Woeful Leeward Islands Prove Third Rate Opposition for Students

1st February 2014

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

Nagico Super50 Tournament – 3rd Match

Zone B: Combined Campuses & Colleges v Leeward Islands, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

CCC 240 beat Leeward Islands 80 by 160 runs

I’d thought Ireland had been bad yesterday. But the Leewards plumbed the depths by a further league or two. It was difficult to fathom what sort of scale one should ascribe their batting to, but it was an Atlantis against a Campuses & Colleges team with their feet firmly planted on terra firma.

It was a workmanlike display by the CCC – electing to bat having won the toss, they were the only side thus far to fail to top 250 in the competition batting first – but they kept their heads above water.

They got off to a good start, raising the 50 before the completion of the 10th over; and at 152-2 in the 35th would’ve expected more than a further 88 in the last 15 with 8 wickets in hand. That they fell away to a mere par score was testament to good bowling by the Leewards, who kept plugging away throughout the 50 overs. Sadly, the plugs weren’t sufficient to mask the holes in their leaky batting.

Captain, and Test opener, Kieron Powell was out caught behind to the first ball of the reply; and by the 19th over the innings had subsided to 36-9, wickets tumbling mainly to Kyle Mayers (8.5-1-15-4) and Raymon Reifer (6-0-15-3). A swashbuckling, and meaningless last-wicket stand of 44 between Lionel Baker (31no) and Anthony Martin (16), which more than doubled the total, took the Leewards up to a score still well short or respectability. All out for 80, a mere third of the CCC’s total – a third rate response from a second rate team.

To read the Barbados Daily Nation’s match report, click here.

And to watch brief highlights of the game, click here.

David Oram

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