Combined C&C v Leeward Islands, Nagico Super50, Port-of-Spain

Leeward Islands suffer humiliating loss

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 2, 2014

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Combined Campuses and Colleges 240 (Alleyne 54, Martin 3-33) beat Leeward Islands 80 (Baker 31*, Mayers 4-15) by 160 runs
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Kyle Mayers on his way to 4 for 15, Combined Campuses and Colleges v Leeward Islands, Nagico Super50, Port-of-Spain, February 1, 2014
Kyle Mayers took 4 for 15 to be named Man of the Match © WICB Media
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The dark clouds and rain that loomed ominously over Queen's Park Oval and caused a delayed start to the match were a portent of things to come for the Leeward Islands, who crashed to a historic 160-run defeat at the hands of Combined Campuses and Colleges. Chasing CCC's 240, Leeward Islands could only muster 80 in reply, their lowest total in the West Indies 50-over regional tournament. CCC claimed a bonus point for bowling Leeward Islands out for less than 192.

The previous low in List A cricket for Leeward Islands was 94 against Trinidad & Tobago in 2011 and the new mark could have been much worse had they not conjured a 44-run last wicket stand after they were reduced to 36 for 9 by an incisive spell of fast bowling from Kyle Mayers. The 21-year-old took Man-of-the-Match honours with 4 for 15 in 8.4 overs, bowling unchanged from the start of the second innings. The only thing standing in the way of a five-wicket haul for him was cramp, which forced him to leave the field before he could finish his full quota of overs.

The only player in the top nine who made double digits for Leeward Islands was opener Montcin Hodge with 10. Lionel Baker top scored with 31 not out, the highest score for a Leeward Islands No. 10 batsman in List A cricket.

CCC laid the foundation for victory by grafting out 240 in 49.5 overs, a score which CCC coach Curtly Ambrose felt was "25 or 30 runs short" at the innings break but proved to be more than enough. Chadwick Walton and Anthony Alleyne engineered a 57-run stand for the first wicket before Walton was run-out when Alleyne turned down a run after Walton nudged to square leg.

Alleyne added 50 more for the third wicket with Raymond Reifer and eventually top-scored with 54. His innings ended after a top-edged pull to midwicket off Mali Richards was taken courtesy of a tumbling catch by Rahkeem Cornwall. CCC reached 220 for 5 with 20 balls remaining in the innings but a flurry of wickets fell at the end. Anthony Martin had three men caught on the boundary to give him figures of 3 for 33 while Gavin Tonge, who took two of Martin's three catches, claimed two wickets in the final over to finish with 3 for 43.

On the whole though, Leeward Islands' ground fielding was poor, leaking several boundaries through the legs of fielders as well as contributing five runs on overthrows. Yet by the end of the day, the poor fielding paled in comparison to their limp batting performance.

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Posted by aclarity on (February 2, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

Please remember this same CCC team of bright, young prospects was to be left out in favour of the USA for financial reasons courtesy of the WICB. Shortsighted! For those who know and understand cricket, the three young CCC fast bowlers kept a good line and moved the ball. It was good bowling which slaughtered Leewards. Could it be the influence of Ambrose? Gibson needs some lessons. I hope the selectors understand what they are watching. This was not the full tosses and long hops of Ireland that Sarwan or my grandmother would clobber. Let me wish Mayers, Williams and R. Reifer more success in the tournament.

Posted by exuma on (February 2, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

Don't under-rate the "school boys". The CCC team has some good players and a good head as perusing an academic path too. Captain Steven Jacobs ( guyana) was an integral part of that strong team. Both Of the Reifers and Myers can possibly be in Barbados team, another strong team. Walton just toured NZ with the WI. They are a good representation of sportsman and academics, good luck to them. It's sad however to see the state of decline of Leewards cricket, thus WI cricket. The once powerhouse of Viv, Richardson, Ambrose, Roberts. Now look very ordinary. Good luck to all the teams.Exuma.

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