January 29, 2010
The Windwards gets off the mark

The Windwards beat the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) comprehensively by 9 wickets last weekend in 2010 West Indies Cricket Board four-day regional Cricket Competition to get their tally of points going.{{more}}

The Windwards bowlers, both spin and pace, and opener Devon Smith made the difference for both outfits, at the 3 W’s Oval, home of the CCC.

Left arm medium fast bowler Kenroy Peters was the pick of the Windwards bowling with 3 for 31 and off spinner Shane Shillingford chipped with 3 for 38 and medium pacer Darren Sammy, 2 for 22, as CCC could only get to 158 in their first innings.

Wicket keeper Chadwick Walton topscored with 42 and Nickolai Parris compiled 40.

Then Smith took charge with the bat, as he mixed aggression with defence to accumulate 122, his 17th century at the first class level.

The next best was his Grenadian countryman Andre Fletcher, 36. Donwell Hector, who sat out the first match against Jamaica made 31, in the Windwards’ total of 286.

Fast bowler Jason Bennett took 5 for 86, and Kavish Kantasighn 2 for 73, as the CCC trailed by 128.

The spin duo of Rawl Lewis 4 for 43 and Shillingford 4 for 57 and Sammy 2 for 35, conjured up to dismiss the CCC for 198 in their second innings.

The CCC’s Captain Floyd Reifer made 71 and Walton 34.

Smith, adjudged Man of the Match, belted 44, as the Windwards reached the 71 needed for the loss of one wicket. His opening partner, Tyrone Theophile, was left not out on 22.

In another match, Wavell Hinds made 151 and Carlton Baugh 124, as Jamaica amassed 429 against Guyana. Verasammy Permaul took 5 for 91 and Brandon Bess 4 for 107.

Nikita Miller then matched his team’s batting efforts with 6 for 42 as Guyana fell for 166 in reply. Assad Fuddaddin scored 39.

Asked to follow on, Guyana was bowled out for 236. Fuddaddin made 54. Permaul 42 and Travis Dowlin 41.David Bernard snared 6 for 40, to bowl his team to an innings and 27 run win, as Jamaica sped to 36 points, and remains top of the seven team table.

But Barbados had to settle for first innings points against a re-energised Trinidad and Tobago, in the second half of the match.

Three centuries and an 11-wicket haul, were the highlights of the match. Barbadian Captain and eventual Man of the Match, Ryan Hinds made 139, and Trinidadians Denesh Ramdin hit 166 not out and Justin Guillen 134, and Imran Khan 11 for 122.

After taking first innings honours, Barbados was required to make 298 for an outright win, but had to fend off the determined Trinidadian bowlers to end on 193 for 8.

In the aborted run chase, Jason Haynes cracked 83 and Hinds 42, as Khan took 4 for 51, to follow his 7 for 71, when Barbados first batted.

Trinidad and Tobago batted first and made 271 for 9. Sherwin Ganga hit 99 , Guillen 47 and Khan 39. Pedro Collins took 4 for 40.

The Barbadians erased the Trinis total, making 386, Hinds’ century being the top score. Haynes hit 61, Kevin Stoute scored 46, and Dale Richards 38. Amit Jagguernaut complemented Khan with 3 for 126.

Trinidad and Tobago led by Ramdin and Gullien’s tons, posted 412 for 9. Dave Mohammed made 34. Collins completed a good match with the ball as he took 3 for 63.

This weekend, the Windwards on 12 points from two matches, will be looking to consolidate their position, when they meet in Barbados at the Kensington Oval in a day/night fixture. Barbados is second in the standings with 21 points from three matches.

The other matches this weekend see the CCC on 12 points from three matches meeting Guyana on three points from two matches. The Leewards on six points from two matches faces Trinidad and Tobago, who are on nine points from three matches. (RT)