What a great sports nation! Guess which one? The West Indies, a region of the Caribbean Basin and North Atlantic Ocean that includes the many island nations. The both men and women’s team of West Indies just won the Cricket World T20 2016 title today, on April 3rd, 2016 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. A day to be reminded over and over again.
The Cricket World T20 started on March 8th, 2016. And this is not the first time for the West Indies men’s cricket team. They won their first title in 2012 by defeating Sri Lanka. This time they have blown away the English cricket team. Only this is the first time for the West Indies women’s team. They defeated the dominating 3 times World Champion Australia today and clinched their first World Champion title.
It was needed 19 off 6 deliveries. The bowler was English all-rounder in form Ben Stokes. A very difficult task. It had been very difficult for the squad for Chris Gayle (from Jamaica) got out scoring just 4 off 2 balls. Everybody hoped to enjoy his smashing boundaries. The semi-final hero against India, Lendl Simmons (from Trinidad and Tobago) also scored 0. It seemed England was going to clinch their 2nd title. This time, the 2012 hero Marlon Samuels (from Jamaica) stood up once again for his nation. He was on the field with the youngster Carlos Brathwaite (from Barbados), who was on strike at that moment. Everyone was thinking of a single run to get Samuels on the strike. English fans were cheering out; and why not? It was needed 19 from just 6 balls. Only 6 perfect balls could do that for the English squad. Who knew what Brathwaite was thinking at that time? Ben Stokes started running. Million eyes, on the television set. You know what? A new story has just been written. Brathwaite hadn’t only hammered one 6, he hammered 6/6/6/6, 4 consecutive sixes, come on man!
Ben Stokes had nothing to do but watch. Samuels ripped off his shirt in joy, the whole team gathered in a moment to celebrate their victory.
Marlon Samuels was the man of the match for his brilliant knock of 85 off 66 balls, in the way to clinch the 2nd T20 World Champion title for West Indies. On the other hand, Brathwaite scored 34 off 10 balls. He also took 3 English wickets for 23 runs earlier. Batted first, England scored 155/7 from 20 overs. Inform Joe Root scored 54 off 36 balls and Jos Buttler scored 35 off 22 balls. West Indies reached their target with 2 balls remaining and scored 161/6. Dwayne Bravo’s (from Santa Cruz) Champion song and dance couldn’t be blocked off for a bit. See the full scorecard of the men’s match here.
Not only the men’s team, amazingly the West Indies women’s team also clinched their first T20 World Champion title. They defeated 3 times champion Australian women’s team today. Half-centuries from captain Lanning and Elyse Villani powered the Australian to 148/5. It looked they were going to clinch their 4th consecutive title. But the West Indies women’s team was in great form like the men’s team. Skipper Stafanie Taylor and 18-year-old Hayley Matthews, who hammered three sixes in her player of the match knock of 66 off 45 balls, did the job at Eden Gardens. They hit their mark by scoring 149/2 with 3 balls remaining.
See the full scorecard of the women’s match here.
Not just the title of men and women Cricket World T20 2016, but also the title of Under19 World Cup also went to the West Indies cricket. What a year for West Indies cricket. Three world championships in one year. We can still hear the celebration of the Caribbean cricket fans. Are you?
STGC’s U 16 Cricket Prospects with Glendon Coke, Cricket Coach ……………..Having lost out in the JIIC Knock Out, the young U-16 cricketers bow into action 10:00am Thursday, 13th March at Emmet Park in the Grace Shield Tournament. This squad is made up of 2-5th formers. Eight of these boys were in the U19 senior squad and five of them were in the starting eleven. One has scored a century (141) and a couple, half centuries. This is a developing squad with good scores expected to come from youngsters, Kirk McKenzie (Ja U15), S. Lee and A. Thompson, national invitees, J. Ewan, V. Bailey and S. Thomas. So we anticipate a good season with better results.
Grace Shield- STGC beats Holy Trinity, 13th March, 2014 at Emmett Park
STGC batted first and made 202/6 declared. The innings was built around young Kirk McKenzie (2nd form) and he was supported by A. Thompson 33, S. Lee 35 and Joel Ewan (3rd form) who made a quick fire 31. Holy Trinity was then bundled out for 55 in which extras was their top score 28 while 27 came from the bat.
Our three pacers took 1 wicket apiece before Simon Lee 5 for 8 runs from 6 overs and young McKenzie 1 for four runs from 7 overs (5 maidens) destroyed the opposition. The Team is captained by Simon Lee. Incidentally we played without one of our batsman who was called up at U15 national trials last year but he should be good to go for our next match on March 21st against Spanish Town High in Spanish Town. We are very optimistic that we can go to the next round as our group is completed by Edith Dalton and Calabar High Schools. Our boys are in a positive frame of mind that they can do this after their individual success at the recently concluded U19 competition. All we ask is for the continued support and belief of theSTGC Sports Council and the Old Boys. A
After all this team will be the nucleus for next year’s relatively young senior team as only two of them are now 16 years old.
Local Cricket in Jamaica needs support from local sponsors saves heavens
Heaven calls for more support of community cricket
Thursday, February 20, 2014
HEAVEN… the JCA is about building cricket and so we are doing whatever we can to develop cricket in Jamaica
PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, saluted the recently-concluded Wray & Nephew/Portmore Cricket Association T/20 Championship, and in the same breath, urged more sponsors to support the development of cricket in the community.
“This was a very successful league, we have some talented players here in Portmore and all the teams have played well. We value the membership here with the Portmore Cricket Association (PCA) and will continue to support them.
“The JCA is about building cricket and so we are doing whatever we can to develop cricket in Jamaica and so I am pleased to announce that we will join other sponsors to make the Portmore T/20 bigger and better for the next season,” said Heaven, speaking at the presentation after the final.
Portmore Pines defeated GC Foster College by three wickets to lift the title.
As part of the move to broaden the base of support, Heaven has proposed the engagement of more local business owners within Portmore to come onboard to assist the PCA in the overall development of cricket in the sprawling residential municipality.
Heaven, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the state-run Chase Fund, revealed that the JCA will be more involved with the league next season.
Acting Mayor for Portmore Leon Thomas also pledged the support of his office next season, suggesting that it is what the late former Mayor George Lee would have wanted.
“I can tell you that the late George Lee was a lover and a good supporter of cricket, and come next season, I will be onboard with the PCA in sponsoring the tournament,” he said.
Two of the three injured star players that were recalled to the West Indies to face Ireland in the limited-overs series, are Jamaicans; Chris Gayle returning from a hamstring injury and Marlon Samuels; the other is captain Darren Sammy from St. Lucia. The series hosted by the West Indies , the teams will play one ODI and two T20s beginning February 19th in Sabina Park, Kingston.
The West Indies Squad for the first match: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
On the first day of auction in the cricket Indian Premier League Chris Gayle has been retained by his club Royal Challengers Bangalore, three other West Indies players teams have stuck with them while another five West Indies players have found new home. They are as follows:Dwayne Bravo – Chennai Super Kings, Sunil Narine – Kolkata Knight Riders, Kieron Pollard – Mumbai Indians, Darren Sammy – Sunrisers Hyderabad, Dwayne Smith – Chennai super kings (CSK), Ravi Rampaul – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jason Holder – Sunrisers Hyderabad, Samuel Badree – Chennai Super Kings.