, “so the time for assessing my position of captain is not now,” he told Saturday’s media conference before returning to the dressing room where he wept openly.
“The next five days are very important in terms of my future as captain,” he said prior to the match. “No captain, no team, wants to go down for the first time in their history as losing all their Test matches at home.”
But he had travelled the same rocky path before and he k the way out.
AS he did five years ago, Brian Lara, this Easter week end, once more transformed a situation of deep personal and team crisis into one of critical revival and triumph at the scene of his most celebrated innings.
Lara, the modern game’s greatest exponent of batsmanship took the burden of all his West Indian people on his shoulders and transformed despair into a triumph.
(Picture by Brooks LaTouche Photography.)
Homage was paid to the Trinidadian left-hander for his super-human batting performance at the Antigua Recreation Ground, where he first reclaimed the record for the highest score in a Test innings and then became the first man in Test history to make a quadruple-century.
His 400 not out off 582 balls came in just under 13 hours and included 43 fours and four sixes. In doing so, he eclipsed the previous batting record of 380 established just six months ago by Australia’s Matthew Hayden.
Back in 2003 Brian Lara, the West Indies captain, seen
here, spoke at the Barbados Cricket Association's Awards ceremony
arrival (seen here in action) in the early 70's to Marshall's retirement
in 1991, the pace of International Test cricket was set by the West Indies'
fast bowlers. Between them they took 1211 Test wickets at a superb combined
average of 22.5 runs apiece. Marshall, who died in his homeland, Barbados,
1999 led the gang with 376 scalps!
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