Saint Lucia in the cellar at Windwards cricket

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Saint Lucia in the cellar at Windwards cricket
Tyrone Theophile
Tyrone Theophile

Hosts Saint Lucia remain in the cellar position after two rounds of play in the Windward Islands Goodwill Senior Cricket Tournament.

Grenada and Dominica share the top spot on the table, with one round of matches remaining.

On Sunday, the host nation conceded first innings points for the second consecutive match, this time against Grenada. Batting first, the home team got to just 186 all out in 65.4 overs. The captain, Craig Emmanuel, hit 51, whilst young Larry Edward had another decent knock, adding 34. Dennis George took three for 35 for Grenada.

In reply, the boys from the Spice Isle, accumulated 266 runs in 116.3 overs, led by Denis Smith’s unbeaten 86 and Devon Smith’s 55, taking him to a tournament-leading aggregate of 150. Garey Mathurin captured 4-45 and Xavier Gabriel 3-54.

Batting a second time, Saint Lucia got to 102 for six, with Johnson Charles on 69 not out. Grenada, having had a no-result against Dominica in their opening match, took first innings points from this fixture.

Meanwhile, at Mindoo Phillip Park, despite late starts on both days due to a wet outfield, Dominica earned first innings honours over St Vincent & the Grenadines. Lindon James, with 61, led the Vincentians to a score of 202. Raymond Casimir, who had taken five wickets against Grenada, added 4-49 to take his tournament tally to nine.

In response, though, Dominica got their second century of the tournament, this time from Tyrone Theophile, who stroked 139 in his team’s total of 280, after scoring just one in the opening match. Conversely, Liam Sebastien, who scored 100 in the opener, was out cheaply this time. Jerlani Robinson also contributed 73, and Keron Cottoy’s 5-69 was for naught.

After two rounds of play, Dominica and Grenada are both on 10 points. St Vincent & the Grenadines sit just behind on nine, with Saint Lucia holding on to a mere sic points. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Saint Lucia is slated to play Dominica at Beausejour, with Grenada scheduled to face St Vincent & the Grenadines at Mindoo.

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