Lions spinners finish off Windwards
Roseau, Dominica – Danny Briggs and Adil Rashid spun the England Lions to a comprehensive 258-run victory over Windward Islands in the WICB Regional first-class championship.
Briggs, the left-arm spinner, collected 6-45 runs from 23 overs, and leg-spinner Rashid captured 4-19 from 14.4 overs, as Windwards, set 356 for victory, were dismissed for 97 on the final day of their sixth round match at Windsor Park.
Rashid formalise the result, when he bowled Mervin Matthew for the top score of 25 about half-hour after the lunch interval.
No other Windwards batsman passed 20, as the home team continued their trend this season of shambolic batting in the second innings to hand the Lions only their second victory of the competition.
The result meant that the Lions earned 12 points and move to 48, and Windwards gained no points to remain on 29.
Windwards started the day on 10 for two, and there was never a hint of what was to transpire, when Andre Fletcher and Keddy Lesporis steadily batted through the first half-hour.
Once Briggs removed them both, there was little resistance from the rest of the Windwards batting, and they subsided to 69-8 at lunch. After the interval, Matthew and Nelon Pascal put up a little resistance before Rashid had removed both of them to bring the innings to a close.
In the final round of matches, the Lions travel to Kingston, where they face Jamaica at Sabina Park, starting on Thursday, and Windwards face Leeward Islands, starting on Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia.