Austin routs Windwards as CCC edge ahead
Kingstown, St. Vincent, CMC – Compatriots Mervin Matthew and Liam Sebastien led a spirited Windward Islands fight-back, after a career-best spell from Ryan Austin bowled Combined Campuses & Colleges into a favourable position in the Regional Four-Day Championship on Saturday.
Matthew ended with two for 10 from eight overs and Sebastien finished with two for 24 from 14 overs, as CCC reached 66 for four in their second innings at the close on the second day of the sixth round match for an overall lead of 134.
The two Dominicans failed to devalue Austin’s impact however, as the lanky off-spinner extracted turn and bounce from the hard, true Arnos Vale Multiplex pitch to grab eight for 64 from 29 overs and send the home team crashing to 157 all out to give CCC a first innings lead of 68.
Austin, a former Barbados tweaker, now has 298 career wickets in the Regional tournament and is set to become the third bowler behind Mahendra Nagamootoo, and injured Windwards and West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford to capture 300.
After the typical early fireworks from opener Shacaya Thomas, Matthew and Sebastien bowled in tandem in between three stoppages for rain to retrieve the situation for the Windwards.
Sebastien, the Windwards captain, made the breakthrough, when he had Shacaya Thomas lbw for 19, and Matthew struck three overs later, when left-handed opener Paul Palmer was caught behind for seven playing defensively forward, leaving the visitors 32 for two.
The weather, as well as Kyle Corbin and Windwards Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge combined to stem the flow for the home team, but they made hay in between gloom to leave the CCC wobble on 55 for four.
Matthew had Corbin trapped lbw for 10 and Hodge paid for his petulance, when he mistimed a pull and was caught at square leg by a flying Alston Bobb off Sebastien for 12.
Veteran left-hander Floyd Reifer, not out on four, came to the crease and with Chadwick Walton, not out on 12, carried CCC through until the umpires offered them light with two overs remaining for the day.
Earlier, Windwards started the day on 17 without loss and surrendered four wickets – three to Austin – in the first hour and they never fully recovered.
Romel Currency tried to hold the seams together with a resolute, unbeaten top score of 36 and opener Tyrone Theophile made 23 and Keddy Lesporis got 22, but no other Windwards batsman reached 20.
Theophile broke the floodgates open, when he was caught at fine leg from a top-edged sweep off Austin before newcomer Justin Greaves got Devon Smith caught at second slip for 10 from a delivery that bounced awkwardly.
Tottering at 35 for two, the Windwards were steadied by Lesporis and Sunil Ambris for just over half-hour. But Ambris was caught at leg-slip for 10 sweeping at Austin, who had Lesporis caught at slip from an ill-advised reverse sweep and Sebastien also caught at the same position for one from a sharply turning, awkwardly bouncing delivery.
Windwards were 77 for five and were 120 for six at lunch, after Lindon James was caught at backward point for 12 from a top-edged cut off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.
After the interval, Currency continued to apply himself, but none of the remaining batsman could match his example and wickets fell regularly, as Austin worked his way through the tail.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings: 225 All Out (77.2 Overs). Kyle Corbin 79, Chadwick Walton+ 58, Shacaya Thomas 35, Akeem Dewar 14*; Nelon Pascal 14-1-52-4, Liam Sebastien* 21.3-51-2, Alston Bobb 20.2-2-56-2, Delorn Johnson 10.3-2-52-2.
Windward Islands 1st Innings: 157 All Out (60 Overs). Romel Currency 36, Tyrone Theophile 23, Keddy Lesporis 22, Mervin Mathew 15; Ryan Austin 29-6-64-8, Justin Greaves 6-1-21-1, Jomel Warrican 15-5-45-1, Akeem Dewar 10-2-20-0.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings: 66/4 (33 Overs). Shacaya Thomas 17, Chadwick Walton 12*, Kavem Hodge 12, Kyle Corbin 10; Mervin Matthew 8-4-10-2, Liam Sebastien* 14-3-24-2, Alston Bobb 6-1-11-0, Nelon Pascal 3-1-10-0.
Stumps, Day 2
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings
S Thomas b Pascal 35
P Palmer c Ambris b Johnson 4
K Corbin c Theophile b Pascal 79
K Hodge c James b Johnson 3
C Walton+ LBW Bobb 58
F Reifer st James b Sebastien 10
S Jacobs* c Matthew b Pascal 3
J Greaves c Lesporis b Sebastien 1
A Dewar not out 14
J Warrican c Ambris b Pascal 1
R Austin c Smith b Bobb 5
Total: 225 All Out (77.2 Overs)
Extras: (b6, lb1, nb3) 10
Fall of Wickets: 1-30, 2-42, 3-45, 4-149, 5-179, 6-189, 7-204, 8-204, 9-205, 10-225.
Windward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: Pascal 14-1-52-4, Johnson 10.3-2-52-2, Matthew 11-6-7-0, Sebastien 21.3-51-2, Bobb 20.2-2-56-2.
Windward Islands 1st Innings
D Smith c Corbin b Greaves 10
T Theophile c Palmer b Austin 23
S Ambris c Corbin b Austin 10
K Lesporis c Reifer b Austin 22
R Currency not out 36
L Sebastien* c Corbin b Austin 1
L James+ c Hodge b Warrican 12
M Matthew c Corbin b Austin 15
A Bobb c Dewar b Austin 14
D Johnson c Walton b Austin 3
N Pascal st Walton b Austin 3
Total: 157 All Out (60 Overs)
Extras: (b5, lb2, w1) 8
Fall of Wickets: 1-35, 2-35, 3-57, 4-72, 5-80, 6-93, 7-132, 8-148, 9-154.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings Bowling: J Greaves 6-1-21-1, R Austin 29-6-64-8, J Warrican 15-5-45-1, A Dewar 10-2-20-0.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings (Lead; 68)
S Thomas LBW Sebastien 19
P Palmer c James b Matthew 7
K Corbin LBW Matthew 10
K Hodge c Bobb b Sebastien 12
C Walton+ not out 12
F Reifer not out 4
Extras: (b1, nb1) 2
Total: 66/4 (33 Overs)
Still to Bat: S Jacobs*, R Austin, A Dewar, J Greaves, J Warrican.
Fall of Wickets: 1-28, 2-32, 3-45, 4-55.
Windward Islands 2nd Innings Bowling: N Pascal 3-1-10-0, D Johnson 2-0-10-0, L Sebastien 14-3-24-2, A Bobb 6-1-11-0, M Matthew 8-4-10-2.
State of Match: CCC lead Windwards by 134 runs in their 2nd Innings
Points-to-date: CCC 4 (1 batting point + 3 bowling points) | Windwards 3 (3 bowling points + 0 batting points)
Toss: Combined Campuses & Colleges won the toss and elected to bat
Umpires: Danesh Ramdhanie & Lennox Abraham
Standby Umpire: Roger Davis
Match Referee: Selwyn Allen