February 19, 2010

Windwards loses again

Same, same, just a different venue, for the struggling Windward Islands senior Cricket team participating in the West Indies Cricket Board four-day competition.{{more}}

This time, the whipping boys of regional Cricket were beaten by the Leewards.

The Windwards lost by 53 runs at Bourda, in their fourth match, leaving them on 16 points, and second from the bottom of the seven team table, with two matches in hand.

Last weekend, it was loss number three.

The Leewards batted first and scored 325. Good scores came from Montcin Hodge, 61, Kieron Powell, 49, Garvin Williams, 43, Jahmar Hamilton who made 40 not out, Captain Steve Liburd scored 39, and Omari Banks contributed 30.

Rawl Lewis was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 77, and there were two wickets each for Nellon Pascal, Kenroy Peters and Shane Shillingford.

The Windwards found themselves behind by 121 runs, as their innings folded at 204.

Shillingford hit out to score 52. Andre Fletcher, 50, and stand in Captain Devon Smith, 32, as Banks helped himself with a haul of 7 for 41.

The Leewards in the second strike made 198, to give the Windwards 320 to win.

Batting for the Leewards, Banks made 57, and Liburd hit 48, as Pascal snared 4 for 40 and Lewis, 3 for 49.

Andre Fletcher in the failed run chase scored 80, Kenroy Peters, 52, and Keddy Lesporis, 31, but the Windwards could only make 266. Banks bagged 6 for 113.

The Windwards this weekend at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago faces the host, on 21 points also from four matches.

Also this weekend, the two top teams Jamaica and Barbados square off at the University of the West Indies Ground. Jamaica leads the race with 48 points from four matches, with the Barbadians second on 45 points, but from five matches.

At National Cricket Center at Couva, Guyana at the bottom of the table on 7 points from four matches takes on the Leewards on 22 points also from four matches.

Jamaica romped to their 48 points when they scored a nervy 29 run win over the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC). Jamaica owed their triumph to their skipper, Tamar Lambert who took a career best 8 for 42 runs from 31.1 overs with his part-time off-spin, as CCC, chasing 206 for victory, was bowled out for 176 at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence.

Jamaica’s Odean Brown also got career best figures when he got 8 for 54, in the CCC’s first innings.

Scores: Jamaica 202 and 164, CCC 161 and 176.

The loos meant that the CCC, which does not play this weekend, remains on 24 points from five matches

And, Barbados got the better of Guyana by 58 runs.

Scores: Barbados 403 and 153 for 9 declared. Guyana 229 and 270. (RT)