In England today, the second Test of the series four between visitors and first Test winners Pakistan and the hosts is getting under at Manchester at about this time.
In Antigua in the Caribbean in four hours’ time it will be Indian captain Virat Kohli on 143 leading his team’s first innings continuation in the first Test against the West Indies – India 302 for 4.
In Guyana in three hours time, the Leeward Islands and Jamaica women cricket teams begin today’s round of three matches in their regional T20 championship – Barbados vs Guyana from 2 pm and from 7 pm Trinidad and Tobago who were beaten in yesterday’s opening round by Barbados, playing the Windward Islands, also losers yesterday, Jamaica beating them.
LED by a fine all-round performance from Player-of-the-Match Hayley Matthews, Barbados easily beat recently-crowned 50-overs tournament champions Trinidad and Tobago in the opening T20 round yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Matthews’ 20-ball 27 and Kycia Knight 23 off 24 balls lifted Barbados to 106 for 8, a total that was defended spiritedly in the field to keep the Trinidadians 32 runs short.
Leading the way was the 18-year-old Matthews with 4 for 17.
Earlier Matthews and Knight gave Barbados a sound start with a partnership of 52 off 39 balls.
However, they were separated six runs apart off the bowling of Lee Ann Kerby (2 for 19) and Anisa Mohamed (2 for 21) respectively.
Deandra Dottin and Shaquana Quintyne then injected 17 for the third wicket, and from a position of 74 for 2 in 11.2 overs, Barbados were stemmed by a slew of wickets, including Dottin (13) and Quintyne (13), and managed to score just 31 runs from the remaining overs to end on a low note.
Karishma Ramharack and Shenelle Lord were the other two successful TT bowlers with a wicket apiece.
The TT team then stumbled from the outset, and were unable to forge any meaningful partnerships, with only Reniece Boyce (14), Rachael Vincent (13) and Mohamed (13), managing double digits.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Taylor cracked a brilliant half-century first-up as Jamaica crushed Windward Islands by 56 runs.
The Jamaicans did it in style by rattling up 148-3 in their 20 overs by riding on Taylor’s 62 and then reducing their opponents to 92
No Caribbean Premier League T20 action tonight but some stir in the US courts today as legal representatives for Lauderhill Mayor Richard J Kaplan have filed a motion seeking to dismiss the USA Cricket Association lawsuit which is attempting to stop six Caribbean Premier League games from happening at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida next week.
Douglas T Marx, of law firm Waldman Trigoboff Hildebrandt Marx & Calnan, filed a motion yesterday afternoon, on behalf of Kaplan, arguing for a dismissal on procedural grounds as well as defending the sanctioning process as legitimate.
A suit was filed on Monday by former USACA executive secretary Kenwyn Williams, with USACA as a co-plaintiff, claiming that the CPL had violated sanctioning procedures by going through the ICC to receive permission to stage the event in Florida instead of USACA, the governing body in the USA.
Kaplan said he was confident the suit would fail, and that local officials had gone through the proper sanctioning with the ICC since USACA’s authority was stripped after suspension by the ICC in June 2015.
There was CPL T20 action last night in St Lucia though and Darren Sammy ran amok in the first match at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, at Gros Islet, since it had been renamed in the honour of West Indies’ World T20 winning captain.
Sammy belted 59 off 35 balls, including five sixes and two fours, to lift St Lucia Zouks, coming off three successive losses, to a 35-run victory and knock St Kitts & Nevis Patriots out of contention for the knockouts.
Sammy celebrated his first half-century off the tournament off 32 balls, with a drilled four down the ground and celebrated by kissing the turf and bowing to the crowd. The ticket prices had been slashed by 50% to celebrate the first game at the ground, and the crowd lapped up Sammy’s all-round show.
The night had begun with Sammy and Charles walking through a guard or honour, and it ended with Sammy bagging the Man-of-the-Match award. The win dragged Zouks up from the bottom of the table. They face Barbados Tridents next at the same venue on Saturday and Guyana Amazon Warriors on Sunday. Patriots have a week-long break before taking on Trinbago Knight Riders at Lauderhill on July 29.