Johnson bowls Windwards to third

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A record spell from Delorn Johnson undermined Barbados’ batting and set Windward Islands up for an emphatic, seven-wicket victory to finish third in the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament on Sunday.
 The tall, left-arm fast bowler from St. Vincent & the Grenadines captured an amazing five wickets for five runs from his allotted four overs, as Barbados, choosing to bat, were dismissed for a modest 101 in their allocation of 20 overs in the Consolation Final at Kensington Oval.
 Andre Fletcher and fellow Grenadian Devon Smith followed up with a determined, second-wicket stand of 67 that paved the way for the Windwards to reach their target with 13 balls remaining. 
Johnson, a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre , produced easily the best spell of bowling in a regional Twenty20 match.
 He also tied with Anil Kumble for the 11th best figures in a T20 ever, the Indian leg-spinning legend finishing with the same figures for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League two years ago.
 Johnson turned the match into a genuine no-contest, when he snared Barbados captain Kirk Edwards, all-rounder Kevin Stoute and wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich in his first over, rocking the home team on four runs for three wickets.
 He had Edwards and Stoute both caught behind driving loosely at wide deliveries, and bowled the pint-sized Dowrich, when he tried to cut a shortish delivery too close to him.
When Fletcher’s direct hit at the striker’s end ran Dwayne Smith out for three in the fourth over, Barbados were seven for four and had added just 10 more runs at the halfway stage of the innings.
Alcindor Holder joined left-hander Jonathan Carter, and they added 68 for the fifth wicket to add some beef to the Barbados total.
Windwards conceded their first boundary in the 12th over, when Holder struck a six over deep backward square leg off Windwards and West Indies captain Darren Sammy, whose medium-fast bowling yielded 28 runs in four overs.
Sammy and Liam Sebastien, whose three overs cost 30, allowed the partnership to flourish with some loose bowling before Holder was run out for 24 in the 16th over and Charles bowled Carter with a full-length delivery for the top score of 42 that included two fours and three sixes from 53 balls.
An expensive final over from Garey Mathurin, which cost 11 and included Sulieman Benn hitting a six over long-on, allowed Barbados to inch closer to the 100-run threshold before the home team lost their last three wickets in the final over – Johnson collecting two to complete the demolition.
Sun, 01/22/2012 - 15:17