Shillingford enjoys match-winning return
Windward Islands 216 (Currency 76*, Theophile 73) and 256 for 7 (Ambris 81) beat Jamaica 194 (Baugh 56, Shillingford 4-61) and 275 (Baugh 89, Shillingford 7-116) by three wickets
Shane Shillingford enjoyed a rousing return to competitive cricket with a match-haul of 11 wickets to lead Windward Islands to victory over Jamaica. He had been suspended for an illegal bowling action in December, but following remedial efforts he returned to the first-class game to considerable success.
Carlton Baugh was Jamaica's light in both innings and his half-century after they were put in formed the backbone of a meagre total of 194. However, his rescue effort staggered to a halt when Shillingford blitzed through the tail to claim 4 for 61. Windward Islands established a slender, and in the end, crucial 22-run lead courtesy Tyrone Theophile (73) and Romel Currency (76). The pair added 102 runs for the fifth wicket to mask an otherwise unremarkable batting effort.
Jamaica were shored up by Baugh (89) again, but this time he had a reasonable foundation to build on with Jermaine Blackwood scoring his maiden first-class half-century. But the innings would be remembered for Shillingford, who accounted for the first five wickets to fall and then treated himself to a couple of the tail-enders to record his eighth ten-wicket performance in a match.
A target of 254 on the final innings posed appreciable challenge but Windward Islands held on with Sunil Ambris' determined 81, including eight fours. The other end was a revolving door of batsmen making starts and failing to capitalise, but in the crunch Shillingford and No. 8 Derlorn Johnson (21 off 14) sealed the deal.