Jamaica Cricket

Gayle blows away the competition

DUBAI, UAE -- West Indies captain Chris Gayle has stormed his way back to the number one place in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after a series of fine performances against New Zealand.

The 29-year-old Jamaican has gained five places in the rankings to knock India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Australia’s Michael Hussey down to second and third place.

Ticket prices: West Indies versus England

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced ticket prices for admission to all matches in the up-coming England Tour to the Caribbean, in which the First Test against the West Indies opens at Sabina Park, Jamaica, on Wednesday, February 4th.

England arrive in St. Kitts on January 21st for the Digicel Series 2009, which involves four (4) Test Matches, five (5) ODIs and one (1) Twenty20 International.

WICB to fund Regional 4-Day Competition

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced that the 2009 four-day regional tournament will feature a home and away format, which guarantees that first class players will now have the opportunity to play at least ten (10) first class matches a year.

An official release, issued by the WICB today (Sunday) pointed out that one of the key objectives of the Board’s Five Year Strategic Plan is to increase the number of first class matches through longer tournaments.

Gayle moves up to Number 6 among allrounders

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- West Indies captain Chris Gayle has moved up three places among allrounders in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings released on Tuesday. Gayle, a powerful left-handed opener and clever off-spinner, is now at Number 6 thanks to his bold 74 and 3-42 from 21 overs in the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin, which ended in a draw.

Allrounder Dwayne Bravo, who is recovering after having an operation on his ankle in September, remains at Number 4.

Taylor celebrates amazing maiden ton

DUNEDIN, New Zealand -- Jerome Taylor played the innings of a lifetime to record his first Test century and also pull the West Indies out of trouble against New Zealand on the fourth day of the first Test at University Oval, Dunedin.

The fast bowler came to the crease with the Windies on 173-6 –- 192 behind. His superb 106 came off just 107 balls with 17 fours, most of them classy drives, and three towering sixes as the Windies made 340. At the close on Sunday evening the Black Caps were 44-2 – with Daren Powell taking two wickets in two balls.


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