DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) – West Indies’ sterling performance against England has seen them draw level with eighth-ranked Sri Lanka on points, ten weeks before they kick off their campaign at the ICC 50-overs World Cup.In the latest rankings released Sunday, West Indies remained ninth but gained four points to draw level with the Sri Lankans on 76.Their points gain was the best in the tables and came following a 2-2 draw in the recent five-match one-day series against world number one England.West Indies lost the first match of the doubleheader in Barbados by six wickets despite posting a first innings record 360, but hit back in the second game with a 26-run victory.The third match in Grenada was abandoned due to rain and England then took a decisive lead in the series with a 29-run win, even though West Indies piled up a record 389 in pursuit of 419.West Indies then crushed England by seven wickets in the final ODI in St Lucia, after bundling out the visitors for a paltry 113.The series raised hopes of the Caribbean side’s chances in the May 30 to July 14 World Cup in England, following their lowly form in recent years.In fact, the Windies have not won an ODI series in five years and were forced to play an ICC qualifier last year March in order to reach the World Cup, after their ninth-place ranking ruled them out of automatic qualification.England, meanwhile, remain top of the standings on 123 but lost three ratings points. Second placed India failed to capitalise, however, as they dropped two points to slip to 120.New Zealand lie third and only marginally ahead of South Africa while Australia have moved into fifth spot. Pakistan have dropped to third and Bangladesh remain seventh
“I feel really happy and privileged to win this award for the third time. The work that the players have put in in the training ground and the sacrifices they have taken have seen the team rise. Also, this is the product of a huge and committed coaching staff,” Kimanzi said as he picked the award on Friday morning.Mathare started the season well but have faded over the last few games and Kimanzi has blamed this on some element of fatigue but he remains confident they will regain the footing.“We started well because we knew that we are facing a very tricky season and we had to be smart in the way we did our pre-season, but at some point that streak has to break and after around 10 matches it did. Sometimes you choose to keep the same players and rotate less and that means some element of fatigue,”“But I am confident we will get back up. We can’t sit here and behave like it’s normal to lose a good run. We have to work to get back on top,” the tactician further stated.He now hopes that the winning charm flows over his entire team and a player from his stable will also earn player of the month award.With the trophy, Kimanzi also earned a monetary reward of Sh75,000 and a gift hamper from sponsors Fidelity Insurance.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi receives his coach of the month award for January 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has been named the January Kenyan premier League Fidelity Insurance Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) coach of the month for January, becoming the most successful with a third gong.The Slum Boys who started the season strong enjoyed an enviable streak in January, winning three and drawing two of their five fixtures as they kept their place on top of the standings.