Smith and Butler lead Windward into final
Windward Islands 159 for 7 (Smith 75*) beat Barbados 155 (Butler 4-30) by three wickets
Ian Butler and Devon Smith turned in stellar performances with the ball and bat to secure Windward Islands' spot in the KFC Cup final against Trinidad. Butler took 4 for 30 to restrict Barbados to 155 and Smith carried his bat through the chase to lead Windward to victory by three wickets at the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent.
Butler backed up Rawl Lewis's decision to bowl first by taking four of the top five Barbados wickets in quick time. They were struggling at 92 for 5 at one stage, a position from which they never sufficiently recovered. Floyd Reifer top-scored for Barbados with 42 but their hopes of a fightback were snuffed out by Rawl Lewis, who took 3 for 29.
Chasing a modest target of 156, Windward lost Lyndon James for 13. After a partnership of 42 for the second wicket, Smith lost Andre Fletcher and Miles Bascombe in quick succession and Windwards were struggling at 62 for 3. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals but Smith, who struck 75, provided a steadying hand right through. The required run-rate was never a problem and Smith held up one end as wickets fell at the other to take Windward home with 35 balls to spare.