Windwards seal historic big win over Red Force
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Windward Islands Volcanoes pulled off their largest-ever margin of victory in the history of modern regional first-class cricket when they flattened struggling Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by an innings and 148 runs here yesterday.
Led by their West Indies stars, off-spinner Shane Shillingford and left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters, the Windwards routed Red Force for 75 in their second innings to achieve victory 17 minutes before lunch on the final day of the fifth-round contest at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Shillingford finished with four for 25 to end with match figures of seven for 67, while Peters claimed three for 11 to end with match figures of eight for 32. Left-arm speedster Delorn Johnson supported with two for 21.
For Red Force, the total was their lowest ever in the modern regional game against Windwards, and it reiterated their poor campaign this season.
They picked up just two points from the encounter, while the Windwards finished with 20 points - the first time a team has picked up maximum points since the new points system was introduced.
Yannick Cariah, who top scored in their first innings with 50, was the highest scorer again with 12 and was one of just four players in double figures.
Resuming the day on six without loss, Jeremy Solozano (11) and Evin Lewis (10) pushed the score up to 21 before being separated. Lewis had faced 28 balls in half-hour at the crease when he was bowled by pacer Mervin Matthew in the day's fifth over. Johnson then struck two critical blows in quick succession, removing Kjorn Ottley for five and then Solozano, to leave Red Force on 40 for three.
As he did in the first innings, Cariah attempted another rearguard action, but this time around he failed, lasting half-hour and 21 balls before becoming Peters' first wicket of the morning.
Rocking at 49 for four, Shillingford was summoned to perform the final rites, and when he prised out captain Jason Mohammed for two, the last six wickets crashed for just 24 runs.
Red Force followed on by 223 runs after they were dismissed for 177 in their first innings on Sunday's third day in reply to Volcanoes' 400 for eight declared.