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Saudi Championship for E-sports and Cartoon Characters

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  • The Land of Civilizations Hosts the Japanese Civilization

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is hosting in mid-November the largest open amateur sports and cartoon characters simulation event since the establishment of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.

On the sidelines of the tournament, famous cartoon singers and Japanese anime program hosts will perform live shows on Al Qarah Mountain stage, led by Tareq and Mohammed Al Arabi Tarqan, who are known for the composition and performance of a wide range of musical soundtracks of children TV shows and animations, most notably Conan, Mowgli, Ninja Turtles, Zoro, Captain Majed, and Hazeem Al Raa’d.

The most famous site of the world heritage of Al-Ahsa region; Al Qarah Mountain celebrates the Japanese civilization during 14-17 November, with a variety of events starting with the famous Japanese electronic sports competitions such as FIFA19, Fortnite and Tekken 7, through the Japanese cartoon characters’ simulation competition (Cosplay), in addition to a Japanese exhibition on the banks and caves in the mountain.

“The introduction of Japanese civilization in the land of civilizations in Al-Ahsa, which has recently been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, is a reflection of the message of Saudi Arabia and Gulf states that are open to other civilizations and people who love peace and harmony,” said Mushary Aljabr, board member at the host organization.

The competitions and associated events will be broadcasted through various media channels that are interested in the amateur electronic sports and anime shows. Recent statistics indicate that Saudi Arabia is in the forefront of sales of electronic games in the Arab markets, with China leading globally, followed by the United States which is competing with Japan in the third place, followed by the German and British markets.

According to Marwan Alshawan, Head of the organizing committee, gifts and prizes will be presented to the competitors and the audience, including a car provided by Kia Aljabr, iPhone devices from Mobily and electronic game devices from Al Jomaih Bottling Plants, in addition to cash prizes of SAR140,000. The competitions will be held under the consideration of specialized arbitration committees, and under the supervision and sponsorship of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.

In addition to Al Arabi Tarqan, the audience will meet a host of social media influencers such as Etookb, S7S, 3boosh, AI Show group, and other creators of channels that are interested in Japanese games and animation.

It is expected that the event will attract more than 30,000 visitors during 4 days at several locations within the event’s area, including its historic cave known for its mild summer and winter temperatures, the outdoor theater, the famous animation shows, the championship platform, the Japanese exhibition, and restaurants and coffee shops.

The event was named “Game Nation” as an expression of the gathering of fans of electronic games and cartoon competitions, and it is organized under the slogan “Are you gamer? Or Do you Love Animations?”

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Al Ain Win the Opening Round of the Vice President’s Cup

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  • Al Zeyoudi: “Championship exemplifies the efforts of the leadership to support local talent and sports clubs”
  • Al Hashemi: “A historic landmark for Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE”

The first round of the Vice President’s Cup took place on Saturday at Al Jazira Club, in the presence of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout Al Nahyan and HE Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment. Athletes from 11 clubs competed for the coveted cup, presenting an unprecedented level of performance.

HE Dr. Al Zeyoudi stressed that the Championship exemplified the efforts of the UAE’s wise leadership to support the sport, reflected in the achievements of its athletes, both locally and internationally.

HE said: “This Championship carries the name of His Highness the Vice President of the UAE, and reflects the efforts of the leadership to support tEmirati athletes and sports clubs. Sports play an essential role in the development of our citizens. I encourage everyone to take part in this wonderful sport, and help elevate the status of the UAE at international championships.”

Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club came in first with 503 points and 9 gold, 8 silver, and 5 bronze medals. Al Wahda Club Academy placed second with 354 points and 5 gold, 5 silver, and 6 bronze medals. Third place went to the Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club with 154 points and 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals.

Athletes competed in 3 categories: Adult; youth U21’s; juniors U15’s, U16’s, and U17’s. The athletes competed to win matches and the various medals, aiming to win the coveted title, along with the uniquely designed championship cup before the end of the third round which will be held in Dubai. The UAEJJF previously adopted an awards system, which rewards the top three clubs with a financial prize, based on the total points at the end of the three rounds of the championship.

There was unprecedented fan turnout, proving the wide fan-base of the sport in the UAE, and the fruitful efforts of the UAEJJF.

Al Hashemi: A historic landmark for Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE

HE Abdulmunem Al Hashemi said: “The Vice President’s Cup championship is a tremendous addition to the UAEJJF’s 2018-2019 season calendar, and is considered a landmark in the history of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE. The performances we saw today proves that we are achieving our vision to promote the presence of the sport, and prepare a generation of young athletes capable of representing the UAE abroad. This Championship is a key event for our players to participate in other international championships.’

Al Hashemi added: “With each passing season, we see increased interest from the clubs to participate and take part in championships, whether through participating in boot camps or hosting events. I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to Al Jazira club for hosting the first round of the championship, and we are looking forward to the upcoming two rounds in Fujairah and Dubai.”

Al Hashemi also thanked the strategic and media partners for their sponsorship.

Al Hameli: Jiu-Jitsu has become a key part of youth culture in the UAE

HE Rashid Ateeq Al Hameli, Board Member of Al Jazira Club, and Chairman of Al Jazira Sports Company, said: “This Championship represents the true status of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE, and the support by the wise leadership to instill this sport throughout the younger generation. We were honoured to host the first round of the President of the UAE Cup, and today we are honoured to host the first round of this Championship, and we vow to support this sport and the efforts of UAEJJF to achieve further success locally, regionally, and globally.”

Al Hameli stressed that Al Jazira Club was among the first to adopt and support Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE. He said: “We strongly believe that Jiu-Jitsu is becoming a part of youth culture in the UAE, and through these championships our athletes will be able to gain the needed experience to compete at upcoming international competitions.”

The Pride of the Winners

Dhiab Al Nuaimi, from Al Ain Club, Winner of the Gold medal at 62 Kg, said: “I am very proud of winning the gold medal in the Vice President’s Cup championship. The matches were not easy, but I was able to give my best performance and win.”

Hazza Mohammed, from Baniyas Club, and winner of a gold medal in the 94 Kg category, said: “I am very excited by my win today, and I dedicate my win to my family and my coach. All the players today gave an amazing performance with strong competition to win this coveted title.”

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A new chapter in the history of women’s cricket will be written when the first ever stand-alone ICC Women’s World T20 begins on Friday, 9 November. The tournament will give the best female cricketers in the world the spotlight they deserve, and make history as the first ICC women’s global event to be fully televised.

The Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown will host six teams on the first day in a triple-header. India and New Zealand will kick things off, while the hosts and defending champions Windies will play last under lights.

Australia captain Meg Lanning: “T20 is changing all the time. It can change within one ball or an over. You need to be able to play according to what the situation is. I think as a squad we’ve been able to do that over the last probably 12 months.

“We’ve adapted well. Yeah, so I think our team is in a really good position to be able to do that. If you don’t adapt to what you’re doing, you’re probably going to get left behind.”

Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun: “We have done well in the Asia Cup, especially winning twice against India which was very critical. I’m a bit concerned about the last series against Pakistan.

“Since then we have come to the West Indies a week ahead of the tournament, and so far seem to be in good form. We’re hoping to do well in the World Cup.”

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: “Everything is equal in the short format. You cannot say this team is better and you can win easily with these teams anymore. It only depends on how you are going on that particular day.

“I think the only thing in the short format is that you have to be more focused and more aware and always be on your toes. Only then can you win games.”

New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite: “Every game for us is going to be important. I think it’s easy to look at that (first) game (against India) and probably highlight it as a really important game, but equally we know that, if we’re going to be successful in this tournament, we have to win the majority of our games.

“I don’t think it’s a disadvantage to have it first off. I think it’s a good place to be that you’ve got to hit the ground running.”

Pakistan captain Javeria Khan: “We have a young team and there is quite a lot of spark in the team. And T20 is a game where anyone can win a match day on a given day.

“The girls are really excited to play amongst the best teams and express their talent because our matches are not usually televised like this. So it’s good exposure for the girls and everyone wants to showcase their talent in front of the whole world.”

Windies captain Stafanie Taylor: “Yeah, there’s a bit of pressure being defending champions and playing at home. And we’re trying to manage that within the group and just think about our game and how we want to play, and just go out there and play our style of cricket.

“Good crowds really help. When you look at our team, or the whole Caribbean, we love a bit of music; that vibrancy is good and I feel when we hear a bit of music that kind of pumps us up and we are ready to get ready to rock and roll.”

Opening day’s fixtures (all matches at Guyana National Stadium):

11 a.m.: India v New Zealand

4 p.m.: Australia v Pakistan

8 p.m.: Bangladesh v Windies

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Mahra Polo Wins the AHPRC League in November 2018

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The afternoon played out spectacularly at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club as Dubai Wolves, Kuwait Polo, Habtoor Polo, Mahra Polo, AM/Rhinos, and RA/UAE Polo competed during the AHPRC League Final.

The excitement began with the first match between RA/UAE Polo and Dubai Wolves. Teams were neck and neck towards the end of the game until RA/UAE Polo snatched the winning goal that resulted in a final score of 8 to 7.5.

The crowd witnessed another great match during the subsidiary final. Kuwait Polo played against AM/Rhinos Polo team ending with 4 to 6 in favour of the Rhinos.

The anticipated final between Habtoor Polo and Mahra Polo did not disappoint. The teams engaged in a heated game with Habtoor Polo scoring three goals by the end of the first chukker.  At halftime, the call for the Gold Coin Hunt was announced and guests raced in search of two gold coins in the field. It was all smiles as winners received their prizes worth AED 2,500 each in cash and gift items.

The second half of the final took off as both teams performed intensely and Mahra demonstrated a strong defense. The game progressed in a tight match which resulted in a tie at 6 – 6. Spectators watched eagerly while both teams played it out and cheered on as ultimately Mahra Polo scored the winning goal. The AHPRC League for November concluded with a score of 7 – 6 with Khalaf Rashid Al Habtoor as the Most Valuable Player.

The AHPRC November League is sponsored by Al Hoty Stanger Laboratories.  AHSL is involved with activities that include a wide range of construction materials testing, chemical analysis and microbiological examination of water, food and food products. Gold Coin Hunt prizes are sponsored by La Perle, Al Habtoor Riding School, Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Al Hoty.

The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports and is the home ground for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.


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Show Jumping Competition Challenged Riders Across the Emirates

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The Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club proudly hosted the first Show Jumping Competition of the season on the 07th of November. The Club welcomed riders and their horses from all across the UAE for a night of skilled demonstration.

Supporters witnessed 26 riders compete in Classes 1 to 5 with jumps from 20 cm up to 110 cm. Judged by Mohamed Ibrahim from Infinity Challenge and a valuable livery client of the Club expressed, “It was good to see young riders compete between Classes 1 to 2 as this will develop their confidence in the sport. All competitors showed a good level of competition and it was nice to work with all the team members of the Club present during the event.”

Al Habtoor Riding School student Cydnee Howard was beaming as she placed 1st and 2nd in Class 3 and Class 2 respectively. She rode on the Riding School’s pony, Kiwi and she happily said, “It was nice to go out there and compete again and Kiwi is my favourite! I’ve always found the events here well organised and I had a really good time.”

Winners List

Class 1:

Round Name Horse
Clear Amani Rafiq Coco
Clear Shaikh Humaid Ahmed Humaid Rashed Al Nuaimi Blue Moon

Class 2:

Rank Name Horse
1st Eissa Al Mulla Sofi Intan
2nd Cydnee Howard Kiwi
3rd John Hoonhout Mr.Troy
4th Sheika Sheika Ahmed Humaid Rashed Al Nuaimi Twinky
5th Katie Arbourne Rolo
6th Shaikh Humaid Ahmed Humaid Rashed Al Nuaimi Blue Moon

Class 3:

Rank Name Horse
1st Cydnee Howard Kiwi
2nd Alya Almeheire Magic
3rd John Hoonhout Mr. Troy
4th Sheika Sheika Ahmed Humaid Rashed Al Nuaimi Twinky
5th Wassem Shamdeen Layaim
6th Jessica Chamoun Bear

Class 4:

Rank Name Horse
1st Omar Alhaj Wendy
2nd Alena Kachan Loval
3rd Eman Almheiri Narni
4th Eissa Al Mulla Sheriff Woody
5th Valerie Munro Con Ca’s Boy
6th Samia Ataya Real Deal

Class 5:

Rank Name Horse
1st Eman Almheiri Cara
2nd Waseem Shamdeen Cramp

Al Habtoor Riding School is set within the exclusive equestrian development boasting 54 hectares of lush green surroundings. A series of Equestrian Events (Riding School Calendar) are already lined up this season for novice and experienced riders. For more information, call +9714 436 2222 or email to book your lessons.

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KFC Big Bash League Renew Partnership with Nickelodeon for third consecutive season

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Cricket Australia has today announced the renewal of the partnership between global kids’ entertainment brand, Nickelodeon and the KFC Big Bash League (BBL) for a third consecutive season.

The renewed deal follows the success of two seasons in partnership, as Nickelodeon continues to work closely with Cricket Australia to strengthen the BBL’s position as a one of the top family-friendly entertainment options of the Australian summer.

The exciting 2018-19 partnership will include the roll-out of new at-match activations and gameplay featuring the Australian debut of costume characters for Nickelodeon’s newly released Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a third season of the Logie Award-nominated TV series, Crash The Bash, and huge prize giveaways for fans throughout the BBL season.

Nickelodeon will activate at eight BBL matches^ throughout the season beginning Thursday 3 January in Geelong when the Melbourne Renegades take on the Adelaide Strikers at GMHBA Stadium, all the way through to the BBL Final on Sunday 17 February.

At the eight ‘Nick-ified’ matches this season, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be giving away family trips to Nickelodeon Land at Sea World on the Gold Coast, including accommodation at Sea World Resort. Fans will also compete in fun-filled challenges on the field-of-play during innings breaks, while Nickelodeon’s ‘Nick Squad’ will be making a comeback to entertain families off the field with inflatables and water play activations to keep kids cool throughout the day.

There will also be an opportunity for one lucky family to win an exclusive trip to New York City at the BBL|08 Final. The incredible prize includes return flights to New York City, five nights’ accommodation and a variety of family experiences to enjoy.

Cricket Australia Head of Big Bash Leagues, Kim McConnie said: “It’s a pleasure to be partnering with Nickelodeon for the eighth season of the KFC BBL.

“This summer, more fans will be able to enjoy the fast-paced on-field action than ever before, as the competition moves to a full Home and Away fixture.

“We believe this will be one of the most exciting BBL seasons to-date and we look forward to working with Nickelodeon once again to deliver more fun and enjoyment to our fans across the country”

General Manager and Vice President of Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand Ben Cox said “We are thrilled to once again be partnering with the BBL to provide blockbuster kids entertainment both on and off the field.

“Nickelodeon’s mission is to make the world a more playful place and we are excited to be giving kids around the country the opportunity to experience our brand in new and irreverent ways”

Logie-nominated TV series, Crash the Bash will again return for a third season, hosted by former cricketer and Australian Survivor finalist, Lee Carseldine. The wacky show designed for kids will be aired on Nickelodeon across the summer and features exclusive behind-the-scenes BBL action including epic sixes, world-class catches and stubborn seagulls.

Crash the Bash will premiere on Nickelodeon, Saturday 12 January between 7am – 10am, until Sunday 17 February. Full episodes of Crash The Bash will also be available on Nick Play after they premiere on TV.

New episodes of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be aired throughout the BBL|08 season on Nickelodeon and the new character costumes will appear for the first time in Australia at the eight ‘Nick-ified’ matches.

General Admission prices for the upcoming BBL season remain unchanged for the eighth consecutive year, with adult tickets from $20, kids tickets from $5, and family tickets from $42.50*.

BBL|08 will feature 59 matches across 61 days from December to February in what is expected to be one of the biggest seasons to date. To view the full fixture for the upcoming BBL|08 season, visit

To purchase tickets or for more information about BBL|08, visit

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Anisa Mohammed’s four-wicket haul ensures defending champions Windies take confidence into the tournament

  • Harmanpreet Kaur’s half-century helps India beat England in Georgetown
  • Clare Shillington’s unbeaten 50 enables Ireland to an upset win over Sri Lanka in Antigua

Defending champions the Windies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2017 finalists India and qualifiers Ireland registered wins in the last round of warm-up matches to go into the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 with the winning feeling.

Sri Lanka v Ireland:

At the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, Ireland triggered a spectacular collapse against the more fancied Sri Lanka with a disciplined bowling effort. From 66 for two in the 12th over, Sri Lanka slid to 85 all out. Medium pacer Laura Maritz claimed three wickets in the eight balls she bowled, and Celeste Raack took a brace beside effecting a run out.

Clare Shillington then anchored the chase with a calm unbeaten 50 (39b, 7×4) to give Ireland an eight wicket win and a confidence boosting upset.

Clare Shillington: “I was delighted to get some runs on the board and bring it home comfortably – I hope it (the win) gives the team the confidence going into the tournament and our first match against Australia.”

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “Our fielding is (normally) really good but today we didn’t perform like we know we can. Let’s see what we can do in the big matches, we will try and fulfil our potential and play our normal game.”

India v England:

In the other warm up games, played at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown, India and the Windies walked away with wins.

Batting first after winning the toss, India put on 144 for six thanks to a breezy 62 not out from Harmanpreet Kaur (32b, 6×4, 3×6). She combined with Deepti Sharma for a sixth-wicket partnership of 54 to rescue India from a tricky 70 for five.

Poonam Yadav then claimed three wickets to help restrict England to 133 for eight, Danielle Wyatt’s 54 (53b, 2×4) going in vain; India won by 11 runs.

India coachRamesh Powar: “Where we were three-four months back and where we are now, we are happy what we are doing. It takes time, I hope they understand this. We try and dominate every situation, that is what we are looking for.”

England go into the tournament having played just one warm up game after their first match against Australia was washed out. On top of that, they now have injury concerns, with Katherine Brunt leaving the field with back pain after bowling just five balls.

England coach Mark Robinson: “You can’t replace Katherine because she bats in the top five and she’s one of your five bowlers. We haven’t got a like-for-like replacement.”

Windies vs New Zealand:

Anisa Mohammed’s wiles blew away the New Zealand middle order, helping the Windies restrict them to an under par 122 for nine. Mohammed – the highest wicket-taker in the T20I format and the only woman with more than 100 wickets – showed both control and variation in a four over spell that cost her just 22 runs and earned her four wickets. Maddy Green top scored for new Zealand with an unbeaten 35.

The Windies ran away with the chase, with Hayley Matthews featuring in a quick fifty partnership with Deandra Dottin (35, 23b, 6×4, 1×6), putting on 68 for the first wicket in less than eight overs. She was dismissed for 50 in the 14th over, by which time the damage had been done. The Windies went home with a seven-wicket win.

Anisa Mohammed: “I was happy with the way I bowled and would like to take that momentum going into the World Cup. The pitches are suiting my bowling and I think the dew has been a big factor as well, but I’m from here and I’m used to the pitches.”

New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite: Lots of learnings for us in these warm up games. It was  good to play in Guyana in the conditions that the four games are going to be in. I’m pleased with how we’re tracking. It’s hard to read into warm up games too much, I’ve seen teams get thrashed in warm up games and go away and win tournaments.”

Scores in brief:

India defeated England by 11 runs at the Guyana National Stadium, Georgetown

India 144-6 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 62; Heather Knight 2-9, Anya Shrubsole 2-28)

England 133-8 in 20 overs (Danielle Wyatt 54; Poonam Yadav 3-20, Radha Yadav 2-21, Deepti Sharma 2-28)

Windies defeated New Zealand by seven wickets at the Guyana National Stadium, Georgetown

New Zealand 122-9 in 20 overs (Maddy Green 35 not out, Amy Satterthwaite 28; Anisa Mohammed 4-22, Afy Fletcher 2-33)

Windies 123-3 in 18.1 overs (Hayley Matthews 50, Deandra Dottin 35, Stafanie Taylor 26 not out).

Ireland defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

Sri Lanka 85 all out in 18.2 overs (Hasini Madhushika 31; Lara Maritz 3-1, Celeste Raack 2-16)

Ireland 86-2 in 13.2 overs (Claire Shillington 50 not out)


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The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Uber today announced a world first partnership to support the first ever standalone ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. Working in partnership, the ICC and Uber aim to leverage one of the world’s most popular sports to engage the broader cricketing community in a conversation around the important role sport plays in empowering girls and women around the world.

This global partnership will encompass on-the-ground activation in participating WWT20 countries, in addition to the creation of a six-part digital film series featuring the inspiring stories of female cricketers, watch party and match day promotions across Uber and Uber Eats in participating countries.

Social media will be engaged to celebrate women in sports and various community outreach programs including sponsorships for aspiring female cricketers to join cricket academies and for fans and families to cheer on their heroes live.

Commenting on the partnership, David Richardson, CEO of the International Cricket Council, said: “Uber is a globally recognized brand and one that is committed to the empowerment of women around the world. As a sport we have also made a commitment to grow the women’s game and it will form one of the pillars of our strategy that will be launched early next year.

“This is a genuine partnership that is focused on our shared values and Uber’s plans are exciting and complement what we’re trying to achieve. The traditional sponsorship model is changing and this collaboration is a reflection of that, it’s about a shared ambition to move women’s cricket forward, tell the story of our sport more broadly and build heroes in our game.”

Uber’s Chief International Business Officer, Brooks Entwistle, shared, “We are absolutely delighted to be the first ridesharing and food delivery platform to partner with the ICC for the first ever standalone ICC Women’s World T20. We recognise the best way to change the status quo is to challenge it, and the ICC Women’s World T20 is a powerful showcase of women moving the sport of cricket forward, while uniting and inspiring communities around the world. Together with the ICC, we are committed to supporting more women in sport, and to inspiring and enabling more girls and women to access opportunities, and become the change agents, world leaders and sports champions of tomorrow.”

Uber brand ambassador and Indian Cricket Captain, Virat Kohli, shared, “I’m excited to hear that Uber and the ICC are partnering to support the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. All women representing their countries will become better cricketers, but more importantly, they’ll also serve as role models to encourage other young women and girls to take up cricket, which I believe will empower them to be more focused, competitive and goal oriented.’’

The ICC Women’s World T20 will be held from 9 to 24 November 2018, during the 2018–19 international cricket season. The 10-team tournament will be played as a standalone event for the first time between Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

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Hayley Matthews, the WINDIES Women’s 20-year old all-rounder, has been named Vice Captain of the squad at the ICC World Women’s T20 Tournament, supporting Captain, Stafanie Taylor.

Matthews was one of the stars when the WINDIES lifted the championship in 2016, producing a top knock of 66 from 45 balls in the final.  She has been on a constant upward trajectory since then establishing herself as an important player in the WINDIES setup and has now been rewarded with this role.

Speaking on the appointment, Matthews stated “I am very delighted that the hierarchy of Cricket West Indies (CWI) see me as a good fit for Vice Captain.  I think the added responsibility will be of great benefit to my overall game. It will be an amazing feeling to play in front of home fans here in the West Indies.”

Taylor is confident that Matthews will take the responsibility in stride and continue to put in top performances, while also pushing her teammates forward. “Hayley is young, but very confident and knowledgeable about the sport. She is someone who can lead from the front, with bat and ball, and encourage her teammates to raise their game in varying situations.”

In other WINDIES Women news, 17-year old fast bowler, Qiana Joseph has replaced Sheneta Grimmond due to injury.  Joseph has been with the squad through all of their recent training camps held in Antigua all this year and was part of the Windward Islands team for the Women’s Championship earlier this year.

Joseph is excited about the competition and looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd in St. Lucia.  Speaking on her selection as a replacement, she stated “It’s so unfortunate that Sheneta had to be withdrawn, as it would have been a great experience for her.  However, I must take this selection as a blessing and do my best to assist the team in retaining our World (Women’s) T20 Championship at home. The team will do the best to make her proud.”

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THE WINDIES lost the 2nd T20 International to India by 71 runs at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. India made 195/2 in 20 overs, the WINDIES finished on 124/9 from their 20 overs.

WINDIES won the toss and elected to bowl first in the first international match played in Lucknow in twenty-four years. The hosts went hard at the WINDIES bowlers from the onset unlike the first match in Kolkata. Captain Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan used the pace of Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul to maximize the boundaries and sixes in the powerplay overs.

This big hitting continued for the next 8 overs as the Indians also picked up quick singles and twos in the huge outfield. The partnership produced a 123-run opening stand before Fabian Allen broke the pair. He got Shikhar Dhawan to send one in the deep, which Nicholas Pooran took a brilliant running catch to his left. Rishabh Pant then joined Rohit and the pair looked to continue the quick scoring, but Khary Pierre had Pant caught by Shimron Hetmyer at deep-midwicket for 5. India now 133/2.

Next came KL Rahul, he and Rohit exploded with the bat, swinging their arms freely and making perfect contact with the ball. They accelerated so quickly that Rohit brought up his fourth T20 International century and Rahul raced to 26 off 14 balls. India scored 62 runs from the last 28 balls of their innings. Rohit finished on 111 not out while Rahul was on 26 not out.

The WINDIES were a bit haphazard in the field, putting down catches and mis-fielding. But the biggest worry was the extras given, which included 8-wides and 2-no balls. Fabian Allen was the best bowler for the WINDIES taking 1/33 from his 4 overs, while Khary Pierre was next best, with 1/49 from his four.

The WINDIES went after the 196 target, with the opening pair of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer. But the batting woes continued as Hope was the first to depart for 6. Hetmyer was joined by Darren Bravo, the pair added 26 together before Hetmyer looking for a six at long-off was caught on the boundary for 15. Bravo departed shortly after with an innings top-score of 23 when Kuldeep had caught at first slip. Kuldeep then removed Nicholas Pooran for 4 in the last ball of the same over. The rest of the WINDIES wickets tumbled easily, Captain Carlos Brathwaite stood like a wall to brace the slide, remaining not out on 15, with a 2-run contribution from Keemo Paul. Oshane Thomas was 8 not out with Brathwaite when the WINDIES overs finished.

Bhuneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav all took 2 wickets each for India. India now take an unassailable 2-0 series lead, in the 3-match series. Rohit Sharma was man of the match.

The WINDIES and India play the 3rd T20 International on November 11 in Chennai.

1st Test October 4-8 Rajkot
2nd Test October 12-16 Hyderabad
1st ODI October 21 Guwahati
2nd ODI October 24 Indore
3rd ODI October 27 Pune
4th ODI October 29 Mumbai
5th ODI November 1 Trivanthapuram
1st T20I November 4 Kolkata
2nd T20I November 6 Kanpur-Lucknow
3rd T20I November 11 Chennai




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