Currency, Ambris 50s drive Windwards
 

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Romel Currency struck his second successive half-century as Windward Islands prospered on the opening day of their fifth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship against Leeward Islands.

The right-hander stroked 76 as the Windwards, opting to bat first at the National Stadium here Friday, managed 292 all out.

At the close, the Leewards were making a measured reply at 36 for one with Orlando Peters on 18 and captain Kieran Powell on 17.

Currency was joined in the run-getting by Sunil Ambris, whose 53 was his third score over fifty in this last five innings.

Left-handed opener Devon Smith got 47 while Keddy Lesporis scored 30, and Mervin Matthew hammered a breezy 30 down the order.

The Windwards were off to a good start thanks to their in-form top order. Opener Tyrone Theophile, who eventually made 27, retired hurt with the score on 16 after being struck on the arm by fast bowler Gavin Tonge in the day’s second over.

This left Smith and Ambris to extend the opening stand to 87 before Smith was bowled by left-arm spinner Yannick Leonard who finished with two for 74.

Smith struck nine fours off just 54 balls.

Ambris, who faced 83 balls in 112 minutes at the crease and hit eight fours, then added 53 with Keddy Lesporis who hit four fours and a six off 46 deliveries.

When the Windwards lost three wickets for eight runs to slip to 148 for four, Currency again came to his side’s rescue, striking 12 fours in an innings requiring 146 balls and spanning 182 minutes.

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Summary Scores:

Windward Islands 1st Innings: 292 All Out (79 Overs). Romel Currency 76, Sunil Ambris 53, Devon Smith 47, Mervin Mathew 30; Kieran Powell* 12-2-38-3, Anthony Martin 23-6-62-2, Gavin Tonge 11-2-46-2, Yannick Leonard 17-1-74-2.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings: 36/1 (9 Overs). Orlando Peters 18*, Kieran Powell* 17*, Javia Liburd 0; Nelon Pascal 3-1-11-1, Kenroy Peters 1-1-0-0, Mervin Mathew 3-1-8-0, Shane Shillingford 2-0-17-0.

Stumps, Day 1

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Windward Islands 1st Innings

D Smith b Leonard 47

T Theophile c Thomas b Leonard 27

S Ambris c Thomas b Walters 53

K Lesporis b Powell 30

R Currency c (sub) b Powell 76

L Sebastien* c Thomas b Powell 3

L James+ c Thomas b Tonge 4

S Shillingford c Thomas b Tonge 6

M Mathew c Thomas b Martin 30

K Peters LBW Martin 0

N Pascal not out 11

Total: 292 All Out (79 Overs)

Extras: (3b, 1lb, 0w, 1nb) 5

Fall of Wickets: 1-87, 2-140, 3-144, 4-148, 5-172, 6-192, 7-244, 8-244, 9-267, 10-292.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: G Tonge 11-2-46-2, K Walters 9-4-27-1, T Willett 7-0-41-0, A Martin 23-6-62-2, Y Leonard 17-1-74-2, K Powell 12-2-38-3.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings

J Liburd c Smith b Pascal 0

K Powell not out 17

O Peters not out 18

Total: 36/1 (9 Overs)

Extras: (0b, 0lb, 0w, 1nb) 1

Fall of Wicket: 1-0.

Windward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: N Pascal 3-1-11-1, S Shillingford 2-0-17-0, M Mathew 3-1-8-0, K Peters 1-1-0-0.

State of Match: Leeward Islands trail Windward Islands by 256 runs on 1st Innings

Toss: Windward Islands won the toss and elected to bat

Points-to-date: Windwards 2 (2 batting points) | Leewards 3 (3 bowling points)

Umpires: Peter Nero & Lennox Abraham

Standby Umpire: Deighton Butler

Match Referee: Carlyle Felix

Date: 
Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:33