Pascal, Mathurin lead Windwards fightback
GROS-ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – The pace/spin combination of Nelon Pascal and Garey Mathurin helped Windward Islands bounce back from a batting collapse against Leeward Islands in the Regional 4-Day Tournament on Saturday here.
Left-arm spinner Mathurin collected three wickets for 20 runs from 17 overs in an impressive spell and Pascal grabbed three for 58 from 12 overs, as Leewards, trailing by 57 on first innings, reached 150 for six in their second innings at the close on the rain-affected second day of their fifth round match at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Gavin Tonge had finished with six for 78 from 21 overs, as the Windwards were bowled out for 178, after resuming the day on 126 for six.
Javia Liburd the started the Leewards second innings in his typical aggressive fashion, blasting 14 off the first over from left-arm fast-medium bowler Kenroy Peters.
But the Windwards struck in the second over, when Austin Richards was caught at point off Pascal’s first delivery.
Montcin Hodge, like Richards, failed in both innings, edging Pascal to the ‘keeper, leaving the Leewards on 21 for two.
Pascal set back Leewards further, when he had the visiting captain Gavin Williams caught at gully for 15.
Liburd, the Leewards’ first innings top- scorer, looked set for another milestone before Mathurin deceived him for the second time in the match and he was caught at slip for 37. He struck six fours and one six from 45 balls.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Devon Thomas, a product of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, played a steady hand for 31 before he was caught at mid-on off Mathurin, who also bowled Jahmar Hamilton for four.
The Leewards suffered an unfortunate setback, when long-standing all-rounder Tonito Willet retired hurt on 18, after he was struck on the left forearm by a rising delivery from Peters.
Hayden Walsh Jr batted with enterprise however, reaching 29 not out, and Tonge was not out on five, when umpires called the covers on as the weather dramatically changed.
Windwards were made to fight hard to extend their lead, after Lindon James
failed to add to his overnight score, when he was caught in the slips off Tonge
Windwards captain Liam Sebastien added nine to his overnight score before he was caught behind for 77, becoming the last of five victims for Thomas behind the stumps, when he top-edged a hook at a short, rising delivery from Tonge.
Pascal made 22, dominating a last-wicket stand of 32 with Mathurin that gave the Windwards a boost towards the end of their innings.
LEEWARD ISLANDS 1st Innings 121
WINDWARD ISLANDS 1st Innings
(overnight 126 for six)
D.S. Smith c Willet b Tonge 4
A. Browne lbw b Willet 1
A. Fletcher c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 5
K. Lesporis c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 8
*L. Sebastien c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 77
K. Hodge c wkprThomas b Tonge 0
D. Polius c wkpr Thomas b Athanaze 25
+L. James c *Williams b Tonge 8
G. Mathurin run out 10
K. Peters not out 6
N. Pascal lbw b Martin 22
Extras (b4, lb4, nb4) 12
TOTAL (all out, 61.3 overs) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-10, 3-20, 4-52, 5-53, 6-112, 7-128, 8-145, 9-146
Bowling: Tonge 21-3-78-6, Willet 15-1-48-1, Walsh 3-0-15-0, Athanaze 8-2-14-1, Martin 14.3-6-15-1.
LEEWARD ISLANDS 2nd Innings
J. Liburd c Smith b Mathurin 37
A. Richards c Browne b Pascal 0
M. Hodge c wkpr James b Pascal 0
*G. Williams c Polius b Pascal 15
+D. Thomas c Sebastien b Mathurin 31
T. Willett retired hurt 18
J. Hamilton b Mathurin 4
H. Walsh not out 29
G Tonge not out 5
Extras (b1, lb2, nb8) 11
TOTAL (6 wkts, 44 overs) 150
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-21, 3-52, 4-71, 5-108, 6-134
Bowling: Peters 11-1-44-0, Pascal 12-1-58-3, Mathurin 17-10-20-3, Polius 4-0-25-0.
Position: Leewards lead by 93 runs with four second innings wickets standing
Umpires: L. Abraham, C. Mack