Sebastien pleased with Windwards showing
KINGSTOWN, ST VINCENT - Windward Islands captain, Liam Sebastien, opened his Regional 4 Day season with a convincing, and crushing ten wicket victory against Trinidad and Tobago at Arnos Vale over the weekend.
The ease of the win came as a surprise to Sebastien, after T&T were rolled over for just 86 runs in their second innings to leave the home team with six runs for victory on Sunday morning.
Tyrone Theophile saw off the victory in less than two overs with a straight drive down the ground, past Rayad Emrit for four, then a flick through the on-side for a couple. It gave the Windwards their second win in as many matches, and with Jamaica yet to play their second round game against the College students, the home side sit pretty at the top of the Regional 4 Day table on 24 points.
But having been ill for his side's first round win against the Combined Campuses & Colleges at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia, Sebastien returned to lead his side against the Caribbean Twenty20 champions. Key players in Shane Shillingford and Keddy Lesporis were ruled out of the match a day before due to the same virus.
Yet, with two of the Windwards' players sitting out and two younger players coming in, T&T still failed to take advantage of their fortune.
Sebastien was left elated with the way the Windwards won. He said after the game, "It's an excellent feeling to beat Trinidad in two and a half days. The other thing is missing two of our key starters in Lesporis and Shillingford makes it feel extra sweet."
Sebastien picked out Trinidad's obvious batting display as their weakness and what led to them eventually losing by 10 wickets. He admitted to being surprised by how easily T&T were rolled over, and thought the visitors failed to apply themselves in the conditions.
However, while T&T sit at the bottom of the team, his team rose to the summit of it with Jamaica yet to play their second game. So far this season, Windward Islands' fans have had a lot to be realistic about, and for Sebastien, it's all about continuing in his team's good form.
He continued, "We have to keep doing the same thing [winning]. We hoping to get that flu bug completely out of the team because there's still a lot of feeling the ill-effects of that. The first thing is to get that out of the team, make sure everybody's fully fit, ready to go, and we just can't be complacent. We have to keep playing game by game, ball by ball and keep doing the same things we've been doing that got us these two victories."
But even with the flu bug running through the Windwards' camp, the likes Dalton Polius, who replaced Sebastien himself in the first game, scoring 77 in the first innings against the CCC, then Kenroy Peters who came for Shane Shillingford against T&T, and broke the back of the T&T batting, have shown that the Windwards have depth on their bench. This pleases the Windwards captain, who said, "That is what made Windward Islands cricket a force. You have to say thanks to the selectors for the selection of those players. It's always a good thing when you have people on the side who can step up and do the job of key players such as Shane and Lesporis. The work ethic that we put in; everybody helps each other, making sure everybody's ready to go, and in case there's somebody injured, there's somebody ready and able to step in."
With the form that the Windward Islands have carried through so far in their three games of the domestic season, sitting atop the seven team table in the Regional 4-Day, their fans can dare to dream of breaking the Jamaican haul.