CCC snub Smith's day with late wickets
GROS ISLET, SAINT LUCIA - Devon Smith was perhaps the only difference between the Windward Islands repeating a performance similar to that of the Combined Campuses & Colleges on Day 1 of the Round 1 Regional 4 Day Match in Gros Islet.
The students started Day 2 on 280/9 with tail-enders Jason Dawes and Ryan Austin clinging at the crease overnight. How the CCC collapsed on Day 1 remained a mystery as both batsmen looked very solid at the crease but for the odd rash shot. Dawes took the attack to Delorn Johnson and Nelon Pascal. Ryan Austin was the anchor of the partnership.
That lasted 40 minutes into the morning's play until Austin tried to heave Pascal over Tyronne Theophile at mid-on but failed to clear his man. It brought a quick end to the morning proceedings but Dawes' cameo of 27 had taken his team to 309.
The Windwards openers made that score look less than par. Like CCC twenty-four earlier, Smith and Theophile scored at a rapid rate, even faster than the five runs and over run rate Alleyne and company had posted a day earlier. Boundaries came and went, but it was down to blunders in the bowling that caused the run-rate to spiral put of control for CCC.
On a good batting track, they were much too short. Every time the student bowlers went short, Smith's quick hands would force a fielder to retrieve the ball beyond the boundary. Together, Smith and Theophile put on a 122 run opening stand. The partnership not only dropped the heads of the students and shorted the bowling, but also saw safety to lunch and drinks breaks.
Both batsmen had crossed 50 around the same time. However, on 54, Theophile lost concentration. CCC were pressing hard for a wicket and were appealing for the slightest of reasons. Rather than the pressure get to the umpire, it had gotten to Theophile, who spooned an easy catch straight back to Dewar.
Andre Fletcher came in and there was no need to settle. The wicket had already done that for batsmen. You could hit through the line with confidence and come on the front foot. It didn't matter. Fletcher played his shots like it was a one day game, with the slightest of precautions every now and again. Together with Smith, the Windwards had built another big partnership. As the second session came to a close, Smith brought up his 20th First Class century. The home team went to Tea in a strong position of 199/1.
But like Day 1, the CCC had held the advantage straight up until the Tea break. It was a late rally from the Windwards that caused a dramatic collapse from three wickets down to nine wickets by stumps. The CCC were about to inflict one of their own. It wasn't great batting, but the Windwards slipped to 249/5 in a short period. Fletcher, Keddy Lesporis, Donwell Hector and then Smith himself all went quickly. Akeem Dewar was the chief destroyer with 28-1-104-4.
Smith had time and room to cut hard and place Dewar anywhere he wanted to, but he hit the ball right into the path of Shacaya Thomas. A collapse of the sorts like the CCC were prevented by Dalton Polius and Lyndon James. They played their shots, assisted by how well the pitch played. In no time, the partnership had risen to 54. The Windwards ended Day 2 on 303/5, trailing the students' first innings score by six runs.
Match: Windward Islands vs Combined Campuses & Colleges
Start: 10:00 AM AST; Day 2
Venue: Beausejour Cricket Ground
Toss: Leewards and bat
Umpires: Nigel Duguid & Zahid Bassarath
Toss: Windward Islands won the toss & elected to field.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings
S Thomas lbw D Johnson 21
A Alleyne c N Pascal b D Johnson 84
K Corbin* c D Johnson b S Shillingford 57
C Walton+ c D Smith b S Shilingford 27
R Reifer lbw S Shillingford 16
F Reifer c A Fletcher b N Pascal 11
N Parris c D Smith b N Pascal 9
A Dewar c D Smith b G Mathurin 3
K McClean c L James b G Mathurin 28
J Dawes not out 27
R Austin c T Theophile b N Pascal 8
TOTAL 309 All Out (98.4 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (S Thomas), 2-154 (K Corbin), 3-183 (A Alleyne), 4-211 (C Walton), 5-224 (F Reifer), 6-224 (R Reifer), 7-235 (N Parris), 8-256 (A Dewar), 9-272 (K McClean), 10-309 (R Austin).
Extras: 18 (8b, 2lb, 3wd, 5nb)
Windward Islands bowling: N Pascal 21.4-4-92-3 (1wd, 5nb), D Johnson 17-5-50-2 (2wd), G Mathurin 17-3-44-2, S Shillingford 34-9-76-3, D Polius 9-0-37-0.
Windward Islands 1st Innings
D Smith c S Thomas b A Dewar 139
T Theophile c & b A Dewar 54
Andre Fletcher c K Corbin b A Dewar 41
K Lesporis c K McClean b A Dewar 4
D Hector c C Walton b R Austin 1
D Polius not out 29
L James not out 22
TOTAL 303/5 (79 Overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-122 (T Theophile), 2-203 (A Fletcher), 3-207 (K Lesporis), 4-241 (D Hector), 5-249 (D Smith)
Extras: 8 (3lb, 1wd, 4nb)
Combined Campuses & Colleges bowling: K McClean 7-0-34-0 (1wd), J Dawes 11-2-52-0, R Austin 18-2-75-1 (4nb), A Dewar 28-1-104-4, R Reifer 6-1-25-0, N Parris 9-1-10-0.