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Captain Sammy delighted on Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:51 am



Jermaine Lannaman, STAR Writer

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo playing through the slips during his attacking 74 in the Supreme Ventures Sports Betting Jamaica Cricket Festival 50-over match at Sabina Park yesterday. Wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai of Canada looks on. - Ricardo Makyn

West Indies stand-in captain, Darren Sammy, said he was pleased with the overall performance of his team during their huge 208-run win over ICC-affiliate Canada in their Supreme Ventures Sports Betting Jamaica Cricket Festival one-day international clash at Sabina Park yesterday.

Sammy, leading the team in the absence of Chris Gayle, who along with four other members of the 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 championship are participating in the Indian Premier League, said although the opposition was not the strongest a number of batsmen applied themselves, and that is what is needed heading into the ICC World Twenty20.

"It was a good outing. To post over 300 runs in a one-dayer is always a good total to defend," said Sammy.

"It was also good to see more than one batsman making a mark. I just hope that we can continue this trend against Ireland, and keep the winning momentum," he added.

Winning the toss and electing to bat against the Canadians, West Indies posted 316-4 off their allotted 50 overs, before returning to restrict the North Americans to 108 off 39.5 overs.

Leading the charge

Leading the charge for the West Indies was Shivnarine Chanderpaul who, playing as an opener, made 101.

It was Chanderpaul's 11th one-day hundred and came after a three-hour occupation of the crease.

He ticked off a mere six boundaries and a six, and got good support from ICC World Twenty20 reserve batsman Darren Bravo, who scored a shot-filled near run-a-ball 74; opening partner Andre Fletcher who got 48; and Ramnaresh Sarwan who ended on 47 not out off 26 balls. Narsingh Deonarine also made a useful 31.

When Canada batted, only all-rounder Umar Bhatti, 32, made any runs of note with left-arm spinner Nikita Miller claiming 3-15 off 9.2 overs. Sammy and Sulieman Benn finished with two wickets each.

"Having only scored 10 and one in my first two matches, I wanted to spend some time at crease and get some runs. The World Twenty20 is less than three weeks away and it's always good to have runs behind your name heading into such a tournament. I just want to continue in the remaining matches," said Chanderpaul.

The West Indies will next turn their attention to Ireland who they will play tomorrow in a one-day international at Sabina Park; over the weekend when they will play back-to-back Twenty20 matches against Ireland and Canada, at the same venue.

West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the go during his impressive 101 against Canada in the Supreme Ventures Sports Betting Jamaica Cricket Festival 50-over match at Sabina Park yesterday. The West Indies won by 208 runs. Wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai of Canada looks on. - Ricardo Makyn

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