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The Saint Lucia National Cricket Association continued with the preparation of its senior male team for the 2014 Windward Islands Tournament – scheduled to take place in Saint Lucia from 30 October – with a three day trial match at the Mindoo Phillip Park over the past weekend. The teams were again captained by Johnson Charles and Keddy Lesporis.
Bowlers were again the stars of the show, as 33 wickets fell in the three days, whilst only 407 runs were scored in 207.4 overs. Spinners dominated, and there were just three individual scores in excess of 40 runs, although one of them turned out to be a belligerent half century.
Keddy Lesporis’ XI batting first was dismissed for 197 in 87 overs. Dwight Thomas, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, led the scoring with 36. Hazel Charlery added 34, Alex Antoine 28 and Tarryck Gabriel 18. Bowling for Johnson Charles’ XI, Tonius Simon took 5 for 26 in 12 overs, Dalton Polius 2 for 20 in 11 overs and Larry Edward 2 for 34 in 22 overs.
In reply, Charles’ XI was bowled out for 201 in 71 overs with Larry Edward the top scorer on 46, Stephen Naitram adding 43, Ked Cadasse 40 and Sabinus Emmanuel 33. For Lesporis’ XI the main wicket takers were Marlon O’ Brian who picked up 3 for 19 in 12 overs, Dylan John 2 for 4 in 4 overs and Hazel Charlery 2 for 18 in 6 overs.
Batting a second time, Lesporis’ XI closed their innings on 146 for 9 in 31.4 overs. It was here that 19-year-old Tarryck Secou Lealann Gabriel became the first batsman to really get going, the former West Indies Under-19 player stroking 86 which included eight boundaries and four sixes. Bowling for Charles’ team, Tonius Simon took 3 for 30 in 9 overs to complete a match haul of eight wickets, Jamal Lesmond 2 for 8 in 1.4 overs and Larry Edward 2 for 30 in 9 overs.
Charles’ XI batting a second time finished on 41 for 4 in 18 overs, with Mervin Wells contributing 23. For Lesporis’ XI, Alex Antoine was the most successful bowler finishing with a miserly 2 for 8 in 7 overs.
Also over the weekend, Dalton Polius was drafted by the Windward Islands Volcanoes to join the West Indies Professional Cricket League. He joins West Indies Twenthy20 captain Darren Sammy, West Indies limited overs opening batsman Johnson Charles and Keddy Lesporis on that team, which begins its inaugural eight-month season in mid November.
Following the three day trial match which concluded on Monday, the squad has been trimmed to 24 players. The players selected to continue preparing for the Senior Windward Islands cricket tournament slated for St Lucia from October 30th – November 5th.