March 1, 2013

Windwards redeemed after T&T debacle

The Windwards redeemed themselves against Guyana last Sunday at the Arnos Vale Playing Field, with a workman like seven-wicket win in the regional super50 series.{{more}}

But it was salvation for them, after crumbling against Trinidad and Tobago last Thursday at the same venue and enduring the chagrin of their supporter in the four islands.

Sunday’s triumph was engineered by Devon Smith, who hit his third century for the 2013 regional cricket season. He made 110 not out, to shepherd the Windwards to 199 for 3 in reply to Guyana’s 198 for 8 from their 50 overs.

The left-handed Smith, who has scores of 139,106 not out and 99 in the four-day competition, got support from Keddy Lesporis who struck 41 and Andre Fletcher – 25, as the Windwards’ response was attained in 46.5 overs.

When Guyana batted, Trevon Griffith hit 54, Leon Johnson – 52 and Chris Barnwell – 35.

The lead bowler for the Windwards was Dalton Polius, who had 2 for 15 and Nelon Pascal – 2 for 25.

It was a far better response, making amends for their inexplicable lower order disintegration three days prior versus Trinidad and Tobago, as the Windwards blew their chances to thump off their opponents in convincing fashion.

Chasing down 217 to win, the Windwards were cruising at 181 for 3, but folded like a deck of cards filled with jokers and were dismissed for 202 in 49.2 overs, to lose by 14 runs.

Andre Fletcher, who struck 58, Liam Sebastian – 52, Devon Smith – 39, were the main contributors for the Windwards, whose batting showed a top heavy shape, but the weight was unbearable for the weak undercarriage.

The Windwards’ batting allowed T and T bowlers to earn cheap wickets, as Yannic Cariah scalped 5 for 45 and Yannick Ottley 2 for 33.

When Trinidad and Tobago batted, Jason Mohammed hit 63 not out and debutant teenaged wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran – 33 not out.

Bowling for the Windwards, Shane Shillingford collected 2 for 16, and Liam Sebastian 2 for 34.

The Windwards go into round four against Jamaica at the Grenada National Stadium on March 12, with two wins and one loss.

The Windwards’ other win was a one-wicket success attained the Combined Campuses and Colleges in round one in St Lucia. (RT)