BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago's spinners delivered once again, bowling them to an impressive 120-run victory over Leeward Islands on the final day of their third-round Regional Four-Day Championship cricket match yesterday.
Off-spinner Amit Jagger-nauth snatched four for 63, while leg-spinner Yannick Cariah finished with for 39, as the Leewards collapsed to 214 all out just before tea, in search of 335 for victory at Warner Park.
The 20-year-old Cariah, who also took three wickets in the first innings and struck 83 in T&T's second innings, was voted Man of the Match.
Resuming the day on 45 for two, still 290 runs adrift of their target, the Leewards flourished early on through two successive half-century partnerships.
Orlando Peters and captain Sylvester Joseph, who saw the Leewards to the safety of the close on the third day, were positive in their approach as they extended their third-wicket stand to 68.
Peters, not out on two overnight, stroked the top score of 45 from 163 balls in 200 minutes at the crease, with four boundaries, while the veteran Joseph struck two fours and a six in an innings spanning 101 balls and 115 minutes.
When leg-spinner Imran Khan bowled Joseph, wicketkeeper Devon Thomas paired with Peters to put on a further 52 for the fourth wicket.
Thomas, a right-hander, produced a brisk knock of 32 off 41 balls with three fours and a six, before he fell on the stroke of lunch to a catch at mid-wicket off Cariah.
After the interval, wickets tumbled regularly despite 25 from Jahmar Hamilton and 20 from Tonito Willett, as the Leewards lost their last six wickets for 65 runs.
Jaggernauth ended the innings dramatically when he took three wickets in his 28th over to send the Leewards crashing from 214 for seven.