March 5, 2010
Windwards tie at the bottom

The all-familiar position of the senior Windward Islands Cricket team was maintained when the 2010 West Indies Cricket Board four-day regional competition concluded last Monday.{{more}}

But the Windwards ended their shambolic season on a high note, scoring their highest score in this year’s sojourn.

After Guyana had posted an imposing 452, the Windwards batsmen made use of a benign pitch at the Grenada National Stadium at Queen’s Park to overhaul that total.

Captain Devon Smith led the Windwards’ reply with 193, the highest individual score recorded in this year’s competition, as the Windwards got to 462 all out.

The left-handed Grenadian cracked a quarter of a century boundaries. The out of form Lyndon James finally came good with 70 not out. Rawl Lewis contributed 56 and Liam Sebastian, 45, to gather in six points to Guyana’s three.

However, it was a fitting end for both units which had a miserable outing this year. The two finished on 22 points, joint sixth place.

When the Guyanese batted, Ramnaresh Sarwan slammed 116; Assad Fudadin, 78, Esaun Crandon, 51 not out, Veerasammy Permaul, 47, and Royston Crandon, 36, as all took advantage of the favourable batting conditions.

Rawl Lewis snared 4 for 71 and Shane Shillingford took 3 for 109.

Batting in their second innings, Guyana reached 83 for 1, with Gajanand Sighn, 53 not out.

Jamaica, though, retained the title with a comprehensive innings and 72-run triumph over Trinidad and Tobago at Progress Park in Grenada inside three days.

Jamaica made 379, with centuries from Brenton Parchment, 109, Danza Hyatt, 104, and Horace Miller, 65. Imran Khan bagged 7 for 124.

Trinidad and Tobago was bundled out for 144. The lead bowlers for Jamaica were Odean Brown, 5 for 46, and Bevan Brown, 3 for 28.

Following on, Trinidad and Tobago was dismissed for 163. The pace and spin combination of Andre Russell took 3 for 34, Bevan Brown, 2 for 22, and Odean Brown, 2 for 45.

The win pushed Barbados to second, as Jamaica finished with 60 points, three more than Barbados.

And, the Leewards crushed the Combined Campuses and Colleges by ten wickets.

The Leewards owe their win to the bowling efforts of Lionel Baker, who had match figures of 13 for 83 at the Beausejour Stadium in St. Lucia, as both teams were engaged in a day/night fixture.

Baker used the pink ball to good effect as he took 8 for 31, as the CCC was bowled out for a meagre 65, responding to the Leewards’ 227. Jahmar Hamilton led the Leewards’ batting with 98 and Kavesh Kantasingh took 5 for 89, bowling for the CCC.

Rommel Currency struck 80 and Kyle Corbin, 40, in the CCC’s second knock of 200.

Baker hauled in 5 for 52. The Leewards knocked off the 39 required, reaching 40 without loss.

Trinidad and Tobago docked in fourth and the CCC finished in fifth position. (RT)