Tonge, Thomas lead Leewards to victory

St John's, Antigua, CMC – A brilliant, unbroken century stand between Gavin Tonge and Yannick Leonard helped Leeward Islands pull off a thrilling run chase and beat Guyana by five wickets here Monday.

Chasing 279 for victory, the Leewards reached their target for the loss of five wickets, late in the second session on the final day of their sixth round contest in the Regional Four-Day Championship.

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Tonge, more known for his right-arm seam, stroked a gutsy, unbeaten 57 while Leonard, a specialist left-arm spinner, supported with 37 not out, in a sixth wicket partnership worth 101.

It carried the Leewards from what looked like certain defeat at 178 for five to an unlikely victory a few hours later at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

The run chase was, however, set up by Devon Thomas who stroked a superb 90 while Jahmar Hamilton got 54, in a 140-run, fourth wicket stand. When both fell, the Leewards still had much to do avoid their fourth defeat of the season but Tonge and Leonard crowned themselves heroes.

The win was only their second in five outings in the tournament, moving them to 40 points. They remained fifth in the standings, however.

Starting the day on 101 for three, still in need of a further 178 to win, the odds were on Guyana, especially considering the Leewards' recent batting form.

Much rested on Thomas, on 38 and Hamilton, 34, and they both put their hands down to keep Guyana wicket-less inside the first hour. In the meantime, Thomas completed his seventh first class half-century, reaching the mark off 80 balls in the eighth over of the morning.

With a second first class century in sight, however, Thomas was finally prised out by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, half-hour before lunch at 168 for four. He faced 128 balls in 168 minutes at the crease and struck 15 boundaries.

Hamilton, who had reached his half-century off 131 deliveries, perished ten runs later after facing ten more balls, gloving off-spinner Mohamed Shadir to wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble down the leg-side.

Tonge and Leonard saw the Leewards to lunch at 189 for five and fought gallantly afterward to keey Guyana at bay. Tonge, dropped on 20, went on to face 99 balls in just over 2-1/2 hours at the crease while counting three fours and two sixes.

Leonard gamely followed his lead, hitting four boundaries off 118 balls in two hours and 39 minutes at the wicket.

When Tonge reached his fifth first class fifty off 95 balls, the Leewards were well in sight of victory at 263 for five, and they duly completed the formalities to condemn Guyana to their fourth loss in five games this season.


Summary Scores:

Guyana 1st Innings: 238/9 (90 Overs). Leon Johnson* 110, Anthony Bramble+ 28, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 19, Amir Khan 19; Anthony Martin 24-8-48-4, Gavin Tonge 23-8-44-2, Kelbert Walters 16.2-8-25-2, Yannick Leonard 11-2-51-2.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings: 174 All Out (61.4 Overs). Devon Thomas+ 71, Tonito Willett 27, Kieran Powell* 17, Kelbert Walters 13*; Keon Joseph 15.4-3-53-4, Zaheer Mohammed Shadir 8-1-12-3, Veerasammy Permaul 15-5-36-1, Ronsford Beaton 13-3-40-1.

Guyana 2nd Innings: 47/2 (20 overs). Trevon Griffith 58, Anthony Bramble+ 47, Chanderpaul Hemraj 34, Zaheer Mohammed Shadir 28; Anthony Martin 30-13-49-5, Yannick Leonard 23-5-48-4, Kelbert Walters 12-7-25-1, Kieran Powell 4-1-12-0.

Leeward Islands 2nd Innings: 279/5 (86 Overs). Devon Thomas+ 90, Gavin Tonge 57*, Yannick Leonard 37*, Javia Liburd 11; Keon Joseph 13-2-46-2, Veerasammy Permaul 22-5-61-1, Zaheer Mohammed Shadir 18-4-54-1, Ronsford Beaton 16-2-54-1.

Leeward Islands won by 5 wickets


Guyana 1st Innings

T Griffith LBW Tonge 0

T Chanderpaul LBW Martin 19

A Fudadin c Martin b Tonge 13

L Johnson* c Thomas b Martin 110

C Hemraj c Powell b Leonard 7

A Bramble+ c Powell b Walters 28

Z Shadir LBW Leonard 17

V Permaul b Martin 15

A Khan not out 19

R Beaton c Powell b Martin 0

K Joseph c Orlando Peters b Walters 7

Total: 240 All Out (93.2 Overs)

Extras: (b1, w2) 3

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-27, 3-52, 4-64, 5-130, 6-188, 7-207, 8-212, 9-212, 10-240.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: K Walters 16.2-8-25-2, K Powell 3-0-20-0, A Martin 24-8-48-4, G Tonge 23-8-44-2, Q Boatswain 8-0-35-0, T Willett 8-1-16-0, Y Leonard 11-2-51-2.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings

K Powell b Joseph 17

J Liburd c Bramble b Beaton 5

Orlando Peters c Johnson b Permaul 14

D Thomas LBW Joseph 71

J Hamilton run out 0

T Willett c & b Shadir 27

G Tonge c Johnson b Joseph 5

Y Leonard b Shadir 4

K Walters not out 13

A Martin c Hemraj b Shadir 5

Q Boatswain c Shadir b Joseph 4

Total: 174 All Out (61.4 Overs)

Extras: (b4, lb1, nb4) 9

Fall of Wickets: 1-21, 2-32, 3-48, 4-64, 5-132, 6-142, 7-143, 8-157, 9-165, 10-174.

Guyana 1st Innings Bowling: R Beaton 13-3-40-1, K Joseph 15.4-3-53-4, A Fudadin 2-1-4-0, V Permaul 15-5-36-1, A Khan 8-2-24-0, Z Shadir 8-1-12-3.

Guyana 2nd Innings (Lead; 56)

T Griffith c Willett b Martin 58

T Chanderpaul c Hamilton b Martin 9

A Khan LBW Martin 0

A Fudadin c Martin b Walters 11

L Johnson* LBW Leonard 7

C. Hemraj c Powell b Leonard 34

A Bramble+ LBW Leonard 47

Z Shadir b Leonard 28

V Permaul c Thomas b Martin 3

R Beaton LBW Martin 3

K Joseph not out 1

Total: 212 All Out (87 overs)

Extras: (b4, lb5, w2) 11

Fall of Wickets: 1-42, 2-44, 3-85, 4-85, 5-102, 6-167, 7-178, 8-181, 9-202, 10-212.

Leeward Islands 2nd Innings Bowling: G Tonge 12-2-38-0, Q Boatswain 5-1-25-0, K Walters 12-7-25-1, Y Leonard 23-5-48-4, A Martin 30-13-49-5, K Powell 4-1-12-0, T Willett 1-0-6-0.

Leeward Islands 2nd Innings (Target; 279)

K Powell* c Bramble b Joseph 7

J Liburd LBW Joseph 11

O Peters b Beaton 7

D Thomas+ c Johnson b Permaul 90

J Hamilton c Bramble b Shadir 54

G Tonge not out 57

Y Leonard not out 37

Total: 279/5 (86 Overs)

Extras: (b12, lb3, nb1) 16

Fall of Wickets: 1-17, 2-24, 3-28, 4-168, 5-178.

Did not Bat: K Walters, Q Boatswain, A Martin, T Willett.

Guyana 1st Innings Bowling: R Beaton 16-2-54-1, K Joseph 13-2-46-2, Z Shadir 18-4-54-1, V Permaul 22-5-61-1, A Khan 15-3-45-0, T Griffith 2-1-4-0.

Result: Leeward Islands won by 5 wickets

Final points: Leewards 15 (3 bowling points + 0 batting points + 12 for victory) | Guyana 4 (1 batting point + 3 bowling points)

Man of the Match: Devon Thomas (Leeward Islands)

Toss: Leeward Islands won the toss and elected to field

Umpires: Tanvir Ahmed & Gregory Brathwaite

Standby Umpire: Bernard Joseph

Match Referee: Vanroy Burnes

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:03