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Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Milne fit for WI clash

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):

New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne has overcome a shoulder injury and is available for the team's Cricket World Cup quarter-final against the West Indies on Saturday. Milne missed New Zealand's final pool match against Bangladesh after suffering the injury in their previous match against Afghanistan, causing the only change to the line-up that won all their six matches in Pool A.

The 22-year-old Milne, who is New Zealand's quickest bowler, was able to take part in a net training session yesterday and coach Mike Hesson said he was "fully fit" ahead of Saturday's match.

"We showed some caution there but he's fully fit to take a part in training and we'll see how that goes," said Hesson.

The West Indies were allowed a day off from training after qualifying for the quarter-finals with a win over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Opening batsman Chris Gayle, who missed that match with a back injury, is thought likely to be fit to play in Saturday's match.

Shiv nears landmark


Veteran West Indies left-hander, Shiv Chanderpaul, inched closer to yet another landmark in his illustrious career as leaders Guyana Jaguars and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force played to a tame draw in their ninth round match in the WICB PCL on Monday.

Set 218 to win, Red Force finished the day on 99 for three when both captains decided to call it quits at 4:30 p.m. with the contest going nowhere at the National Stadium. Opener Imran Khan top scored with 40 off 60 balls with seven fours.

Earlier, Chanderpaul stroked an unbeaten 69 and Vishaul Singh an unbeaten 41 to help push the home side up to 266 for five declared.

With the half-century, Chander-paul moved to within sight of 25,000 first class runs, with just 38 required to reach the landmark.

Off-spinner Jason Mohammed (2-38) and Imran Khan (2-67) finished with two wickets apiece.


survive scare


Windward Islands Volcanoes survived a scare as their ninth-round match against Barbados Pride finished in a draw on the final day at Kensington Oval on Monday. Chasing 232 for victory, the Windwards stumbled to 29 for three, before recovering to finish on 101 for six. Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican grabbed five for 29.

Earlier, the Windwards had been bowled out for 416 after resuming the day on 394 for eight, handing Barbados a first innings lead of 64. Fast bowler Miguel Cummins picked up the last two wickets to end with three for 83, while off-spinner Ashley Nurse got four for 98.