TOP PLAYERS Only recently, he blasted a 12-ball half-century in the Big Bash to equal the record for the fastest ever fifty in T20s. Russell, meanwhile, has become one of the most sought-after T20 players and last year plied his trade in the Indian Premier League, South Africa’s Ram Slam, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and the Big Bash. He emerged as one of the leading players for Sydney Thunder as they wrapped up the BBL title last week, scoring 185 runs at a strike rate of 186 while taking 16 wickets with his pace bowling. The Windies squad also sees the return of combative left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has not played for West Indies since last April after being dropped following England’s Test tour of the Caribbean. Benn, 34, had an outstanding campaign with the ball in the Regional Super50 which wrapped up on Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago, taking 15 wickets to be the tournament’s leading bowler. All-rounder Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to the T20 World Cup title four years go in Sri Lanka and into the semi-finals in Bangladesh in 2014, has been re-appointed skipper. West Indies are set to play in Group One alongside reigning champions Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and yet-to-be determined qualifier. WEST INDIES – Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Batting sensation Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell have both been included in the 15-man West Indies squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in India. Some media reports yesterday announced the squad without Gayle and Russell, sparking some speculation on social media, but CMC Sports understands that the Jamaican pair is definitely part of the Windies campaign for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. The squad, which is yet to be named officially by the West Indies Cricket Board, includes embattled off-spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned from bowling internationally. However, Narine is expected to undergo testing on his action at Loughborough University in England next month, before confirming his spot on the side. All eyes will be on Gayle, however, especially after he sparked controversy during the recent Australia Big Bash with his now infamous ‘Don’t blush, baby’ live television interview, where he appeared to openly flirt with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin. The 36-year-old left-hander has played in every T20 World Cup since the inaugural tournament in South Africa eight years ago, when he announced himself in the format with a stunning hundred against the hosts in Johannesburg. He has since become arguably the most valued commodity on the global T20 circuit, and his presence will ensure West Indies will be installed as one of the early favourites.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Junior guard Stephanie Berger scored 18 points as the Highlanders (10-8, 2-1) defeated the Cougars. Junior Tamesha Jackson scored 16 points in the win for Upland, which plays at Los Osos at 5 p.m. on Friday. Eiline Fonua had 14 points in the loss for Rancho Cucamonga. Terri Washington scored the go-ahead free throws with 40 seconds remaining as Etiwanda rallied to beat Los Osos 57-54 in a Baseline League contest on Friday night. Etiwanda (16-3 overall, 3-0 league) trailed 17-4 after the first quarter and was still down by six points entering the fourth quarter. Los Osos dropped to 9-7, 1-2. Washington scored 19 points and Lyneeka Boyd added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Etiwanda. Christina Warren scored 16 points to lead Los Osos. Etiwanda plays Redondo tonight at Concordia College at 6 p.m. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Briana Hall scored 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and Aundria Anderson added 15 points to lead the Rebels (15-4, 5-0) past the Thunderbirds (3-2 in league). Sophomore Nicole Hamilton scored 14 points as the Wildcats (14-4, 4-1) defeated the Eagles (7-8, 2-3). Senior Tiffany Schmitz added 12 points in the win for Redlands East Valley, which meets crosstown rival Redlands at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Redlands. Sherrie Hughes scored 11 points in the loss for Eisenhower. Senior guard Jasmine Edwards sank two free throws in the final minute to secure the victory as Redlands came back from nine points down in the fourth quarter to down Fontana 42-38 in a Citrus Belt League contest on Friday night. Sophomore forward Emily Vore scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Terriers (8-7, 3-2) to victory. Senior point guard Renee Selden had 11 points and four assists in the win. Redlands hosts Redlands East Valley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. BASELINE LEAGUE Senior center Shamick Harris and sophomore Brittany Tiouti each scored 12 points as the Knights (11-7, 2-3) defeated the Yellowjackets. Tiouti grabbed eight rebounds in the win for Rialto. Monica Kyle scored seven points in the loss for Colton. DE ANZA LEAGUE Junior forward scored a team-high 14 points as the Trojans (11-3, 5-0) defeated the visiting Cougars (12-6, 3-2). MT. BALDY LEAGUE Senior forwad Falisha Ramirez had 23 points to lead the Tigers (8-10, 2-0) past the Cavaliers. Junior guard Laura Galicia netted eight points and sophomore forward Taryn Webb scored six to help in the victory. Chaffey plays host to Diamond Ranch at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Junior guard Eliza Dye had 22 points, six assist, five rebounds, and four steals to lead the host Panthers (15-2, 2-0) past the Titans. Junior guard Chantelle Nolen added 15 points, and junior Nina Earl added 13 points for Diamond Ranch, which plays at Perris in the MLK Classic at 2:45 p.m. Monday. Senior guard Arliss Enriquez scored 13 points and had seven steals to lead the Conquistadors (7-12, 1-1) past the Jaguars (0-2 in league). The Conquistadors jumped out to a 19-2 lead and never looked back. Sophomore guard Amber Rivera netted 11 points in the victory. Forward Teberina Johns scored 10 points in the loss for the Jaguars. Don Lugo hosts Colony at 6:30 p.m. Friday. MAJESTIC LEAGUE Senior Julie Church scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bears (4-6, 1-0) defeated the Ravens. Church outscored the Ravens by her self but also got help from freshman Carly MacLeod, who scored 13 points. MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE Senior guard Keyanna Johnson scored 32 points as the Scorpions (15-5, 2-0) defeated the Sultans (14-4, 2-1).Kinyatta Johnson added nine points in the win. Senior Ashley Oliveira scored 16 points in the loss for Sultana. Shonique Williams had 31 points (making nine of 12 free throws) and had 12 rebounds and Vanessa Hagan added 11 points and nine rebounds to lead the Diamondbacks (7-10, 1-1) to victory. Ashley Garrison scored 20 points to lead the Scots (6-7, 0-2). SIERRA LEAGUE Sophomore Rebekah Gardner scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (11-7, 2-0) defeated the Huskies. Breanna Beridon scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win for Ayala, which continues its 80-game winning streak in the Sierra League. Daeshawn Page scored eight points in the loss for Chino Hills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!