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Austin Richards, Romel Currency hit tons on opening day

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Austin Richards of Leeward Islands and Romel Currency of Combined Campuses and Colleges hit superb centuries on the opening day of the West Indies Cricket Board’s One-Day Tournament in Guyana.

Richards made 141 as the Leewards defeated Canada by 184 runs at Everest Sports Club, while Currency made 102 not out but the students lost to Guyana by four wickets at Providence on Thursday. In the other match, Barbados defeated defending champions Jamaica by 21 runs.

Results: WICB's Regional Limited Overs Competition

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Results from the Thursday matches in the first round of the West Indies Cricket Board’s One-Day Tournament being played in Guyana:
 

At the Everest Cricket Club

LEEWARDS ISLANDS 367 for 4 off 50 overs (Austin Richards 141, Omari Banks 75 not out, Runako Morton 72, Tonito Willett 23, Kieran Powell 22; Karun Jethi 2-50, Javier Baidwan 2-62) CANADA 183 for 7 off 50 overs (Quasir Ali 52, Sunil Dhaniram 44, Javier Baidwan 38 not out; Omari Banks 2-24)

LEEWARDS won by 184 runs

At the National Stadium, Providence

CEO speaks ahead of WICB's One Day Tournament

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- As we prepare to host the 2008 One-Day Regional Tournament in Guyana, we cannot help but hope that the tournament will be the beginning of a new focus on raising the bar in West Indies Cricket.

The results of the One-Dayers in recent years have been mixed; we have had some good performances but we have also witnessed scores and performances that are well below the first class standards that are to be expected from Regional Tournaments.

Doping Code coming for WICB

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Effective January 1st, 2009, West Indies cricketers can be tested for drugs in and out of competition.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an official release on Tuesday explained that the measure is in keeping with the codes of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA), to which the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a signatory.

The WICB pointed out that all member countries of the ICC are now governed by the WADA codes.

West Indies veterans level series against England veterans

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Allrounder Rawl Lewis hit an aggressive half century and helped West Indies Veterans level their two-match Twenty20 series against England in the 5th Grenada Cricket Classics on Sunday.

Beaten by seven runs in the opening game on Saturday, West Indies won the second match by 38 runs at the Grenada National Stadium. Lewis a top-scored with 59 as West Indies scored 146 for six off 18 overs and England were restricted to 108 for seven off 18 overs in reply.

The match was reduced from 20 overs a side because of rain.

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