Pascal, Smith set up easy Windwards win
GROS ISLET, SAINT LUCIA - Devon Smith smashed his second century in two innings for the Windward Islands to lead his team to a convincing seven wicket victory over the Combined Campuses & Colleges at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia.
His knock followed up a good morning for the Windwards, one that belonged to Nelon Pascal.
Akeem Dewar and Nekoli Parris resumed the Windwards' second innings on the final morning, both having just batted to safety the night before. But unlike the end of the Day 3, Dewar and Parris looked quite comfortable at the crease. The Windwards would have entered the final morning hoping to quickly dislodge the lower order. Instead, what they met was stern resistance from the overnight batsmen.
It took all but 90 minutes before Nelon Pascal struck. To be fair to him, he was excellent throughout the morning, bowling with pace and bounce, and the important accuracy. After getting to 52, Dewar pulled straight to Garey Mathurin at short mid-wicket. It was the breakthrough the Windwards wanted, and CCC were 246/7. With just half-hour to go to Lunch, Pascal engineered an almighty collapse.
He was bowling well all morning, and finally got some luck on his side, though he might have thought differently when Mathurin dropped a sitter offered by Kevin McClean shortly after. But he never lost heart, and ran in hard. Twelve runs after the wicket, Parris' pull shot off a good bouncer from Pascal fell right into the lap of Keddy Lesporis at deep square-leg. His patient knock of 37 ended, and at 258/8, exposing the bowlers with Lunch approaching.
Pascal was adamant to end the innings though, and he was backed up well in the field by Tyronne Theophile to end Kevin McClean's innings. The left-hander's drive peeled off the outside-edge and was falling just short of Theophile at point, who made up ground by diving forward. With just one wicket to get now, play extended for 30 minutes at the scheduled Lunch break to allow the bowling team the chance to wrap the innings up.
Fifteen minutes into the extension, Pascal forced Jason Dawes into a false shot, thereby ending the Windwards innings on 284 all out, and finishing with figures of 16-2-81-5. It meant that the Windwards needed 185 runs to win from 60 remaining overs.
If the CCC were to stay in the game, they needed wickets quickly, especially that of opener, Devon Smith. Instead, what they were greeted to was an early assault. Smith and Theophile went after the students' bowling. By the time the score was on 32, Smith had already crashed four boundaries. Theophile too, provided a good opening partnership again. He played many shots of his own, but at most times, played spectator to Smith.
Both openers took the opening stand to 91 before Theophile was caught behind trying to cut Dewar, who seems to be the man with the golden arm for CCC. But Smith continued plugging away at the 185 total. He quickly moved to his half-century. The run rate had slowed after the fall of Theophile but remained well over 4.50, which says how quickly the opening partnership was going.
Smith and Fletcher took the hosts to Tea on 115/1, leaving 70 runs to get in the final session. Smith had 80 runs from a close by 81 balls. Time was never a factor, the last session had another 35 overs to bowl, including the mandatory 15 overs. Little looked to bother both batsmen. They had put on 45 runs from 77 balls until Fletcher tried to paddle sweep Ryan Austin. The ball came off his thigh and knocked the bail off leg-stump.
Still, the Windwards only needed 49 runs to win, and were in control of the match. Keddy Lesporis was having a bad game and he tried his best to stay at the crease. He battled his way to 16, putting on a partnership of 25 with Smith, before edging Raymon Reifer to Anthony Alleyne at second slip. With Liam Sebastien set to come back into the team against T&T this weekend, and Dalton Polius showing signs of form, the axe could fall on him.
But the day was all about Smith, who with under 20 runs to get, completed his second hundred of the match, and his 21st First Class century. With Donwell Hector, Smith found a partner and took the Windward Islands home by seven wickets. He finished unbeaten on 101.
Start: 10:00 AM AST
Venue: Beausejour Cricket Ground
Result: Windward Islands won by 3 wickets
Umpires: Nigel Duguid & Zahid Bassarath
Toss: Windward Islands won the toss & elected to field.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings
S Thomas lbw D Johnson 21
A Alleyne c N Pascal b D Johnson 84
K Corbin* c D Johnson b S Shillingford 57
C Walton+ c D Smith b S Shilingford 27
R Reifer lbw S Shillingford 16
F Reifer c A Fletcher b N Pascal 11
N Parris c D Smith b N Pascal 9
A Dewar c D Smith b G Mathurin 3
K McClean c L James b G Mathurin 28
J Dawes not out 27
R Austin c T Theophile b N Pascal 8
TOTAL 309 All Out (98.4 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (S Thomas), 2-154 (K Corbin), 3-183 (A Alleyne), 4-211 (C Walton), 5-224 (F Reifer), 6-224 (R Reifer), 7-235 (N Parris), 8-256 (A Dewar), 9-272 (K McClean), 10-309 (R Austin).
Extras: 18 (8b, 2lb, 3wd, 5nb)
Windward Islands bowling: N Pascal 21.4-4-92-3 (1wd, 5nb), D Johnson 17-5-50-2 (2wd), G Mathurin 17-3-44-2, S Shillingford 34-9-76-3, D Polius 9-0-37-0.
Windward Islands 1st Innings
D Smith c S Thomas b A Dewar 139
T Theophile c & b A Dewar 54
Andre Fletcher c K Corbin b A Dewar 41
K Lesporis c K McClean b A Dewar 4
D Hector c C Walton b R Austin 1
D Polius c C Walton b R Reifer 77
L James c Corbin b R Austin 26
S Shillingford lbw J Dawes 37
G Mathurin not out 2
D Johnson c J Dawes b R Reifer 0
N Pascal lbw R Reifer 0
TOTAL 409 all out (112.4 Overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-122 (T Theophile), 2-203 (A Fletcher), 3-207 (K Lesporis), 4-241 (D Hector), 5-249 (D Smith), 6-310 (L James), 7-397 (S Shillingford), 8-402 (D Polius), 9-403 (D Johnson), 10-409 (N Pascal).
Extras: 17 (4lb, 4wd, 9nb)
Combined Campuses & Colleges bowling: K McClean 14-1-54-0 (1wd,1nb), J Dawes 18-3-70-1, R Austin 28-4-106-2 (8nb), A Dewar 33-2-127-4, R Reifer 10.4-2-38-3 (3wd), N Parris 9-1-10-0.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings
S Thomas lbw D Johnson 5
C Walton lbw S Shillingford 88
A Alleyne b N Pascal 0
K Corbin lbw S Shillingford 31
R Reifer c G Mathurin b D Polius 19
F Reifer run out (D Polius) 7
N Parris c K Lesporis b N Pascal 37
A Dewar c G Mathurin b Pascal 52
K McClean c T Theophile b Pascal 14
J Dawes c D Johnson b N Pascal 14
R Austin not out 5
TOTAL 284 all out (85 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (S Thomas), 2-10 (A Alleyne), 3-96 (K Corbin), 4-141 (R Reifer), 5-155 (C Walton), 6-156 (F Reifer), 7-246 (A Dewar), 8-258 (N Parris), 9-270 (K McClean), 10-284 (J Dawes).
Extras: 12 (2wd, 10nb)
Windward Islands bowling: N Pascal 16-2-81-5 (2wd, 10nb), D Johnson 10-2-34-1, S Shillingford 33-6-78-2, G Mathurin 16-2-54-0, D Polius 10-0-37-1.
Windward Islands 2nd Innings
D Smith not out 106
T Theophile c C Walton b A Dewar 25
A Fletcher b R Austin 25
K Lesporis c A Alleyne b R Reifer 16
D Hector not out 9
TOTAL 187/3 (44.5 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-91 (T Theophile), 2-136 (A Fletcher), 3-161 (K Lesporis).
Extras: 6 (2lb, 5nb)
Combined Campuses & Colleges bowling: R Austin 22.5-1-65-1 (3nb), K McClean 3-0-25-0 (1nb), J Dawes 3-1-18-0, A Dewar 11-2-63-1, R Reifer 5-0-14-1.