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Rain-ruined Test heads for draw
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.
The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth's day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.
Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.
West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.
Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.
Sammy's Hurricanes lose again
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat - an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.
Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.
In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy's one over of medium pacer went for six runs.
10 radio stations to broadcast Super50
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region's premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.
"We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories," general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.
"By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio."