Peter, Sebastien give Windwards early lead
GROS-ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – A five-wicket haul by Vincentian fast bowler Kenroy Peters and a determined unbeaten 68 from captain Liam Sebastien secured first innings points for Windward Islands against Leeward Islands in the Regional 4-Day Tournament on Friday.
Leewards chose to bat first, but slumped to 75 for five at lunch before being eventually dismissed for 121, prompting an early tea on the opening day of the fifth round match at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Only opener Javia Liburd showed any resistance with an even 50 that included six fours and a hooked six off pacer Nelon Pascal.
Left-arm fast-medium bowler Peters, now 30 and playing in his 47th first class match, bowled with consistency to take wickets at regular intervals, as he finished with five for 43.
By the close, the Windwards had reached 126 for six, a lead of five runs.
Sebastien was unbeaten on 68, while seamer Gavin Tonge snared four for 55.
Earlier, Pascal accounted for Austin Richards Jr caught behind for three, flirting at a delivery outside off-stump, while Montcin Hodge was brilliantly caught at third slip by Keddy Lesporis diving full length to his right, leaving Leewards 39 for two.
Lesporis had earlier dropped Hodge at the same position before he had scored.
Peters got into the act sending back captain Gavin Williams caught behind for one, and then yorked Devon Thomas for seven at 54 for four.
Liburd eventually played back to a delivery from left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin and was trapped lbw before Peters returned to hurt the Leewards again, inducing Jahmar Hamilton to lob a catch square on the off side to Atticus Browne to fall for 21.
Tonito Willett fished outside off-stump and was caught at second slip by Andre Fletcher for seven and Justin Athanaze followed soon afterwards, bowled for two.
Hayden Walsh Jr then nibbled one behind for 17 before the innings ended when Anthony Martin was run out without scoring.
The Windwards started poorly, however, crashing to 20 for three with Devon Smith falling for four, Fletcher for five and Lesporis for eight.
But Sebastien hit 10 fours, dominating a sixth-wicket partnership of 59 with Dalton Polius before the latter was caught behind for 25, becoming the last of wicketkeeper Devon Thomas’ victims on the night.
LEEWARDS 1st Innings
J. Liburd lbw b Mathurin 50
A. Richards c wkpr James b Pascal 3
M. Hodge c Lesporis b Pascal 8
*G. Williams c wkpr James b Peters 1
+D. Thomas b Peters 7
T. Willett c Fletcher b Peters 7
J. Hamilton c Browne b Peters 21
H. Walsh c wkpr James b Pascal 17
J. Athanaze b Peters 2
G. Tonge not out 0
A. Martin run out 0
Extras (lb4, w1) 5
TOTAL (all out, 48.5 overs) 121
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2- 39, 3-40, 4-54, 5-74, 6-99, 7-114, 8-121, 9-121
Bowling: Pascal 15.5-2-45-3, Peters 18-4-43-5, Mathurin 11-6-19-1, *Sebastien 4-0-10-1
WINDWARD ISLANDS 1st Innings
D.S. Smith c Willett b Tonge 4
A. Browne lbw b Willett 1
A. Fletcher c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 5
K. Lesporis c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 8
*L. Sebastien not out 68
K. Hodge c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 0
D. Polius c wkpr Thomas b Athanaze 25
+L. James not out 8
Extras (lb3, nb4) 7
TOTAL (6 wkts, 41 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-10, 3-20, 4-52, 5-53, 6-112
Bowling: Tonge 14-2-55-4, Willet 12-1-34-1, Walsh 3-0-15-0, Athanaze 8-2-14-1, Martin 4-2-5-0.
Position: Windwards lead by five runs with four first innings wickets standing
Umpires: C Mack, L Abraham.