Caribbean Times 39th Issue - Friday 18th November 2016

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Caribbean Times 39th Issue - Friday 18th November 2016

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Friday 18th November 2016

Estwick praises trio after clinical win

HARARE, Zimbabwe –

West Indies bowling coach

Roddy Estwick has hailed

the contributions of the three

debutants, which helped

propel the Caribbean side

to a convincing victory over

Sri Lanka in their opening

game of the Tri-Nations Series

here Wednesday.

Wicketkeeper Shai Hope

stroked 47 and all-rounder

Rovman Powell smashed

44 as West Indies were dismissed

for 227 after being

sent in at the Harare Sports

Club.

Off-spinner Ashley

Nurse then also starred on

debut with three for 46 as Sri

Lanka were bundled out for

165, to go down by 62 runs.

“[Nurse] had a good debut

but there’s still room for

improvement. I always believe

you can improve and

there were still one or two

bad balls and he would know

that, but he will be happy

that on debut he can go and

take three wickets and take

two good catches,” Estwick

said.

“And he also looked

good even though he didn’t

get that many [runs] so

we’ve got to be happy with

the debutants. It shows that

we’ve got talent but discipline

and hard work has to

go with the talent as well.”

The trio, along with lefthander

Jonathan Carter who

top-scored with 54 on his

29th birthday, helped pull

West Indies out of trouble

after they slipped to 27 for

two early on.

Carter and Hope put on

53 for the fourth wicket before

Carter and Powell added

a further 43 for the fifth

as West Indies controlled the

middle overs.

Powell then blasted two

fours and three sixes in a 29-

ball cameo which allowed

the Windies to close well.

“It shows that once you

plan right, once you stick

to your game plans, you’ve

obviously got a chance and

once the spirit in the camp

is good as well, that also

makes life a little bit easier,”

Estwick pointed out.

“We did those two things

very well today. We never

panicked at any stage at all

even though we were [batting]

a lot slower than we

would like. We were looking

for 250, having looked at the

pitch and having been asked

to bat first but we stuck with

it.

“Young Shai Hope

played well, Jonathan Carter

played well and Rovman

Powell was exceptional. I

thought he gave the innings

major impetus and those

are the things you are looking

for – for young players

to hold their hands up and

come to the party.”

West Indies followed up

with a clinical bowling performance

with captain and

seamer Jason Holder getting

two wickets up front in a

classy eight-over spell and

speedster Shannon Gabriel

bowling with aggression to

claim three.

Estwick said the players

were now beginning to display

the ability and execution

which was necessary in

order to succeed at international

level.

“It shows the boys are

putting in the work. Jason

has made one or two technical

changes and it’s beginning

to work and you come

out of your last Test match

with five wickets and now

you come here and you bowl

well – you get bounce, you

look aggressive,” Estwick

said.

“Once we keep working

hard and once we keep planning

and stay disciplined,

keep that team spirit up and

that camaraderie [we will do

well].” (CMC)

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