Windwards fight back

CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The Windward Islands fought back after conceding first innings points to Jamaica at the close of play Sunday, the third day of their Carib Beer cricket match at the Beausejour stadium.

After the Jamaicans had posted a first innings lead of 87, the visitors collapsed dramatically in their second turn at the crease to set the stage for an interesting final day on Monday.

By close of play, Jamaica’s overall lead was 177 with four second innings wickets still standing.

Earlier, the Windwards batsmen had averted a more serious disaster after resuming at the overnight 64 for seven wickets. Several rain showers interrupted play in the pre-lunch session, stalling their progress. At the interval they had reached 76 for eight.

After lunch, the Windwards’ tail began to show some life, saving the team the embarrassment of possibly having to follow on.

Bowlers Shane Shillingford and Deighton Butler featured in a ninth wicket partnership, which added 62 valuable runs. Shillingford hit five fours in a top score of 43 while Butler scored 33.

Previously, Sergio Fedee had added four to his overnight score of 35.

For Jamaica, Darren Powell finished with three wickets for 15 runs, Nikita Miller three for 35 and Dave Bernard Jr. two for 53.

With a healthy first innings lead, Jamaica tried to expand it in their second innings. At tea Jamaica were 14 for three wickets.

Kenroy Peters, Deighton Butler and Shillingford took two wickets each to send the Jamaica innings into a tailspin at 90 for six despite good knocks of 33 from Bernard and 31 from wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.