Windwards go down to Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Devon Smith’s 19th first class century was not enough to prevent Windward Islands from crashing to an 81-run, defeat inside three days as Jamaica emphatically started the defence of their Regional Four-Day Championship title here Sunday.
The left-handed Smith stroked 103 but the Windwards, set 320 for victory at Sabina Park, were dismissed for 238 with left-arm spinner Nikita Miller taking three for 65 and West Indies fast-bowling all-rounder Andre Russell claiming three for 16.
Earlier Jamaica, resuming the penultimate day on 262 for seven, were dismissed for 298 with Russell getting 29.
Resurgent West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford claimed six for 75 while pacer Nelon Pascal got three for 76.
The Windwards started their run chase poorly, losing batsmen steadily to be struggling at lunch at 49 for four.
Johnson Charles slashed fast bowler Andrew Richardson to captain Tamar Lambert at gully to perish for two at 10 for one and Keddy Lesporis followed soon after, lbw to Miller for eight at 24 for two.
Liam Sebastien (11) was caught and bowled by off-spinner Chris Gayle (2-51) before Dalton Polius was trapped in front by Miller, to leave the Windwards on 40 for four.
Smith, unbeaten on 23 at lunch, lost Garey Mathurin (2) to a catch at cover off Gayle as the Windwards plunged towards defeat at 49 for five.
However, the Windies batsman showed all his experience to stroke 12 fours and a six in an innings lasting 245 balls, to spare the Windwards embarrassment.
Surviving a chance to Miller at slip off Gayle when 30, he put on 39 for the sixth wicket with Andre Fletcher (21) and then mounted a valiant 85-run, seventh wicket stand with wicketkeeper Lyndon James who got 39.
James hit three fours and faced 87 balls before he was run out but Smith carried on, sweeping Miller for four to move into the 90s before bringing up his landmark with another boundary through cover point.
He eventually misjudged a full delivery from Russell (3-16) and was bowled, to set off Jamaica’s victory celebrations.
SCOREBOARD: Jamaica vs Windwards – 3rd day, 1st match
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 5, CMC – Scoreboard on the third day of the first round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship match between Jamaica and Windward Islands at Sabina Park on Sunday:
JAMAICA 1st Innings 180
WINDWARDS 1st Innings 159
JAMAICA 2nd Innings
(overnight 262 for seven)
S Jackson c wkp James b Pascal 9
C Gayle c Smith b Shillingford 165
D Pagon c Shillingford b Pascal 2
B Nash c wkp Charles b Peters 14
*T Lambert c Smith b Shillingford 15
D Bernard lbw b Shillingford 2
+C Baugh c Polius b Shillingford 14
A Russell lbw b Shillingford 29
N Miller not out 10
O Brown c Fletcher b Richardson 13
A Richardson lbw b Pascal 4
Extras (b17, lb1, nb3) 21
TOTAL (all out, 63.5 overs) 298
Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-56, 3-158, 4-201, 5-218, 6-228, 7-261, 8-269, 9-277, 10-298.
Bowling: Pascal 16-2-76-3, Peters 9-2-37-1, Shillingford 20.5-2-75-6, Mathurin 13-0-55-0, Sebastien 3-0-20-0, Polius 2-0-17-0.
WINDWARDS 2nd Innings (Target: 320)
D Smith b Russell 103
J Charles c Lambert b Richardson 2
A Fletcher lbw b Miller 21
K Peters c Pagon b Russell 0
K Lesporis lbw b Miller 8
*L Sebastien c and b Gayle 11
D Polius lbw b Miller 0
+L James run out 39
G Mathurin c Brown b Gayle 2
S Shillingford not out 19
N Pascal b Russell 14
Extras (b17, lb1, nb1) 19
TOTAL (all out, 84.1 overs) 238
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-24, 3-39, 4-40, 5-49, 6-88, 7-173, 8-216, 9-224, 10-238.
Bowling: Richardson 7-0-32-1 Russell 7.1-2-16-3 Bernard 4-0-14-0 Miller 36-6-65-3 Gayle 19-4-51-2 Brown 10-2-29-0 Lambert 1-0-13-0.
Result: Jamaica won by 81 runs.
Points: Jamaica 12, Windwards 0.
Umpires: Nigel Duguid, Norman Malcolm.