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Defeat no Reason For Panic

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (CMC)| West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his team not to panic following their heavy innings defeat inside four days to New Zealand in the first Test on Monday.

The Windies started the fourth day on 214 for two but lost eight wickets in a half-a-day, to be bowled out for 319, losing by an innings and 67 runs.

“What I have to say in the dressing room is ‘don’t panic’. We have to stay focused on the job and believe that we can win when we go to Hamilton,” Holder said in reference to the second Test next weekend.

“As you saw earlier this year in the Caribbean against Pakistan, we can rebound and win … and as you saw in the series in England a few months ago we can fight back and win. So there is still a lot to play for and we believe we can win.” Holder was speaking to the media following the result, which now means the Caribbean side must win the second match in Hamilton, starting on Saturday, to have a share of the two-match series The defeat was the fifth in nine Tests this year for the Windies, who have won three and drawn one.

Approaching the final day at the Basin Reserve, Holder said the visitors were confident of erasing the mammoth first innings deficit of 386, which would have made the home side bat a second time. However, they lost the resolute Kraigg Brathwaite for 91 after he resumed on 79, and the wicket of stylish right-hander Shai Hope for 37 was also a major setback in the first session, significantly stalling their progress.

“Unfortunately we lost Kraigg at that time and I guess we never really gathered momentum afterwards,” Holder explained. “We just wanted to be positive. There’s no point being out there just to run down the game. We needed to be positive and score, knock off the deficit and stay in the game.”

The captain admitted the first innings all out 134 put them on the back foot but debunked a suggestion that his side made a meek surrender.

“I didn’t think we helped ourselves the way we batted in the first innings after they won the toss and put us in. We got better as the game went on and I felt we were going well in the second innings,” Holder added.

“We didn’t help ourselves on day one. To get bowled out on the first day of any Test match doesn’t really put you into a good position going into the remaining days, but we never surrendered. You can’t say that.

“The only way to get back in the game was to get new ball wickets and to make early inroads into the New Zealand top order, and we struggled to do that. I thought our bowlers tried, really gave a good effort.”

West Indies travel to Hamilton on Tuesday to prepare for the second Test at Seddon Park.

Younger Chanderpaul, Johnson Usher Jaguars To Victoryv

PROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC) | Half-centuries from Tagenarine Chanderpaul and skipper Leon Johnson formalised an eightwicket victory for runaway leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars over Barbados Pride in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Sunday.

Chanderpaul, son of former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, finished unbeaten on 62 and Johnson made 61, as the Jaguars, successfully chased down 178 for victory to complete victory close to an hour before the scheduled close on the final day of their fifth-round match at the Guyana National Stadium. The pair shared 117 for the second wicket to ensure the home team had little trouble making it over the finish line which came when Test batsman Vishaul Singh struck parttime off-spinner Kenroy Williams for the last of his four boundaries in 22 not out.

The result gave the Jaguars their fourth victory of the season and they have now extended their lead at the top of the table, moving to 86.4 points, having gained 21.6 from this match. Pride have now moved to 47.8 having collected 5.6. Keemo Paul was named Player-ofthe- Match.

West Indies “A” Team fast bowler Keon Joseph ensured there was no comeback story for the Pride, when he collected the last three Pride wickets cheaply and the visitors were bowled out for 197 in their second innings. Joseph ended with 4-38 from 12.5 overs, but left-hander Jonathan Carter showed some fight with a defiant, top score of 53 for the Pride and left-handed wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud was not out on 27. Jaguars were 31 without loss at lunch before off-spinner Ashley Nurse had opener Chanderpaul Hemraj caught at slip for 21 in the third over after the interval. The Jaguars were 36 for one, but Johnson came to the crease and with the younger Chanderpaul eliminated any doubt the result with crisp batting. They carried the Jaguars to 106 for one at tea and continued merrily to reach their half-centuries following the break.

Johnson fell however, when he was bowled by Keon Harding with 25 needed, but Singh came and quickly knock them off. Earlier, Pride, starting the day on 126 for seven, were bowled out about an hour after the scheduled start.

Carter hit some typically flambuoyant stroke before he was caught at slip off Joseph after 45 minutes before Jomel Warrican and Keon Harding both fell caught behind off Joseph after offering token and no resistance, respectively.

Jaguars host winless Windward Islands Volcanoes at this venue next round, starting next Thursday, at the same time that Leeward Islands Hurricanes host the Pride at Warner Park in St Kitts.