Dewar wants to bowl CCC back into game
GROS ISLET, SAINT LUCIA - Akeem Dewar showed why he was selected ahead of spinner, Derone Davis in the Starting XI for the Combined Campuses & Colleges in their 1st Round, Regional 4 Day Match against the Windward Islands.
The students were bowled out within 40 minutes of the start of Day 2 for 309. Windwards openers, Devon Smith and Tyronne Theophile then put together a mammoth opening stand of 122. Upon being introduced into the attack though, Dewar forced Theophile into a false shot, and had the right-hander mis-time a push right back to him.
But still, the Windward Islands enjoyed batting on a Beausejour pitch specially designed for batsmen. It really wasn't until after Tea time that Dewar changed the course of the day's play. There were similarities between the opening day and Day 2. The students had lost six wickets in the last session on Day 1, and now they were looking to return the favour.
Dewar accounted for the wickets of Andre Fletcher, Keddy Lesporis, and both openers, including centurion, Devon Smith. Like many others, he says the key to bowling on such a good batting track is to be patient and keep hitting a good line and length. At the end of Day 2, CCC were not totally out of the game, and that was a relief for Dewar. He said, "Taking four wickets for my team was very good, bringing them back into the game, but we kind of let them off again in the end but on my part, I got some good support."
He could see similarities in the collapse of the Windwards to that of his own team on Day 1, but was disappointed the CCC didn't take more wickets in the final session. "We would have loved for it to be very much more similar but we couldn't capitalise on the wickets that we got in the last session but Windwards are batting good, and the pitch isn't offering that much assistance so we have to keep bowling tight, keep hitting the right areas," Dewar said.
He also saw similarities in the way wickets were being taken. He praised all the bowlers in difficult batting conditions for being patient and hitting the right line consistently.
He hopes Day 3 will bring more wickets for the CCC, and he says he is prepared to work hard to get back in the match. He stated, "We have to get back in the game. We have to get wickets early in the day and try and limit them to as small a lead as possible and then try to bat well again. Surely, this is a game either team can win or lose."
The possibility of a five-wicket haul too, rests firmly in his mind, "Well, I try to get that out of my mind because that brings pressure too. I was thinking about it and it kind of put some pressure on me. I'm not going to think about it too much."