Windwards enter final with all-round effort
Windwards Islands 244 for 5 (Fletcher 68, Lesporis 61, Smith 59) beat Jamaica 242 for 8 (Parchment 86, Bonner 74, Peters 3-60) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Half-centuries from Andre Fletcher, Keddy Lesporis and Devon Smith set up a five-wicket win for Windwards Islands over Jamaica in the Regional Super50 semi-final in Bridgetown. Windwards will play Combined Campuses and Colleges in the final on April 21.
Set a target of 243, Windwards lost a wicket in the second over, but consolidated with a 78-run second-wicket stand between Smith and Tyrone Theophile. Smith contributed a 44-ball 59 to the partnership, hitting ten fours in his innings. The Windwards innings slowed down once Smith was dismissed but picked up once again when Fletcher and Lesporis came together at the crease. The pair added 91 runs for the fourth wicket in 131 balls and by the time Fletcher was dismissed for 68 in the 42nd over, Windwards needed 48 off the last eight overs. Lesporis and captain Liam Sebastien shared a brisk 41-run stand before Sebastien steered the side to a win in the 49th over. Fletcher's 81-ball 68 included five fours, while Lesporis scored 61 off 91 balls, with four fours and a six.
Jamaica, who chose to bat first, failed to capitalise on a 166-run second-wicket partnership between Brenton Parchment and Nkrumah Bonner. The pair took Jamaica from 3 for 1 to 169 for 1, before Bonner was out in the37th over. Their half-centuries had given Jamaica a launching pad for a big score but the rest of the batting line-up failed to contribute as Jamaica lost seven wickets for 63 runs. David Bernard struck an unbeaten 32 off 29 balls but lacked the support needed to push Jamaica towards a large total.