Fifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. SHELL SHIELD TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.”
The confidence of the men’s national basketball team is at an all-time high, as they are yet to lose a match-up in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in Paramaribo, Suriname.Guyana’s Kevon WigginsIt was a battle of the undefeated teams on Wednesday evening, as Guyana met Suriname at the Anthony Nesty Sporthal to contest an age-old rivalry once again. With Guyana looking to maintain their successful streak and Suriname seeking to go 4-0 in the competition, both teams were out for blood and couldn’t seem to get out of each other’s way in the first few minutes of the match-up.Petty squabbles aside, players on the Guyanese side were determined to make their mark in the neighbouring country. With a jam-packed crowd, the game got off to a slow start, with both teams lacking in their shot accuracy. With the quarter ending 10-12 in favour of Suriname, the Guyanese boys had to go back to the drawing board to reassess their game plan.Whatever was said to the team by Guyanese Coach Junior Hercules during their break seemed to be a game changer for them as they returned to the game with improved accuracy and defence.The second quarter proved to be better for the local team as they surged to a 12-point lead thanks to several exciting shots from 17-year-old Kevon Wiggins. With crucial contributions from Shaine Webster, Anthony Moe, Travis Belgrave, and Orlon Glasgow and Captain Stanton Rose setting up successful plays, Guyana were able to maintain their lead, although Suriname came close on several occasions. At the end of the first half, 39-27 was the score, which set the tempo for how the remainder of the game would play out.Guyana’s Stanton Rose (number 11) gears up for a free throwWiggins continued in excellent fashion, often silencing the Surinamese-dominated crowd with his superb three pointers, as Guyana continued to dominate the encounter despite the height and age advantage that the experienced Suriname team possessed.Guyana cruised to victory owing to several failed attempts by the home side and a number of clean blocks on the part of the Guyanese defence. The final score was 83-72, as Guyana celebrated yet another hard-fought victory.
Norco 61, Arroyo Grande 58 (OT) Benji Arbizu scored 22 points and made the game-winning 3-pointer with two minutes left in overtime for Norco (19-10), which trailed 26-24 at halftime. Bryn Cumberland had 17 points for host Arroyo Grande (17-14). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Erick Ellis missed two free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining and Xavier Mudd missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Etiwanda fell to Los Alamitos 49-47 on Friday in the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs. Clint Amberry scored 21 points for the host Griffins. Ellis scored 17 points to lead sixth- seeded Etiwanda. DIVISION II-A
Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28. General manager Billy Knight said the cause of death was not immediately clear for the 7-foot, 260- pound player. He said Collier had “no issues’ in a preseason physical given to all players. Collier started 44 games last season for Atlanta, averaging 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. With the addition of Zaza Pachulia, Collier was not projected as a starter this season but was viewed as a top backup. In two preseason games, Collier averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jeff Collier told The Associated Press his son died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and did not have any diagnosed health problems apart from his knees. Team spokesman Arthur Triche initially said Collier possibly died of cardiac arrest, but would not provide details. He later said the team was not sure how Collier died. Collier’s agent, Richard Howell, said an autopsy was being performed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Hawks canceled an open scrimmage Saturday, but will play an exhibition game on Monday night at Charlotte. “We are saddened by the news of Jason Collier’s sudden passing,’ NBA commissioner David Stern said. “He epitomized hard work, dedication and perseverance, and more importantly compassion, kindness and selflessness.’ Howell said Collier and his wife of four years ate dinner at a restaurant Friday night and then returned home, where Collier spent time playing with his 1-year-old daughter, Elezan. “He started feeling real bad in the middle of the night,’ said Howell, who spoke with Collier’s wife. “It’s just very sad. I’m totally stunned and devastated.’ Collier was a part-time starting center the last two seasons after playing mostly as a backup in three years at Houston. He began his college career at Indiana before transferring to Georgia Tech.