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West Indies men follow women to win World T20

The Darren Sammy-led West Indies men defeated England by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare to lift the World T20 championship from to become the first men’s team to win the title twice.

Batting first, England made 155-7 which most people expected to be a relatively easy ask for the West Indies.  However, unlike the WI women openers, Gayle and Charles fell cheaply and England stifled the WI batting. Later Marlon Samuels who was adjudged caught out was referred by the umpire and the 3rd umpire saw that the ball hit the grass.  Marlon was back in.

Sensible batting from Marlon brought the West Indies to respectability but still a big ask.

After 16 overs, WI were 111-6, losing both Russell & Capt Sammy in that over. WI needed 45 from 24.

After 17 overs, WI were 118-6 from 17 overs with Braithwaite joining Samuels. WI needed 38 from 18. Big but not impossible ask. Willey to bowl.

After 18 overs, WI were 129-6, now needing 27 from 12. Huge but not impossible ask at 13.5 per over.

But, Jordan bowled a beautiful 19th over to restrict the WI to 137-6. Marlon Samuels tried to keep strike on last ball but couldn’t.  It was a blessing in disguise.

With the big Stokes to bowl the 20th over, England was bursting with confidence. Sammy and his fellow West Indians were nervous.

But, big Carlos Braithwaite was today’s hero. It was SIX, SiX, SIX, and SIX to bring the West Indies home, 161-6, winning by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare. Samuels had 85 from 66 while Braithwaite had 34 from 10.

Congratulations to the West Indian Men on a great feat.

West Indies women wins World T20

The Stefanie Taylor-led West Indies women defeated Australian women by 8 wickets with 3 balls to spare to lift the World T20 championship from the 3-time Australian team.

Batting first, Australia made 148-5 and was looking really good.  However, the two openers, 18 year old Hayley Matthew (66) and captain Stefanie Taylor (59) led the attack, setting up #3 Dottin and #4 Cooper to take the West Indies to victory 149-2.

Congratulations to the West Indian Women on a great feat.  Now it’s up to the men who play England in the Men’s finals.

West Indies men and women in respective World T20 finals

West Indies showed some dominance today by getting to the finals of both the Women’s and Men’s World T20 International competition.

Batting first, the West Indies women made 143-6 from their allotted 20 overs. New Zealand made it close but fell short at 137-8 from their 20 overs. Player of the match was Britney cooper who made 61 from 48 deliveries.

On the Men’s side, India amassed a seemingly unbeatable 192-2 from their 20 overs at a whopping 9.6 runs per over. West Indies, in reply lost the wickets of two of the 4 people they were depending on cheaply, Chris Gayle for 5 and Marlon Samuels for 8. However, Johnson Charles surprised with a nice 52 from 36 deliveries. Then it was up to man of the match Lendl Simmonds, 82 runs from 52 balls and Andre Russell, 43 from 20, to take them to 196-3 and victory.

T20 International Semi Finals

Women

– NZ v WI – WI won by 6 runs
– AUS v ENG – AUS won by 5 runs

Men
– ENG v NZ – ENG won by 7 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
– IND v WI – WI won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

T20 International Finals

The Final is scheduled for Sunday April 03, 2016
– Women: AUS v WI at Kolkata – 05:00 AM (EDT)
– Men: ENG v WI at Kolkata – 09:30 Am (EDT)

Congratulations to the women’s and men’s teams for getting this far. We hope they both win.

West Indies wins Cricket Under 19 World Cup
February 14, 2016
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West Indies Under 19 Men celebrate their Maiden ODI title

West Indies Under-19 Men win World Cup – from ESPN Cricinfo
Beating the odds in Bangladesh, the West Indies Under-19 team won the Under 19 World Cup, their first, beating the Indian Under-19 team by 5 wickets with 3 balls to bowl. The West Indian Under 19 team had beaten Pakistan and Bangladesh in the quarters and semis respectively to get to the finals.

This was a nice bright spot for West Indian cricket which has seen the men’s senior teams falter, feud, falter, feud, falter… We hope this triggers something good for West Indies senior team which will be in the World T-20 soon. The T-20 International is clearly their favorite format of the game (over Tests and ODIs), particularly because it’s one of the most lucrative. They’ve also been most successful in the T20I format.

Congratulations to the young West Indians. We can only hope that, 2-5 years from now, at least half these youngsters can make it into the senior squad and make a difference.