USA Cricket Calendar 2017

On behalf of the staff at ICC Americas, we hope everyone is enjoying a great start to the new year. We appreciate the work each of you do to help grow and support the game of cricket in the United States.

In response to many questions we receive, I wanted to get out a quick note to both update everyone on USACA and to also communicate upcoming programs that our office will continue to lead and oversee while USACA remains suspended.

With respect to USACA, over the last few months, our staff along with staff from ICC headquarters and the Sustainable Foundation Advisory Group (SFAG) have worked in good faith with USACA to continue to try to build a Constitution that will both unify the community and be a foundation for the continued growth of cricket in the U.S. This included a face to face meeting in Dallas on December 12 with leadership from USACA, members of the SFAG and staff from the ICC including CEO David Richardson and COO Iain Higgins.  We took some significant steps forward at that meeting and have continued to move forward in hours of subsequent calls and emails.  While we haven’t always agreed, I think we’ve all worked together in the best interest of the cricket community.

The ICC Board heard an update on the work to date on February 4 and sent a clear message that the revised Constitution should be finalized and provided to USACA as soon as possible so they can vote on it by no later than April 1 so the ICC Board can again consider USACA’s suspended status at their April Board meeting.

As mentioned above, given USACA’s suspended status, the ICC Americas office will continue to lead and oversee the selection and preparation for Team USA Senior Men, U18’s and Women’s squads who all participate in important global events this year.  Information on the activities planned in support of those teams is below.  We believe these plans, coupled with strong competition within local leagues and support from all US cricket stakeholders should allow Team USA’s men, youth and women the best chance at success in 2017.

Senior Men:

What Where
(Some venues TBC)
When Who
Team USA WCL 3 Trial Matches Houston March 16 – 19 Existing Squad, plus some players to be added by USA Selection Panel
Specialist Performance Camp Houston April 6 – 9 Selected WCL Squad
Pre WCL Tour South Africa May 15 – 21 Selected WCL Squad
WCL 3 Uganda May 21 – 31 Selected WCL Squad

U18 Men:

What Where
(Some venues TBC)
When Who
Specialist Performance Camp Houston April 6 – 9 6 x U18 players as designated by USA Selection Panel
U18 National Combine Houston April 22 – 23 Open to any U18 player who thinks they have realistic chance of joining existing U18 squad of 30 at U18 Trials in May (approx. 10 players to be selected through to May trial).
Players who register will cover own expenses.
Register for U18 Combine here:http://iccamericas.com/cricketcombine/players
Team USA U18 Trial Matches LA (TBC) May 26 – 29 Existing 30 players in U18 squad, plus approx. 10 selected from U18 National Combine
Pre Americas Qualifier Tour Florida (TBC) July 5 – 11 Selected U18 Squad
U18 Americas Qualifier Toronto July 15 – 25 Selected U18 Squad
WICB U19 Regional Event St Kitts August 15 – 27 TBC – only for winning team from Americas Qualifier

Senior Women:

What Where
(venues TBC)
When Who
Specialist Performance Camp Houston April 6 – 9 6 x Women’s players as designated by USA Women’s Selection Panel
Skill Development Camp: CA Bay Area April 28 – 30 Open to any women’s players. Best players from this camp and NY camp to be invited to Team USA trial by USA Selection Panel
Register for camp here:
http://iccamericas.com/cricketcombine/players
Skill Development Camp: NY New York May 12 – 14 Open to any women’s players. Best players from this camp and CA camp to be invited to Team USA trial by USA Selection Panel
Register for camp here:
http://iccamericas.com/cricketcombine/players
Team USA Women’s Trial Matches Indianapolis June 9 – 11 Selected players only via Women’s Selection Panel
Pre Qualifier Tour UK (TBC) August 5 – 12 Selected Women’s Squad
Europe / Americas T20 Qualifier Scotland August 12 – 20 Selected Women’s Squad

Further to these National programs, it is our hope that “zonal” high performance and talent ID initiatives will be rolled out later in the year to support the on-going development of cricketers within key geographical centers across the country.

ICCA is also partnering with Cricket Australia, the US Olympic Committee, other National Governing Bodies and US cricket stakeholders to create a specific USA Coach Education system. This is a major piece of work that will be rolled out in phases. The hope is that draft “Intro to Cricket (level 0)” and “Level 1” content will be complete in time for a Level 1 Course in Atlanta in May. Following this initial course, facilitators from around the country will be trained in order to roll out Level 1 Coaching Courses in Q3 or Q4 this year.

We hope the information above is helpful but please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Tom Evans (tom.evans@iccamericas.com) is the best point of contact for any questions related to men’s, women’s, U18 or coach education programs and I am the best point of contact for anything governance related (eric.parthen@iccamericas.com).

Thanks again for all you do to support cricket in the United States!

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Atlantic Cricket Region 2017 Calendar

S.No Event Date Event Name Category Location Objective
1 Jan 28th,29th, Feb 4th & 5th Talent Search U-13 & U-16 Academies For regional coaches to evaluate and monitor talent/skill development. The database will also help in inviting players for ARCB tours and future team selections for USACA national tournaments.
2 Feb 21st or 22nd Wicket Keeper Training All One of Academy Experts will observe common mistakes and give tips and tricks. This will bring lot of improvement in wicket keepers for all upcoming leagues, tournaments.
3 Apr 8th-17th (7 days trip) International Tour U-13 and U-16 Trinidad and Tobago International exposure by playing against competitive Caribbean clubs on best Cricket Grounds.
4 July USACA National Tournament U-15 Chicago ,IL Playing against competitive regions and win cup.
5 July 31st – Aug 15th International Tour U-13 & U-16 Mississauga Canada International exposure by playing against USA and Canada clubs on best Cricket Grounds.
6 September Interleague Championship Mens NJ Leagues will form their team and play against othe league as a tournament for Atlantic Regional Cup
7 August Talent Search U-19 & U-23 NJ Regional team combines
8 Septemeber Tristate Championship U-19 & U-23 NJ, CT, NY To win Championship against Northeast Region and New York Region

source: http://atlanticusaca.org/

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West Indies Four Day Fifth Round XI

West Indies Professional Cricket League

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Brandon King made his maiden first class hundred one of grand stature scoring 194 and earning him the VCJ/WIPCL player of the 5th Round

The West Indian first class season drew 2016 to a close with a number of batsmen finishing in a flourish. Brandon King hitting a mammoth 194 for Jamaica Scorpions over Leeward Island Hurricanes. Batting first Hurricanes tallied 243 with the in-form Jahmar Hamilton scoring 103 his second hundred of the season. Rahkeem Cornwall contributed 66 as Damion Jacobs spun a web claiming 5/103. In reply Scorpions declared on an imposing total of 550/7 with King’s milestone as the highlight. Devon Thomas was unbeaten on 114, John Campbell had 88 and there were also fifties from Shacaya Thomas and Jermaine Blackwood. Cornwall claimed 2/66 as the only Leewards bowler with more than a solitary wicket. Needing 307 to make Jamaica bat again, the Hurricanes were never in it as they surrendered on 234, Chesney Hughes 54, Hamilton 45 and Kieran Powell 40. Jacobs scalped another five-for, 5/64 to claim ten wickets in the match alongside Nikita Miller who had 3/44. A comprehensive innings victory which maintained the Scorpions’ place at pole position at the half way stage of the 2016-17 First Class season.

Similarly, Guyana Jaguars made light work of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. Red Force batting first were skittled out for 162 with only Roshon Primus 42, showing any semblance of a resistance. Veerasammy Permaul led the wrecking crew with 4/30, Raymon Reifer had 3/34 and Christopher Barnwell 2/20. The evergreen Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued to earn his place in the Jaguars line up with a classy hundred, 143. Leon Johnson scored 69 and Reifer add 38 as Guyana posted 378. Imran Khan tried his best to stymie the run flow with 4/78 with support from Khary Pierre 3/50. 216 runs in arrears Red Force posted a paltry 235, with rookie Isaiah Rajah 63, Kyle Hope 40 and Jason Mohammed 36. Permaul did most of the damage again scalping 5/53 with two wickets each for Gudesk Motie-Kanhai and Keon Joseph. Shimron Hetymer and Rajindra Chandrika completed the run chase in a flourish scoring 21 runs in 16 deliveries to complete a commanding 10 wicket win as the Jaguars ended the mid season within touching distance of first place Scorpions, in number two.

Barbados Pride and Windward Island Volcanoes were overwhelmed by rain over the during of the match. Pride did have a chance to post 200/8 declared with captain Kevin Stoute unbeaten on 50 and Shai Hope with a cameo of 43. Bowling for the Volcanoes Mervyn Matthews had 4/52 and Kenroy Peters 2/42. In response Windward got to 42 without loss at which point the points were shared.

WIPCL Team of the Week: John Campbell (Jamaica), Isaiah Rajah (Trinidad and Tobago), Leon Johnson (Guyana), Brandon King (Jamaica), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana),  Jahmar Hamilton (Leewards), Devon Thomas (Jamaica), Rakheem Cornwall (Leewards), Mervyn Matthews (Windwards), Veerasammy Permaul (Guyana) Damion Jacobs (Jamaica)

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American Cricketer Nadia Gruny on Cricket in her Country

N GrunyBoth International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas and United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) has rekindled interest in American Womens cricket what do you make of these strides?

These are definitely positive steps for women’s cricket. The benefits are endless not just for women’s cricket but for cricket in general in America. I think all parties involved believe that the women have the better chance of making it to the World Cup before the men and with that success, it can create greater visibility for cricket as a participant sport across the nation. We have a lot of ground to make up because having not played in ICC competition since 2012, many other teams have leaped forward in terms of their performance level. That being said, a strong setup for women’s cricket now could yield very strong results in five years time.

You were at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) matches in Philadelphia and the USA National Championship in Florida how do you compare and contrast the two events?

Every tournament or outing is different. Both were great opportunities to play more cricket. In Philadelphia we were able to play as a USA XI whereas in Florida we played against each other. In Florida we played on the turf wicket in the stadium for each of our three games and in contrast to  Philadelphia where we played on matting. The nature of each competition was different but the outcomes were the same, i.e., the opportunity to play more cricket and help advance our games.

You have been to the World Cup in Bangladesh (2011) what was that experience like?

Overall, it was a fantastic experience. From a cricket perspective, it was extremely challenging and eye-opening. At the start of that tournament, I had about seven matches on turf wicket under my belt and had been playing hardball cricket for less than two years. In our pre-tournament training, a bird dropped a load on my hand. I thought it was good luck but realized it might have been quite the opposite. I made a few ducks and 27 runs in the game we won against Zimbabwe. That game was definitely the highlight of the tour. I joke about blaming the bird but I had an extremely bittersweet feeling about batting immediately after the tournament until I decided to channel that disappointment to work hard on my batting. It has been a slow, upward movement since then. Personally, it was life-changing and to this day, there’s nothing I would change about that trip. Every disappointment, success, and happy memory puts things into perspective for me and drives me.

What is your view on the ICC Americas decision to suspend the Americas Women’s program over the past four years?

There is a 12 page report documenting my analysis and implications of this decision. I was hoping that the development of the women’s game would not have lost four years but it is now behind us and there is no point dwelling on the past. It is better for everyone to be forward-looking.

Do you feel like USA missed an opportunity to capitalize on its World Cup appearance in Bangladesh

No. The players who represented the USA gave their best given all circumstances. This was our first outing at this level so expectations should be realistic. The strongest possible team was not there but unfortunately, until our pool grows, this may always be the case.

2017 is upon us what is in store for US women’s cricket?

The ICC has laid out preparation plans for our entry into the ICC Europe T20 World Cup Qualifier in August. The women will be joining the USA men in specialists camps in March and thereafter, every month there will be some type of camp or match opportunities for the women, until the Europe Qualifier in Netherlands or Scotland in August. The USA Cricket Association also has plans to help the women prepare for this competition. I think both sets of activities will supplement one another. It’s great to have ICC’s support again for the women’s game in our country.

You recently wrote a commentary in the Huffington Post imploring USACA and American Cricket Federation (ACF) to mend fences is there in your opinion a timeline for USA cricket to curve up?

We’re in a unique situation of building the ship while we are sailing it. I think the ICC has already created a 5-year timeline for USA Cricket’s goals. There’s only so much we can do given ICC’s international cricket calendar and qualifying tournaments and beyond that, we are also constrained by financial resources. USA Cricket is in need of some international success and I hope to see us begin to move the needle within the next five years.

How have you received the ICC Americas’ administration of US Cricket?

I believe support from any kindred organization should be welcomed as long as the values and goals are aligned. The situation is temporary and is a result of the circumstances. It’s great they’ve been able to inject financial resources into US cricket and I hope this is sustained.

USA has been given a wildcard entry into the European qualifiers how pleased are you with this development.

I’m very pleased with this development. Not only for the immediacy of its impact on the current USA team but because it signals a new era moving forward for ICC to continue to push women’s cricket in this country and hopefully the region.

There are a few women’s tournaments around Atlanta, New York also Legends in Pennsylvania/Delware how critical are theses competitions to the development of women’s cricket?

We’re still at a stage in the US where we do not play enough games annually so every tournament adds value to women cricketers. Both players and administrators get a chance to practice their skills, iterate, and improve.

Outside of these one off competitions how do you stay in the game prepared and ready for the next assignment?

Preparation is always an ongoing process so I always try to maintain a fitness base and then ramp up ahead of a tournament. In more optimistic days, I played local league cricket with men but stopped last year for various reasons but primarily because I could not justify the time commitment to play local cricket year-round when ICC did not give us an avenue to compete. With ICC’s announcement that USA women will get a shot in the Europe Qualifier, I will resume playing local men’s league cricket in January.

There are more women commentators coming through do you see yourself and one who can continues to contribute to the game beyond your playing days?


Most definitely. I most likely won’t go down the commentary route but I’m very eager to contribute off the field. As a matter of fact, the business side of cricket and playing cricket are equally appealing to me.

The proposed US constitution stipulates for player and women administrators would you consider one of these roles if the opportunity arises?

Certainly. As long as I have the capability, I’m always interested in contributing or adding value to the sport in any capacity. Whether it’s taking photos, writing, providing suggestions to the constitution, serving as an administrator, I’m happy to contribute.

How do you rate the women’s talent in the USA following the competitions in Philadelpia and Florida?

We have very talented players. It’s just a matter of providing the platform and infrastructure for the women to go to the next level.

Were there any new finds at the MCC matches or USA Nationals?

These events don’t really generate new finds. Players come into these tournaments already known by other players and/or administrators.

Male cricketers want to break world records across the three formats play in the wealthiest leagues what do female cricketers aspire to?

I think all cricketers have the same goals. However, as USA women our goals may be different as a team. For us it may be qualifying for the global world cup qualifier or qualifying for the world cup. Players would surely have individual goals too.

USACA tooted that there would be men and women contracts but to date we have only seen men’s contracts being released can you provide any insight?

I believe USACA will release information in due time.

American college cricket has been around for about 8 years attracting cricket playing students to American universities is there a space here for women’s cricket?

Definitely. This an avenue to expand cricket in the US. Currently, the NCAA no longer permits any new sports to be added for the men but for women, there is a chance it can be added as an emerging sport. It is a far more complex process but it is possible and it would be a great way to grow the sport in the US, and attract players from other countries to come here on cricket scholarships.

How important are locals to the American cricket infrastructure?

Locals are extremely important to any cricket infrastructure. Utilizing and empowering locals is the only way to build a sustainable foundation and for that reason, I believe investing in educating coaches, administrators, and other officials is key for the way forward.

Any closing words?

We are at a very testing time in US cricket and regardless of what the year ahead holds, I’d like to see at least one thing happen. I’d like to see more people and organizations help one another to be successful. Success for any one entity helps all of us to be successful because we exist in the same ecosystem. Every positive contribution makes our entire ecosystem stronger.

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CLPUSA Student Cricket Academy is Recruiting Players for 2017

LEARN, PLAY, ENJOY – CRICKET!

clpCLPUSA Students Cricket Academy, is recruiting Student Players to join its Entry Level Program and Youth Teams for the 2016-2017 Cycle. Students under the age of 15 are encouraged to register today to be part of the Cricket-Manic excitement. Students will have a chance to be part of Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 Teams. Join us at our next session; Winter Indoor Cricket Coaching on January 14th to February 25th, 2016. Programs run Saturdays at 5pm.

To register – Call: 917-266-5395

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CricketLetsplayUSA

Click to register: https://vellocricket.net/2014/04/23/register-for-cricket-lets-play-usa/ 

CLPUSA has introduced cricket to over 8000 students in the New York Elementary and Middle Schools. CLPUSA has been featured on One World Sports’ “Out of My League,” – http://tinyurl.com/n7jdaqo  while contesting the NATA Under-13 tournament. Over the winter CLPUSA conducts coaching programs geared on improving the technical ability of the players. CLPUSA will continue to serve students with the latest and most effective drills and tips on improving their game. Parents are encourage to participate and be part of the management team.

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West Indies Four Day Fourth Round XI

West Indies Professional Cricket League

Jahmar Hamilton, scored 94 and 125 in a valiant attempt to save the Leewards versus the Winwards

Jahmar Hamilton, scored 94 and 125 in a valiant attempt to save the Leewards versus the Winwards

Following a week off, West Indies Professional Cricket League (PCL) resumed with three fourth round matches. Trinidad and Tobago Red Force visited Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars hosted Barbados Pride and Leeward Islands Hurricanes traveled to Winward Islands Volcanoes. At Sabina Park Scorpions made light work of Red Force. Jamaica 314 all out; Andre Mc Carthy 82, Brandon King 78, Roshon Primus 3/32, Jason Mohammed 2/16, Sheldon Cottrell 2/42 and Imran Khan 2/74, and 229 all out; Jermaine Blackwood 81, Imran Khan 5/50 and Jon-Russ Jagessar 3/78 beat Trinidad and Tobago 206 all out; Jason Mohammed 91 not out, Kyle Hope 64, Damion Jacobs 4/61 and Nikita Miller 3/53 and 205 all out; Imran Khan 52, Kyle Hope 35 and Nikita Miller 9/41 by 132 runs.

Windward Islands Volcanoes recovered from 47/7 in the first innings to post 291 with captain Liam Sebastien unbeaten on 80 supported ably by Delorn Johnson 56 batting at number 10 and Mervin Matthews 73 batting at number 11. Gavin Tonge led the early rout for Leeward Island Hurricanes with 5/56 supported by Alzarri Joseph 3/67. Leewards responded with 259 with Jahmar Hamilton 94 and Montcin Hodge 76. Bowling for the Volcanoes Shane Shillingford scalped 5/96 and Sebastien 4/78. Windwards declared on 333/8 with Tryone Theophille (95) and Sunil Ambris (91) missing out on the century milestone. Tonge follow up his first innings form with 3/43 while Rahkeem Cornwall got in the act with 3/105. Jahmar Hamilton made up for his near miss in the first innings blasting 125 off 134 balls as he fought to keep the Hurricanes in the match batting one player short with Nkumar Bonner out injured. Only three other batsmen made it to double figure, Keiran Powell 43 and Chesney Hughes 42 as Volcanoes recorded their first victory by 94 runs. Sebastien took the man of the match award with another four wicket haul (4/67) to go with his exploits in the first two innings. Kyle Mayers and Shane Shillingford has two wickets each.

Guyana Jaguars batted first at home against the Barbados Pride, scoring 311 all out. Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued his prolific form this season with an even 100. Chanderpaul was supported by West Indies Under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer 60 and Vishaul Singh 40. For Pride, Kemar Roach picked up 3/47, Jonathan Carter 2/50, Kevin Stoute 2/52 and Roston Chase 2/74. Barbados concede a 23 runs lead getting to 288. Shai Hope led the way with 71, Chase 57, Shane Dowrich 44 and Shamar Brook 41. Veerasammy Permaul was the head hunter for the Jaguars with 4/68 alongside Gudesh Moti-Kanhai 2/55 and Keon Joseph 2/70. Jaguars were routed for 137 in the second innings with Hetmyer being the only batsman to show any fight with 67. Chase scalped 5/41 and Jomel Warrican 3/12 to ensure a derailment. Pride close on 25/3 chasing 161 before the rains came. Ramon Reifer picked up 2/13

WIPCL Team of the Week: Tyrone Theophile (Windwards) Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana) Imran Khan (Trinidad and Tobago) Jason Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana), Sunil Ambris (Winwards) Jahmar Hamilton (Leewards), Roston Chase (Barbados) Liam Sebastien (Winwards) Nikita Miller (Jamaica) and Gavin Tonge (Leeward Islands)

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Timil Patel Talks About His Rise To US National Team

USA Ace Legspinner Timil Patel

Timil Patel was USA's Leading Wicket taker at the World Cricket League Division Four Tournament 2016

Timil Patel was USA’s Leading Wicket taker at the World Cricket League Division Four Tournament 2016

VCJ: How long have you been involved in US cricket?

Timil Patel: Moved to USA in 2010 and have been involved playing local leagues and tournaments, until I made my debut for US in 2012 during the Auty Cup and have been part of the USA squad ever since

VCJ: Where do you play your local cricket?

Timil Patel: Southern California Cricket Association (SCCA) is where I play my local cricket and we have a pretty competitive cricket here in California, and overall in the States is also pretty good competition.

VCJ: So you started playing US cricket at 26 where did you play before that?

Timil Patel: In India, played 38 First Class matches for Gujarat State and represented India Under-19 (U-19)

VCJ:  How do you compare the Indian First Class circuit to the US national team?

Timil Patel: I wouldn’t want to compare. The reason being, cricket is not a first choice in school and college level in US. Whereas in India it is a first choice sport so comparing wouldn’t be a good thing to do… Yes improvements and developing the game in US can certainly be done

VCJ: You are probably the most experienced spinner in the country how do you see yourself taking up that leading role?

Timil Patel: I have been a front-line bowler almost my entire career so I am used to taking the leadership and responsibility. Plus I have been captain of my state side at various age level cricket in India so it actually gives me confidence to take up the challenge

VCJ: do you prepare for a crucial tournament like World Cricket League (WCL) Division Four?

Timil Patel: Our local season is still not finished yet, so still play games on the weekend, Saturdays and Sundays. Training during the week and practicing

VCJ: You featured for USA at the ICC WT20 Qualifiers in Summer of 2015 in Ireland, were you at the ICC Americas Combines last September and also at the 2016 NAGICO Super 50. What were those experience in Trinidad and Tobago like?

Timil Patel: It was a wonderful experiences playing cricket at a First Class level is always competitive and challenging

VCJ: How would you rate playing in the Super 50 compared to the Indian First Class Circuit?

Timil Patel: Both are pretty competitive and under similar pitch and weather conditions

VCJ: If you weren’t a cricketer what would you be doing?

Timil Patel: I’d have definitely been into sports if not for cricket. I played Soccer for my school as well until i had to pick one.

VCJ: Who are some of the players you looked up to in the past growing up and or even now?

Timil Patel: Shane Warne without a doubt was a player that I looked up to as a cricketer. Rahul Dravid  was also a player who I looked up to and shared a very good relation with him whenever we met at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore(India).

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Kirton Reflects On USA Nationals

New York Regional Captain Alexandrino “Rusty” Kirton

Andre Kirton Led New York to the semifinal of the 2016 USACA National Championships

Andre Kirton Led New York to the semifinal of the 2016 USACA National Championships

VCJ: What were your thoughts upon learning that you are captain of the New York regional team?

Andre Kirton: I was felt proud to lead New York region but I knew it would be a challenge filling such a responsibility

VCJ: How did you prepare physically and mentally for the tour, first as a player and secondly as captain?

Andre Kirton: I felt like I am always mentally ready for cricket. I think about cricket all day. I always think about different scenarios I could be in as a player and I play it out over and over in my head. That’s everyday I wake up. Physically I don’t think there was much I could have done in that short space of time. As a captain I went straight to the team list and started looking at the players as actors. Who were best suited for the various roles and how they can benefit the team best.

VCJ:  You made it to the semifinals, how would you rate your team’s performance?

Andre Kirton: I would rate the team 8 out of 10. They were many things we needed to tighten up on and we learnt a lot about ourselves on that tour and I think we will work on our flaws and come back harder the next time around.

VCJ: How do you rate your leadership throughout the tour?

Andre Kirton: I think I did a good job leading good men. I didn’t have a hard time getting any points across to any of the players. We had a few former test players and I think they were the easiest to get my plans through to. The 12 other players and the coach made my job easier with their willingness to execute the ideas I had.

VCJ: You have captained at the club level and now at the regional level have you always seen yourself as a leader?

Andre Kirton: I love the challenge of leading, it brings out a different side of me. A side I only see when I’m the captain of a cricket team.

VCJ:  Would you say that it brings out the best cricketer in you?

Andre Kirton: I think it does. It brings out a more mature and thoughtful cricketer than I would normally be.

VCJ: Were you satisfied with the players given to you for this tour?

Andre Kirton:  I was very impressed with the men selected for this tour. They showed lots of maturity and fight. I think everyone knew their abilities and they did well to try and execute that but things just didn’t fall on our side of the table. I expressed to them in a meeting after our lost in the Semis that I would go to battle with them anytime.

VCJ: I know that you were quite pleased with your troops, but any thoughts on having Randall Wilson, Keifer Phill Prashanth Nair or even Noshtush Kenjige who actually played for South West as part of this tour?

Andre Kirton: I think those are all great players and would be great additions to the squad but I’m not apart of the selection committee so I can’t comment on the selection process.

VCJ: how excited are you about the prospect of national contracts from United States of America Cricket Association (USACA)?

Andre Kirton: I think USA have great potential to become one of the top nations in cricket in time to come but someone has to put their hands up and take charge. I think contracts are the way of the future. We need more players under contract so they can focus on playing cricket and develop their own game. I’m excited to see where this take us

VCJ: The national tournament was put together at short notice, would it be more useful if events like these are on the annual cricket calendar as has been in the past?

Andre Kirton: I would love to have more time to prepare for tournaments like this and I think the selectors would also. They can have a short list of guys they can look at over a few net sessions and then they would be able to select the best team to tour with. As a captain, it would also give me more time to see the guys and what sort of form they are in.

VCJ: We spoke about your captaincy and your team’s performance how do you think you did as a player this tournament?

Andre Kirton: I think I was average this time around. I didn’t get much of a chance at the crease batting. With bowling I think I bowl in good areas but the guys kept hitting out and were just better on the day. There is still lots of room from improvement for the future. Things I learn on this tour will be utilized for the next one and the mistakes made will be corrected

VCJ: The USA national team is a very competitive space and even more so when it comes to your main trade as a left arm orthodox bowler, how do you see yourself as it relates to the national team setup do you have any aspiration of representing the country at the senior level?

Andre Kirton: I’ve always had hopes of representing the USA senior team since I came out of the USA U19 team in 2006. I thought I had a few good years where I was hoping to break into the team but it didn’t happen. I’m not relying on my experience and some good performances to get me there now. I’m happy the team is tough to get into because it means we have many good players doing well and that’s how we need the cricket in the USA to be.

VCJ: What is Rusty like outside of cricket?

Andre Kirton: Outside of cricket I am a family man. I love to spending time with my kids and my lady. I love to be outdoors, so we spend a lot of time fishing and I’m now starting to get into hunting so I’m excited to master that as well.

VCJ: You have possibly at least ten years of good cricket left in you, what is in store once you are done playing?

Andre Kirton: I hope to continue playing club cricket for as long as I can so I can help mold younger cricketers to become better cricketers than I am and to also guide them along the right path to be a model cricketer in the USA. I would also love to do some coaching. I have two young boys myself. Andre jr who is six and young Leonidas who is 11 months old and I would love to teach this wonderful sport too along with other youngsters coming up

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West Indies Four Day Third Round XI

West Indies Professional Cricket League

Raymon Reifer picked up Six and scored a half-century for Guyana Jaguars and earn the player of the WIPCL third round

Raymon Reifer picked up six and scored a half-century for Guyana Jaguars to earn the player of the WIPCL third round

This round was actually plagued by poor weather with rain taking the reigns in all three  matches across the Caribbean. Only one innings was possible in Port of Spain where Trinidad and Tobago Red Force scored 287/7 before play was abandoned. Kyle Hope returned to runs with a fluid 86 and was well supported by Isaiah Rajah on debut with 69, Roshon Primus remained unbeaten on 42. For the Leeward Islands Hurricanes Keiran Powell scalped three top order batsmen for 29 runs and champion spinner Rakheem Cornwall had 2/73.

Windward Islands Volcanoes conceded first innings points against Guyana Jaguars after scoring 192 with contributions from Kyle Mayers 51, Liam Sebastien 44 and Delorn Johnson 30. Raymon Reifer picked up six wickets and then followed up with 52 off the bat alongside Anthony Bramble 58. Reifer and Bramble took the Jaguars out of trouble from 99/6 to 203/7 to earn first innings points in a 104 run partnership. Mervin Matthews and Delorn Johnson had four wickets each and were support by Kyle Mayers who had two wickets. Keon Joseph added three second innings wickets to go with his two from the first innings as Volcanoes were 90/4 when rain washed out the rest of play. Tyrone Theophille scored 39 and Sunil Ambris was unbeaten on 28.

Jamaica Scorpions scored 224 in the first innings against Barbados Pride, with John Campbell continuing his rich form this season with 60 in the first innings and 49 in the second. Damion Jacobs scored 30 in the first innings and Shacaya Thomas 43 in the second and Scorpions reached 112/2 when the rains came. Bowling for Pride Kemar Roach had 3/27, Kenroy Williams 2/19 Jason Greaves 2/49 and Jomel Warrican 2/29 across both innings. Pride scored 273 to earn first innings points with Anthony Alleyne leading the way with 66, as Shamar Brooks scored 44. For Scorpions debutant Fabian Allen had 3/34 with his left arm orthodox, Reynard Leveridge 2/29, Nikita Miller 2/65 and Damion Jacobs 2/68.

WIPCL Team of the Week: Kyle Hope (Trinidad and Tobago), John Campbell (Jamaica), Anthony Alleyne (Barbados), Isaiah Rajah (Trinidad and Tobago), Raymon Reifer (Guyana), Anthony Bramble+ (Guyana), Kyle Mayers (Windwards), Kieran Powell* (Leewards), Keon Joseph (Guyana), Mervin Matthews (Windwards) and Delorn Johnson (Windwards)

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West Indies Four-Day Second Round XI

West Indies Professional Cricket League

Anthony Alleyne scored 88 and 186 for Barbados Pride over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in a thumping victory, earning him the VCJ WIPCL Play of the Round

Anthony Alleyne scored 88 and 186 for Barbados Pride over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in a thumping victory, earning him the VCJ WIPCL Play of the Round

This week the West Indies Professional Cricket League (PCL) saw three different wins than in the first round leaving the top five team separated by as many points. Anthony Alleyne was the star of the week with a mammoth 186 to add to his first innings fifty as Barbados Pride steam-rolled Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. Leeward Islands Hurricanes engineered a clinical come from behind victory chasing 369 against the Guyana Jaguars on the back of a Montcin Hodge century. While Jamaica Scorpions routed Windward Island Volcanoes for 64 in defense of  106.

The top performers this week were; Anthony Alleyne (Barbados), Keiran Powell (Leewards), John Campbell (Jamaica), Montcin Hodge (Leewards), Nkumar Bonner (Leewards), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana), Kevin Stoute (Barbados), Nikita Miller (Jamaica), Shane Shillingford (Winwards) Larry Edwards (Windwards) and Rakheem Cornwall (Leewards)

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