Home team Saint Lucia ended the 2014 Windward Islands Goodwill Cricket Tournament winless. That wasn’t too bad, considering that five of the six matches ended up in draws, with the sixth producing no result.
But Saint Lucia was the only team that conceded first innings points in all three of its matches, ending the competition bottom of the table with nine points. Dominica and Grenada, both on 16 points, were crowned joint champions, whilst St Vincent & the Grenadines finished on 12 after the final round of matches ended on Wednesday.
At Beausejour Grounds, Kaveem Hodge stroked his way to 162, the tournament’s highest score, as Dominica chalked up 330/6 declared in response to Saint Lucia’s 242 all out. The Saint Lucia first innings total included 92 from captain Craig Emmanuel.
Having already given up the points, the home team batted far better in its second turn at the crease, closing on 172/1 behind an undefeated century (104*) by West Indies batsman Johnson Charles.
In the other match Wednesday, at Mindoo Phillip Park, Nelon Pascal took four wickets for 43 runs to mop up the St Vincent & the Grenadines tail and win first innings points for Grenada.
Tournament MVP Devon Smith added 68 runs to take his tally to 278. The former West Indies opener scored half centuries in all three matches, including 95 against Dominica. Keron Cottoy’s 15 wickets for St Vincent & the Grenadines were the most of any bowler.
Following the tournament, the Windward Islands Volcanoes selectors named a 13-member team for the first two rounds of matches in the West Indies Cricket Board Professional Cricket League Four-Day competition, bowling off next week.
The as-yet unnamed Jamaica franchise hosts the Volcanoes from 14-17 November at Sabina Park. The Volcanoes then travel to Guyana to play the Jaguars 21-24 November at Providence Stadium.
Two Saint Lucians are included in the Volcanoes team – Charles and Keddy Lesporis. The squad also contains Grenadians Smith and Pascal, along with fellow countryman Andre Fletcher and Vincentian Sunil Ambris, both fresh off West Indies A duty.
Liam Sebastian is likely to captain, with fellow Dominicans Tyrone Theophile and Mervin Mathew in the 13. Vincentians Romel Currency, Lindon James, Kenroy Peters and Alston Bobb are in as well.
Left out of the 13 are Saint Lucia’s Dalton Polius, Dominica and West Indies A spinner Shane Shillingford, and pacer Delorn Johnson of St Vincent & the Grenadines, all three of whom are under contract to the Volcanoes. Quickie Cottoy and batsman Hodge were unable to force their way into the team based on their performances during the Windward Islands two-day competition.
The team leaves for Jamaica on Monday.