Dominica survive scare to win

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Dominica rewarded more impressive bowling from the Dupigny brothers, Daneal and Kerwin, with a nail-biting, one-wicket victory over St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the Windward Islands Under-15 Tournament on Tuesday here.

Chasing 151 for victory, the Dominicans, unbeaten in the tournament, wobbled to 105 for seven before steady batting from their lower order and a generous number of extras from the Vincentians carried them to their fifth straight victory.

The visitors continue to lead the standings with 10 points and have sewn the title, leaving the hosts to remain winless.

Dominica had never lost more than three wickets in any innings in the tournament, but they were jolted early, slipping to 12 for two.

Their captain Leic Charles got them moving in the right direction with 25, but his exit triggered a slide and the Dominicans were soon 65 for five.

Ndo Joseph scored 32 and Alick Athanaze made 26, putting on 38 for the sixth wicket, to ease the concerns of Dominica, but they were dismissed within three runs of each other, leaving the tail-enders to make a mad scramble for the remaining runs.

The Dominicans varied attack made early inroads into the Vincentian batting after putting the home team into batting.

For a period, Delorn Douglas with the top score of 46, Shane Roberts with 21 and Erwin Williams with 16 kept them at bay.

Douglas and Roberts shared a 38-run, fifth-wicket partnership to pull the Vinceys out of the early trouble, but following their departure, there was limited resistance from the rest of the batting, as they lost their last four wickets for three runs in four overs and were all out for 150 in 44.1 overs.

Daneal finished with 3-34 and brother Kerwin grabbed 3-20 from 10 overs with his off-spin.      

In the other match, Emmanuel Stuart topped Johnnel Eugene with a half-century of his own to lead Grenada to a three-wicket victory over St. Lucia.

Stuart struck three fours in a top score of 66 from 107 balls, as the Grenadians successfully chased 164 for victory on the main Arnos Vale Playing Field, winning with 34 balls remaining.

Left-hander Eugene, son of former St. Lucia captain and Windward Islands batsman John Eugue, had led the way for his side with an unbeaten 60 which included four fours from 128 balls.

The Spice Islanders, second in the tournament, then set about their chase in a workmanlike way against tight St. Lucian bowling and went pass the 100 mark with just two wickets down. 

The innings was paced by Stuart with his third half-century of the competition before he was lbw to leave Grenada 135 for three.

The Grenadians appeared to be overcome with a state of panic which resulted in a couple of run-outs and near misses, but they were able to hold their nerves though to record a tough victory.

Darron Nedd completed a fine all-round game with 32, as Stuart Calderon took 2-15 and Nick Elibox 2-30 for St. Lucia.

Earlier, the younger Eugene featured in a 47-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Denzel James, whose 32 from 21 balls included three fours and two sixes.

Recardo Hall was the most successful Grenadian bowler with 3-34, Nedd took 2-31 and off-spinner Johann Jeremiah snared 2-27.

Grenada meet SVG and Dominica face St. Lucia in the final round of matches on Wednesday.

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 07:34