Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sebastien, James give Windwards 1st inns pts


willing partner: Lindon James

Mark Fraser

• Gros Islet

The Windward Islands mounted a spirited fightback on the second day of their opening round Regional Four-Day match against Barbados at the Beausejour Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Only two sessions were possible on day one after rain ended play prematurely.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Carlos Brathwaite were in the middle of leading a Barbados resurgence at tea. The Bajans resumed their first innings on 152 for five with the skipper on 53 not out and his namesake on 37.

Barbados went on to score 213 and were bowled out just before dinner on the second afternoon. Kraigg Brathwaite was the last man out for 82.

Windwards pacer Nelon Pascal picked up his fifth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, finishing with five for 61. Alston Bobb and Kenroy Peters both took two wickets each.

The Windwards saw out a short, tricky period to go to dinner on nine without loss but after the resumption, pacer Miguel Cummins fired for Barbados, snaring two wickets in two balls to leave Windwards reeling at 28 for two.

Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher sought to rebuild the innings as both came together in a crucial 42-run stand before Fletcher was caught behind off Tino Best, giving the Bajan pacer his 200th first-class wicket.

Charles quickly followed Fletcher as Kevin Stoute struck for the visitors to leave Windwards 70/4. But captain Liam Sebastien and Keddy Lesporis put on a solid stand to prevent any further damage.

By tea, both batsmen had added 73 runs and taken the score to 143 for four. Though Lesporis went soon after tea, Sebastien soldiered on. He got to his 50 and met a willing partner in Lindon James.

Together, Sebastien and James took the home side to a lead, surpassing Barbados’ first innings score.

Both were going strong until Jonathan Carter was brought into the attack. The medium pacer almost immediately removed Sebastien for 62, then sent Alston Bobb back to the pavilion without scoring. But James continued to bat solidly. He brought up his 50 from 91 balls, hitting four fours and a six. Wickets fell around him though. Cummins struck twice in the 64th over removing both Peters and Delorn Johnson.

The Windwards declared their innings on 252 for nine, with James on 62 not out. It gave the hosts a 39-run lead. Their hope of picking up a late wicket were dashed though as Kraigg Brathwaite and Rashidi Boucher too Barbados to stumps in their second innings on 11/0.