Windwards gain upper hand against Leewards

BASSETERRE – Off-spinner Shane Shillingford took 6-48 from 10 overs to wreck the Leeward Islands’ batting as the Windward Islands gained control on Saturday’s opening day of their practice match for the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional four-day tournament.

The Leeward Islands were bowled out for 120 after being sent to bat at the Edgar Gilbert Sporting Complex.
The Windward Islands then reached 170-8 in reply at stumps on the opening day of the three-day fixture. For the Leewards Runako Morton top-scored with 30 including three fours and a six. Tonito Willett (28), Kieran Powell (17) and Wilden Cornwall (12) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Shillingford’s steady bowling stifled the home side.

The Windward Islands also struggled when they replied.

Left-handed West Indies opener Devon Smith stroked 54 with eight fours and a six. An eighth-wicket stand between captain Rawl Lewis and Mervyn Matthew bolstered their lower order. Lewis stroked an unbeaten 42 with eight fours and one six and Matthew made 15. The pair added 45 for the eighth-wicket and gave the team a 50-run first-innings lead.

Pacer Gavin Tonge picked up 3-21, while medium-pacer Wilden Cornwall (2-13) and leg-spinner Anthony Martin (2-36) gave good assistance.