Saturday, December 16, 2017

Leewards make 164


Combined Campuses and Colleges were eyeing first innings points, following another atrocious batting display by the Leeward Islands in their Regional Four-Day contest on Saturday.

Opting to bat first, the hosts were bundled out for 164 at Warner Park and CCC had reached 90 for two by the close, just 74 runs adrift of the lead on the opening day of the first round encounter.

Opener Shacaya Thomas was unbeaten on 56 and was partnered by Raymon Reifer who was unbeaten on six.

Earlier, the spin duo of Akeem Dewar and Ryan Austin wrecked the Leeward innings, accounting for seven wickets between them, as the hosts crashed spectacularly.

Cruising at 147 for three at one stage, the Leewards lost their last seven wickets for 17 runs with leg-spinner Dewar claiming four for 42 and off-spinner Austin finishing with three for 31.

Mali Richards, the son of legendary West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards, top scored with 50 off 112 balls with nine fours while veteran Sylvester Joseph chipped in with 39 off 96 balls with eight fours.

The pair shared 69 for the third wicket, building on a 45-run second wicket stand between Richards and Montcin Hodge who scored 27 off 67 balls with five fours.

Joseph’s dismissal triggered the collapse, with the Leewards losing four wickets for just one run. They never recovered.

When CCC batted, the Leewards struck early when seamer Gavin Tonge claimed left-handed opener Anthony Alleyne for nine with the score on 19 in the third over.

Thomas, who has faced 83 balls and counted nine fours, then kept the Leewards bowlers at bay in an enterprising second wicket stand of 64 with Kyle Corbin (18).