Windwards lift Lloyd trophy with ease

Peters, the experienced left-arm seamer, took three wickets in an early spell which ripped the heart out of the CCC top-order and ended a 13-year title drought by the Windward Islands.

He ended with a career-best 4-32 as CCC were bowled out for 174 in the 50th over on a good pitch at Kensington Oval.

Chasing a revised target of 134 from 29 overs in the rain-hit day/night contest at Kensington Oval, the Windwards cruised to victory with time and effort to spare, to lift their third regional title.

Once again, they were guided by talisman opener Devon Smith who top scored with an unbeaten 67 while West Indies limited overs batsman Johnson Charles struck 46.

The pair put on 100 off 98 balls for the first wicket, a partnership that snuffed the life out of any hopes CCC harboured of sneaking a surprise victory.

“This is very pleasing. It is a long time we haven’t won something and it is just wonderful that we have won this championship,” a beaming Windwards captain Liam Sebastien said.

While Smith and Charles were at the crease the CCC resembled something more like Combined Caribbean Confectionery, as the duo found the bowling too sweet to be true. Smith batted at a class above the others and surely would have picked a place in the West Indies team for the ICC Champions Trophy in England.

Earlier, the Windwards won the toss and sent the students in to bat in overcast conditions. Skipper Liam Sebastien’s decision paid dividends as wickets began to tumble immediately as Peters got the ball to swing in the overcast conditions.

He had the dangerous Chadwick Walton (13), Anthony Alleyne (1) and Raymond Reifer (3) dimissed and from that point it was difficult for the CCC to put up a good score to defend.

The ageing legs of Floyd Reifer failed him and it was four down for just 31 runs. Skipper Kyle Corbin, with his mom looking on in the stands, then took the attack to the Windwards and played some audacious shots that the 500 or so fans lapped up with glee. One in particular a a lofted straight drive ended on top of the Weekes, Worrell and Walcott stand.

The right hander was hitting the ball cleanly and looked as if he was playing on another pitch from the others. Nikoli Parris, not as smooth but effective, joined him in taking the score along quickly to 78. However, Corbin, 46, tried to get to his half century in grand style but holed out to long on. His effort came from 56 balls and included five fours and two sixes.

As so often happen after a good partnership, the other half in the set up fell soon after. Parris fell for 34 for the addition of one run and from there the students experienced their second slide. The CCC crashed to 139 for nine and it took a brave last wicket stand of 35 runs from Ryan Austin (13 not out) and Kevin McLean (19),that pulled them to their final score of 174.

Peters was backed up by off-spinner Shane Shillingford with 3/29.

SCOREBOARD

CCC vs Windwards

CCC inns

C Walton c Lesporis b Peters 13

A Alleyne c Charles b Peters 1

R Reifer c Charles b Peters 3

K Corbin c Polius b Bobb 46

F Reifer run out 2

N Parris c Smith b Shillingford 34

S Thomas c Charles b Johnson 25

A Dewar c Fletcher b Shillingford 6

K McLean c Charles b Peters 19

K Williams c Fletcher b Shillingford 0

R Austin not out 13

Extras 4lb, 8w 12

Total all out (49.2) 174

Fall of wkts: 8, 18, 21, 31, 78, 121, 133, 139, 139, 174.

Bowling: D Johnson 10-1-42-1 (5w), K Peters 8.2-1-32-4 (2w), A Bobb 10-1-31-1, S Shillingford 10-1-29-3 (1w), L Sebastien 10-2-30-0, D Polius 1-0-6-0.

Windwards Inns

 

D Smith not out 67

J Charles c Corbin b Williams 46

T Theophile not out 17

Extras 4w 4

Total for 1 wkt (22.2) 134

Fall of wkt: 100.

Bowling: N Parris 3.2-0-24-0, K Williams 3-0-28-1 (1w), R Reifer 4-0-29-0 (3w), R Austin 4-0-22-0, A Dewar 6-0-21-0, K McLean 2-0-10-0.

Result: Windwards won by 9 wkts.

Men of match: Devon Smith and Kenroy Peters.

Result: Windwards win regional Super50.

 

 

 


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