Peters sends Windwards into 4-Day final

Port of Spain, Trinidad, CMC – Windward Islands stormed into the final of the Regional Four-Day Championship on Monday, crushing Trinidad and Tobago by 234 runs inside three days at Queen’s Park Oval and announcing themselves as legitimate contenders for the Headley/Weekes Trophy.

They were propelled by left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters who produced amazing career-best figures of seven for 36 as T&T, set 340 for victory, meekly collapsed for 105 all out, approximately 45 minutes before the close.

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Only West Indies opener Lendl Simmons, who struck a fluent 31 from 33 balls with seven fours, managed to get past 20, as wickets tumbled spectacularly with seamer Mervin Mathew supporting with two for 16.

What made the emphatic nature of the victory even more remarkable was the fact Windwards were once again without their champion West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford who sat out the game battling a bout of flu.

The Windwards will now await the winner of the other semi-final between Barbados and Jamaica, currently underway at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, with the final set for next Saturday.

Earlier, the Windwards were dismissed for 231, about half-hour after lunch, after resuming the day on 88 for two.

Prolific left-handed opener Devon Smith top scored with 63, captain Liam Sebastien got 33 not out while Keddy Lesporis hit 26.

Leg-spinner Imran Khan finished with five for 46 while left-arm spinner Ricky Jaipaul and seamer Rayad Emrit, both claimed two for 35.

T&T struck early in the day when they removed Sunil Ambris for his overnight 13 with no addition to the score, but Smith pushed on from his 44 at the start to complete his 41st first class half-century, and see the Windwards past 100.

He eventually fell after 130 minutes at the crease, facing 110 balls and striking nine fours, and Lesporis and Sebastien then assumed responsibility for the innings.

Lesporis, who faced 51 balls and struck two fours, put on 35 for the fifth wicket with Romel Currency (10) before Sebastien added 32 more runs for the sixth wicket with Mathew (4).

Peters hit two fours in 17 and Nelon Pascal hammered two fours and a six in an identical score down the order, as the Windwards set T&T a difficult target.

T&T then raised hopes of pulling off a splendid run chase when Simmons and Evin Lewis (17) put on a breezy 50 off 57 balls for the first wicket.

But once Simmons was caught behind off Peters, T&T lost wickets in clusters as their last nine wickets crashed for just 46 runs.

With a big innings needed from Darren Bravo, the West Indies left-hander once again failed when he edged Peters to Lesporis at second slip for eight and when Lewis misjudged one from Peters, offered no stroke and was lbw, T&T were reeling at 60 for three at tea.

After the break, Jason Mohammed (12) and Akeal Hosein (4) put on 21 and appeared to be digging T&T out of their mess, with the score reaching 80 for three. However, Mohammed flirted with one from Peters outside off stump and nicked behind and two overs later, Hosein was brilliantly run out by Currency’s direct hit as he attempted a sharp single.

Tottering on 80 for five, T&T were looking to skipper Denesh Ramdin for salvation but he lasted just 19 minutes for his seven runs before he also edged one from Peters that bounced, to wicketkeeper Johnson Charles, at 87 for six.

The Windwards clinically kept up the pressure and the T&T tail folded without resistance.


Summary Scores:

Windward Islands 1st Innings: 248 All Out (73.4 Overs). Romel Currency 68, Sunil Ambris 44, Liam Sebastien* 40, Keddy Lesporis 39; Imran Khan 17-2-59-4, Ricky Jaipaul 17.4-6-34-2, Shannon Gabriel 11-2-35-2, Marlon Richards 7-0-30-1.

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings: 140/8 Declared (47 Overs). Evin Lewis 47*, Denesh Ramdin*+ 25, Rayad Emrit 21, Lendl Simmons 19; Mervin Mathew 8-4-19-4, Delorn Johnson 10-2-44-2, Kenroy Peters 14-6-18-1, Liam Sebastien 10-2-28-1.

Windward Islands 2nd Innings: 231 All Out (68.2 Overs). Devon Smith 63, Liam Sebastien* 33, Keddy Lesporis 26, Nelon Pascal 17; Imran Khan 13.2-3-46-5, Rayad Emrit 11-4-35-2, Ricky Jaipaul 11-2-35-2, Jason Mohammed 9-2-21-1.

Trinidad & Tobago 2nd Innings: 105 All Out (29.2 Overs). Lendl Simmons 31, Evin Lewis 17, Jason Mohammed 12, Denesh Ramdin*+ 7; Kenroy Peters 10.2-5-36-7, Mervin Mathew 12-5-16-2, Delorn Johnson 4-1-20-0, Nelon Pascal 3-0-24-0.

Windward Islands won by 234 runs


Windward Islands 1st Innings

D Smith b Gabriel 0

T Theophille c Gabriel b Richards 30

J Charles+ c Lewis b Gabriel 8

S Ambris run out(Ramdin) 44

K Lesporis b Khan 39

R Currency LBW Khan 68

L Sebastien* c Darren Bravo b Khan 40

M Mathew c Lewis b Khan 3

K Peters c Khan b Jaipaul 5

D Johnson c Darren Bravo b Jaipaul 8

N Pascal not out 0

Total: 248 All Out (73.4 Overs)

Extras: (0nb, 0w, 3lb, 0b 3) 3

Fall of Wickets: 1-0, 2-30, 3-49, 4-112, 5-136, 6-226, 7-235, 8-240, 9-242, 10-248.

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings Bowling: S Gabriel 11-2-35-2, R Emrit 11-1-42-0, M Richards 7-0-30-1, A Hosein 7-0-29-0, I Khan 17-2-59-4, R Jaipaul 17.4-6-34-2, J Mohammed 3-0-16-0.

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings

L Simmons c Mathew b Johnson 19

E Lewis not out 47

Darren Bravo c Lesporis b Johnson 0

M Richards c Currency b Sebastien 2

J Mohammed LBW Peters 19

D Ramdin*+ c Charles b Mathew 25

A Hosein c Charles b Mathew 0

R Emrit c Charles b Mathew 21

I Khan c Charles b Mathew 2

Total: 140/8 Declared (47 Overs)

Extras: (lb5) 5

Did not Bat: S Gabriel, R Jaipaul, 

Fall of Wickets: 1-33, 2-33, 3-36, 4-67, 5-104, 6-104, 7-138, 8-140.

Bowling: N Pascal 5-0-26-0, D Johnson 10-2-44-2, K Peters 14-6-18-1, L Sebastien 10-2-28-1, M Mathew 8-4-19-4.

Windward Islands 2nd Innings (Lead; 108)

D Smith c Emrit b Mohammed 63

T Theophile LBW Emrit 11

J Charles+ c Hosein b Jaipaul 11

S Ambris c wkp Ramdin b Emrit 13

K Lesporis c wkp Ramdin b Khan 26

R Currency st Ramdin b Khan 10

L Sebastien* not out 33

M Mathew c Bravo b Khan 4

K Peters c Mohammed b Khan 17

D Johnson c Bravo b Jaipaul 7

N Pascal c Ramdin b Khan 17

Total: 231 All Out (68.2 Overs)

Extras: (b9, lb7, nb3) 19

Fall of Wickets: 1-45, 2-60, 33-88, 4-113, 5-148, 6-150, 7-182, 8-205, 9-212, 10-231.

Trinidad & Tobago 2nd Innings Bowling: S Gabriel 9-2-27-0, M Richards 4-1-8-0, L Simmons 1-0-2-0, R Emrit 11-4-35-2, R Jaipaul 11-2-35-2, I Khan 13.2-3-46-5, J Mohammed 9-2-21-1, A Hosein 10-0-41-0.

Trinidad & TObago 2nd Innings (Target; 340)

L Simmons c Charles b Peters 31

E Lewis lbw b Peters 17

D Bravo c Lesporis b Mathew 8

J Mohammed c Charles b Peters 12

A Hosein run out Currency 4

D Ramdin*+ c Charles b Peters 7

R Emrit LBW Peters 2

I Khan c Currency b Peters 7

M Richards c Lesporis b Peters 0

S Gabriel LBW Mathew 5

R Jaipaul not out 0

Total: 105 All Out (29.2 Overs)

Extras: (b8, lb1, nb3) 12

Fall of Wickets: 1-50, 2-59, 3-59, 4-80, 5-80, 6-87, 7-90, 8-90, 9-105, 10-105.

Windward Islands 2nd Innings Bowling: M Mathew 12-5-16-2, D Johnson 4-1-20-0, N Pascal 3-0-24-0, K Peters 10.2-5-36-7.

Result: Windward Islands won by 234 runs

Toss: Trinidad & Tobago won the toss and elected to field

Series: Windwards advance to the Final

Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid

Match Referee: Hayden Bruce 

Reserve Umpire: Kellman Kowlessar

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:46