Dominica, St. Lucia win U-15 matches
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Dominica gave themselves a great chance of winning the Windward Islands Under-15 Cricket Tournament with a second win in as many matches, when they beat defending champions Grenada by seven wickets on Thursday at the Arnos Vale Nursery Ground.
The Dominicans reached their victory target of 103 with 118 balls remaining, after they had again bowled clinically to dismiss the Grenadians for 102 in 31 overs.
The result put the Dominicans at the top of the table with a maximum four points, following a seven-wicket victory over hosts St. Vincent & the Grenadines the previous day.
In conditions which required patience and grafting, the Grenadian batsmen refused to bide their time and contributed to their own downfall.
Donald McDonald hit the top score of 32 and Emmanuel Stuart made 23, sharing a third wicket partnership of 43 and were the only players that appeared capable of dealing with the Dominican attack.
Terrel Toussaint was the pick of the Dominican bowlers with 3-14 and off-spinner Kerwin Dupigny took 2-7.
When they batted, the Dominicans were piloted home by the classy Leic (*Lay-eek) Charles with an unbeaten 38.
Charles, a diminutive left-hander, batted at four and played crisp shots especially in front of the wicket against both spin and pace in an innings of maturity that had many speaking with admiration before he was run out.
Left-arm spinner Calvin Blache took 2-29 for Grenada.
In the other match, Stuart Calderon followed up a half-century from Nick Elibox with a destructive spell of leg-spin bowling to help St. Lucia rebound from an opening day loss with a 52-run victory SVG.
Calderon grabbed 5-37 from 9.4 overs, as the Vincentians unsuccessfully chased 231 for victory on the main Arnos Vale Playing Field, slumping to their second straight defeat.
The hosts never were in the hunt and lost wickets steadily to the spin-based St. Lucian attack, but Shane Roberts put up a brave fight with a leading score of 79 that included eight fours and two sixes.
Earlier, the St. Lucians, put in to bat, reached the tournament’s highest score to date of 230 for four from their 50 overs, built upon Elibox’s innings.
Elibox followed up a score of 64 in Wednesday’s opener against Grenada with another steady innings, adding 113 for the third wicket with Johnel Eugene, who made 39.
Dane Edwards added 31 and Denzel James got 24, as off-spinner Greg Wyllie, one of nine bowlers used by SVG, finished with 2-20 off seven overs.
The tournament resumes on Saturday after Friday’s rest day.