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Windwards bow to Jamaica again

Windwards bow to Jamaica again

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The Windwards fell to defending champions Jamaica, within three days in the first round of the West Indies Cricket Board four-day regional competition, last Sunday at the Sabina Oval in Jamaica.{{more}}

Set 320 to win, the Windwards was dismissed for 238 to lose by 81 runs.

Out of favour West Indies opener, Devon Smith, made 103 and Lindon James contributed 39. Bowling for Jamaica, Andre Russell picked up 3 for 16, Nikita Miller 3 for 65 and Chris Gayle 2 for 51.

When the match began last Friday, Jamaica made 180, batting first. Another out of favour West Indies batsman, Brendon Nash, shepherded the host’s innings with 49. Garey Mathurin was the star with the ball, as he took 5 for 34.

The porous Windwards batting, in reply, made 159. Their innings was propped up by a late order charge by number 11, Nellon Pascal who struck 28 not out, as he became the topscorer. Garey Mathurin made 25 and Johnson Charles 24. Andrew Richardson claimed 5 for 36; Odean Brown took 2 for 19 and David Bernard Jr 2 for 38.

Chris Gayle then bludgeoned 165, laced with 8 fours and 14 sixes, in Jamaica’s second innings total of 298. Shane Shillingford was the pick of the Windwards bowling with 6 for 75, and Nellon Pascal took 3 for 76.

The Windwards’ next match is against Guyana from this Friday, February 10, at the Windsor Park in Dominica.

The Guyanese, who had all their home matches moved, because of instability in that country’s Cricket set-up, are going into the second round, after completing a comprehensive 234 runs win over the Leewards. (RT)

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