Windward Islands 366 (Hodge 128, Mayers 74, St Clair 6-62) beat Trinidad & Tobago 172 (Ramdin 75, Shillingford 3-36) and 157 (Jangoo 69, Lewis 3-20, Shillingford 3-52) by an innings and 37 runs
Kavem Hodge‘s second first-class century and offspinner Shane Shillingford‘s match haul of 6 for 88 consigned Trinidad and Tobago to an innings-and-37-run defeat in their Regional 4-Day Tournament clash against Windward Islands at St George’s. It was Windward Islands’ first win of the competition.
T&T invited Windward Islands to bat, but could not put up a score of substance after the opposition amassed 366, managing scores of 172 and 157. Even so, they could probably have asked Windward Islands to bat again had they not allowed them to stage a recovery from 37 for 2 in the first innings.
Hodge’s arrival steadied them thereafter, as they recovered through a third-wicket stand of 81 between him and Devon Smith. He later found an able partner in Kyle Mayers, with whom he added 107 for the fifth wicket. Hodge, in fact, played second fiddle as Mayers took over the scoring, slamming his 74 off just 68 balls and with the assistance of 10 fours and three sixes. After Mayers’ dismissal, Hodge batted around the tail to haul the total past 350.
T&T’s new-ball bowler Daniel St Craig was wrecker-in-chief, snaring 6 for 62.
T&T were reduced to 13 for 2 in reply and went into a shell thereafter. Denesh Ramdin, their captain, fought alone, holding up his end for 75, but the scoreboard remained stagnant for long periods. Yannic Cariah batted 70 balls for seven runs, while Tion Webster laboured for 32 balls for his 3. Tyrone Theophile nipped out Ramdin in his ninth over, before Shillingford put T&T out of their misery by dismissing the last man Bryan Charles in the next over.
Shillingford finished with 3 for 36 and found ample support all around, with each of Windward Islands’ six bowlers, making an entry into the wickets column.
Like in the first innings, T&T had a solitary batsman fighting after being asked to follow-on. This time, it was the opener Amir Jangoo, who had struck over half his team’s runs when he was dismissed for 69 with T&T slipping to 122 for 6. They folded for 157. Shillingford and Sherman Lewis shared six wickets between them equally, while the left-arm spinner Larry Edwards, and the opening bowlers Mayers and Delorn Johnson accounted for the rest.