Regional Four Day Competition, 1st round

Big wins for T&T, Guyana and Jamaica

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 5, 2012

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Chris Gayle celebrates after reaching his century, Jamaica v Windward Islands, Day 2, Kingston, Regional Four Day competition, February 4, 2012
Chris Gayle returned to first-class cricket with a bang © West Indies Cricket Board
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Chris Gayle's second-innings century powered Jamaica to a comfortable 81-run win over Windward Islands in their opening game of the Regional Four-day competition at Sabina Park. Set a daunting 320-run target in a low-scoring game, Windward folded for 238 on the third day to give Jamaica their full complement of 12 points.

Earlier in the match, Jamaica, having been sent in to bat, struggled as they were bowled out for 180. Gayle, playing his first first-class match since 2010, was dismissed for 2, and left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin ran through the Jamaica lower and middle order to pick up 5 for 34. Only three Jamaica batsmen managed to go past 20 with Brendan Nash top-scoring with an unbeaten 49. However, the Windward batsmen failed to capitalise on the advantage given to them by their bowlers. Medium-pacer Andrew Richardson picked up five wickets as Windward stumbled from 31 for no loss to 112 for 9. Only a last-wicket stand of 47 helped carry them close to Jamaica's total before they were bowled out for 159.

Jamaica's second-innings centred around Gayle's commanding 165. None of the remaining batsmen managed to go past 30, as offspinner Shane Shillingford picked up six wickets, and Nelon Pascal chipping in with three. But Gayle held firm, his solo effort powering Jamaica to 298.

Windward never looked like they could reach the target as they lurched to 88 for 6. Opener Devon Smith, who top-scored with 103, and No. 8 Lindon James showed some resistance with an 85-run seventh-wicket stand, but they were ultimately bowled out for 238 to hand Jamaica an easy win. Gayle picked up two wickets, with Russell and Nikita Miller collecting three apiece.

An all-round performance from Guyana helped them post a resounding 234-run win over Leeward Islands at Windsor Park.

At 131 for 2, after having been sent in to bat, Guyana looked set for a big first-innings total. However medium-pacer Gavin Tonge, with five wickets, and Anthony Martin and Justin Athanaze with two wickets each, restricted Guyana to 208. In response, spinners Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul picked up seven wickets between them, as Leeward were skittled out for 98 in less than 40 overs. Only three batsmen managed to reach double figures with Kieran Powell top-scoring with 37.

Assad Fudadin (52) and Permaul (48) together with steady contributions from the middle- and lower-order helped carry Guyana to 226 in their second innings. Debutant Nelson Bolan picked up four wickets but the 128-run first-inning deficit meant Leeward were always on the backfoot. Faced with a huge target of 337, the Leeward batsmen didn't fare much better in the second innings. Once again Bishoo and Permaul ran through the Leeward line-up, picking up four wickets apiece as Leeward were bowled out for 102 to give Guyana an easy win.

Trinidad & Tobago joined Jamaica and Guyana at the top of the points table after comfortable win over Combined Campuses & Colleges in Bridgetown. T&T elected to bat, but their batsmen struggled against the offspin of Ryan Austin as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals with only Kieron Pollard showing some fight with a half-century. However Austin's seven-wicket haul was offset by the 53 extras - the second-highest score in T&T's innings - that CCC conceded, allowing T&T to reach 229.

Offspinner Sunil Narine, who was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the recently-held IPL auction, then struck to pick up five wickets to restrict CCC to 111. Only Yannick Ottley and Kyle Corbin managed to get past 20 as CCC conceded a 118-run lead.

That lead proved to be crucial as the T&T batsmen struggled to get going in their second innings. Narine made 34 and together with Denesh Ramdin (40), Jason Mohammed (31), helped take T&T to 168. Paceman Jason Holder was the most successful of the CCC bowlers with 5 for 48.

The 287-run target proved too much for CCC who limped to 114 before they were bowled out. Once again it was Narine, who ran through the batting line-up, this time picking up eight wickets, to end with match figures of 13 for 39.

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Posted by PaddyRasta on (February 9, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

@ the poster who wrote "The new-look windies will have no less than 2 spinners in the 11. Get used to it: Times have changed." I agree with you. There are two problems however. 1. the ingrained belief that WI can only be a pace attack and 2. If 2 spin bowlers are played then there can only be one true strike bowler in the Test team. Sammy has to play as a bowler (as he is captain) and he is not an allrounder. WI could play 5 bowlers but the weakness is already in the batting line-up and this is not helped by wicket-keepers who also are not consistent with the bat.

Posted by todobless on (February 8, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

@degiant, Devon Smith also scored a hundred in the same match, 103, and Narin'es 13-39 will be ManOfTheMath in any match "ever played".......he desevres to be the only one......(most economical) and (most wickets), and a fast knock 34, with 2 sixes, and 4 fours.

Posted by degiant on (February 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

How come Narine was named man of the match and looking at the score cards of the other games no man of the match was named. One wonder if they didn't want to name Gayle man of the match for the only hundred in the first round.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Come on guys, the glass is not half empty; it's half full. Face the fact, Windies cricket has changed from pace-based to spin-based. Besides, our pitches are now conducive to spin, just like in Asia. Not only that, but our crop of spinners are among the world's best. Note that every country is struggling to play good spin bowling. The new-look windies will have no less than 2 spinners in the 11. Get used to it: Times have changed.

Posted by Technical-1 on (February 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

K Pollard does not command a place in the West Indies Line up.. He would be another Sammy! Clyde do not let your emotions overcome your better judgement.

Captains must be able to command a place in the Team to take up helm... This is contrary to Hilarie and Company.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Our pitches and the standard of umpiring require immediate attention.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

All three matches in the current domestic series has finished within three day,and none of the teams were able to score three hundred runs in any innings. This is not good for West Indies cricket.The same happens at the test level.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

WI batsmen need to improve. Other that Gayle 165 and Polly fifty no other batsman got to fifty. In other worlds of the 66 batsman all who batted twice only two made more than fifty and one should note that both batsmen to get pass fifty are not on the WI team.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

I beleive WI batsmen finds it difficult to change thei way of batting for the T20 and ODI to a First Class & Test matches also its a known fact that we cannot play good spin, or swing bowling we are in a mess to make it worse the selectors are not picking the correct West indian team If they do maybe we will start winning again and replace Sammy with K Pollard as skipper (he reminds me of Clive Lloyd)

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 6, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

It concerns me that after 1 round of matches, the 5 leading wicket-takers are all spinners. This either means that 1- WI have the best spin bowlers in the world, 2- WI batsmen are the worst players of spin in the world or 3- The pitches so far on offer are sub-standard.

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