Volcanoes end season with victory
COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):
Windward Islands Volcanoes cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the final day of their final round game of the Regional four-day championship at the National Cricket Centre here yesterday.
Volcanoes ended their season on a high as they rode a century stand between opener Tyrone Theophile and middle-order batsman Sunil Ambris after losing three wickets before lunch.
Chasing a victory target of 166, Windwards, resuming from their overnight score of eight without loss, coasted to 169 for three by midafternoon as the curtains came down on a long four-day season.
Theophile spearheaded the chase with a powerful knock of 83 not out, while Ambris was unbeaten on 54.
Volcanoes stumbled on the chase, slipping to 68 for the loss of three wickets, including the prolific opener Devon Smith for four.
However, Theophile and Ambris started their partnership before lunch and managed to pull Volcanoes back on course and improve their position to 113 by the break, reaching 57 and 25, respectively.
Theophile batted through the innings, clobbering 10 fours and a six, while Ambris counted 10 boundaries in his unbeaten innings.
Earlier, Theophile dominated a second-wicket stand of 48 with Jerlani Robinson, who scored 19.
Volcanoes picked up 17 points for their win, but they were not sufficient to surpass Red Force in the final points standings.
Volcanoes closed the season on 64 points in fifth position, below Red Force, whose four points from the match took them to 81 points and fourth position on the table.