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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Mon Feb 14, 2022 10:20 am

West Indies NAT Season 50 Twenty-20 Tour Division 2: Squad Announcement
The only Twenty-20 Tour of this season will see West Indies ply their trade in Division 2 with the likes of Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand, Bermuda and Netherlands. The Kenyan side put out the highest bid in the silent auction as they have opted Zimbabwe as their home ground for the tour with Crumbling, Slow and Dry decks certainly presenting a spin-heavy tour on our ends. As a matter of fact, West Indies will be handing out debuts to three spinners whilst two more have returned after a considerable hiatus from the side when they weren't packing their bags to various scenic grounds and locations because they didn't fit the mould and weren't the best horses for the picked courses. The tour begins on the 21st of February and it can all be followed here with the list of the 18 players picked being underneath as well:

Aaron Munilall Golden Hacks CC Right-arm Fast Medium/ Right-hand Bat

Alp Arslan Space Wolves Right-hand Bat [DEBUT]

Archie O'Connor Groundboys Left-arm Fast

Brenton Stephenson Space Wolves Right-hand Bat

Cecil Griffith Wools Wanderers Right-hand Bat [DEBUT]

Colin Oscopy Middle Stump Lubricators Right-arm Fast

Don Carlo Gambino Murder Inc Right-arm Wrist Spin [DEBUT]

Dwayne Maynard The Slack Caps Left-arm Finger Spin [DEBUT]

Eldine Jones Boundary Boys Left-arm Finger Spin

George Walcott Space Wolves Right-arm Finger Spin/ Right-hand Bat [DEBUT]

Hubern King Mohito's Mohican XI Left-hand Bat

Jason Hislop Space Wolves Left-arm Wrist Spin

Kieron Mendonca Stafford rangers reborn Right-arm Wrist Spin

Leon Jumadeen High Risk High Return Right-hand Keeper Bat

Melford Griffith Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Right-hand Bat

Michael Seaforth Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Left-hand Keeper Bat

Reynold Nero Queens Park Cricket Club Left-hand Bat

Wayne Trim Space Wolves Left-hand Bat

The 18-player squad consists of 7 batters, 4 righties and 3 southpaws, 2 keepers, one each in terms of their preferred handedness and a six-spinner attack which is complimented by 2 quicks and the star seam-bowling all-rounder Aaron Munilall. Batters Cecil Griffith and Alp Arslan have been handed debuts with Griffith heading for his first assignment after being present in the squad just shy of three seasons and having tested the waters with 17 friendlies under his belt already. All-rounder George Walcott replaces veteran Troy Joseph for the spin-bowling all-rounder's spot as Joseph has been rested for the tour in favour of a young talent. Spinners Don Carlo Gambino and Dwayne Maynard have been spoken about in the setup in high praise and both have an opportunity to prove their mettle the following week, after being opted for despite their young age. Eldine Jones and Kieron Mendonca had had no touring time since the Season 49 Twenty-20 Tour and both shall be rejuvenated to be in the maroon again.

West Indies play Game 1 against Kenya on February 21 continuing their Season 50 tradition of facing the hosts in the opening fixture and will close the tour out against Bermuda, which is also becoming some sort of a continuity over the past few tours:

February 21: West Indies vs Kenya Slow

February 22: West Indies vs New Zealand Crumbling

February 23: West Indies vs Netherlands Crumbling

February 24: West Indies vs South Africa Slow

February 25: West Indies vs Bermuda Dry

As always, it is heavily appreciated that you all have lent us your players for the week. With 7 members touring from 2 of verdi's setups, I'd certainly like to single them out and thank them again. We'll be hoping for solid results and hopefully a promotion which would certainly boost us or rather guarantee us a spot in Season 51's marquee EOS tournament, the T20 World Cup.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Mon Feb 28, 2022 7:55 pm

West Indies NAT Twenty-20 Tour Division 2: Summaries
The past week saw West Indies compete in the Division 2 Twenty-20 proceedings in Zimbabwe. The Kenyan camp had spent a few bucks getting crumbling, slow and dry pitches underway leading to the six spinner side that West Indies toured. West Indies and South Africa toured six spinners each whilst all but Netherlands, who sent just four, had five spin tourers. The demoting sides from the tour were West Indies and South Africa as it appears their spin strategies might have been overzealous and a tad too aggressive. West Indies ended the tour with 4 losses, winning against just the Proteas as they have ended as the wooden spoon holders for the league. Apologies, I couldn't put up match summaries alongside the games the previous week. Here is a brief tour summary of a rather poor week for the West Indies side.

West Indies vs Kenya
West Indies were asked to bat first by the hosts and had their openers return for single figures. Skipper Alp Arslan on debut took the heat and played like a wall. Reynold Nero and Melford Griffith were involved in a class partnership with Nero scoring the tied biggest innings of the entire tour, getting 74 under his belt. In hindsight, it may be critiqued that the two veterans did not bat with apt strike rates and their sluggish pace where they struggled to get six runs off an over for most of the innings caused the West Indian side to end with a sub par total of 130.

A mammoth opening stand that was broken by a runout in the thirteenth over and a beautiful fifty by the Kenyan opener saw Kenya dominate the fixture through and through, winning it without breaking a sweat despite it heading into the final over.

West Indies vs New Zealand
West Indies skipper Colin Oscopy asked the Kiwi counterparts to bat and West Indian quick Archie O'Connor impressed with two wickets with the new ball. There was a quiet phase in the middle with just singles being jogged but Aimus Cummins came in and took the field by storm with a classic 43 from barely 32 balls to get New Zealand to a solid 136.

Despite Wayne Trim and Brenton Stephenson's early departures, keeper-batter Leon Jumadeen impressed with his flair whilst batting. He was dismissed when the total read 58, setting the stage up for Reynold Nero and Melford Griffith. Both batters weren't at the top of their game but still did a fine job at keeping the scoreboard ticking over. With six overs to go, West Indies needed 44 to win at a requisite rate of just over 7, whilst they were knocking at a run rate of just below 7. A little push was needed but the pair on crease failed to provide that as both fell within the same over to Oliver Wilkie. This initiated a collapse that saw West Indies get cleaned out in the next 4 overs for just 120 owing to a massive downslide of 27/7.

West Indies vs Netherlands
Wristies Kieron Mendonca and Jason Hislop's economical and wicket-taking day outs were impressive as the Dutch batters were choked to a 134 despite having 111 inside the first 16. During the chase, southpaws Wayne Trim and Hubern King played gritty run-a-ball knocks but the ever growing requisite rate on the crumbling deck got to them and leaving aside Michael Seaforth's superlative effort with his 40, the rest of the lads were wrapped for barely anything for West Indies to go 3 losses down.

West Indies vs South Africa
After opting to bowl first, Aaron Munilall got a quick wicket for the West Indian side. Flooi Ratcliffe played a decent hand for South Africa but Aaron Munilall came back in his second spell to rip the Proteas apart. 5 wickets for just 14 runs in his four overs combined by decent efforts from the very economical Archie O'Connor meant South Africa could only muster 126 runs.

Leon Jumadeen and Hubern King led the chase with thirties as the two combined for a 47 run partnership. Despite a few wickets in the middle, Munilall came in and smacked quick 10 runs in six balls to wrap the fixture up for West Indies' only win.

West Indies vs Bermuda
Dwayne Maynard and Don Carlo Gambino got West Indies 4 early wickets against the Bermudan side on a dry deck but an unbeaten 74 run partnership with Ernest King and Arthur Dwarika scoring forties allowed Bermuda to make a dashing comeback and get 137 runs on the board.

Wayne Trim anchored the chase with a 47 run knock but his slow strike rate combined with a horde of innings in the tens never allowed West Indies to have any platform for the chase. All West Indies could muster was 126, losing by 11 runs, in a fixture that surprisingly had just one extra leaked, a no ball by Don Carlo Gambino in the first innings.

Tour Summary
It was certainly disappointing, can't say there is another word really. Losing games from decent positions, batters failing to accelerate after getting decently set, the lack of boundaries, the slow strike rates for batters and bowlers, the lack of wickets, a lot of mistakes by the 18 lads that toured this week and we'd have to be better next season in Division 3 to ensure World Twenty-20 qualification as we have just 7 points scored thus far and anything short of atleast 4 wins might not be enough.

Reynold Nero batted fairly well, ending #5 on the list of highest run-scorers with his 74 being the tied biggest innings of the tour. Aaron Munilall ended the second highest wicket taker with 7 wickets and his fifer was the best figures in an innings this tour as the only fifer. Wayne Trim affected 2 runouts and Michael Seaforth performed a couple of stumpings as the two ended atop of those respective lists.

Up next, West Indies will head to South Africa in Week 11 for a One Day Tour in Division 2 as the seamer-heavy conditions in uneven, green and hard dictate the call. West Indies will constantly be playing friendlies in the gap amidst the tours. Currently, West Indies U20 are plying their trade over in Netherlands in the Division 1 League for the Twenty-20 format. Do support them tomorrow against the Protea U20 side here.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Mon Mar 07, 2022 6:32 pm

West Indies NAT Season 50 One Day Tour 2 Division 2: Squad Announcement
The final Divisional Tour of my first tenure as manager will be held in South Africa. The West Indian side will be heading to South Africa for the third time in the past 7 travels that they've booked. The first being the Twenty-20 Tour last season when United Arab Emirates hosted a series in Protean Land and the second being when South Africans hosted with Uneven, Hard and Green pitches in the third tour of the previous season. This time around they've gone for Uneven, Green and Hard as the South African Management have won the hosting rights yet again. The eighteen players picked for the upcoming week are:

Aaron Munilall Golden Hacks CC Right-arm Fast Medium/ Right-hand Bat

Alp Arslan Space Wolves Right-hand Bat

Archie O'Connor Groundboys Left-arm Fast

Bertice Cummings Unicorns Left-arm Fast

Brenton Stephenson Space Wolves Right-hand Bat

Colin Oscopy Middle Stump Lubricators Right-arm Fast

Hubern King Mohito's Mohican XI Left-hand Bat

Jason Hislop Space Wolves Left-arm Wrist Spin

Leon Jumadeen High Risk High Return Right-hand Keeper Bat

Leonard Arthur Married Eleven Right-hand Bat

Melford Griffith Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Right-hand Bat

Michael Seaforth Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Left-hand Keeper Bat

Michael Stewart Herosnzeros Right-arm Fast Medium

Reynold Nero Queens Park Cricket Club Left-hand Bat

Satish Phillips ChePu 206 Right-arm Medium

Sugrim Hughes Queens Park Cricket Club Right-arm Fast

Troy Joseph Revolution Right-arm Finger Spin/ Right-hand Bat

Wayne Trim Space Wolves Left-hand Bat

A change of pace with no debutants, quite heavily because batters debuting in the first two tours for the season are heading yet again. Satish Phillips returns to the party after some time as the veteran's retirement was being suspected by many reporters but he had his lips sealed regarding that. The managers are heavily appreciated for allowing the West Indian Management to tour these 18 players.

The tour's schedule has been released and can be checked here.The five matches for West Indies for the tour will be:

March 14- Kenya- Hard Pitch match 6039240
March 15- Scotland- Green Pitch match 6039235
March 16- South Africa- Uneven Pitch match 6039243
March 17- Pakistan- Green Pitch match 6039237
March 18- Netherlands- Uneven Pitch match 6039245

In other news, West Indies Senior Management has decided to congratulate its top two ranks in this seasons Matt Krevs Memorial Cup by renaming the ends of their Senior Home Ground and Recreational Centre to Caterham Crusaders End and Mohito's Mohican XI End. Whilst Mohito's Mohican XI have been knocked out in the Quarter Finals, Caterham Crusaders, the side to knock them out head to the semi finals and play #2 seeded Asterix & Obelix this Sunday. The Management also announces that the Home Ground will be renamed at the the End of Season to congratulate the winner of West Indies One Day 1.1 for Season 50, until then Kensington Oval welcomes you all. And all this is not because I just discovered how ends and ground names can be changed.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:29 pm

West Indies NAT Season 50 One Day Tour 2 Division 2: Summaries
West Indies were part of the Division 2 Tour for the previous week and faced the likes of powerhouses in hosts South Africa, Netherlands, Pakistan, Kenya and Scotland. The five games began with a cracking fixture versus a quality side in Kenya on a hard deck.

match 6039240 v Kenya
The tour opener saw stalwart Michael Stewart return to the West Indian squad after missing out on the Twenty-20 Tour and leading the eleven, he opted to let the Kenyans do the fielding on the hard deck that provided a mania of runs. An opening stand of 95 headlined the first half but it was opener Hubern King's capability to carry his form throughout the innings that really mattered. He hit his first fifty and ensured to stretch that knock into his first century, and then into his first hundred-fifty and almost into his first and the third West Indian double hundred. He hit a mammoth score of 195, which was more than what West Indies managed as a total in two of the five matches this tour. His score was the third highest score ever by a West Indian in an International One Day Fixture, falling behind two marvellous double hundreds. His ridiculous sixteen boundary knock plus a few runs from Melford Griffith allowed West Indies to post 327 on the board, the sixteenth highest International One Day Total in West Indian history.

The Kenyan openers started out aggressively, constantly fishing outside the off stump line as the lack of much swing or support from the surface gave way for easy and crisp drives. This was until the genius in Sugrim Hughes bowled a wayward delivery aimed for southpaw Jomo Patel's legs which gave a deflection onto the stumps for the first wicket of the defence. Archie O'Connor's pace saw the second wicket of the powerplay after a batter was left clueless when a 154.2 kph bullet missed his bat and thudded onto his prodding pads. A blooming partnership was then broken by the talents of chinaman Jason Hislop who picked up 2 wickets off consecutive balls in the twentieth over. Bamba Pillani played a marvellous 82 from just 69 balls but the lack of a massive innings like a ridiculous 195 always left Kenya wanting more and West Indies took a 65 run victory with arms wide open.

match 6039235 vs Scotland
A green pitch alongside windy weather presented West Indies another splendid setting for the Posse to witness a cracking fixture and have a decent time in a packed stadium with nearly 20000 folks in the stands. Skipper Bertice Cummings opted to bowl first and took the new ball himself. Ball one moves in, leg glanced by southpaw Gilchrist Hewett after pitching on off stump for a single. Hewett and Muhammad Ali started off on the right foot with an unbeaten powerplay but the magician that West Indies possess in Jason Hislop just does his craft, doesn't matter you put him in the desert or in the lushest green field. Pitches a good-length ball on middle and leg bringing Muhammad Ali onto his front foot before the ball straightened up, took a slight deflection from the outside edge and smashed into the off stump. Contributions from the rest of the order were rather minute than the Scots would have wanted and Satish Phillips having fun with the pitch's offering was a major reason for that. The lad picked up a four wicket haul on his return to International Cricket after not being a part of the previous 4 touring parties. Scotland were cleaned for 215 with Jason Hislop's old-ball skills coming in handy at the death.

Henry Fairley got some swing on offer with the new ball and had Leonard Arthur's scalp under his name soon enough. Brenton Stephenson was looking steady and seemed set for a decent day but Fairley had different plans. The ball of the day that one, as Fairley pitched one on leg stump for it to turn towards off and hit Brenton Stephenson's still thigh because the ball left him befuddled and stature. Reynold Nero's gap-finding skills and quick running sped the innings up but it was two young southpaws in their first international season that impressed with fifties. Wayne Trim hit a 95* whilst Michael Seaforth hit a brisk-paced 54 from just sixty balls guiding West Indies to a mammoth win with 15 overs and a ball to spare.

match 6039243 vs South Africa

West Indian skipper Alp Arslan won the toss and put South Africa into bat on a cloudy day whilst an uneven deck appeased the eyes of the ten seamers that beckoned. Eight overs into first innings, South Africa were looking as if they held the boat steady at 34/1 but three quick wickets by the end of the powerplay and one almost right after left them stranded with their last two batters. 46/5 and they started building tiny partnerships with tiny contributions from the bowlers. 3 lead bowlers getting away with 16, 14 and 15 when West Indies had the momentum did irk the West Indian side but cleaning the Proteas up for 112 was something they were pretty happy with at halftime. Michael Stewart was the star of the show with the figures that read 5-1-4-3. One of the best three-wicket hauls you could get and the fast-medium delivering as promised was a delight to the posse.

Tshedi Mutizwa getting quick wickets of Michael Seaforth and Alp Arslan did hurt, especially the way Alp Arslan had perfectly posed for a solid defence but his back foot went onto touch the base of the stumps. A little partnership was brewing but Hubern King's move to look to get runs off of Hendrik Knox, the dibbly-dobbler in the Proteas unit turned out to be his end. Leon Jumadeen played a critic-impressing 35 from fifty-six balls with four of the most technical boundaries you'd find in this line of business. The vastly experienced Melford Griffith took over the rest with 29 from sixty balls and ensured he could take the side over the line in fine manner with Aaron Munilall chipping in well at the end as well. West Indies had 3 net run rate boosting victories in a row and Game 4 was one where they could confirm their promotion to add to this week to remember.

match 6039237 vs Pakistan
A green pitch and brisk winds flowing from square-to-point from the opening end setup another quality fixture between two sides looking to get a win for very different reasons. Top of the table, a win guaranteed West Indies a spot in the finals whilst Pakistan were looking to regain their momentum after two consecutive losses to get back a winning mojo and not face a demotion. Pakistan put the West Indian lads into bat and Wayne Trim and Melford Griffith opened in an utterly beautiful fashion. Racing away to a fifty inside the powerplay, West Indies looked to maximise their scoring chances and put up a massive total for the first innings as the tour neared its end and the pitches and the players showed signs of tiredness. Melford Griffith played another sixty-ball knock like last day, but instead of belting 29 with utter grit, he went aggressive and hard and got a solid opening with a 59 run knock. Promoted up the order to save the tiring keeper and allow Michael Seaforth a less tiring time with the gloves later, Troy Joseph walked in at 4. The lad knows he isn't going to get a lot of these chances now at the late end of his career with his new club side over in India offering him a fine residence to rest his ageing body, he ensured to make as much of it as he could. Nine fours and 1 towering six over midwicket as Joseph was dismissed three short of a century, compiling 97 runs in 96 balls and bolstering the West Indian total to 270.

Pakistan were set 271 to chase and Jalal Awais and Qamar Gul started off in rapid fashion, beating West Indies' solid opening stand. Fifties from Gul and skipper Sibtain Shad at 3 set Pakistan off on the right track in this rather huge chase. Both batters' failure to continue this inning would have hurt the Pakistani side as Jahangir Badshah, Yusuf Ahmad and Akhlaq Shahid got runs but could not keep up with the run rate the Pakistani side started off on. Bertice Cummings picked up four wickets and so did the player that could do no wrong, Troy Joseph, as the Pakistani tail went cheaply in their attempt to slog their way to a win and West Indies secured promotion with a 20 run win.

match 6039245 vs Netherlands
Netherlands were 3 wins and a loss and were fighting their promotion chances against the Proteas whilst West Indies sat atop. They played this game to ensure a top spot in Division 2 to cap off a fine week with a possible 5-nil. It wasn't to happen but West Indies did run the Dutch side very close after Netherlands opted to bat upon winning the toss. Bertice Cummings got the first wicket of the day with his over the wicket left arm quick bowling inviting Eildert Kusters to play a fashionable drive before the outswing and the angle took a little edge and fell into Leon Jumadeen's palms. In the tenth over, Cummings went a little fuller and on right-handed batter Noel Adriaan's legs whose attempt to flick the ball toward fine leg yielded no results to Cummings' pace and Netherlands were two wickets down. Colin Oscopy then added a two wicket over to break a little brewing partnership, getting southpaw Cedric Buurman with a nasty bouncer that flew into the air for quite a while before dipping into square leg's hands, and it just took him 3 tries to pouch it safely. Then to southpaw Ruben Goedhart, a yorker did the trick and knocked over his stumps and Netherlands were 74/4. Another bit of a partnership there but Aaron Munilall's smart seam movement combined by the everything package that is Archie O'Connor yielded six wickets within a gap of 36 runs as Netherlands went from 105/4 to 141/10.

Opener Leon Jumadeen was dismissed for a golden duck in the West Indian chase, but they went through the rest of the powerplay unscathed. Brenton Stephenson bid adieu in over eleven and Hubern King had a quick roundabout trip back to the pavilion. Alp Arslan and Wayne Trim as had one of those days where they couldn't tell you what they did wrong but little edges and the wide cracks of the uneven deck tell a different story. Reynold Nero stood through it all and played a fine knock. Aaron Munilall played an impressive hand before departing when West Indies were 98 and soon enough Nero was gone for a superb 53 and West Indies were 102/7. Jason Hislop's dismissal followed but Bertice Cummings seemed to have a much more stern and immediate approach with a "we have to do it" attitude. Archie O'Connor played a fine hand on the other end as the two ran quite a few runs. Cummings did not hit a four but scored 15 runs and O'Connor had 8. 13 runs from the target at 129 runs, West Indies went onto lose Cummings and Oscopy inside three balls to Will Connolly's medium pace as they ended the tour with a loss. The net run rate earned in the previous matches still ensured a top spot in the table for the lads though.

Highlights of the Tour
Hubern King's 195 from the first game cannot be beaten. It will remain atop on the highlight reel for quite some time now, as an underperforming lad under some heavy criticism performed one of the best innings he could have and set the West Indian innings off on the right tone. Wayne Trim and Michael Seaforth's presenting their potential against the Scottish side in Game 2 and Satish Phillips impressing with 4 wickets in his comeback fixture stand out from the second game. Worth remembering that the ever-impressive Jason Hislop picked up 7 wickets in these two games. Game 3 was an optimal bowling performance against the Proteas and Michael Stewart ended with one of the finest spells and Troy Joseph was the overall hero of the fourth. Across the tour, Aaron Munilall also picked up nine wickets proving his worth and effectiveness as a solid bowler in this West Indian unit. And as happens when the bowlers do well, the fielders do more to remember. Melford Griffith picked up 4 catches and Alp Arslan pouched three ending #1 and #2 on the lists. Michael Seaforth and Leon Jumadeen both picked up 5 catches apiece as the keeper alongside a stumping each.

This ends my first divisional term as manager with the biennial marquee World Cup to follow. A Division 1 end in the One-Dayers is a very happy note to end on but the Division 3 demotion in the Twenty-20's certainly pains. The West Indian side has a World Cup to look forward to during the End-of-Season proceedings and my absolutely unreliable math and memory tell me we will be having Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa and Ireland in our Group. Post that we would have the elections in Week One of the next season for the Senior Manager wherein I plan to run again for this post and get us out of this T20 mess hopefully. Would be very tough for a new manager to come in and take over for a side in Division 3 in Twenty-20's anyway and wouldn't be fair of me to put them there. Got one tour to secure qualification for the World T20's and we need some wins, or maybe a lot of wins, as we are in an iffy spot at Rank number 13 with just 7 points. Thanks for a fantastic first term and some fine support with how you've lent me your players and have had to respond back to a few pesky mails regarding the West Indian lads you'd have. Ofcourse, always have to thank the fantastic team of assistants I've had and cheers, hopefully we have a fine World Cup!
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Mon Apr 04, 2022 6:09 pm

West Indies NAT Season 50 One Day World Cup: Squad Announcement
The biennial World Cup returns to the West Indian shores this EOS as West Indies have been awarded the hosting rights for the tournament by the FTP Governing Boards. West Indies have been allotted Group B alongside some strong units in the Kiwis, the Aussies, the Proteas, the Irish and the Kenyan unit. The World Cup matches begin on April 11 and Group Stages run until April 15 followed by the semi-finals and finals on the weekend post that. The eighteen players selected for this attempt for West Indies to win their first World Cup, and become the fourth side in the history of the game to win a World Cup at home.

Aaron Munilall Golden Hacks CC Right-arm Fast Medium/ Right-hand Bat

Alp Arslan Space Wolves Right-hand Bat

Andy Edwards Shaktar Senseless Left-arm Medium

Archie O'Connor Groundboys Left-arm Fast

Bertice Cummings Unicorns Left-arm Fast

Brenton Stephenson Space Wolves Right-hand Bat

Cecil Griffith Wools Wanderers Right-hand Bat

Colin Oscopy Middle Stump Lubricators Right-arm Fast

Don Carlo Gambino Murder Inc Right-arm Wrist Spin

Hubern King Mohito's Mohican XI Left-hand Bat

Jason Hislop Space Wolves Left-arm Wrist Spin

Leon Jumadeen High Risk High Return Right-hand Keeper Bat

Leonard Arthur Married Eleven Right-hand Bat

Melford Griffith Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Right-hand Bat

Michael Seaforth Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Left-hand Keeper Bat

Michael Stewart Herosnzeros Right-arm Fast Medium

Reynold Nero Queens Park Cricket Club Left-hand Bat

Troy Joseph Revolution Right-arm Finger Spin/ Right-hand Bat

A comeback for veteran Andy Edwards and One-Day debuts for young lads in Cecil Griffith and Don Carlo Gambino highlight the upcoming cup as a set of folks with some experience at the International Level head for the upcoming tour. West Indies will start the cup off against the Aussies on April 11 and the list of fixtures is below:

April 11- Australia- Crumbling Pitch match 6040667
April 12- New Zealand- Flat Pitch match 6040659
April 13- South Africa- Slow Pitch match 6040663
April 14- Ireland- Green Pitch match 6040666
April 15- Kenya- Hard Pitch match 6040656

Thanks for allowing us to tour your players.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Thu Apr 21, 2022 8:17 am

Hello folks:)

As the only manager standing up for the post of Senior National Manager of West Indies, I am very happy that I have been re-elected and have another two seasons at the helm. Fingers crossed for much better results.

First up, the previous week saw West Indies play the World Cup at home. West Indies started the first two days off with scintillating wins over the top two seeds in the group, beating Australia and New Zealand convincingly, thanks to a Brenton Stephenson fifty and Leon Jumadeen's smacking 140 against the Kiwis. Day 3 was where the the side fell off the rails as Proteas were the first to smash the West Indian side, but Jason Hislop's fifer was still a highlight to take away, followed by the Irish demolition as they bowled us out for a paltry 109 and a failure to defend 220-odd runs against Kenya after Jumadeen added to his already humongous tally with another ninety. Three losses in a row, two of them by mammoth margins pushed West Indies out of the running and the net run rate blew the Proteas and the Irish to the top two. Ofcourse, then the two units went onto play each other in the finals and the Proteas took away a well-deserved win. Congratulations South Africa, commiserations Ireland, well played! Also well played to Leon Jumadeen and Jason Hislop, West Indies' batter and bowler of the tourney.

Also, as decided last season. the West Indies Cricket Ground has been renamed to Queen Park Cricket Arena for the season in a tribute to the Season 50 SOD 1.1 champion Queens Park Cricket Club. Caterham Crusaders and Mohito's Mohican XI's fabulous runs in the Matt Krevs Memorial Cup had earlier seen them receive the honours of the ends being named after them.
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And now the final news for the day. A fantastic manager for the West Indies, who had mentored me and assisted me thus far in Maiden50 will be stepping down from the assistant post. He had backed me and mentored me for the NAT duties and I'm grateful for that. The World T20 winning manager will still be around the West Indies setup and hopefully the NAT scene sees the return of him soon enough as well. Replacing him enters Kaushik, who has stepped down from his current role as the Indian National Manager after ten glorious seasons. He has been a solid manager, beating West Indies in a World T20 Final once. A huge appreciation towards him for joining the West Indian setup and hopefully he can help us winning more games.

Thanks folks. This is it for the day. We'll be playing friendlies in the off-season and you can hop onto the team page for West Indies and check those as and when you'd like. First would be the Division 1 One Day Tour which will be followed by Division 3 Twenty-20 Tour where West Indies will have to play out of their skins and fight for ensuring qualification to this season's EOS marquee tournament, the 20-over World T20 Tournament.
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Post by quirkilyalive » Sun May 08, 2022 12:21 pm

West Indies NAT Season 51 One Day Tour 1 Division 1: Squad Announcement
And we return for yet another season of thrilling and exciting International Cricket as West Indies will kick things off against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka as the hosts have called for uneven, hard and flat pitches. The Dutch, who promoted alongside us in the previous One Day Tour, the Irish, the Kiwis and the Bermudan side make the other 4 teams as the six top-notch sides will look to give the fans a cracking welcome into the fifty-first season! The eighteen-player touring party includes four debutants as a couple of long-serving batters in Hubern King and Reynold Nero have bid adieu to the international aspect of the game.

Aaron Munilall Golden Hacks CC Right-arm Fast Medium/ Right-hand Bat

Alexander McCatty AllStars! Left-hand Bat [DEBUT]

Alp Arslan Space Wolves Right-hand Bat

Alvin Skeete Caribbean Pirates Right-hand Bat [DEBUT]

Archie O'Connor Groundboys Left-arm Fast

Bertice Cummings Unicorns Left-arm Fast

Brenton Stephenson Space Wolves Right-hand Bat

Chesney Persaud Never liked the name of my team Left-hand Bat

Colin Oscopy Middle Stump Lubricators Right-arm Fast

Don Carlo Gambino Murder Inc Right-arm Wrist Spin

George Walcott Space Wolves Right-arm Finger Spin/ Right-hand Bat

Gregory Farquharson Married Eleven Left-arm Fast [DEBUT]

Jason Hislop Space Wolves Left-arm Wrist Spin

Javon Austin Space Wolves Right-arm Fast Medium [DEBUT]

Leon Jumadeen High Risk High Return Right-hand Keeper Bat

Leonard Arthur Married Eleven Right-hand Bat

Melford Griffith Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Right-hand Bat

Michael Seaforth Crni Zmajevi Cricket Club Left-hand Keeper Bat

Two cracking top-order batters in Alexander McCatty and Alvin Skeete will head for their first international assignment whilst a constant talking point in the West Indian Management Room in Javon Austin will also be handed his cap. The fourth debutant is a solid quick in Gregory Farquharson looking to come in and make up for the vacuum left by departing legends in Sugrim Hughes and Thornton Ishmael. The five fixtures for the West Indian side include:

May 16- Sri Lanka- Uneven Pitch match 6140175
May 17- Netherlands- Hard Pitch match 6140174
May 18- Bermuda- Uneven Pitch match 6140181
May 19- New Zealand- Uneven Pitch match 6140185
May 20- Ireland- Hard Pitch match 6140176

Not an ideal combination for the three-spin attack we've opted for, but Jason Hislop and Don Carlo Gambino are as good spinners as any and they'll be hoping to ensure that they can one-up their opponents with howsoever little the pitch gives them. Fingers crossed we start the new season off well. As always, it is highly appreciated that you let us tour your players. Thank you:)
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Post by quirkilyalive » Mon May 16, 2022 5:11 pm

West Indies NAT Season 51 One Day Tour 1 Division 1: Summaries
West Indies vs Sri Lanka- match 6140175

Playing Eleven:
1. Alexander McCatty LH [DEBUT]
2. Leon Jumadeen RH (Wicket Keeper)
3. Brenton Stephenson RH
4. Chesney Persaud LH
5. Melford Griffith RH
6. Alp Arslan RH (Captain)
7. Aaron Munilall rfm/RH
8. Javon Austin rfm/RH [DEBUT]
9. Don Carlo Gambino rws/RH
10. Archie O'Connor lf/RH
11. Colin Oscopy rf/RH

A cloudy day set a mystic setting for the first game of my second tenure's first game. A pitch with cracks running through it as veins through a body builder's arm during their absolute stupid showoff flexes had the batters worried and skipper Arslan opted to bowl first upon winning the toss, presumably because of the fear the fiery pitch caused. Ball one was pitched on good length, off stump line shaped well towards top of off and Maithripala Wilamaratne smacked it over the fielder at mid-off for a four. The batter called for aggression ball one and set a statement. Archie O'Connor in the next over tried to get the ball to swing off of a decent length but it took him five balls to get bored of it and bowl a 153 kmph heavy ball and break the middle timber. Colin Oscopy took the lesson and did the same and both Sri Lankan openers were down and out inside 7 runs. Debutant Javon Austin's first spell must be looked at as one of the most memorable spells and must be put in the highest of shelves when it is rated. In the 24 balls, he bowled 23 dots and the only four he leaked was because Sivasakthy Bakelman managed to nutmeg Brenton Stephenson at midwicket. He had a chance to grab his first international wicket but a drop of his own bowling would mean he would have to delay his heavily anticipated club celebration at the international level. Sivasakthy Bakelman was looking in good touch but change of pace brought West Indies a wicket with wily wristy Don Carlo Gambino tricking Bakelman. And that was the cue, Sri Lanka fell 65/3 at Bakelman's wicket and opened an avenue for West Indies that the Caribbean lads made heavy inroads through.

Javon Austin picked up a couple wickets in the next over and four overs later Archie O'Connor picked up a hattrick and Sri Lanka fell to 82/8. O'Connor would be happy that Lasantha Muthaliff tried to hit a wild slog and handed him a simple return catch to set the hattrick in motion, and Austin kept impressing the management and fans with some quality yorkers. The last couple of wickets took their sweet time but West Indies did not let the tail run away. Colin Oscopy picked his second wicket and the pressure finally got to Sri Lankan's tails heads as they lost the tenth wicket in an unfortunate runout for a paltry 101.

West Indies had Alexander McCatty and Leon Jumadeen out as their openers and except McCatty giving away a popping edge to mid-off off of a Vasudeva Dhananyake bouncer, West Indies chased 102 down with no troubles, as keeper-batter Leon Jumadeen led the way with a fine 45 with four cracking fours.

Other Matches in Division 1
match 6140173 New Zealand beat Netherlands by 5 wickets.
match 6140180 Ireland beat Bermuda by 2 runs.

Fixture on May 16: Netherlands match 6140174
A fine sunny evening out in Sri Lanka invites us onto this hard pitch as the Dutch side and West Indies side battle each other out. West Indies and Netherlands promoted together from Division 2 the previous tour and both would be looking to prove their point in the top division.
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Re: Senior NAT Discussion

Post by quirkilyalive » Tue May 17, 2022 6:39 pm

West Indies NAT Season 51 One Day Tour 1 Division 1: Summaries
West Indies vs Netherlands- match 6140174

Playing Eleven:
1. Alvin Skeete RH [DEBUT]
2. Chesney Persaud LH
3. Alp Arslan RH
4. Melford Griffith RH
5. Michael Seaforth LH (Wicket Keeper)
6. Leonard Arthur RH
7. George Walcott rfs/RH
8. Javon Austin rfm/RH
9. Colin Oscopy rf/RH (Captain)
10. Gregory Farquharson lf/RH [DEBUT]
11. Bertice Cummings lf/RH

A sunny day and a pitch for the bats and the quicks in a hard deck was the setting for the second game of the tour for the Windies lads as they faced the Dutch unit. The Dutch skipper opted to bat first and skipper Colin Oscopy took the new ball after having set the bar high for himself in the previous fixture. And he did not disappoint as veteran batter Syste Brinkman couldn't read or believe that Oscopy started with a slower ball and picked up a wicket the first ball of the day. Oscopy followed it with a top-shelf away swinger that nicked Niek Casteleyn's bat off the fifth ball of the over and West Indies had Netherlands 4/2 in no time. The next over, Oscopy smacked the front of Buurman's pads and that was scalp number three as the Dutch were reduced to 24/3 in three overs. Netherlands made a steady comeback after the opening session and ended the drinks at 112/4 with Bertice Cummings having picked out the second opener Noel Adriaans. Post drinks, Colin Oscopy didn't need much time to get rid of Bob van der Bilt as well but as the Dutch fell to 113/5, they had a resurgence and gee, they blew the Windies effort upfront out the park. a 101 run stand between Will Connolly who missed his fifty by a run and Jelmer Pronk with a smacking 87 took the Dutch total to 233 before Bertice Cummings finished his 4-fer with a quick cleanup of the tail. A couple of errors in the field will be talked about post game as they let Connolly get set and take the Dutch to an above par score.

Chasing 234, West Indies openers Alvin Skeete and Chesney Persaud started off on a flier, reaching 40 inside five overs with Persaud falling to the medium pacer all rounder Connolly's slower bouncer. The big over of the powerplay was delivered from a Dutch legend in Boudewjin Kusters who got rid of two of the best batters West Indies possess in Alp Arslan and Melford Griffith for ducks in consecutive balls. Michael Seaforth was looking in good touch but the curse of getting a couple shots off the middle and earning confidence is the greed of making the most of it. His greed took him out as he was run out going for a three. Leonard Arthur had a couple fours under his belt but poor communication between him and the debutant opener in Skeete saw him falling short of the crease as well. West Indies were hit by a couple runouts and almost had George Walcott run out as well but the throw from deep point flew over the keeper's outstretched arms much to the maroon camp's relief. West Indies were 89/5 with an Alvin Skeete in flaming form as they had 89 runs onboard in 13.5 overs. Skeete had 32 off 32 balls with two sixes and a four to his name. Skeete kept his good form going with a couple more maximums and Walcott hit two fours as West Indies had 117 on the board after 17 overs.

So, the equation read, West Indies have 117 runs up having lost 5 wickets in 17 overs, needing 117 more in the next 33 overs, having 5 more wickets in the bag. A couple unfortunate runouts and two absolute jaffas from Kusters had West Indies seeming the weaker side at that point owing to the five wickets that had fallen. Finger spinner Allen Iverson got rid of Walcott in over number 30 after he had 30 runs to his name as West Indies were 172/6 after thirty needing 62 more with 4 wickets in hand. Skeete stood his ground with 82 from 80 balls. A few overs later, Kusters returned to pick up another two wickets off consecutive balls sending Javon Austin and Colin Oscopy packing and West Indies were further pushed to 188/8 after 34 overs, needing 46 in 16 overs with 2 wickets in hand. Skeete was still batting, without the slightest of pressure on his shoulders apparently, at a run-a-ball 90. Kuster's next over, Skeete welcomes him in with two fours, scooping and paddling him to four behind the keeper, using his pace against him. He reached his ton off just 97 balls, on his debut at that, and this knock will be a memorable one, much owing to his pace despite the wickets that kept falling around him. It was finally the only guy that was having a day as fine as Skeete that ruined West Indies' chances and Skeete's day as Will Connolly bowled another slower bouncer and miscued pull went off the top edge to Syste Brinkman at long on leaving West Indies stranded with number ten and eleven, still needing 31. Farquharson and Cummings must be praised for bringing the loss margin down to 16 but a fine innings by Skeete will haunt him as he wasn't able to carry his side across the line. The couple of runouts in the middle overs still make you consider how moments of brain fade in the field can have adverse effects to the results.

Other Matches in Division 1
match 6140177 Bermuda beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.
match 6140179 Ireland beat New Zealand by 53 runs.

Fixture on May 18: Bermuda match 6140181
An uneven deck and sunny weather is supposed to invite us against the mighty successful Bermudan camp that'll look to continue to stamp its authority after picking up first points tonight. West Indies will look to get back to winning ways after a rather disappointing showing against the Netherlands side.
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