Gros Islet, Feb 13 (AP/UNB) — England earned a consolation test win by 232 runs in four days in a lost cricket series and still managed to be upstaged by the West Indies on Tuesday.
The English set the West Indies 485 and most of two days to win the third and final test, and bowled out the home side for 252 to prevent being whitewashed. The West Indies won the series 2-1 in brilliant style, and despite losing on Tuesday it finished with smiles.
England had been certain of victory since day two on Sunday when Mark Wood took 5-41 to earn a first-innings lead of 123. After making the target unreachable on Monday, captain Joe Root declared early Tuesday as soon as he was out for 122. They had a massive 484-run lead.
The West Indies knew it was never going to win. Allrounder Keemo Paul was last seen with a torn right quadricep on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance on Monday morning, and top-order batsman Darren Bravo didn't field on the third day to nurse a finger injury.
Bravo was quickly out in the middle on Tuesday and back in the pavilion just as quick after scoring a duck, as England fast bowler James Anderson reduced the home side to 10-3.
By then Roston Chase was at the crease, and showing again the grit England generally lacked in the series. He was on 78 when Alzarri Joseph went out blazing with 34 off 30 balls, and was joined by No. 10 Shannon Gabriel. Gabriel seemed not to care to help Chase reach a defiant ton, throwing his wicket away for 3 while Chase was on 98.
Then the drama went up a notch as Paul limped out to the middle to help Chase, even though he wasn't going to be running between the wickets. Paul blocked one ball and gave the strike to Chase, who achieved the hundred by cutting Joe Denly for his 12th boundary.
Chase celebrated his fifth test century and saw out the over on 102 not out off 191 balls.
Back on strike, Paul couldn't run but showed he could bat by smacking Ben Stokes for three boundaries before giving Stokes a caught and bowled and ending the test and series.
"We could have rolled over, given it up," West Indies captain Jason Holder said. Of Chase, he added, "I'm really happy he could get his hundred."
Holder was banned from the test for a slow over-rate in the three-day second test, and still finished the leading run-scorer in the series.
Root surprised when he decided to keep batting in the morning, moving from 111 to 122 in six overs when he hit a full toss from Shannon Gabriel to midwicket. Root finally declared on 361-5 and Stokes was left on 48 not out.
The West Indies was sunk by lunchtime.
Anderson removed opener John Campbell for a first-ball duck, with Moeen Ali taking a high catch at gully.
In his next over, Anderson got an edge from stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite to Stokes at second slip.
Bravo was next to go, nicking a lifter from Anderson to Root, and the West Indies was 10-3 and Anderson had 3-5.
Shai Hope, dropped by Jos Buttler off Stuart Broad before he scored, made only 14 before he lobbed Wood to Broad, and the West Indies was 4-31.
Meanwhile, Chase batted on, through lunch and tea. Shimron Hetmyer was run out, and Ali took three wickets. Broad bowled 14 overs and conceded only 22 without a wicket. But Chase kept his head down, frustrating England, and giving West Indies back a little pride in a losing cause.
The five-match one-day international series starts next week.
Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB)- The Walton One-Day Youth Cricket League (YCL) 2018-19, will begin on Wednesday in Rajshahi and Bogura districts.
BCB Game Development Committee Chairman Khaled Mahmud Sujan and the officials of the league’s title sponsors Walton Group will inaugurate the one-day version of the league at the Shahid Kamaruzzman Stadium in Rajshahi on Wednesday at 8:30 am.
On the opening day, East Zone will play Central Zone at Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi while North Zone will face South Zone at the Shaheen Chandu Stadium in Bogura.
During the inaugural ceremony, the BCB will also hand over the championship trophy of the longer version of the Youth Cricket League (YCL) to the champions Central Zone and the runners-up North Zone.
Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) — Bangladesh are all set to start their three-match ODI series against hosts New Zealand at Napier.
The first match of the series, which is Bangladesh’s first ODI of the year, will start at 7am on Wednesday. Steve Rhodes, the head coach of the Tigers, said they would play this series keeping a win in mind.
Bangladeshi players were busy with the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) before heading to New Zealand. On the other hand, New Zealanders were playing against India where they lost the five-match ODI series 4-1 but won the T20 series.
Tigers won two ODI series against Kiwis but none of them was in New Zealand. So winning an ODI series in New Zealand comes as a fresh challenge. Bangladesh head coach believes they have enough strength to beat the hosts.
“It is a big task (to win in New Zealand) but it does not mean we cannot win. We have beaten the West Indies couple of times. We should take a lot of heart from those wins. We know it is going to be difficult in New Zealand but we like being the underdog. I think New Zealand know they have to play very good cricket to beat us,” Rhodes said.
Both teams last played each other in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 when Bangladesh came out as victorious thanks to an epic partnership of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad. They had struck centuries in the fifth wicket stand at Cardiff to chase down 266 after losing four wickets inside 33 runs.
Rhodes believes Bangladesh have a good memory to take inspiration from that match.
“A lot of them bring back the (Champions Trophy) memory, and I am sure the New Zealanders do too. We have a vastly experienced squad now, which you need in a big tournament and also coming to New Zealand. It is a second and third time for a few of them,” Rhodes further said.
Bangladesh have lost Shakib just before the series to an abrupt finger injury. Chief physician of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said Shakib needs at least six weeks to get his fitness back. It means Shakib will not be able to take part in the ODI series. He might be back in the last Test of the series which is scheduled to start from March 16 in Christchurch.
Missing Shakib is a big blow for the Tigers, said the head coach. But he also said Mustafizur Rahman can make a big difference. The left-hander has played two ODIs in New Zealand and taken four wickets.
“I think in any white-ball cricket, you want him on your side. He has ranked in the top five in ODIs. Certainly, he is a good performer when the pressure is on at the end of the innings. It is a key factor for playing against any team,” Rhodes said about Mustafizur.
Overall, Bangladesh have faced the Kiwis in 32 ODIs and won 10 of them. In the last five matches, Bangladesh have won two and lost three. Tigers played 10 matches against Kiwis in New Zealand and lost all of them. Two of those matches were held in the venue of the first match- Napier.
Before another battle against the Tigers, Martin Guptill, the right-handed opener of the Kiwis, said the series will be challenging for his team. He said the last match between them in the Champions Trophy was a display of what Bangladesh can do in cricket now.
“The series is going to be a tough contest, and Bangladesh are a quality side. They have shown us in the Champions Trophy a couple of years ago when they have beaten us in the last game. But we are confident that we can put up a good start and put them on the backfoot,” Guptill said.
While the first ODI of the series will take place in Napier on February 13, the remaining two will be held at Christchurch and Dunedin on February 16 and 20. Right after the ODI series, both teams will lock horn in a three-match Test series. The first Test will take place from February 28 at Hamilton.
Gros Islet, Feb 12 (AP/UNB) — Joe Root scored a century as England manhandled a depleted West Indies attack to lead the dead rubber third test by 448 runs after three days on Monday.
England, 123 runs up on the first innings, cruised from 19 without loss at the start of the day to 325-4 at stumps.
Root was 111 not out, reaching his first half-century and century in eight innings, with the West Indies already having won the series 2-0.
Beside Root was Ben Stokes, on 29 not out.
Joe Denly added 69 for his first test fifty, and Jos Buttler 56.
They were hardly threatened on a flattening pitch against an attack with lost allrounder Keemo Paul during the fourth over of the day. Paul, playing in place of suspended captain Jason Holder, was chasing a Denly cover drive to the boundary when he pulled up lame. He strained his right quadricep and had to be taken away on a stretcher. This was while Darren Bravo was not fielding because of a finger injury.
Paul's absence was all the more obvious because he took a wicket with the first delivery of the day, a loosener which opener Rory Burns clipped straight to square leg.
Alzarri Joseph took the catch, and also dismissed the other opener, Keaton Jennings, who took a deflection off his thigh pad on to his leg stump while on 23 off 99 balls.
Root joined Denly and they led England through lunch at 108-2 until Denly, dropped on 12, was out also on his 99th ball. He hit 11 boundaries then nicked behind.
Root and Buttler took tea at 207-3.
Buttler survived given out caught behind off Roston Chase, on video review. But as soon as the West Indies took the new ball, Buttler lost his off stump to Kemar Roach.
Buttler made 56 from 115 balls in a stand of 107 with Root.
Root's first fifty came from 120 balls, and his confidence showed as the second fifty needed only 69 more balls. He brought up his 16th test century by hitting Joseph back down the ground.
The century was bittersweet, however, because Root made 4, 22, 7 and 7 in the two previous tests in which England was thrashed, and 15 in the first innings.
It's up to him to decide how much time England wants to give itself over the next two days to bowl out a patched-up West Indies and earn a consolation win.
Sherpur, Feb 11 (UNB) – Government Victoria Academy emerged champions in the Sherpur Venue of the Prime Bank Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament beating GK Pilot High School by five runs in the final at Sherpur Govt College ground in the district on Monday.
Winning the toss, Victoria Academy batted first and were all out for 99 runs in 24.5 overs in a 50 over–a-side match with Shanta only reaching double figure scoring 11 runs. The team’s highest score 51 runs came from extras.
Sabbir grabbed four wickets conceding 48 runs in seven overs.
In reply, GK Pilot High School were all out for 94 runs in 29.3 overs despite of 27 runs by all-rounder Maruf, who furnished his innings with three boundaries and two sixes.
Victoria Academy pacer Shahid claimed four wickets giving away 11 runs in his 7.3 overs spell and was adjudged man of the final while spinner Sifat also grabbed four wickets for 34 runs.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) John Kennedy Zambil was the chief in the day’s final and later he distributed the prizes.
Principal of Sherpur Govt. College Prof Sarwar Jahan, general secretary of Sherpur DSA Nazimul Haque Nazim and President of Mymensingh Division Cricket Umpires Association Hakim Babul, among others, were also present on the occasion.