A fabulous bowling performance by the Windward Islands saw them to their first victory tonight in the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament, as they defeated the Combined Campuses and Colleges by 42 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Batting first the Windward Islands struggled initially but progressed to 129 for 7 in their 20 overs and then dismissed the CCC for 87 in 18.5 overs.
The CCC’s captain Kyle Corbin won the toss and in conditions that quickly went from overcast to pouring rain, he inserted the Windward Islands. With both teams yet to win a game, a good start was vital but Windward Islands, opening with two batsmen with West Indies experience in Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles, ran into early trouble.
They quickly rushed to 18 in two overs with Charles carting the second ball of pacer Jason Holder’s first over to the long off boundary for six. But at the start of Holder’s second over he got one to move sharply in from off and trapped Charles in front for 14. A downpour then led to a protracted break but with no reduction of the overs.
On resumption, the CCC had almost immediate success when Fletcher danced past an arm-ball from left-arm orthodox spinner Derone Davis and was easily stumped by Chadwick Walton for 7 to make it 31 for 2. That soon became 48 for three when former West Indies opener Devon Smith, batting down the order, lofted leg-spinner Akeem Dewar to Wayne Morgan at deep mid-wicket with his score on 7.
The introduction of left-arm slow bowler Kristopher Ramsaran stalled the scoring rate even further as the batsmen repeatedly played for turn, not realising that for the 24 balls he delivered, Ramsaran did not spin one by the slightest millimetre. Miles Bascombe, however, was undone by one straight on the stumps when he attempted to sweep, missed, and was bowled behind his back for 6 with the total on 66 for 4.
Captain Darren Sammy and Keddy Lesporis were then involved in a 39-run partnership where both showed great urgency with Sammy hitting Dewar for a six and a four in an over that went for 15. However in left-arm medium-pacer Raymon Reifer’s first over Sammy lost partner Lesporis when he lofted a catch to Davis at long-on for 33.
Reifer, deceptively pacy, then accounted for Sammy in his second over when he yorked him for 32 to leave the Windwards on 125 for 6. Holder, whose pace has noticeably increased from previous seasons, then bowled a splendid last over which yielded only four runs, as well as the wicket of Lindon James whom he yorked for 12. Holder had figures of 2 for 26 in his four overs, while Reifer had 2 for 14 from two overs.
The CCC got off to the best of starts when opening batsman Walton struck the first ball from left-arm spinner Gary Mathurin for six. Walton’s start was a mere aberration, though, as in the next over he edged a ball from Sammy to Smith at first slip for 7 with CCC on 8 for 1.
Reifer joined his captain Corbin and the two took the score to 47 with both looking quite assured. But in the same over in which Reifer pulled promising left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson for six, he lofted him to long-off where Bascombe took an easy catch to send the Barbadian all-rounder back to the pavilion for 17.
Corbin then played an ill-advised stroke to a fast, flat delivery on his stumps from off- spinner Liam Sebastian to be bowled for 17 and placed his team in a dodgy position at 48 for 3.
Disaster followed shortly afterwards when veteran Floyd Reifer, who gives the CCC his experience but very few runs, was run out for 2 going for a second run. Holder joined Ryan Wiggins at the crease with the Windward Islands’ spinners having a stranglehold on the CCC batting. Wiggins struck Mathurin for a boundary but was then immediately bowled by a faster delivery for 6 to leave the students on 57 for 5.
The slide continued in Sammy’s next over when Holder on 4, and with the asking rate increasing to over nine runs per over, went for a lofted drive but only reached as far as Fletcher at deep long-off to leave the CCC on 60 for six and in disarray.
Things got worse in Sebastien’s final over when a clueless Morgan had his stumps dismantled as he swung wildly to be dismissed for 4 with CCC on 69 for 7. Sebastien finished his spell with the amazing figures of 2 for 8 from his four overs.
Dewar looked to be positive at the wicket and reached 12 in 10 balls before he swept a ball from Mathurin to Shane Shillingford at short fine-leg with the total 79 for 8. Mathurin ended his four-over spell with figures of 2 for 24.
Shillingford got his name in the wickets column when Ramsaran jumped out to loft a delivery, missed and was stumped by James for 1.
Sammy completed the victory and a fine all-round performance when he had Ryan Austin caught at long-on by Charles for 2. Sammy had the excellent figures of 3.5-0-17-3 to complete an excellent man-of-the-match performance. (WG)