Dominica virtually sew up U-15 title
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Daneal Dupigny and Leic Charles played key roles in leading Dominica to their fourth straight victory over defending champions Grenada by seven wickets on Sunday, virtually assuring them of winning the Windward Islands Under-15 Tournament.
Dupigny grabbed 4-31 from 10 overs and Terrel Toussaint supported with 2-38 from 10 overs, as the Grenadians, sent in to bat, were bowled out for 142 in 49.3 overs at the main Arnos Vale Playing Field.
Charles, one of the most prolific batsmen in the tournament, followed up with 49 not out, anchoring the Dominicans to victory with 56 balls remaining, moving them to a perfect eight points from four matches.
Dominica took early control of the match, grabbing early wickets to leave the Spice Islanders on 23 for three in the first 10 overs through the efforts of Dupigny.
Grenada captain Emmanuel Stuart repaired the early damage with sensible batting to hit the top score of 38 and Darren Nedd made 28.
Dominica proceeded to achieve their target in a confident manner, but lost Toussaint early for eight.
Leic then shared steady partnerships with Gamliel Ophar and Devante Williams to put Dominica firmly on course for victory.
Similarly in other match at Arnos Vale 2, Johnnel Eugene and off-spinner Nedd Modeste combined to lead St. Lucia to a three-wicket victory over hosts St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Modeste captured 4-40 from his allotted 10 overs, as the Vincentians, choosing to bat, were restricted to 180 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs.
Eugene, the son of former St. Lucia and Windwards batsman John Eugene, led the way with 42 not out to steer the St. Lucians to victory with 62 balls remaining.
SVG’s batting waned following an opening stand of 69 between Kerwin Williams and Jeremy Haywood.
Williams top-scored for the hosts with 50, Haywood was dismissed for 16 and every time it looked like SVG were rebuilding they lost wickets.
In response, St. Lucia too, began confidently, but they were wobbling at 123 for six before Eugene and Denzel James with 25, added 56 for the seventh wicket to put them back on course.
James fell with two runs needed, but Eugene ended the match with a big six over long-on off Haywood.
Erwin Williams, bowling off-spin, took 3-44.
Monday is a rest day in the tournament which resumes on Tuesday, when Dominica face SVG at Arnos Vale 2, and St. Lucia meet Grenada at the main Arnos Vale Playing Field.