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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Kemar Roach

Kemar Roach appeals for a wicket
Kemar Roach took nine wickets this week for the West Indies
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West indian fast bowler Kemar Roach has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after two devastating performances in the Test series against Bangladesh.

His four-wicket haul helped seal a 10-wicket victory in the opening Test in Saint Kitts and he followed that up with a five-wicket haul on day two of the second Test in Saint Lucia.

That reduced Bangladesh from 42 for one to 89 for seven and they now face an uphill task to save the game.

They came close to saving the first Test and it needed Roach's four for 64 to put the West Indies on course in Saint Kitts, where he dismissed Shamsur Rahman, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain and Shuvagata Hom.

Victory was wrapped up by the batsmen soon after and the West Indies have also started strongly in Saint Lucia, with Roach integral to their performance so far.

While he registered a golden duck with the bat, he made up for that with a precise, hostile spell of bowling late on day two which left Bangladesh reeling.

His sixth Test five-wicket haul removed Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur, Anamul Haque, Nasir and Taijul Hossain as he finished the day with five for 33.

There were two other main contenders for the award this week before Roach was chosen - Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien and West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin.

O'Brien, captaining his country, scored a brace of half-centuries to help his side win the first two One-Day Internationals against Scotland, his scores of 56 not out and 67 setting up wins by seven and three wickets respectively.

As the West Indies got their ICC Women's Championship campaign off to the perfect start with two wins out of two against New Zealand, Dottin played a key role.

She hit 60 in the first match, which the West Indies won by five wickets and then an unbeaten 83 as they won the second game by 65 runs.

There were also centuries for Scotland's Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod which were highly impessive and worthy of mentions, while Mushfiqur Rahim's defiant 166 as he battled to save the first Test against the West Indies was a sterling effort.

However, the Cricket World award has always tended to go to those players performing consistently during the qualifying period, so it is Roach who is our preferred choice this week.

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