Windward Volcanoes too hot for Ja Scorpions
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Windward Islands Volcanoes needed just over an hour to beat Jamaica Scorpions by 119 runs and post their first win of the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.
Resuming the final day of the seventh round encounter at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground requiring three wickets for victory with the visitors needing an improbable 197 runs, Volcanoes dismissed Scorpions for 279 in their second innings.
They were inspired by seamer Kyle Mayers who added two of the three wickets to fall to his tally, to end with five for 92 while speedster Delorn Johnson picked up two for 71.
Volcanoes were held up by Fabien Allen who hit 42 and Odean Smith, 41, as the pair put on 54 for the ninth wicket but once the pair were separated, the last two wickets fell in successive overs with the total on 279.
On 201 for seven at the start of the evening, Allen and Damion Jacobs (7) added 33 for the eighth wicket before Mayers struck the first blow of the day by removing Jacobs.
Allen then hit three fours in a 64-ball innings while Smith blasted seven fours and a six in a 30-ball cameo, to frustrate Volcanoes.
However, Mayers trapped Smith lbw and pacer Sherman Lewis bowled Allen in the next over to quickly wrap up the innings.