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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by MOD-wmchamps » Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:13 pm

Congrats on the win and glad to see Hector perform with the bat
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:24 pm

West Indies NAT Twenty-20 Tour- Division 1 Summaries
The West Indian caravan had reached its venue to play Bermuda on Day 4 of the tour. Archie O'Connor wore the captain's armband for the day, but the coin didn't favour him. Bermuda put West Indies into bat, and West Indies responded with 2 quick edges to the keeper, as the two new-ball experts from Bermuda got Hubert Newton and Hemraj Walsh done for ducks. This put the next two batsmen, in Hubern King and Melford Griffith under quite some pressure, as they proceeded to have a 65-run stand off 64 balls, with both of them ending with strike rates around 100. Their partnership was a start that the rest of the line-up could not build upon, as in the final eight overs following King's wicket, West Indies lost 5 more wickets, barely totalling 104 for the innings.

Chasing 105, the undefeated Bermudan side seemed to have their batting order well designed, with every batsman playing to their strengths. Despite an early wicket, and some very economical bowling from all the West Indian bowlers, Frank Elliot scored 46 runs, wherein he stayed not out till the end, and saw the chase through in the final over. All five of the West Indian bowlers did a decent job, with Wilfred Austin getting 2 wickets, Sugrim Hughes bowling his quota for barely 14, Aaron Munilall and Archie O'Connor showing a lot of promise, and death-bowling specialist Jason Hislop showcasing quite a bit of accuracy, and getting the prized wicket of Earl Douglas when he seemed set to take over the chase. A valiant effort, but with the third loss of the tour under our name, West Indies will be facing the Dutch in a relegation battle.

Other Results in Division 1
Netherlands beat United States of America by 24 runs.
New Zealand beat England by 7 runs.

Fixture on April 16- Netherlands
The West Indian tour will reach its end playing knockout match against the Dutch. After winning the World Cup, and the qualification to Division 1, Netherlands had a fall off the cliff, getting their first win this tour on Round 4. Round 5 will have them, alongside us looking for the second win, in a match that pushes the losing team to Division 2 alongside United States of America. A tie might help the Dutch ahead of us, given that they currently sport a better net run rate. The Kiwis play Bermuda for the winning battle, as either of those sides ends up the Division 1 champion for the season and the Americans and the British would be involved in a dead rubber, with both teams fortune's already set, and with both having qualified for the upcoming EOS World Cup.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:39 pm

West Indies NAT Twenty-20 Tour- Division 1 Summaries
West Indies were facing the hosts, Netherlands in a relegation battle on the final day of the tour. A win would have kept us in Division 1, whilst a loss would have seen us demoted to Division 2. Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry track and had a pretty decent powerplay amassing 55 runs, with Troy Joseph plucking a wicket for West Indies in the final over. Each of the Dutch batsmen to follow chipped in some runs with the bat, and despite Peter Griffin's 2/23 in his 4, they were able to post a 160 on the board.

Chasing 161 on the final day of a tour is a tough ask, but the West Indian openers Winston Nunes and Audrey Anthony seemed up for it, and started off with a 39-run opening stand, before both of them lost their wickets within 4 balls. The double-wicket over set the West Indian innings off, as they continued to lose wickets every odd over from there on. By over 12, the scoreboard read 72/8, and the game was long lost for the West Indies. Peter Griffin played block for a good 20 balls, before the final 2 wickets were taken to stamp a relegation for West Indies.

Other Results in Division 1
New Zealand beat Bermuda by 18 runs.
England beat United States of America by 4 runs.

Implications of the Result
West Indies have joined Unites States of America in the journey to Division 2. Survivors Australia and Pakistan, as well as the Division 3 promoters Sri Lanka and Canada will play alongside them in the Division 2 Twenty20 Tour Season 48. New Zealand have ended victorious as Division 1 champions, with Bermuda, England and Netherlands following them to make up a beautifully symmetric table that wasn't perturbed by net run rate.

Player of the Tour
Len Thomas played 2 valiant innings, beating his highest score on both occasions, and was given a hand in the latter by Vivalyn Hector, who won us our only victory of the tour. Sugrim Hughes, ended up the most economical bowler of the tour, and in a volatile format like the Twenty20's, that is of quite great importance. Hubert Newton plucked 4 catches, with one being an absolute blinder in the final game, and whilst all lads fielded pretty well for the tour, not many return with as many catches over a 5-day tour. There were a lot of decent performances and a lot of hope was shown, and there will be more expectations from these lads heading into the future.

This brings about the end of a rather unfruitful tour for the West Indies. Playing a lot of young lads, the team did show some valiance but would be disappointed to not turn that into wins. West Indies have qualified for the EOS Twenty20 World Cup, and would hope for a better show there. Yet again, it is quite appreciated that folks train and allow us to borrow their lads for the National Side. Until then, support the West Indies U20 side in their Twenty20 tour here before the senior side returns for the next One Day tour beginning May 3.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:11 am

West Indies NAT One Day Tour 2- Division 2 Squad Announcement (May 3-7)
After maintaining a spot in Division 2 in the previous One Day tour, the West Indian side heads to the subcontinent of India for a very crucial tour. A demotion here could put a question mark to West Indies' plans for the EOS 48 One Day World Cup. A promotion would be pretty beneficial, and survival will hit the sweet spot, where it wouldn't make things worse, even if it doesn't get better. The runners-up from the most recent World Cup had a winless Division 1 tour and will look to make things right this time around, and have had their curators lay out some uneven, green and slow tracks for the same. The Division 3 promotors, Canada and Pakistan, alongside Division 1 demoters, Bangladesh and India will face the Division 2 survivors in Australia and West Indies, who interestingly also demoted from Division 1 together in the final Season 46 tour. The tour can be followed here, and the eighteen folks heading to India are the following.

Aaron Munilall Gold Prospectors X1 Right-arm Fast Medium/ Right-hand Bat

Audrey Anthony Nepali Gaints Left-hand Bat

Carl Beresford John Peters Espionage PLC Left-arm Fast

Colin Eugene Caribbean Pirates Right-hand Bat

Edgar Outridge Caribbean Pirates Left-arm Fast Medium/ Right-hand Bat

Floyd Doctrove Blaze Of Glory Right-hand Bat

Hubert Newton Marvellous XI Right-hand Bat

Lemmy Khuminyar John Peters Espionage PLC Right-arm Fast Medium

Len Thomas Caribbean Pirates Right-hand Bat

Martin Marshall Gold Prospectors X1 Left-hand Keeper Bat

Melford Griffith Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Right-hand Bat

Peter Griffin Caribbean Pirates Right-arm Finger Spin

Satish Philips ChePu 206 Right-arm Medium DEBUT

Sugrim Hughes Queens Park Cricket Club Right-arm Fast

Troy Joseph Antiguan Golden Cats Right-arm Finger Spin/Right-hand Bat

Vivalyn Hector Al Khobar Falcons Right-hand Bat

Wilfred Austin Direwolves Right-arm Fast Medium

Winston Nunes One Man Rock Band Right-hand Keeper Bat

The five-match tour begins on May 3, as West Indies will play Canada to open their tour. The match starts at 0430 FTP Time. These are the fixtures for West Indies:

May 3- West Indies vs Canada Green

May 4- West Indies vs Australia Uneven

May 5- West Indies vs Pakistan Green

May 6- West Indies vs India Green

May 7- West Indies vs Bangladesh Uneven

The West Indian management thanks all the managers for lending their players for the tour, and congratulates Satish Philips for making his international debut. Vivalyn Hector's impressive performances in the Twenty20 Tour have earned him a spot in the One-Day tour, as his ability to smash balls for boundaries will be an exciting treat to watch. The highlight of the squad also includes Edgar Outridge and Lemmy Khuminyar coming back to the touring party, after missing both the earlier flights for Season 47. Lemmy Khuminyar's last appearance was in the final Season 46 One Day tour, whereas Edgar Outridge had his time back in club cricket after a rather unsuccessful World Cup tourney.

West Indies have racked up two wins in preparation friendlies already, and will be facing Kenya and Bangladesh in a couple more of those before the tour begins.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Mon May 03, 2021 10:14 am

West Indies NAT One Day Tour 2- Division 2 Summaries
West Indies vs Canada
The West Indian lads were in the subcontinent of India, and were all set to face the Canadians for the tour opener. Captain Troy Joseph won the toss and elected to field first on lavish green surface that had grass striking a lot of different poses for the photographers as it hopped around with the wind. The Canadian batsmen came hard at the West Indian bowlers as new ball specialist Wilfred Austin's wily inswingers were flicked for fours with some beautiful wrist work from their batsmen. Edgar Outridge made reparations grabbing a wicket towards the end of the powerplay, and Satish Philips got one right after to put Canada in a spot of bother. After seeing the new ball off, the Canadian middle order, beginning with captain Chaim Hughes, played with the license to go hard at the ball. He was hitting boundaries for fun, and rode his luck along when Hubert Newton grassed a tough chance at midwicket. The loss of a couple wickets at the other end made his innings slow down, before Austin came back into the attack and wrapped up his 77-run knock. The Canadian all-rounders tried their best to grab a few runs and push the total to the 250's, but Satish Philips coming back to grab his fourth scalp ended their partnership, and Edgar Outridge and Lemmy Khuminyar came back to put a stop to Canada's tail at 243.

Chasing 244, Audrey Anthony was run out in the very first over as he attempted a rather risky run. Winston Nunes and Len Thomas joined hands and got a decent partnership to end the powerplay on a high. Both the batters were riding their luck as their aggressive approach of looking for a boundary every few balls kept the required run rate quiet. Winston Nunes soon handed a simple return catch to the bowler to lose his wicket, and Colin Eugene, the new batter fell to an off-cutter. Len Thomas stayed alive for a little while more, but lost himself before drinks, and the pressure got to Melford Griffith, who edged one to the keeper on his third ball. At drinks break, West Indies were five down for 98 runs, needing 145 runs at a little less than a run-a-ball. Hubert Newton had settled himself in, and captain Troy Joseph had some time to figure the pitch out as Hubert Newton took charge of controlling the RRR. The two were involved in a 103-run stand, facing a total of 107 balls during it. This partnership brought the game back in West Indies' sight, and big ol' lad Edgar Outridge knew how to take the game forward. He hit a quick 28-run blitz, smashing one four and one six, and before he got out, the target was 6 runs away. Troy Joseph got West Indies the win, as his 66*(71), not only saved the match for West Indies, but also won him the Man of the Match award.

Other Results in Division 2
India beat Australia by 4 wickets
Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 5 wickets

Fixture on May 4- Australia
West Indies face the mighty Australians tomorrow under flowing winds and on cracked pitches, and with the Aussies still looking for their first win, the encounter promises to be riveting.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Tue May 04, 2021 1:53 pm

West Indies NAT One Day Tour 2- Division 2 Summaries
West Indies vs Australia
An uneven deck saw the clash between the mighty Aussies that had held the wood over West Indies in their previous two encounters, and the spirited West Indians, that were fresh and confident off a victory in the previous match. Captain Peter Griffin won the toss and asked the Australian Batsmen to bat first. Quick Sugrim Hughes, who has been a part of all tours this season, started the innings off with a sharp bouncer, got the Australian debutant Kostya Tszyu to play a mistimed pull, and almost began celebrating, before noticing the ball had popped out of Aaron Munilall's hands at midwicket. That started off a rather poor powerplay for the West Indies batsmen, but Carl Beresford got the experienced opener in Callum Sewart pinned leg before after the powerplay. Captain Peter Griffin had Crackers Breust stumped, and Aaron Munilall made up for his dropped catch by rattling Kostya Tszyu's stumps to add to the wickets tally. As Australia's innings began ascending into chaos, Floyd Doctrove contributed with a brilliant throw from point that caught Sharrod Hay short and had him depart for a duck. Despite Aussie skipper Luke Davies-Uniacke hitting a decent fifty under immense pressure, and Julius Dew playing a hand in the partnership, the West Indian pacers found a way into the Aussie lineup, and with Carl Beresford and Aaron Munilall grabbing 3 wickets each. Australia's innings ended at 205 runs.

Chasing 206, West Indies lost Melford Griffith early, but Martin Marshall and Vivalyn Hector did not let the West Indian innings dissolve into a collapse and got a 62-run stand. Arryn White, an Aussie fastie, came into the attack late, but got two wickets in two overs as soon as he came. Both southpaws, Martin Marshall and Audrey Anthony were back in the hut, and Floyd Doctrove was now partners with Vivalyn Hector. Vivalyn Hector, after a gritty thirty nine run knock, got out in the desperate search for a boundary, and Colin Eugene's attempt to play the spinner into the gaps with soft hands failed when he handed mid-off a simple catch to hold onto. Edgar Outridge nicked one to the keeper, failing to pick up the chinaman's googly. The last recognised batsmen were on the crease, and had all the pressure on them. Aaron Munilall, known for his ability to play the older ball at club level, had also played a couple decent knocks for West Indies in recent times, now, got another one added to his list. His 36* accompanied Doctrove's 62*, allowing West Indies to get over the line with 16 balls to spare.

Other Results in Division 2
Canada beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets.
India beat Pakistan by 116 runs.

Fixture on May 5: Pakistan
Back to the grassy plains, West Indies will face the Pakistani side in their next match. The weather is forecasted as cloudy, and the currently winless Pakistani outfit can be expected to come really hard against the West Indies to grab their first points on the board.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Wed May 05, 2021 10:04 am

West Indies NAT One Day Tour 2- Division 2 Summaries
West Indies vs Pakistan
Game 3 of the tourney pitted the Caribbean side against Pakistan, and Captain Troy Joseph put them into bat. Having won two chases already, West Indies had the opportunity to chase on their hands, yet again. The Pakistani openers were out to bat, and one has to feel for Ammar Cheema, who saw Wilfred Austin, West Indies' designated new nut operator, grab three Pakistani Batsmen's wickets, as all he could do was sigh from the other end. The powerplay saw Pakistan languishing at 34/3. The loss of wickets had slowed down the scoring rate and Ammar Cheema decided to take on the spinner Troy Joseph, but was outwitted by him, miscuing a shot into the bucket hands of Vivalyn Hector at cow corner. Lemmy Khuminyar grabbed another wicket, as his quicker one went through Pakistani Captain Mishary Al-Afasy's defence. 5 wickets down, Pakistan were under immense pressure, and West Indies used that against them, when the Pakistani innings went from 65/5 to 65/8 in three balls, with Troy Joseph grabbing one and Khuminyar the other two strikes. Wilfred Austin and Lemmy Khuminyar cleaned up the tail, as both of them ended up with 4-wicket hauls, and Pakistan's innings came to a halt on a measly 119 runs.

Chasing 120 runs, a wicketless powerplay where West Indies scored 37 runs, took away Pakistan's final chances of hoping for a collapse away, as the required run rate kept sliding down every over. Despite struggles in the West Indian batting outfit, as they lost 5 wickets in the next 15 overs, and were 98/5 at the drinks break, West Indies seemed favourites to win the match. Needing 22 runs more, Len Thomas got fed up of his fellow mates, and decided to finish the chase off by himself, hitting 31 runs off 32 balls. His blitz left West Indies at 119 runs, and with one more run needed. West Indies decided to play the next 7 balls as dots, and tired out Pakistani offie Nawaf Laeeq, who bowled a wide to end this irritating display of dot balls that was occurring. The match has given West Indies 3 wins in 3 matches, and a bit of a boost on net run rate, after the the first two victories were pretty close. In the post-match conference, Captain Troy Joseph admitted that he was thinking about batting first, but manager Bustergut went ahead with the call to bat second and it worked wonders, as well as the fact that the Pakistani bowling was pretty tough to face in the second innings, but the lack of scoreboard pressure did the trick for the West Indian side.

Other Results in Division 2
India beat Bangladesh by 23 runs.
Australia beat Canada by 15 runs.

Fixture on May 6: India
The undefeated West Indian side faces the unbeaten Indian side in their next encounter. The curators have a greenish deck ready for us at Eden Gardens, and winds are expected to move across the pitch, giving the spinners some added movement on the ball. It will be crucial to see if the captains can use their spinners well, and from the right ends to use the wind to their advantage.

Scenarios for West Indies
Currently sitting at the second spot with 3 wins in 3 games, West Indies have confirmed survival in Division 2 for yet another tour, as only two of Bangladesh, Canada and Australia can get to 3 wins, as Bangladesh and Australia face each other in Round 4, implying West Indies will end 4th on losing their next two fixtures as well. Given that Bangladesh, Canada and Australia also can get to a maximum of 3 wins, a tie or a win for West Indies in the next two rounds should take them to Division 1.
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