DUBAI (CMC): OPENER Johnson Charles extended his good form while captain Darren Sammy and Ashley Nurse blasted cameos as West Indies completed their unofficial warm-ups with a three-wicket win over English County Warwickshire here yesterday. Chasing a competitive 159 at the Dubai International Stadium, West Indies romped to their target with seven balls to spare, with Charles stroking 48 off 26 balls, Sammy getting 34 off 18 deliveries, and Nurse carving out an unbeaten 25 off just nine balls. The victory ensured West Indies made a clean sweep of the preparation T20 fixtures, after twice beating Zimbabwe in Sharjah last week and also winning the first game against Warwickshire on Friday. Winning the toss and opting to bat, Warwickshire rallied to 157 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Sam Hain top-scoring with 85 off 57 balls, with nine fours and three sixes. Tim Ambrose struck 29 not out from 20 deliveries with two fours and a six, while former international batsman Jonathan Trott chipped in with 28 from 24 balls. West Indies slow bowlers did the damage with leg-spinner Samuel Badree claiming two for 17 and off-spinner Ashley Nurse, two for 28. Warwickshire lost Jonathon Webb for one in the second over with the score on two, but were hauled back into the contest courtesy of a 60-run, second-wicket stand between Hain and Trott. When three wickets fell for 12 runs in the space of two overs, Hain and Ambrose ensured a Warwickshire recovery with a 78-run, fifth-wicket stand off just 44 deliveries. In reply, West Indies flourished thanks to a 49-run first-wicket stand between Charles and Andre Fletcher, who made just six. Both fell in the space of five deliveries in the sixth over, but Marlon Samuels (18) and Dwayne Bravo (13) put on 30 to revive the innings. Bravo’s demise in the 11th over triggered a slide where West Indies lost four wickets for 13 runs in the space of 23 deliveries. Once again, the Caribbean side were bailed out by their pugnacious lower order as Sammy and Nurse dominated the Warwickshire attack in an up-tempo 55-run partnership off 23 balls. Sammy struck four fours and one six, while Nurse gathered three fours and a six. West Indies will fly to Kolkata today for their two official warm-up games of the Twenty20 World Cup against Australia and India.
“They put the good wood on the ball, tough situations and I was fortunate enough to get leather on it,” the low-key Crede said, typically brushing off accolades. His defense brought back memories of two other third basemen whose October exploits are still part of World Series lore – Brooks Robinson and Graig Nettles. CHICAGO – Joe Crede has two herniated discs in his back and he broke his finger in late August, though it was hard to tell in Saturday night’s World Series opener. The White Sox third baseman hit a go-ahead homer – his third of the postseason – and made two sparkling defensive plays to stop Houston rallies as Chicago emerged with a 5-3 victory in its first World Series appearance in 46 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “To be able to perform on this stage and be compared to all those great players, it’s definitely an honor,” Crede said. Crede’s bat put the White Sox ahead in the fourth inning with a solo shot – he now has nine postseason RBI – and his glove preserved the lead in the sixth and seventh. “You got the nerves and butterflies going in and you know what, the game starts and you calm yourself down and realize you got a job to do, and that’s go out and win a ballgame,” Crede said. He made a stellar backhand stab of Morgan Ensberg’s hot shot with the tying run on third base in the sixth. And when the Astros had first and third in the seventh, again threatening to tie, Crede made another great stop and threw out Craig Biggio to end the inning. “We knew it would be a tight game the whole way,” Crede said. “You just don’t play for a blowout. You always play for the close game. We were playing aggressive style defense out there.” His plays helped Jose Contreras get his third win of the postseason. “Joe Crede has been like this the whole year, he’s been great defensively and great offensively and today his two plays saved the game,” Contreras said through a translator. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Crede’s defense has always been there, even when he struggled at the plate. “His defense made up for his hitting early in the season,” Guillen said. “We built this team on pitching and defense and Joe is a big part of that. Joe had some big clutch hits this season. He always brings his defense with him to the ball field.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!