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    West Indies cricket discussion

    So I've created this thread so that WW and myself can talk about young and current cricketers in the West Indies without a) disrupting other threads b) being targeted by trolls seeking to wind WW up (you know who you are!).

    There's quite a lot happening in our cricket at the moment and this year has been a particularly good one for young batsmen hence the need to start this thread.
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    Firstly, I'm particularly excited by the form of Jermaine Blackwood, a 22 year old middle order batsman from Jamaica. He is the best right handed batsman I have seen in the West Indies since a young Ronnie Sarwan came onto the scene with his elegant strokeplay.

    He is a true West Indian batsman who has a presence at the crease and is extremely severe on loose bowling (as I type he has just scored a run a ball century for the A team against what is effectively the Bangladesh senior bowling attack minus Shakib). He has lightening fast hands, resulting in some beautiful punch shots through the off side. He's a wiry/athletic looking guy but he is not big and yet he absolutely pulverises the ball.

    He has been much talked about since Under 19 days but kept finding ways to get out after pretty 20s and 30s. But towards the end of this domestic season he has really started constructing innings and his last few scores have been 48, 37, 68, 94, 118 and 100* still batting. I don't think it will be long at all before we see him in the test side, he just looks special.

    He's also an absolutely ludicrously fast fielder, he really can field on the boundary.

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    Haven't heard about this young man b4 but sounds promising. My only hope is that the WICB can put inter-island politics aside and do pick players for the future of WI cricket. Also, I understand that there's tons of money to be made in 20-20 cricket but I hope young Blackwood and others like him realize that the true measure of an Intl. cricketer is Test cricket; nothing more nothing less
    Cause Slifer said so.........!!!!

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    He ended up making 140 (160 balls) out of a score of 288 all out. What I like about him is that he looks equally at home against pace or spin. If he receives a loose delivery, he will put it away.

    He hasn't played much T20 so far, even though he would be superb at it, which I think is a good sign. He needs to be fast tracked into the set up, there is only so much he will learn playing our wretched FC stuff. He is an absolute diamond.


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    Big up yourself Beamer ...yes man Blackwood looked incredible today. I mean i remember saying on a WI forum two years ago that "this kid is the best batting prospect in the Caribbean" and people were laughing...but when you watch him play it's hard not to feel excitement. Today he was just dominant and was hitting the ball all over the ground...his problem in the past was he didn't know how to change gears and calm down when he was on the go...now he's learned how to pace himself better and it's bearing fruit in a major way. Would love to see him play vs NZ....if he gets another ton in the second game i think he might force the issue.

    As for the game..was disappointed with the bottom order collapse but when you only play five real batsmen that can happen...hoping Cotts and Cummings can make hey with the new ball and then Bishy and "Night Nurse" can take over with the spin.
    One Day cups- Champions trophy winners-T20 cup-29 test series without defeat record- and some think we're a "minnow".

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    Great idea Beamer. I am much more familiar with the young bowlers than the batsmen, so I look forward to seeing this young man in action soon.
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    Tage going well for his club side in Guyana

    GCA’s Hadi’s World Inc first division two-day cricket…Chanderpaul hits patient 179, Nandan scores 100 & Ross grabs 9-Wkt match haul

    May 26, 2014

    By Sean Devers

    Everest, Transport Sports Club (TSC) and DCC all had to settle for first innings at the end of a rain hit final day of their Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Hadi’s World Inc first division two-day cricket competition yesterday.


    Heavy overnight and intermittent rain throughout the afternoon condemned all three matches to draws with not a ball being bowled on the second day at DCC in their contest against GNIC.

    At Camp Road, Chanderpaul resumed on 131 and added 124 for the fourth wicket with Joseph (59) before Everest eventually fell for 365 an hour after tea, at which time the Umpires put a premature end to the fixture with just under an hour and a half left in the match.
    Scores: GCC (172), Everest (365)
    Everest resumed on 216-3 and continued the grid GCC into the ground as the Bourda Boy produced a sloppy fielding display despite a five-wicket haul from off-spinner Tariq Dharmlall on the large ground.

    Wicketkeeper Perry once again contributed with the bat before he was removed by Dharmlall at 244-4 to break the century stand. The resolute 17-year-old Chanderpaul, with nine First-Class matches to his name, was in ultra defensive mode in his painstaking innings which last 324 balls.

    The left-hander, who posted his maiden division one century on Saturday, before falling 21 short of what would have been his second career double century following his ‘double’ at the under-15 level against Transport.

    After hitting 24 fours and two sixes in his responsible but subdued knock, the son of prolific Test Shiv Chanderpaul, played a rare impetuous shot when he tried to clear the in-field off the delivery which ‘stopped’ on him and skied a catch to mid-on off Dharmlall who toiled for 34.4 overs for his 5-113.
    After Chanderpaul’s demise at 346-6, Troy Gonsalves (37) and Adrian Singh (22) contributed with the bat towards the end. Singh supported Dharmlall with three wickets.

    At Eve Leary, the 29-year-old Devon Nandan notched up an even ton decorated with 11 fours and four sixes and off-spinner Kevin Ross had a match haul of 9-98 for TSC against the Lawmen who ended the match on 114-6 in their second innings.
    Scores: Police (187 & 114-6), TSC (254).

    Played in mostly overcast conditions, TSC began the day on 189-6 enjoying a slim two-run first innings lead and extended it to 67 by the time they were bowled out.

    Nandan played an array of audacious shots during his ton as pacer Seon Daniels took 3-27 while left-arm pacer Randy Knights (2-21) and Kelvin Letch (2-57) bowled well on a slow track for the Cops.

    Knights hit three fours and a six in an undefeated 28 before bad light stopped play five minutes before the scheduled 17:30 hrs close as the 39-year-old Ross followed up his 6-68 in the first innings with 3-36 in the second with tempting flight to the indecisive Police batsmen, operating into the wind with the small straight boundary behind him.

    At DCC, a wet ground denied the home team a possible win, after GNIC were set to follow-on today. DCC made 352-7 declared on the back of a typically pugnacious 165 from Christopher Barnwell and dismissed GNIC on the stroke of close of play on the opening day for 167.
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    Good to see the kid tonning up..but honestly i think he should consider moving to the middle order. I know he likes opening but for me with his style he'd benefit from staying away from the new ball and wearing down bowlers with his patient style at number four perhaps...long term i think it would help his international chances because in the future he could have Kraigg, Powell and Elvin Lewis infront of him....not to mention Shacaya Thomas.

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    Good stuff, happy to see Tage piling up the runs. I do think he needs to play a few more shots. I'm all for occupation of the crease and wish more of our batsman had the patience of a Tage or a Kraigg, but those two don't put away loose bowling and that will make it hard for them to adjust to the highest level. I think they both have the talent and dedication to improve this though so I expect them both to make it at Test level eventually.

    This is why I think Blackwood is ready for tests NOW, because he has a presence at the crease and will put away even slightly loose deliveries. The guy is a born batsman IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beamer View Post
    Good stuff, happy to see Tage piling up the runs. I do think he needs to play a few more shots. I'm all for occupation of the crease and wish more of our batsman had the patience of a Tage or a Kraigg, but those two don't put away loose bowling and that will make it hard for them to adjust to the highest level. I think they both have the talent and dedication to improve this though so I expect them both to make it at Test level eventually.

    This is why I think Blackwood is ready for tests NOW, because he has a presence at the crease and will put away even slightly loose deliveries. The guy is a born batsman IMHO.
    I'm telling you Beamer if Samuels doesn't get his act together in these two warm up games against Bim then Blackwood may have a chance..Marlon needs a good score just to remind people of what he's all about and take the pressure off himself.

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    Just bookmarking this thread. Doubt I'll have much to contribute, but I'm always interested in hearing what's going on in the Windies.
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    Sagicor HPC v Bangladesh-A: 1st 4-Day on USTREAM

    This must start streaming again in about three hours from now, I guess.
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    this is a racist thread.
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    Tune in if you want to see Miguel Cummins and Sheldon Cotterell bowl with the new ball. Carlos Braithwaite, Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse will also be bowling later.

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    Why do people keep saying cricket needs a strong West Indies?
    The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins View Post
    Why do people keep saying cricket needs a strong West Indies?
    Because of our unique brand of cricket I guess. It's not something that bothers me too much tbh, I just want to see us competing again and playing in a style all of our won.

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