Regional 4 Day Tournament 2015-16 February 15, 2016

Cornwall, Hamilton power Leeward Islands to first win

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - Rahkeem Cornwall picked up career-best match figures of 12 for 205 © WICB Media/Ashley Allen

Rahkeem Cornwall's career-best match figures of 12 for 205 along with Jahmar Hamilton's 130* in the second innings took Leeward Islands to a 85-run victory over Jamaica in Antigua.

Cornwall picked up 5 for 74 to help bundle Jamaica out for 158 in the first innings, after which he claimed 7 for 131 in Leewards' final innings defence of 365 to bowl Jamaica out for 280. Hamilton built on Cornwall's five-wicket haul in the first innings with a steady century that comprised of eight fours and three sixes. He was assisted by opener Montcin Hodge (72) and Orlando Peters (41) to help Leewards set Jamaica a target of 366.

In the chase, Kirk Edwards top scored with 93 but it wasn't enough to drive Jamaica home as none of the other batsmen managed to cross a score of 40.

Both teams suffered batting collapses in the first innings. Hodge (41) and Daron Cruickshank (51) did majority of the scoring in Leewards' 155 after they were inserted, while, in response, Jamaica were bundled out for 158 with No. 11 Sheldon Cottrell top scoring with 37.

For Jamaica, Nikita Miller and Damion Jacobs starred with the ball, picking eight wickets each in the match.

Barbados smashed Windward Islands by an innings and 56 runs in Bridgetown. The win was built around centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope, and a match haul of eight from pace Miguel Cummins.

Windwards chose to bat and were in trouble straightaway as Cummins cut through their top order to reduce them to 46 for 4 - one of the four to fall was Keddy Lesporis, who was sent on his way after handling the ball. Fifties from Andre Fletcher and Kavem Hodge made sure they did not collapse altogether, and they managed to put 250 on the board before being all out, Miguel ending with five scalps.

If they had any hope of that being enough to challenge Barbados, it was crushed by opener Brathwaite and No. 3 Hope, with scores of 117 and 162 respectively. Brisk cameos from the middle order followed, giving Barbados a cushion of 200 runs going into the second innings. Windwards could not force them to bat again, with Cummins again making the initial breakthrough before the spin of Sulieman Benn and Roston Chase took over. Windwards were duly bowled out for 144 in 53.3 overs.

Guyana registered a big win in Providence, beating Trinidad & Tobago by 105 runs. Batsmen Vishaul Singh and Leon Johnson, and the spin pairing of Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo were the stars of the game for Guyana.

Vishaul held Guyana together after they chose to bat, making an unbeaten 104 from No. 5 to get his team to 237. The two spinners then ensured that was enough, Permaul taking a five-for and Bishoo three to bowl T&T out for 179. Captain Johnson made sure that 58-run lead did not go to waste, stringing together 111 in Guyana's second innings, before declaring to set T&T 303 for the win. They got nowhere close as Guyana's spin twins delivered once more, Permaul grabbing four this time and Bishoo two.

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  • Roys8500 on February 21, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    Windies cricket need new faces. Get this guy in as soon as possible. At least give him a good run for around 10 ODIs...seems an interesting prospect.

  • Metman on February 16, 2016, 17:05 GMT

    @cricketchatweekly...improve his averages.

  • Sam896luc on February 16, 2016, 1:47 GMT

    CRICKETCHATWEEKLY -I agree. If Cornwall was from one of the "big" islands, he would be in the Windies team, especially T20, And I am from a "big island"

  • Riddymon on February 15, 2016, 20:01 GMT

    @cricketchatweekly He may be a decent spinner but unfortunately that's about it. Unfortunately, west indies has a ton of spin options and his batting isn't really outstanding. So it would take pretty extraordinary circumstances I could imagine to see him break into the national squad.

  • Cricketchatweekly on February 15, 2016, 12:27 GMT

    What Cornwall has to do to get a call up for the WI?

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