ANOS VALE, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Saint Lucia handed hosts Saint Vincent and the Grenadines a second successive defeat, this time by 52-runs following the defeat of the hosts by Dominica on the opening day of the Windward Islands under-15 cricket competition at the Anos Vale Cricket Ground.
Meantime, Dominica registered its second victory in as many days when they defeated defending champions Grenada by seven wickets at the Anos Vale 2 Ground.
Saint Lucia was asked to take first bat on a strip which although dry, batsmen could score heavily on with intelligent application. With a more disciplined approach to their batting, the lads from the Helen of the West capitalizing on a solid opening stand of 59 pounded the hosts into psychological submission as the highest team score to date was amassed.
Nick Elibox walked in at the fall of the first wicket (59 for 1), and immediately stated his intention to take full advantage of perfect batting conditions with solid defence and classy drives.
He stamped his authority on the Vincentian bowling hitting eight boundaries and one towering six, but when many expected him to go on to make a three-figure score, he gave it away.
Not learning from a poor short played two balls earlier when the fielder at long-off misjudged the trajectory of the ball; Elibox obliged him as he proceeded to hit out. The ball arced into the air and correctly judging correctly, Erwin Williams running in from the long-off boundary had sufficient time to settle under the ball to take a well-judged catch; Elibox departing for 83 the highest individual score to date (171 for 3).
The second Saint Lucian wicket had fallen at 68, and the fourth at 191 as the Saint Lucians racked up 230 for 4 off the allotted 50 overs; the highest team total to date. Gregory Wylle bowled Dane Edwards for 31, Johnnel Eugene and Denzel James was not out at the end on 37 and 23 respectively, with Jervel Tobierre contributing 18.
Twenty-two extras were contributed made up of 1 bye, 1 leg-bye, one no-ball, and 10 wides.
Gregory Wylle took two for 20, Delron Douglas 1 for 32, and Urnel Thomas 1 for 39 were the wicket takers for the hosts.
When the run chase commenced, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was immediately forced onto the back-foot in the first over when they lost their first wicket with the score on 01.
Delorn Douglas scored 21 and Lesron Craigg contributed 14, but only Shane Roberts kept Vincentain hopes alive with an unbeaten knock of 79 in which eight fours and two sixes were hit, but the rest of the batters never made a serious attempt at reaching the target.
Wickets continue to fall at regular intervals 01 for one, 17 for two, 30 for three, 31 for four, 83 for five, 128 for six, 128 for seven, 156 for eight, 167 for nine; all out for 178 in 48.4 overs.
Chiefly responsible for the Vincentain tame response was Stuart Calderon who grabbed the first five wicket haul of the 2013 Windward Islands Under-15 Cricket Tournament finishing with five for 37 in 9.4 overs of which two were maidens.
Giving him support was Noah Sonson who took one for 23, Nick Elibox one for 25, Ned Modeste one for 30, and Johnnel Eugene one for 31.
Notwithstanding the bowling effort, the Saint Lucians gifted their opponents a healthy 33 extras – three byes, one leg-bye, one no-ball, and 28 wides.
Dominica vs Grenada
Winning the toss, Dominica had no hesitation in sending Grenada to take first knock on a strip, which from the opening action showed it was tailor made for batting.
However, discipline bowling and fielding took the bite out of the Grenadians spice, as they were hustled out for 102 in 17 overs.
Donald McDonald top-scored with 32 before he was bowled by Terrel Toussaint (71 for four), the classy Emmanuel Stewart trapped leg-before wicket by Deon Destouche for 23 (54 for three), and Ricardo Hall was bowled by Kerwin Dupigny for 11 (101 for nine); the top-scorers.
Wickets fell regularly at 05, 11, 54, 71, 75, 77, 79, 94, 101, and 102 with Terrel Toussaint being the chief destroyer with three for 14, Kerwin Dupigny two for 07, Deon Destouche one for 16, Lee Louisy one for 17, and Danel Dupigny one for 19.
By the lunch interval, Dominica had reached 58 for the loss of three wickets; Terrel Toussaint bowled by Calvin Blache for 16 (1 for 36), Gamaliel Ophair caught and bowled by Calvin Blache 16 (2 for 47), and Devante Williams leg-before to Johann Jeremiah without scoring (3 for 48) were the wickets to fall.
No more wickets were lost as Dominican led by the captain Leic Charles who was 16 not out at lunch, remained unbeaten at the end on 38. Aulick Athanaze was also unbeaten at the end on 08 as the lads from the Nature Isle romped home to a seven-wicket victory; 103 for three in 30.2 overs the final score.
Calvin Blache finished with two for 29, and Johann Jeremiah one for 23, with 26 extras bowled made of 5 byes and 21 wides.
With Friday a rest day in which the teams are expected to have net sessions to iron out a few kinks, the action returns on the weekend with the third and fourth round of matches at the Anos 2 Ground, and the Anos Vale Cricket Ground.