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*Official* West Indies in CWLand


International Debutant
Tied game... dire.

Camps is going solid as per usual. Butz having a tidy all round game too. Just quietly my form is a load of rubbish.


Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Great first two games. Shame about the tie preventing any chance of a complete whitewash, but at least it still means we can't lose the ODI series.

Magrat Garlick

Global Moderator
Fourth ODI: Cricket Web XI vs West Indies
at CWBCC Stadium

Ball By Ball

The series was clinched on the back of a massive hundred from James Stedman, though there remains question marks after another indifferent performance from the CWLand seamers. Clapham was introduced over Watt, yet the only thing that happened was theat Daren Ganga simply played jhis natural game for a measured 63. Ultimately, however, this hindered a high total despite good running from Marlon Samuels, and Stedman, Butler and Camps made their way to the target despite some late jitters against Dwayne Smith.

After conference with his opening batsmen, Ganga trusted Gayle and Devon Smith with the task of opening the batting, wishing to avoid the chase under lights and with the sheer pace of Watt out of the attack. However, an accurate opening spell from Camps put Gayle into trouble, and Clapham followed up by piling on pressure, resulting in Gayle top-edging a Pickup slower ball onto leg. From then on, it was a question of rebuilding; Smith tried to attack against Halsey, before Gough should have held a return catch in his second spell. That, too, was ineffective, and the captain decided on a couple of overs of part-time bowlers to spare Gough the full ten and an expensive spell. Halsey was given that chance, though, despite plenty of edged boundaries; the leg-spinner took two vital wickets and was always a threat on an abrasive surface.

Marlon Samuels played a key role towards the end, playing the ball far out of the ground and also enjoying some poor deliveries from the veteran bowlers at the death. Samuels thus got his runs at a faster rate than a run a ball, and Ganga also accelerated well, making the final twenty overs worth 138 runs.

Stedman and Markus started cautiously in the approach to the target of 239 to win, with only one boundary (excluding Lawson's leg side wide) in the first eleven overs, before Markus hit over the top to Dwayne Smith. It was to be a familiar mode of dismissal; Smith mixed up his deliveries for one strike in each of his three first overs, with more failures for Chaulk and Cloete, but Stedman pushed against him, leaving Smith with a disappointing economy rate. Chris Butler's stoic approach provided a useful foil for Stedman's attacking approach, as the Black opener totalled a century off 129 balls, all while keeping the required run rate below five.

With eight overs to go, the Webheads were cruising with just forty required, and Dwayne Smith, the three-wicket-hero, was brought back. He immediately worried a tired Stedman, and the final ball of the over yielded the ultimate reward as an excellent knock was brought to a premature end at 120. Crampton hung around for six before he, too, fell to Smith, and suddenly Bravo had a few runs to defend. However, once again Bravo was costly at the death, bowling a wide and a no-ball costing four before the forty-eighth over had even begun. A hoik by Camps for six and a clean cover drive for four by Butler concluded the over, cutting the target down to a minuscule four off twelve balls, and Camps and Butler got them in singles for another late ODI victory.

West Indies 238 for four (50 overs)
D Ganga 63, MN Samuels 62*; TC Halsey 2-57

Cricket Web XI 239 for five (48.4 overs)
JE Stedman 120, CR Butler 58*; DR Smith 5-46

Cricket Web XI won by five wickets
Man of the Match: J. E. Stedman (Cricket Web XI)


International Debutant
Great win guys, good to take the series. Stedders played well and Camps solid game as usual.

Good luck for the rest of the dead rubbers guys.


Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Well played guys, fantastic ton on debut Stedman :)

On a personal note, it was pleasing to get that economy rate back down under 4, shame i couldn't grab a wicket though.