Amazing Austin spins CCC into Final

Cave Hill, Barbados – Combined Campuses & Colleges defeated Windward Islands by a whopping 157 runs to advance to the final of the WICB First-class Championships.

Led by a brilliant bowling effort from off-spinner Ryan Austin and backed up by left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh, the CCC dismissed the visitors for a mere 128 as they fell apart on pursuit of a target of 286. The 29-year-old Austin ended with5-32 from 11 overs to trigger a dramatic middle and lower order collapse in the evening session of the penultimate day at the 3Ws Oval.

The Windwards were at one stage 103-4, but lost their last six wickets for a meagre 25 runs to spark wild celebrations by the CCC players and faithful supporters. Austin received excellent support from the accurate Kanatsingh who took 4-58 from 15.2 overs to follow up his five wickets in the first innings.

Captain Omar Phillips held three sharp catches under the bat at short leg at back up his bowlers. The match came to a sensational end at 4.35 pm when Kevin McClean held a stunning inches from the ground as he ran around from the long-on boundary off the bowling of Kantasingh. It was a fitting end to a brilliant performance by CCC.

Keddy Lesporis, batting at Number 4, played very well and struck eight boundaries in the top score of 55 from 71 balls in 1 ¾ hours for the Windwards, but no other batsman passed 20. He added 52 for the fifth wicket with left-hander Kevin James, who made 12.

His dismissal triggered the collapse that saw the Windwards lost their last six wickets for 25 runs in the space of 53 deliveries.

Earlier in the innings Windwards a terrible start. Smith and fellow Grenadian Andre Fletcher, their two most decorated batsmen, both fell before the score reached 20. Smith was caught at point off Kantasingh for seven just after hitting the bowler overhead for six, Fletcher was lbw on the backfoot to the same bowler for eight, and Johnson Charles was brilliantly caught behind off Kevin McClean for one to leave Windwards 18-3.

When skipper Liam Sebastien was caught behind down the leg-side off Kantasingh for 16 in the second over after the break to leave the visitors 51-4 before Leporis and James came together.

The day started with CCC on 85-3. They were dismissed for 202 in their second innings about 55 minutes after lunch. Romel Currency followed up his first innings 95 with a resolute 70, which made all the difference. Left-handers Raymon Reifer (24) and Kevin McClean (22) beefed up the CCC innings.

Off-spinner Dalton Polius, in his second first-class match, took career-best 5-50 from 21.4 overs, his captain Liam Sebastien collected 3-58 from 30 overs with his off-spin, and left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin grabbed 2-62 from 28 overs.

Result: CCC won by 157 runs to advance to the Final
CCC 1st innings 256
Windwards 1st innings 173
CCC 2nd innings
(overnight 85-3)
R. Currency c Lesporis b Mathurin 70
O. Phillips lbw b Sebastien 14
S. Thomas c Charles b Sebastien 5
K. Corbin lbw b Polius 31
R. Reifer c Lesporis b Polius 23
F. Reifer lbw b Polius 0
C. Brathwaite c Sebastien b Polius 0
N. Bonner b Sebastien 14
K. McClean c Williams b Polius 22
R. Austin c Fletcher b Mathurin 9
K. Kantasingh not out 9
Extras (b2, lb3)  5
TOTAL (all out, 86.4 overs) 202
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-34, 3-81, 4-119, 5-119, 6-119, 7-153, 8-161, 9-181
Bowling: Pascal 4-0-21-0, Williams 3-1-6-0, Sebastien 30-6-58-3, Mathurin 28-6-62-2, Polius 21.4-5-50-5
Windwards 2nd innings
(target: 286)
D. Smith c R. Reifer b Kantasingh 7
J. Charles c Corbin b McClean 1
A. Fletcher lbw b Kantasingh 8
K. Lesporis c Phillips b Austin 55
L. Sebastien c wk Corbin b Kantasingh 16
K. James c Phillips b Austin 12
L. James c Brathwaite b Austin 8
D. Polius c sub (Wiggins) b Austin 0
G. Mathurin c Phillips b Austin 0
N. Pascal c McClean b Kantasingh 12
K. Williams not out 4
Extras (lb1, nb4) 5
TOTAL (all out, 35.2 overs) 128
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-16, 3-18, 4-51, 5-103, 6-112, 7-112, 8-112, 9-117
Bowling: Kantasingh 15.2-3-58-4, McClean 6-2-22-1, Austin 11-3-31-5, Brathwaite 3-0-16-0
Man-of-the-Match: Romel Currency (CCC)
Umpires: Nigel Duguid, Clancy Mack

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