Warrican, Austin bowl CCC to victory
Kingstown, St. Vincent, CMC – Spinners Jomel Warrican and Ryan Austin kept Combined Campuses and Colleges’ semi-final aspirations alive, bowling them to an 82-run victory over Windward Islands in the Regional Four-Day Championship inside three days here Sunday.
Warrican, a former West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner, grabbed five for 34 from 20.1 overs and veteran off-spinner Austin captured three for 37 from 16 overs, writing his name in the record books, as Windwards were bowled out for 101 in their second innings in pursuit of 184, to win the sixth round match.
Opener Tyrone Theophile hit the top score of 31 and Keddy Lesporis made 23, but no other Windwards batsman reached 20, as Warrican, Austin and leg-spinner Akeem Dewar, to a lesser extent, benefitted from appreciable turn and bounce from the Arnos Vale Multiplex pitch to weave a web around the home team’s batsmen.
Warrican formalised the result about 20 minutes past the scheduled tea break, when he deceived tail-ender Nelon Pascal with a delivery that spun sharply and bowled him for three, sparking on-field celebrations by the visitors.
The victory meant that CCC, who started the match in fifth place, earned 16 points – moving them to an aggregate of 46 – and Windwards, who were second in the table, gained three points – increasing their tally to 65, drawing them level with reigning champions and current leaders Barbados, who drew a bye for this round of matches.
Windwards captain Liam Sebastien, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, had been the pick of his side’s bowlers, ending with four for 40 from 27 overs, as CCC were bowled out for 115 in their second innings about half-hour before the scheduled lunch interval, after resuming the day on 66 for four.
Mervin Matthew supported with three for 14 from 13 overs and left-arm spinner Alston Bobb took two for 21 from 11.5 overs.
Akeem Dewar led the way with 22 not out for the visitors, whose innings came to a bizarre conclusion, when Austin etched his name in the record books in ignominious circumstances.
He was dismissed timed-out for failing to reach the middle in the stipulated maximum time allowance of two minutes – but he later earned a place in modern Regional Four-Day history (from 1966 to present), when he became the third bowler to take 300 wickets, as the Windwards dramatically collapsed.
The lanky 32-year-old off-spinner reached the milestone, when he held a return catch to dismiss wicketkeeper/batsman Lindon James for three, his second wicket of the innings.
Things had started to unravel for Windwards post-lunch, when they resumed from 20 without loss. Veteran opener Devon Smith became the first scalp for Warrican, caught at forward short leg for 16 in the second over after the interval.
When Austin joined retired Guyanese leg-spinner Mahendra Nagamootoo and injured Windwards and West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford in the 300-wicket club, the home team were 92 for seven.
Warrican had Matthew caught behind for three with the third ball of the following over and CCC captain Steven Jacobs claimed additional time to put the home team out of their misery.
Delorn Johnson was soon caught at slip, edging a big swish at Austin, before Warrican, playing only his fourth first-class match, brought things to a close, claiming five wickets in an innings for the first time in his career.
CCC’s success in this match has also enhanced their chances of sneaking into the semi-finals, especially if Jamaica – whom they play in the final round on home soil at the Three Ws Oval in Barbados – lose their ongoing match against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain.
This was the Windwards’ final match of the preliminary competition. They are still highly likely to earn a spot in semi-finals, but they may have frittered away home advantage with this defeat.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings: 225 All Out (77.2 Overs). Kyle Corbin 79, Chadwick Walton+ 58, Shacaya Thomas 35, Akeem Dewar 14*; Nelon Pascal 14-1-52-4, Liam Sebastien* 21.3-51-2, Alston Bobb 20.2-2-56-2, Delorn Johnson 10.3-2-52-2.
Windward Islands 1st Innings: 157 All Out (60 Overs). Romel Currency 36, Tyrone Theophile 23, Keddy Lesporis 22, Mervin Mathew 15; Ryan Austin 29-6-64-8, Justin Greaves 6-1-21-1, Jomel Warrican 15-5-45-1, Akeem Dewar 10-2-20-0.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings: 115 All Out (58.5 Overs). Akeem Dewar 22*, Shacaya Thomas 19, Kavem Hodge 12, Kyle Corbin 10; L Sebastien 27-7-40-4, M Matthew 13-6-40-3, A Bobb 11.5-3-21-2, N Pascal 5-1-22-0.
Windward Islands 2nd Innings: 115 All Out (58.5 Overs). Tyrone Theophile 31, Keddy Lesporis 23, Devon Smith 16, Liam Sebastien* 6; Jomel Warrican 20.1-5-34-5, Ryan Austin 16-5-37-3, Akeem Dewar 6-0-20-1, Justin Greaves 2-0-9-0.
Combined Campuses & Colleges won by 82 runs
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings
S Thomas b Pascal 35
P Palmer c Ambris b Johnson 4
K Corbin c Theophile b Pascal 79
K Hodge c James b Johnson 3
C Walton+ LBW Bobb 58
F Reifer st James b Sebastien 10
S Jacobs* c Matthew b Pascal 3
J Greaves c Lesporis b Sebastien 1
A Dewar not out 14
J Warrican c Ambris b Pascal 1
R Austin c Smith b Bobb 5
Total: 225 All Out (77.2 Overs)
Extras: (b6, lb1, nb3) 10
Fall of Wickets: 1-30, 2-42, 3-45, 4-149, 5-179, 6-189, 7-204, 8-204, 9-205, 10-225.
Windward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: Pascal 14-1-52-4, Johnson 10.3-2-52-2, Matthew 11-6-7-0, Sebastien 21.3-51-2, Bobb 20.2-2-56-2.
Windward Islands 1st Innings
D Smith c Corbin b Greaves 10
T Theophile c Palmer b Austin 23
S Ambris c Corbin b Austin 10
K Lesporis c Reifer b Austin 22
R Currency not out 36
L Sebastien* c Corbin b Austin 1
L James+ c Hodge b Warrican 12
M Matthew c Corbin b Austin 15
A Bobb c Dewar b Austin 14
D Johnson c Walton b Austin 3
N Pascal st Walton b Austin 3
Total: 157 All Out (60 Overs)
Extras: (b5, lb2, w1) 8
Fall of Wickets: 1-35, 2-35, 3-57, 4-72, 5-80, 6-93, 7-132, 8-148, 9-154.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings Bowling: J Greaves 6-1-21-1, R Austin 29-6-64-8, J Warrican 15-5-45-1, A Dewar 10-2-20-0.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings (Lead; 68)
S Thomas LBW Sebastien 19
P Palmer c James b Matthew 7
K Corbin LBW Matthew 10
K Hodge c Bobb b Sebastien 12
C Walton c Theophile b Mathew 15
F Reifer c & b Sebastien 4
S Jacobs* c Ambris b Sebastien 2
J Greaves c James b Bobb 11
A Dewar not out 22
J Warrican st James b Bobb 4
R Austin timed out 0
Total: 115 All Out (58.5 Overs)
Extras: (b7, lb1, nb1) 9
Fall of Wickets: 1-28, 2-32, 3-45, 4-55, 5-69, 6-71, 7-79, 8-97, 9-115, 10-115.
Windward Islands 2nd Innings Bowling: N Pascal 5-1-22-0, D Johnson 2-0-10-0, L Sebastien 27-7-40-4, A Bobb 11.5-3-21-2, M Matthew 13-6-40-3.
Windward Islands 2nd Innings (Target; 184)
D Smith c Thomas b Warrican 16
T Theophile c Jacobs b Dewar 31
S Ambris c Jacobs b Warrican 8
K Lesporis run out (Walton/Palmer) 23
R Currency c Corbin b Warrican 1
L Sebastien* b Austin 6
L James+ c and b Austin 3
M Mathew c Walton b Warrican 3
A Bobb not out 1
D Johnson c Corbin b Austin 2
N Pascal b Warrican 3
Total: 101 All Out (44.1 Overs)
Extras: (lb1, nb3) 4
Fall of Wickets: 1-22, 2-42, 3-62, 4-65, 5-82, 6-85, 7-92, 8-92, 9-95, 10-101.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings Bowling: J Greaves 2-0-9-0, R Austin 16-5-37-3, J Warrican 20.1-5-34-5, A Dewar 6-0-20-1.
Result: Combined Campuses & Colleges won by 82 runs
Man of the Match: Ryan Austin (Combined Campuses & Colleges)
Points-to-date: CCC 16 (1 batting point + 3 bowling points + 12 for victory) | Windwards 3 (3 bowling points + 0 batting points)
Toss: Combined Campuses & Colleges won the toss and elected to bat
Umpires: Danesh Ramdhanie & Lennox Abraham
Standby Umpire: Roger Davis
Match Referee: Selwyn Allen