Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
A majestic 165 from Chris Gayle yesterday put Jamaica in a strong position to record an outright win against the Windward Islands heading into today's third day of their opening-round West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Tournament cricket match at Sabina Park.
The big-hitting left-hander, who is playing his first non-limited overs game since representing the West Indies against Sri Lanka in January last year, slammed 14 sixes and eight fours off 155 balls during his innings, which formed the cornerstone of Jamaica's second-innings total of 262-7.
Jamaica, who were dismissed for 180 in their first innings, hold a 283-run lead after bowling out the Windwards for 159 to grab first-innings points with a 21-run advantage.
"It's good to get a hundred against the Windward Islands. It's the first I am getting one against them in first-class cricket, as prior to now they were the only team that I did not have one against," said Gayle.
Resuming the day on 49-3 and needing another 131 runs to claim first-innings points, the Windwards were undermined by a fiery spell of fast bowling by Andrew Richardson, who claimed 5-36. Leg-spinner Odean Brown picked up 2-19 and David Bernard Jr got 2-38.
Fast bowler Nelon Pascal, batting at number 11, top-scored with an unbeaten 28, while new West Indies Twenty20 international recruit, left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin, was the next best with 25.
After making a mere two in the first innings, Gayle proceeded to beat the Windwards bowlers to all parts of the ground. Starting off a frenetic pace, he first launched into left-arm fast bowler Kenroy Peters - who dismissed him in the first innings, and Pascal - with a series hooks and cuts, which forced captain Liam Sebastian to bring on spinners Shane Shillingford and Mathurin.
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That too did not work, as showing why he is rated as one of the best players in the world, he proceeded to blast them over the George Headley Stand, Kingston Cricket Club, Appleton Mound and North Stand with a flurry of straight and lofted drives.
He brought up his 50 - which included six fours and three sixes - off 44 balls; and made his hundred 27 balls later, with an additional three sixes.
"It was a class innings," said Windward Islands captain Liam Sebastian.
"If fact, it was the only real innings of note, as apart from André Russell, who was 20-odd not out towards the end, no other player really bothered us.
"But having said, that we're still not totally out of the game, as come tomorrow our aim is to try and wrap up their innings and, like Gayle, for our batsmen to make use of the opportunity and try and get a big innings."
Play resumes today at 10 a.m.
AT ROSEAU, Dominica: Guyana, leading Leeward Islands by 110 on first innings, reached 86 for six in their second innings at the close on the second day yesterday.
JAMAICA 1st Innings 180
WINDWARDS 1st Innings
(overnight 49 for three)
|D Smith c Jackson b Bernard||12|
|J Charles lbw b Miller||24|
|A Fletcher lbw b Bernard||2|
|K Peters b Richardson||8|
|K Lesporis c wkp Baugh b Richardson||6|
|L Sebastien c and b Richardson||6|
|D Polius c Jackson b Brown||19|
|+L James lbw b Richardson||0|
|G Mathurin lbw b Brown||25|
|S Shillingford b Richardson||19|
|N Pascal not out||28|
|Extras (b2, lb3, w1, nb3)||9|
|TOTAL (all out, 50.3 overs)||159|
Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-37, 3-39, 4-51, 5-56, 6-61, 7-69, 8-111, 9-112, 10-159.
Bowling: Richardson 11.3-3-36-5, Russell 7-2-25-0, Miller 14-4-36-1, Bernard 11-2-38-2, Brown 7-1-19-2.
JAMAICA 2nd Innings
|S Jackson c wkp James b Pascal||9|
|C Gayle c Smith b Shillingford||165|
|D Pagon c Shillingford b Pascal||2|
|B Nash c wkp Charles b Peters||14|
|T Lambert c Smith b Shillingford||15|
|D Bernard lbw b Shillingford||2|
|+C Baugh c Polius b Shillingford||14|
|A Russell not out||23|
|N Miller not out||0|
|Extras (b7, lb3, w3, nb5)||18|
|TOTAL (7 wkts, 56 overs)||262|
Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-56, 3-158, 4-201, 5-218, 6-228, 7-261.
Bowling: Pascal 12-2-51-2, Peters 9-2-37-1, Shillingford 17-2-66-4, Mathurin 13-0-55-0, Sebastien |3-0-26-0, Polius 2-0-17-0.
Position: Jamaica lead by 283 runs.
Umpires: Nigel Duguid, Norman Malcolm.