Regional Four Day Competition 2012-13 March 25, 2013

Shillingford's 12-wicket haul takes Windwards to top

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Windward Islands 184 (Smith 40, Nurse 4-63, Benn 4-50) and 301 for 4 dec (Smith 150*, Theophile 91) beat Barbados 64 (Stoute 33, Shillingford 4-20) and 205 (Braithwaite 91, Shillingford 8-82) by 216 runs

Shane Shillingford took his good form from the Test series against Zimbabwe into the Regional Four Day Competition, taking 12 wicketsto set up a 216-run win for Windward Islands against Barbados. Shillingford, who took 19 wickets in two Tests at an average of 10.52, bowled well in both innings to help dismiss Barbados for 64 and 205. The win puts Windwards at the top of the points table with 48 points.

Batting first, Windwards managed 184 in their first innings. Ashley Nurse and Sulieman Benn took four wickets each as Windwards crumbled after a strong start. In reply, Shillingford and medium pacers Nelon Pascal and Keon Peters dismissed Barbados for a paltry 64.

Openers Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophile extended Windwards' 120-run lead, with an opening stand of 170. While Theophile fell for 91, Smith smashed an unbeaten 150 as Windwards declared at 301 for 4, setting Barbados 422 runs for a win.

Shillingford then spun out Barbados for 205, picking up eight wickets for 82 runs off 37 overs. Barbados opener Kraigg Braithwaite held on end up, scoring an unbeaten 91 off 266 balls but Shillingford's dominance proved too much for Barbados.

Trinidad & Tobago 406 for 9 dec (Mohammed 138, Bravo 60) and 13 for 0 beat Combined Campuses and Colleges 188 (Corbin 62, Emrit 6-35) and 228 (Walton 93, Richards 3-66, Mohammed 2-7) by ten wickets

Trinidad & Tobago routed Combined Campuses and Colleges by 10 wickets in Port of Spain. Put into the bat, T&T were in trouble at 19 for 3 before a 117-run fourth-wicket stand between Jason Mohammed and captain Dwayne Bravo lifted them to safety. Mohammed anchored the T&T innings, stitching together partnerships of 80 runs and 104 runs with Kieron Pollard and Stephen Katwaroo respectively, and scored his second first-class hundred. T&T declared their innings at an imposing 406 for 9.

CCC began their reply well and a 107-run partnership between captain Kyle Corbin and Raymon Riefer for the fourth wicket took them to a solid-looking 168 for 3. However, the innings went downhill after Corbin was dismissed for 62, with the score at 168 for 4. CCC lost their next six wickets to fast bowler Rayad Emrit for just 20 runs to be dismissed for 188.

CCC were in danger of facing an innings defeat, tottering at 53 for 5 after T&T enforced the follow-on with a lead of 218 runs. Floyd Reifer and Chadwick Walton added 98 runs for the sixth wicket to lend some stability to the innings while a 72-run stand between Walton and McClean helped CCC edge past T&T's lead. Another lower-order collapse - four wickets in five runs - ensured that T&T needed a mere 11 runs for a win. The T&T openers took two overs to reach the target and bring their side to second place on the points table, level with Jamaica.

Jamaica 209 (Blackwood 42, Athanaze 4-76) and 225 (Brown 59, Walsh 4-62) beat Leeward Islands 108 (Hodge 21, Miller 7-13) and 156 (Hamilton 52, Miller 4-34, Richardson 3-30) by 170 runs

Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller's 11-wicket haul set up Jamaica's 170-run win over Leeward Islands. Put in to bat, Jamaica were dismissed for 209 in their first innings. Leewards offspinner Justin Athanaze picked up four wickets , while Quinton Boatswain took 3 for 21 in nine overs.

In reply, Leewards crumbled to 108 all out as Miller picked up seven wickets, conceding a miserly 13 runs in 20.2 overs. Jamaica struggled in their second innings and were 116 for 9 at one stage, before a 109-run tenth-wicket partnership between Odean Brown and Sheldon Cotterrell took them to 225. Brown scored his second first-class fifty before he was dismissed by Athanaze for 59.

Leewards had a poor start in their chase of a steep target of 327 runs. Quick wickets from fast bowler Andrew Richardson and Cotterrell reduced them to 20 for 4. A 91-run partnership between captain Sylvester Joseph and Jahmar Hamilton restored some stability to the chase but Jamaica were on top after Leewards lost their next four wickets for just 11 runs. Miller dismissed Hamilton for 52 and took three more wickets to give Jamaica a convincing win.

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  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Again I ask the question . . . if any of the "big four" were on top (with their current teams), would there be any questioning of the quality of the regional teams? I think not!!! Any way, the fact remains, Windward Islands are on top and maybe (just maybe) they may be regional champs.

  • NIGEL on March 27, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    So WIN beat, defeated, pound BAR.....great for them. But seriously what does that say of BAR and their cricket? And by extension WI cricket. The question we need to ask is if our Regional cricket is of the standard it should be when compared to the rest of the Test nations we play? Because these are the same guys that will represent us down the road in Test. And by the way let us not get carried away and ask for Devon Smith to be fitted back into the test team!

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Hey Rick, does that mean if Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana were at the top, then it wouldn't be an indictment? This is a very simplistic and myopic trend of thought. Why don't you give dues when it is deserved! The Windward Islands, this season, has played with heart and purpose. More than I can say for Barbados.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Is this really a good thing, or is it more of an indictment on the current poor state of WI cricket? The last good team from BIM had Dezzie Haynes in it--I fondly remember one of his last first class innings where he scored a century against Windwards @ Arnos vale without hitting a boundary. Devon smith has been around for some time now; and, Windwards team with Cuffy, Mclean, and Rawl Lewis were much, much better than this one.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    President Dr Julian strata is finnally achieving the fruits. Imagine Windward islands wallopping the geat Bimshare Cricket Dynastry. It is definately a sight for good eyes to witness the improvement in small islands cricket. Times change. Prety soon we will ran things.

  • Carl on March 26, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Great to see the region becoming more closely contested. But seriously, Nelon Pascal described as a "medium pacer"...ha ha, I am sure Mr.Pascal would not be too impressed with that!

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    I have been a Windward Islands support from the time of people like: Lockhart Sabastian, Ignatius Cadet, Winston Davis, etc. and I have always thought that they will one day become a force in regional cricket (even though they were the whipping boys of Caribbean cricket).

    Today, how times have changed. We are in the running to becoming regional champions. How happy am I!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Wow how times change. Growing up Barba were the dominant force in Caribbean Cricket, the tradition and legacy of having some truly great players are now getting comprehensively beaten by the Windward Islands, who were constantly the wipping-boys of the Region. Well i guess in some ways it's encouraging to see some of the other Islands, who had less of a reputation for bringing players through, are now trying to compete with their more established opponents, such as Jam, T&T, Guy and Barba.

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