March 6, 2009
Windwards double up on Guyana

The Windwards have completed two wins in as many matches against Guyana in the WICB regional four-day competition.

After inflicting a heavy innings defeat in their first round match in January, the Windwards again beat the Guyanese, this time in their own back yard.{{more}}

Set 311 to win on the final day last Monday, the Windwards bowlers, led by their Captain Rawl Lewis, and fellow Grenadian Nellon Pascal, blasted them out for 159. Lewis bagged 5 for 39 and Pascal, named Man of the Match, 4 for 62, to finish with match analysis of 8 for 127, following his 4 for 65 in Guyana’s first innings.

Guyana’s Captain Travis Dowlin hit 58, in his team’s unsuccessful run chase.

Trailing by 65, the Windwards, in their second innings, scored 375 for nine, declared. Donwell Hector made 79 not out. Night watchman, Camillus Alexander hit 62, Darren Sammy, 58, Shane Shillingford, 49, and Lewis, 36, to set up a challenging target. Versammy Permaul took 2 for 73.

The visitors had batted first and reached 215. Andre Fletcher topscored with 53. Keddy Lesporis, 47, and Kevin James, 31. Permaul took 3 for 58, Chris Barnwell, 2 or 14, Davendra Bishoo, 2 for 43, and Eusan Crandon, 2 for 29.

The hosts in response finished at 28; a slump in which they lost their last five wickets for just 29 runs. Deighton Butler assisted Pascal with 4 for 46. Sammy had figures of 2 for 31.

The Guyanese top order was promising, with Leon Johnson making 73, Travis Dowlin, 49, and Narsighn Deonarine, 41.

This win pushed the Windwards to 48 points, going into their next match which starts today against Barbados on 54 points, at the Kensington Oval.

The Barbadians lost to Trinidad and Tobago on first innings.

Trinidad and Tobago, on the back of a bullish 174 from Keiron Pollard, Darren Bravo’s 111, Imran Khan’s 74 not out, and Lendl Simmons, 44, posted 505. Corey Collymore was the pick of the Barbados bowlers, with 4 for 72, and Nickolai Charles, 2 for 99.

Dwayne Smith, 71, Jason Haynes, 45, Kirk Edwards, 31, as Barbados was bowled out for 273 when they batted. Ravi Rampaul, 5 for 49, and debutant Magum Nanan, 2 for 39.

Following on, Barbados was bowled for 373. Smith followed up with his first innings half century, with 126 not out. Jason Paris, 67 and Kevin Stoute, 60. Rampaul, 6 for 76, and Khan, 4 for 90. Trinidad and Tobago was 99 for 3, at the close going after 151. Pollard made 32. Collymore, 3 for 37.

And, newly appointed captain Steve Liburd welcomed his new role with 116 not out and Devon Thomas chipped in with 37, as the Leewards made 221. Andrew Richardson, 3 for 59, and Gavin Wallace, 3 for 49, and David Bernard Jr., 2 for 3, bowling for Jamaica.

But their batsmen fell short by one run on first innings as they were dismissed for 220. Brenton Parchment, 75, Bernard Jr., 51 not out, and Donovan Pagon, 44. Pacers Gavin Tonge, 2 for 31, Tonito Willett, 2 for 40, and Omari Banks, 1 for 40, were the Leewards’ other wicket-takers.

In their second innings, the Leewards made 202. Cornwall struck 102. Nikita Miller, 2 for 34, Odean Brown, 2 for 36, and Wallace, 2 for 47, shared the bowling spoils for the hosts and tournament leaders.

In pursuit of 204, Jamaica fell short by 28 runs. Tonge took 7 for 58. Xavier Marshall topscored with 61 for the Jamaicans. Bernard made 34.

Also on this weekend, Jamaica hosts Trinidad and Tobago, while Guyana does the same to the Combined Campuses and Colleges, with the Leewards taking a rest this round. (RT)