Predictably, both matches in the first round of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control Senior Goodwill Tournament ended in stalemates.
But St Vincent & the Grenadines earned a draw and first innings point over hosts Saint Lucia, whilst the game between Dominica and Grenada ended in no decision, thanks to the intervention of the elements.
At Beausejour Cricket Grounds, Saint Lucia won the toss and captain Craig Emmmanuel put St Vincent & the Grenadines in to bat. Loic Prospere and Larry Edward might have made that decision look good, had they been able to get rewards for good early bowling. But after Donwell Hector was dropped twice early on, he proceeded to score 97.
Also dropped was Miles Bascombe, who would go on to amass 67. Roml Currency (84) and Keron Cottoy (57) were virtually chanceless, however, as the Vincies rolled to 379/7 at the end of the first day of play. The left arm spinners did most of the work for Saint Lucia; Garey Mathurin took three wickets for 82 runs, Larry Edward 2-89.
On Friday, the Vincentians declared on their overnight score. Saint Lucia – playing without Garey Mathurin, who asked to be excused – batted reasonably steadily, but with very little acceleration. They would eventually end on 269, vice captain Keddy Lesporis with 86, youngsters Tarryck Gabriel and young Larry Edward 63 and 42, respectively. Cottoy continued his fine all-round performance, taking 4-50, whilst Alston Bobb claimed 3-76.
Batting a second time, St Vincent & the Grenadines sprinted to 61 without loss at the close.
Over at Mindoo Phillip Park, Dominica batted first and made 276. Of that total, Liam Sebastien scored 125, the first century in this year’s competition. Denis George took five wickets for Grenada, conceding 40 runs.
In reply, Grenada closed on 62/1, Devon Smith unbeaten on 37. Overnight rains, compounded by early morning showers, delayed the start of play until after lunch at MPP. Grenada pushed on to 166/7, the experienced Smith ending on 95, and Ray Casimir capturing 5-62, but the points were evenly shared.
On Saturday and Sunday, the second round will see Saint Lucia playing Grenada at Beausejour, and Dominica taking on St Vincent & the Grenadines at MPP.