Smith’s tons flatten CCC
Discarded West Indies opener Devon Smith smashed his second century of the match as the Windward Islands defeated the Combined Campuses & Colleges by eight wickets in their WICB Regional Four-Day Championship match at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia today.
Smith’s unbeaten 101 added to the good morning for the Windwards where fast bowler Nelon Pascal claimed 5 for 81.
Akeem Dewar and Nekoli Parris resumed the CCC’s second innings this morning, and it took almost 90 minutes before Pascal struck. After getting to a well compiled 52, Dewar pulled Pascal straight to Garey Mathurin at short mid-wicket. It was the breakthrough the Windwards wanted with CCC on 246 for 7.
With just half-hour to go to lunch, Pascal then engineered the end of the innings. He induced Parris to pull a shot off a good bouncer to Keddy Lesporis at deep square-leg and ended his patient knock of 37. He accounted for Kevin McClean, brilliantly caught by a diving Tyronne Theophile at point. Pascal then claimed the final wicket of Jason Dawes to end CCC’s innings on 284 all out, leaving the Windwards with 185 to win from 60 overs.
If the CCC were to stay in the game, they needed wickets quickly, especially that of Smith. Instead, what they were greeted with was an early assault. Smith and Theophile went after the students’ bowling, rushing the score to 91 before Theophile was caught behind trying to cut Dewar.
Smith and Andre Fletcher took the hosts to tea on 115 for 1, leaving 70 runs to get in the final session. They added 45 runs from 77 balls before Fletcher tried to paddle sweep Ryan Austin and was bowled. Smith and Keddy Lesporis (16) then added 45 before the latter edged Raymon Reifer to Anthony Alleyne at second slip.
Smith then completed his 21st first-class hundred as he and Donwell Hector formalised the result.