Willett spurs Leewards to first win
GROS-ISLET, St. Lucia, CMC – Tonito Willett triggered a Windward Islands batting collapse and swept Leeward Islands to their first victory of the season in dramatic fashion by 30 runs in the Regional 4-Day Tournament on Sunday.
Willett defied an injury to bowl his steady, if not menacing medium-pace, grabbing four wickets for 34 runs from 10 overs, and Gavin Tonge supported with three for 33 from 8.5 overs, as Windwards, chasing 121 for victory, were dismissed for 90 in their second innings on the third day of their day/night fifth round match at the Beausejour Cricket Ground here.
Tonge formalised the result, when he trapped tail-ender Nelon Pascal lbw for a duck before tea, as the Windwards lost their last five wickets for 30.
The result meant that Leewards collected 12 points and Windwards had to settle for four, having gained a first innings lead, moving them to 20.
Windwards found themselves in early trouble losing their two most accomplished batsmen Devon Smith and Andre Fletcher with just five runs on the board.
Willett bowled Smith for one and had Fletcher caught behind for a duck, playing hesitantly outside the off-stump and edging the second ball he faced.
The aggressive Keddy Lesporis threatened to change the momentum with a brisk 32 off 36 deliveries including six boundaries.
He was caught at long-leg however, hooking at a short, rising delivery from Tonge, ending a partnership of 35 with left-handed opener Atticus Browne.
Windwards’ captain Liam Sebastien was Willet’s third victim, lbw for two, and Kavem Hodge, playing in his debut first-class match, soon followed for one, caught on the leg-side attempting a hook off the rampaging Willett.
Tottering at 53 for five, the Windwards then lost the sheet anchor Browne run out for 20, attempting a single with Dalton Polius, and this signalled the end of the home team’s resistance.
Tonge was named Man-of-the-Match for match figures of nine for 111.
Earlier, the Leewards, starting the day on 150 for six, were dismissed for 177 in their second innings.
Both overnight batsmen fell to left-arm fast bowler Kenroy Peters – Tonge was caught behind for seven and Walsh fell in similar fashion for 31.
Willett, who retired hurt the previous evening after being struck on the left forearm by Peters, returned and added a couple of runs before he too, was caught behind for 20.
Peters finished with three for 50 from 18 overs, Garey Mathurin was the pick of the bowlers with three for 22 from 18 overs, and Nelon Pascal ended with three for 68 from 18 overs.
In the sixth round, Leewards travel to Bridgetown, where they face Barbados at Kensington Oval, and Windwards head to St. George’s, Grenada, where they meet Combined Campuses & Colleges at the New Queen’s Park.
LEEWARDS 1st Innings 121
WINDWARDS 1st Innings 178
LEEWARDS 2nd Innings
(overnight 150 for six)
J. Liburd c Smith b Mathurin 37
A. Richards c Browne b Pascal 0
M. Hodge c wkpr James b Pascal 0
*G. Williams c Polius b Pascal 15
+D. Thomas c *Sebastien b Mathurin 31
T. Willett c wkpr James b Peters 20
J. Hamilton b Mathurin 4
H. Walsh c wkpr James b Peters 31
G. Tonge c wkpr James b Peters 7
J. Athanaze not out 7
A. Martin run out 1
Extras (b1, lb11, w1, nb11) 24
TOTAL (all out, 58 overs) 177
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-21, 3-52, 4-71, 5-108, 6-134, 7-156, 8-165, 9-175
Bowling: Peters 18-4-50-3, Pascal 18-4-68-3, Mathurin 18-10-22-3, Polius 4-0-25-0
WINDWARD ISLANDS 2nd Innings (target: 121)
D.S. Smith b Willett 1
A. Fletcher c wkpr Thomas b Willett 0
A. Browne run out 20
K. Lesporis c Walsh b Tonge 32
*L. Sebastien lbw b Willett 2
K. Hodge c Martin b Willett 1
D. Polius c wkpr Thomas b Athanaze 5
+L. James not out 19
G. Mathurin lbw b Tonge 5
K. Peters lbw b Martin 0
N. Pascal lbw b Tonge 0
Extras (lb1, lb2, nb2) 5
TOTAL (all out, 35.5 overs) 90
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-5, 3-40, 4-45, 5-53, 6-60, 7-70, 8-88, 9-89
Bowling: Tonge 8.5-2-33-3, Willett 10-1-34-4, Martin 11-6-11-1, Athanaze 6-2-9-1.
Result: Leewards won by 30 runs
Points: Leewards 12, Windwards 4.
Man-of-the-Match: G. Tonge (Leewards)
Umpires: L. Abraham, C. Mack