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Find out how the heroes of the Caribbean Premier League are faring around the world in our regularly updated CPL 15 diary...

We'll let you know how our boys are preparing for the Biggest Party In Sport, mostly by smashing sixes, knocking over batsmen and taking stunning catches in various cricket competitions across the globe, throwing in a bit of partying too!

Don't forget to check back regularly to keep bang up to date...

SUNDAY 7 JUNE

St Lucia Zouks captain DARREN SAMMY produced a match-winning cameo for Notts Outlaws in their narrow 11-run win over Worcs Rapids in the NatWest T20 Blast. Sammy smashed 36 off 16 balls at the end of the Notts innings, including 4 sixes - three in the final over.

The win lifted Notts to 2nd in the North Group table, with their next game against reigning champions Birmingham Bears on Friday.

SATURDAY 6 JUNE

New Zealand warmed up for the One-Day International Series against England with a crushing 198-run victory over Leicestershire. Martin Guptill missed out with 4 (though later on he did take a rare wicket!), but St Lucia Zouks' ROSS TAYLOR got back in the limited overs format mood with a stunning 77 off 62 balls, with 4 sixes. 

FRIDAY 5 JUNE

CHRIS GAYLE: The World Boss continued his demolition job on bowlers in the NatWest T20 Blast in England, producing another match-winning performance for Somerset as he hammered an unbeaten 85 off only 49 balls, including 8 more sixes, to lead them to a comfortable 8-wicket win over Hampshire.

Gayle has now bagged scores of 92, 151* and 85* to give him a three-game average so far of 328! He's also hit 22 fours, 29 sixes and has a strike rate per 100 balls of 183! He truly is the greatest T20 batsman in world cricket right now, the Jamaica Tallawahs captain.

FIDEL EDWARDS: Gayle's old West Indies team-mate and St Lucia Zouks star bowled brilliantly for Hampshire in the face of his old pal's assault, taking 1-20 from his 4 overs. "He bowled well today, great pace and accuracy as well. I'll catch him back home when I play the CPL!" said Gayle.

TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN: The veteran Sri Lankan, who will play for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the summer, was the star of the show as Derbyshire Falcons fell agonisingly 5 runs short of beating Durham. He took 2-28 from 4 overs of spin, before smashing 54 runs off 49 balls in their run chase.

DARREN SAMMY: The Zouks skipper endured a disappointing day for Notts Outlaws as they were beaten by Leics Foxes, scoring 4 not out and then going for 0-26 from his 4 overs.

SHAHID AFRIDI: The St Kitts & Nevis star turn couldn't lead Northants Steelbacks to victory against Worcs Rapids, taking 1-39 from his 4 overs of leg-spin and then smashing two enormous sixes before being out for 15 as they fell short of their target.

The West Indies lost the 1st Test against Australia in Roseau, despite a decent fightback on Day Three led by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots captain MARLON SAMUELS, who hit a fine 74 as the hosts tried to overcome a huge first-innings deficit.

Samuels put on 144 with Shane Dowrich, who made 70 on debut, but Barbados Tridents' JASON HOLDER was left high and dry on 12 not out as their lower order collapsed, and the Aussies only needed 47 to claim a 9-wicket win inside three days.

THURSDAY 4 JUNE

The West Indies toiled on Day Two in Roseau, but Guyana Amazon Warriors leg-spinner DEVENDRA BISHOO enjoyed a stunning day with the ball, taking Test-best figures of 6-80 as he helped the Windies bowl the Aussies out.

Bishoo took the wicket of wicket-keeper Brad Haddin with a delivery that drew comparisons with Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century' for the Aussies against England's Mike Gatting in 1993, drifting one into his pads and spinning it sharply away, the ball clipping the top of off stump.

But Adam Voges' debut century and a last-wicket partnership of 97 between Voges and Josh Hazlewood put the visitors in control with a first-innings lead of 170, and they reduced the West Indies to 25-2 in their second innings.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope both fell cheaply, and much will depend on Trinidad & Tobago's Darren Bravo on Friday if Phil Simmons' young side are to make the Australians bat again.

WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE

West Indies endured a tough first day of the 1st Test against Australia in Domenica, the hosts bowled out for 148 after winning the toss and electing to bat, before reducing Australia to 85-3 at the close.

Barbados Tridents batsman SHAI HOPE top-scored for the Windies with 36, with his T20 team-mate JASON HOLDER adding 21 down the order. Holder then removed Shaun Marsh, with JEROME TAYLOR and DEVENDRA BISHOO also taking wickets in their mini-fightback.

MONDAY 1 JUNE

New Zealanders MARTIN GUPTILL and ROSS TAYLOR enjoyed a landmark day at Headingley as the Blackcaps won a first Test match in England since 1999 to level the two-match series 1-1, hammering Alastair Cook's side by 199 runs in the 2nd Test.

SUNDAY 31 MAY

CHRIS GAYLE: The World Boss was at it again for Somerset in the NatWest T20 Blast in England. Chasing a monumental target of 228 to beat Kent, the Tallawahs captain raced to his 15th T20 century (next on the list is Brendon McCullum with six), bludgeoning an incredible 151 not out off only 62 balls, with 10 fours and an outrageous 15 sixes!

Gayle's innings was not enough, however, as a lack of support at the other end left Somerset four runs short of their target.

DARREN SAMMY: The St Lucia Zouks skipper made his long-awaited debut for Notts Outlaws in the T20 Blast and it was a match-winning one, the all-rounder scoring 19 off 13 balls and then taking 2-31 from his 4 overs as Notts triumphed by 15 runs at Trent Bridge.

MARTIN GUPTILL: The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots opener laid an impressive platform for New Zealand in their second innings in another terrific Test match against England, scoring a rapid 70 from 72 balls with 7 fours and 1 six as they chased a big lead on Day Three at Headingley.

ROSS TAYLOR: Guptill put on 99 runs for the third wickets with Zouks batsman Taylor, who made an impressive run-a-ball 48, with 5 fours and 1 six, as he found some form in his last innings of the series.

FRIDAY 29 MAY

CHRIS GAYLE: The Jamaica Tallawahs captain made an astonishing NatWest T20 Blast debut for Somerset in England, the great man smashing a match-winning 92 off only 59 balls, including 8 fours and 6 sixes, as they beat Essex by 3 wickets.

SOHAIL TANVIR: Gayle's Somerset colleague Tanvir, who will play for new boys St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the summer, took 2-38 from his 4 overs, being dismissed for 1 when he batted.

TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN: The Guyana Amazon Warriors all-rounder produced a fabulous performance for Derbyshire as they thrashed Lancashire, opening the bowling with his off-spin and taking 1-26 from 4 overs, before hitting a quickfire 38 from 33 balls as they cantered to victory.

SHAHID AFRIDI: The Patriots star couldn't help Northants beat Birmingham, scoring 16 off 11 balls with 1 six and taking 0-29 from 4 overs as the Steelbacks lost on the final ball.

SHOAIB MALIK: The 33-year-old helped Pakistan take an unassailable 2-0 lead in their ODI series against Zinbabwe, taking 1-13 from 3 overs before seeing his side home with a classy 36 not out from only 20 balls.

It wasn't a day to remember for New Zealanders MARTIN GUPTILL (0) and ROSS TAYLOR (20) as they were both dismissed cheaply against England on Day One of the Second Test at Headingley, though the Kiwis recovered to 297-8 at close of play.

TUESDAY 26 MAY

Barbados Tridents all-rounder SHOAIB MALIK made his long-awaited return to the Pakistan One-Day International side - and what a return it was! The 33-year-old struck a glorious century, making 112 off only 76 balls, with 12 fours and 2 sixes, as his side beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs in Lahore.

MONDAY 25 MAY

Jamaica Tallawahs star all-rounder ANDRE RUSSELL basked in the glow of being named MVP in the Indian Premier League this season, the 27-year-old scoring 326 runs at an average of 36.22 and with a staggering strike rate of 192.89. He also took 14 wickets at 23.14 and with an economy rate of 7.96.

In England, New Zealand pair MARTIN GUPTILL (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots) and ROSS TAYLOR (St Lucia Zouks) endured a miserable time as they were bowled out on the fifth day of a thrilling first Test at Lord's, the Kiwis eventually losing by 124 runs with 9.3 overs left. Guptill went for 0 and Taylor 8 as NZ were dismissed for 220.

SUNDAY 24 MAY

The eighth Indian Premier League finished with Mumbai Indians taking their second title, thrashing Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs in the final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Guyana Amazon Warriors' LENDL SIMMONS got Mumbai's innings off to a fine start with 68 off 45 balls, with 8 fours and 3 sixes, with Barbados Tridents captain KIERON POLLARD hammering 36 from 18 balls, with 2 fours and 3 sixes, as they set a challenging target of 203 to win.

Guyana's LASITH MALINGA bowled superbly in reply, his four overs producing figures of 2-25, as the Indians - coach by Tridents head coach Robin Singh - wrapped up a comfortable victory.

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain DWAYNE BRAVO took 2-36 from his 4 overs for Chennai but was out for 9, while Tridents' opener DWAYNE SMITH took 1-17 from his first two overs of the tournament, hitting 57 off 48 balls as he tried in vain to get the Super Kings across the line.

In Lahore, Tridents batsman SHOAIB MALIK and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots star SHAHID AFRIDI were part of the Pakistan team that beat Zimbabwe by 2 runs with 2 balls to spare to wrap up a 2-0 T20 series victory, taking a wicket apiece from their respective four overs but only scoring 7 each as Pakistan made hard work of their ultimately successful reply.

SATURDAY 23 MAY

St Lucia Zouks batsman ROSS TAYLOR brought up a half-century as New Zealand dominated on Day Three of the first Test against England at Lord's. He eventually made 62 off 135 balls before being dismissed by Stuart Broad.

CHRIS GAYLE and DARREN SAMMY began to make their way to England, where they will finish off their CPL preparations by taking part in the NatWest T20 Blast for Somerset and Nottinghamshire respectively.

FRIDAY 22 MAY

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain DWAYNE BRAVO and Barbados Tridents opener DWAYNE SMITH booked their places in Sunday's Indian Premier League final as Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final eliminator.

RCBs struggled badly in their innings, with Jamaica Tallawahs skipper CHRIS GAYLE top-scoring with 41 from 43 balls, including 3 sixes, as Bravo took 1-21 from 3 overs. Chennai won with a ball to spare, Smith scoring 17 off 12 and Bravo out for 0 as they reached the showpiece final yet again.

International cricket returned to Pakistan after an absence of six years as St Kitts & Nevis Patriots superstar SHAHID AFRIDI captained them in a T20 against Zimbabwe in Lahore, with Tridents all-rounder SHOAIB MALIK also included as he returned to the international fold. Malik took 1-12 from 3 overs before Afridi hit his first ball for four to score the winning runs.

In England, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots' MARTIN GUPTILL made an impressive 70 as New Zealand dominated day two of the first Test against England at Lord's, the Kiwis getting themselves into a commanding position in the game.

The NatWest T20 Blast produced more fireworks on Friday as Tallawahs' Sri Lankan star MAHELA JAYAWARDENA scored 36 off 23 as Sussex beat Somerset, for whom the Patriots' all-rounded SOHAIL TANVIR took 1-29 from 4 overs.

St Lucia Zouks' FIDEL EDWARDS also played in the Blast in Hampshire's thrilling game against Kent, the former West Indies paceman going for 0-38 from his 4 overs.

THURSDAY 21 MAY

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots' MARTIN GUPTILL was the only CPL player in action, the star batsman enjoying a day in the field at Lord's as New Zealand began their two-Test series with England.

CPLT20.com spoke exclusively to Jamaica Tallawahs' quick KRISHMAR SANTOKIE, who said he was disappointed not to be picked earlier in the Player Draft considering he is the leading wicket-taker in the competition's history, but added he will use that to spur him on this season.

WEDNESDAY 20 MAY

Jamaica Tallawahs captain CHRIS GAYLE and St Lucia Zouks skipper DARREN SAMMY moved a step closer to the IPL final as their Royal Challengers Bangalore side thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs in their eliminator in Pune.

On a difficult pitch to bat on Gayle struck 27 off 26 balls as the RCBs racked up 180-4, with Rajasthan bowled out for 109 in reply.

Gayle and Sammy will now face DWAYNE BRAVO and DWAYNE SMITH'S Chennai Super Kings in the final eliminator on Friday to see who will face Mumbai Indians in Sunday's IPL final.

TUESDAY 19 MAY

Barbados Tridents' SHOAIB MALIK was rewarded for his fine Haier T20 Cup campaign in Pakistan with a recall to the national side for their upcoming T20 games against Zimbabwe in Lahore on Friday and Sunday.

In the Indian Premier League, Tridents skipper KIERON POLLARD was named Man of the Match as he produced yet another a stunning all-round performance to fire Mumbai Indians into the final, smashing 41 off 17 balls with 1 four and 5 sixes, before bowling three economical overs for 22 runs as they beat Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs.

Guyana Amazon Warriors' LASITH MALINGA and LENDL SIMMONS also impressed for the Indians, with Simmons hammering 65 off 51 balls, including 5 sixes, before Malinga caused absolute mayhem with the ball, his 4 overs ending with stunning figures of 3-23.

Chennai's DWAYNE BRAVO, the competition's leading wicket-taker, took 3-40 from his 4 overs for the Super Kings and was then run out for 20 off 15 balls, while DWAYNE SMITH was incredibly unlucky to be given out LBW to Malinga for 0.

MONDAY 18 MAY

Barbados Tridents' star batsman SHOAIB MALIK got the perfect preparation ahead of their defence of the CPL title as his Sialkot Stallions side won the Haier T20 Cup in Pakistan, a crushing win in the final by 74 runs over Lahore Lions.

Captain Malik, who had a terrific tournament, was hardly needed in the showpiece occasion, scoring 11 off 8 balls and then taking 1-20 from 3 overs and one catch, as the Stallions took home the cup.

SUNDAY 17 MAY

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots star MARTIN GUPTILL warmed up for the Test series with England by hitting a 150 from 210 balls, with 15 fours and 3 sixes, in New Zealand's final tour game against Worcestershire, with the Kiwis going on to win the game by 15 runs.

In the IPL, CHRIS GAYLE and DARREN SAMMY'S Royal Challengers Bangalore made it through to the knockout stages after their game against Delhi Daredevils was abandoned due to rain.

Later on, Mumbai Indians secured their last-four place with a crushing win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Guyana's LASITH MALINGA took 2-17 from 4 fine overs and Barbados captain KIERON POLLARD 1-14 from 2. Guyana's LENDL SIMMONS helped them ease home, plundering 48 off 44 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes.

In the NatWest Blast in England, Jamaica Tallawahs' MAHELA JAYAWARDENE hit 43 off 30 balls as Sussex beat Gloucestershire by six runs in a thriller, while in Pakistan's Haier T20 Cup, Barbados's SHOAIB MALIK scored 22 off 21 balls as his Sialkot Stallions side won yet again.

SATURDAY 16 MAY

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain DWAYNE BRAVO nudged further ahead at the top of the list of leading wicket takers at the IPL, grabbing his 20th as he finished with 1-20 from 2 overs as Chennai Super Kings restricted Kings XI Punjab to 130 from their 20 overs, knocking them off with more than three overs to spare.

Jamaica Tallawahs superstar ANDRE RUSSELL produced another scintillating all-round display in Kolkata Knight Riders' slender 9-run defeat against Rajasthan Royals, by far the pick of the bowlers with 3-32 from 4 overs and then smashing 37 from 20 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes as they fell narrowly short of their target.

FRIDAY 15 MAY

Pakistan superstar SHAHID AFRIDI started his warm up for the CPL, where he will be playing for new boys St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, by making his debut for Northants in the NatWest T20 Blast in England. Afridi took 2-28 from his 4 overs against Durham, going on to score 3 not out off 6 balls before rain washed away the rest of the game.

His ex-Pakistan team-mate SHOAIB MALIK, who will be playing for Barbados Tridents, struck another fine half-century in the local Haier T20 Cup, making a fine 56 not out off 37 balls for Sialkot Stallions. He then took 1-19 from 2 overs as they won easily by 87 runs.

In the IPL, Jamaica Tallawahs captain CHRIS GAYLE was given the unenviable task of helping Royal Challengers Bangalore chase 81 in 6 overs in a rain-affected clash, the self-styled World Boss making a sensational 35 off only 10 balls, with 4 fours and 3 sixes, as they chased down their total to stay in the hunt for a play-off place.

THURSDAY 14 MAY

Barbados Tridents captain KIERON POLLARD stamped his class on the IPL, producing a nerveless performance to help Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knights Riders by five runs in a thriller at the Wankhede.

Pollard struck an unbeaten 33 from 38 balls as the Indians racked up 171-4, LENDL SIMMONS hitting 14 off 16, while SUNIL NARINE'S four overs cost him 1-38 and ANDRE RUSSELL's four went for 0-37. In reply, LASITH MALINGA impressed with 1-31 from four, before Pollard bowled a brilliant last over to see his team home, taking a wicket and conceding only six when KKR needed 12 to win. 

WEDNESDAY 13 MAY

In a rain-affected game in the IPL, CHRIS GAYLE'S Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to reach their target of 106 in a 10-over run chase against King's XI Punjab, with the Jamaica Tallawahs captain managing 17 off 14 balls.

In England, St Lucia Zouks star KEVIN PIETERSEN was ruled out for two weeks with an injured calf, meaning he will not now play in the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

TUESDAY 12 MAY

An incredible 24 hours in the life of KEVIN PIETERSEN - he was told by new England director of cricket Andrew Strauss he would not be considered for selection for his country again, as he made an astonishing 355 not out for Surrey in the County Championship.

"I am angry and hurt, but right now there is nothing I can do about it", said Pietersen, who will be playing for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League this summer.

In the IPL, there was disappointment for Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo as their Chennai Super Kings side lost heavily at the hands of Delhi Daredevils.

MONDAY 11 MAY

St Lucia Zouks' hero KEVIN PIETERSEN produced one of the great innings of the year, smashing an incredible unbeaten 326 for Surrey against Leicestershire in the English County Championship, the 34-year-old bludgeoning 34 fours and 14 sixes in an amazing 373 balls.

The next highest score in Surrey's overnight total of 528-9 was Kumar Sangakkara's 36, showing the true class of the Zouks star batsman.

In Pakistan in the Haier T20 Cup tournament, Barbados Tridents' SHOAIB MALIK showed he is in fabulous form too, hammering an incredible 95 not out off only 49 balls, including 9 sixes, as his Sialkot Stallions side won. He also took a wicket!

SUNDAY 10 MAY

Royal Challengers Bangalore destroyed Mumbai Indians by 39 runs, even though CHRIS GAYLE only managed 13 from 12 balls. AB de Villiers scored an amazing 133 from 59 balls as they scored 235, though Guyana Amazon Warriors' LASITH MALINGA bowled wonderfully, taking 1-27 from 4 overs, his figures miles better than anyone else's.

In reply, fellow Warrior LENDL SIMMONS anchored Mumbai's always-doomed reply with an unbeaten 68 from 53 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes, though Barbados Tridents' captain KIERON POLLARD did obliterate 49 runs from 24 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes as he gave it a good go.

Chennai Super Kings bounced back to beat Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs. They made 157-5 with DWAYNE SMITH out for 6 off 10 and DWAYNE BRAVO scoring 15 not out from 8 balls. In reply the Royals fell just short as Bravo took three catches - one an absolute humdinger - and two wickets, taking 2-43 from 4 overs. Smith also took a catch as CSK went top of the table.

SATURDAY 9 MAY

Two Caribbean Premier League stars shone on another day in the Indian Premier League, with Guyana Amazon Warrior's SUNIL NARINE and Jamaica Tallawahs' in-form ANDRE RUSSELL both in stunning form for Kolkata Knight Riders.

KXIP made 183-5 batting first, but Narine bowled superbly, taking 1-19 from his almost unplayable 4 overs, while Russell took 1-50 from his 4. But Russell's sensational 51 off 21 balls - the fastest fifty in the IPL this season - led them to a 1 wicket win with 1 ball to spare, the powerful right-hander smashing 5 fours and 4 sixes, with Narine sneaking a leg bye to win it!

FRIDAY 8 MAY

Mumbai Indians pulled off a surprise win over Chennai Super Kings by six wickets with four balls to spare. DWAYNE SMITH struck 27 of 34 balls for the Super Kings and DWAYNE BRAVO took 1-16 off 2.2 overs, but LENDL SIMMONS hit 38 off 31 for the Indians and took a screamer of a catch to help them triumph.

THURSDAY 7 MAY

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel's JOHAN BOTHA played a lovely cameo at the end of Kolkata Knight Riders' score of 171-7 in the IPL, hitting his first 4 balls for four and eventually being run out for a 5-ball 17! Jamaica Tallawahs' Andre Russell batted down the order at number six, and only managed to score 5.

WEDNESDAY 6 MAY

Jamaica Tallawahs captain CHRIS GAYLE produced one of the great T20 innings of this year's IPL, smashing an astonishing 117 off 57 balls in a stunning assault on the Kings XI Punjab bowlers for Royal Bangalore Challengers. Gayle brought up his 100 off only 46 balls, and hammered 7 fours and an incredible 12 sixes in his brutal knock.

In reply to RCB's 226, Punjab were rolled out for only 88. Man of the Match Gayle, who celebrated his century with a brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo-style pose, now has 14 T20 hundreds to his name - the next on the list is New Zealand's Brendon McCullum with 6!!

Gayle's staggering performance drew praise from around the world, and the self-styled 'WORLD BOSS' thanked fans on Twitter for their support.

TUESDAY 5 MAY

Guyana Amazon Warriors' LASITH MALINGA continued his good form with the ball, taking 2-33 from his 4 overs as his Mumbai Indians team beat Delhi Daredevils by 5 wickets. LENDL SIMMONS took a screamer of a catch to dismiss Yuvraj Singh, and Barbados Tridents' KIERON POLLARD led the Indians home, smashing an unbeaten 26 off 14 balls, hammering 3 sixes.

MONDAY 4 MAY

DWAYNE BRAVO was again in heroic form for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, the T&T Red Steel captain producing a stunning run out to dismiss Virat Kohli and then take 2-17 from 3.4 overs as the Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (for whom Chris Gayle was rested) by 24 runs.

Jamaica Tallawahs' ANDRE RUSSELL and Red Steel's JOHAN BOTHA both took a wicket each as their Kolkata Knight Riders eased past Sunrisers Hyderabad, with Botha also hitting an extraordinary six in a 6-ball cameo of 12.

SUNDAY 3 MAY

West Indies pulled off one of their finest Test victories in recent years, stunning England - the 3rd-ranked team in the world - to win by FIVE WICKETS in Barbados and level the 3-match series at 1-1 - the first win of new coach Phil Simmons' regime.

Denesh Ramdin's side bowled the visitors out for only 123 in their second innings, with Jamaica Tallawahs' JEROME TAYLOR, Barbados Tridents' JASON HOLDER and Guyana Amazon Warriors' VEERASAMMY PERMAUL all taking three wickets in a magnificent fielding display.

Chasing 192 to win on a wearing pitch, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel's DARREN BRAVO held the innings together majestically with a flawless 82 off 148 balls, hitting 7 fours and 3 sixes. The Tallawahs' JERMAINE BLACKWOOD put on 108 with Bravo for the 4th wicket, hitting an unbeaten 47 to lead the Windies home to a famous triumph.

Blackwood was named Man of the Match for his 85 and 47*, and said: "I just played my natural game. Darren told me to be positive and we would bring it home."

In the IPL, the Warriors' LENDL SIMMONS struck a fine 71 off 56 balls for Mumbai Indians as they beat Kings XI Punjab, with his CPL team-mate LASITH MALINGA taking 2-31 from his 4 overs.

SATURDAY 2 MAY

West Indies roared back on a dramatic Day Two of the third Test against England in Barbados, with 18 wickets falling in the day! JEROME TAYLOR mopped up the England tail to bowl the visitors out for 257 in the morning, the Jamaica Tallawahs star taking 3-3 in a stunning early-morning burst.

Windies were bowled out for 189 in reply, the Tallawahs JERMAINE BLACKWOOD hitting a superb 85 from only 88 balls with 11 fours and 4 sixes as James Anderson took 6-42, but the home team produced a sensational end to the day to leave England reeling on 39-5, a lead of only 107, with the terrific Taylor taking two more wickets.

In the IPL, an amazing rain-affected 10 overs-a-side game produced some sparkling cricket as the Tallawahs' on-fire all-rounder ANDRE RUSSELL battered 45 from only 17 balls for Kolkata Knight Riders with five 4s and three 6s, CHRIS GAYLE also smashing three 6s in a 9-ball 21 as Royal Challengers Bangalore knocked off their target of 112 with two balls to spare.

Chennai Super Kings slipped to defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad, DWAYNE BRAVO impressing again with the ball to take 3-25 from 4 overs, but his 25 not out from 20 balls and DWAYNE SMITH'S 21 from 19 balls left the Super Kings a few runs short in their chase.

FRIDAY 1 MAY

West Indies fought hard on the first day of the third Test against England in Barbados, reducing the visitors to 240-7 at close of play, with Barbados Tridents' JASON HOLDER and St Lucia Zouks' SHANNON GABRIEL taking two wickets each.

In the IPL, Guyana Amazon Warriors' LENDL SIMMONS struck 38 off 31 balls and Barbados Tridents' KIERON POLLARD 24 off 14 as Mumbai Indians posted 187-5, defending their target and winning a thriller by eight runs as the Warriors' LASITH MALINGA took 1-34 from his 4 overs.

THURSDAY 30 APRIL

Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder ANDRE RUSSELL starred with bat and ball for Kolkata Knight Riders, taking the Man of the Match award for 2-20 from 4 overs and then striking a brutal, match-winning 55 from only 32 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes. Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith both had largely forgettable days as KKR beat their Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets.

WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL

St Kitts and Nevis star MARTIN GUPTILL eased Derbyshire to a fine win in the English County Championship, the New Zealander following up his stunning first-innings 227 with 31 not out, smashing three more sixes as they beat Gloucestershire by seven wickets.

CHRIS GAYLE smashed his 500th six in T20 cricket as he made 10 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Gayle's feat looks even more remarkable when you look a who is in second on the all-time T20 six-hitting list - Kieron Pollard with 348!

TUESDAY 28 APRIL

DWAYNE BRAVO had his best day at this year's IPL so far, the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain winning the Man of the Match award after a superb performance as Chennai Super Kings kept their nerve to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by only two runs in a nail-biting classic.

Bravo only made 5 with the bat after DWAYNE SMITH had scored 25 from 19 balls before being run out, but the all-rounder made amends in the field, taking two stunning catches and bowling brilliantly at the death to take 3-22 from 3 overs and secure top spot for his side.

MONDAY 27 APRIL

St Kitts and Nevis batsman MARTIN GUPTILL scored a sensational double century for Derbyshire in the County Championship in England, the New Zealander battering an astonishing 227 from only 176 balls including 11 sixes as he made his highest first-class score.

SUNDAY 26 APRIL

Jamaica Tallawahs CHRIS GAYLE returned to form in style for Royal Challengers Bangalore as they destroyed Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, the Jamaica Tallawahs opener crashing 62 off 40 balls with 4 sixes as they won by 10 wickets to move up to 4th in the table.

St Luca Zouks' KEVIN PIETERSEN made a patient 32 off 78 balls in the County Championship for Surrey, but he was dismissed by New Zealander Jesse Ryder just when it looked like he was set for another big score.

SATURDAY 25 APRIL

Guyana Amazon Warriors' LENDL SIMMONS produced the goods in the IPL again, smashing 51 off 42 balls as Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs. KIERON POLLARD hammered 33 off 24 and from then on it was the LASITH MALINGA show, the Sri Lankan (who will also be playing for the Warriors this summer) bowling a spell of pure genius to take 4-23 from 4 overs and win the man of the match award.

DWAYNE SMITH and DWAYNE BRAVO both enjoyed themselves as Chennai Super Kings destroyed Kings XI Punjab by 97 runs, Barbados Tridents' Smith scoring 26 from 13 balls and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain Bravo bowling his 3 overs for just 13.

The West Indies fell short in their attempts to save the second Test against England, Kraigg Brathwaite eventually out for 116 as the hosts were bowled out for 307 in their second innings, England reaching their target of 143 with the loss of only one wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

FRIDAY 24 APRIL

A magnificent Test match century from Kraigg Brathwaite helped West Indies reach 202-2 at the end of Day Four in the second Test against England, the 22-year-old finishing unbeaten on 101. He shared a second-wicket stand of 142 with Red Steel's DARREN BRAVO, who struck 69 in an innings of huge quality from 147 balls.

Jamaica Tallawahs' CHRIS GAYLE hinted at a return to form in the IPL, hitting 20 off 17 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat leaders Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets.

In Mirpur, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots' SHAHID AFRIDI captained Pakistan in their one-off T20 international against Bangladesh, the 35-year-old scoring 12 from 7 balls before being harshly given out and bowling 3 overs for 25 as his side slipped to defeat by 7 wickets.

THURSDAY 23 APRIL

West Indies hit back late on on Day Three of the second Test after England had reached 329-3, the Windies taking three late wickets to leave the tourists on 373-6, with SHANNON GABRIEL and DEVENDRA BISHOO both taking two wickets.

In a high-scoring IPL match, Guyana Amazon Warriors quick LASITH MALINGA bowled superbly for Mumbai Indians, taking 1-23 from his 4 overs in a fine return to form.

WEDNESDAY 22 APRIL

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots batsman MARLON SAMUELS completed his 7th Test match century as West Indies were all out for 299 on Day Two of the second Test against England in Grenada. He made 103, while the St Lucia Zouks' SHANNON GABRIEL and Guyana Amazon Warriors' DEVENDRA BISHOO added important late runs to their total.

KEVIN PIETERSEN, who will be representing the St Lucia Zouks once again in the summer, struck a fine unbeaten 53 from 70 balls for Surrey in their drawn County Championship match against Glamorgan.

Back in the IPL, Chennai Super Kings impressed once more, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs. DWAYNE SMITH scored 39 from 29 balls with 3 sixes and 3 fours, before DWAYNE BRAVO bowled his 3 overs for 25, taking a wicket in the process. Smith and Bravo both took two catches, and Smith crucially ran AB de Villiers out, too. ANDRE RUSSELL took 1-6 from 1 over and then hit 19 from 10 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders lost a rain-affected game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

TUESDAY 21 APRIL

Focus in the Caribbean has turned to one of its favourite sons, the 40-year-old left-hander SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL, who is now only 120 runs short of surpassing the great Brian Lara and becoming West Indies' highest run-scorer in Test history. But Chanderpaul, who will make his CPL debut for Guyana Amazon Warriors this summer, could only make 1 in the first innings in the second Test v England.

MONDAY 20 APRIL

Kolkata Knight Riders cruised past Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, with ANDRE RUSSELL bowling 3 overs for 21 and SUNIL NARINE taking 1-38 from his 4. 

SUNDAY 19 APRIL

The Chennai Super Kings were back in action and DWAYNE SMITH and DWAYNE BRAVO came to the party again, Smith blazing 40 from 29 balls to get their innings off to a flier and Bravo crashing an unbeaten 62 off 36 balls to help them set a challenging target, albeit one the Rajasthan Royals reached with 10 balls to spare.

LENDL SIMMONS arrived at IPL8 in style, grabbing a classy half-century as he hit 59 off 44 balls in Mumbai Indians' fine victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

SATURDAY 18 APRIL

The Jamaica Tallawahs' all-rounder ANDRE RUSSELL produced a performance of stunning quality in every department as he spectacularly led Kolkata Knight Riders to victory over Kings XI Punjab. Russell bowled superbly, taking 2-39 from 4 overs, took two brilliant catches and then hammered a destructive 66 from 36 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes as they won with more than two overs to spare. Team-mate and Guyana Amazon Warriors hero SUNIL NARINE also shone, taking 1-17 from his miserly 4 overs.

FRIDAY 17 APRIL

There was a defining moment in JASON HOLDER'S career in Antigua, as the 22-year-old Barbados Tridents fast bowler struck his maiden Test century in West Indies' battling draw against England in the first of a three-match series. Holder's impeccable 103 not out from 149 balls saw them hold out for the draw, with Guyana Amazon Warriors' DENESH RAMDIN battling superbly for 57 from 141 balls to help his team hang on.

Meanwhile, Barbados Tridents' opener DWAYNE SMITH continued his good form in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings, the 32-year-old smashing 62 off 30 balls as they chased down Mumbai Indians' 183-7 to win by six wickets. Team-mate DWAYNE BRAVO, the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain, impressed too, taking 2-30 from 4 overs and then hitting a six to wrap things up.

Tridents captain KIERON POLLARD was on the wrong side of the result, though the powerful all-rounder did bludgeon a scintillating 30-ball 64 with 5 sixes, before taking the wicket of MS Dhoni.

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