By Franklin Wilson
Combined Colleges and Campuses shrugged off any unsettling thoughts their four wicket defeat to host Guyana would have had on their physique in their opening match of the Regional One Day Tournament to humble the Windward Islands by 68 runs at the Enmore Community Centre ground in their second match yesterday.
While rain affected the other two games contested in the city, this encounter was blessed with good weather and solid contributions from Romel Currency who followed up his unbeaten 102 against Guyana with a 128 ball 70 (4 fours 1 six) laying the foundation for his team’s eventual total of 224-6 off their 50 over’s, batting first.
Veteran campaigner Floyd Reifer anchored the middle order with a composed 65-ball 62 (4 fours 2 sixes) and by the time he departed, bowled by pacer Nelon Pascal with 8-balls remaining in the innings, CCC were well on their way to a challenging score, at 209-6.
Captain, Simon Jackson joined Currency with the fall of Ramnarine Chattergoon’s (6) wicket with the score on 15, the two added 69 for the 2nd wicket off 147 balls.
When Jackson went caught and bowled by Liam Sebastian at 84-2, it paved the way for Reifer and Currency to join forces and the two consolidated the innings for CCC adding 62 more valuable runs off 86 balls.
Currency brought up his half century with a four to the long on boundary off Shane Shillingford in the 35th over.
Reifer’s presence at the wicket increased the scoring tempo with the pair gathering quick runs in singles and two’s as they put pressure on the bowling side which struggled to contain the free scoring batsmen in humid conditions on a flat batting track.
West Indies pacer Darren Sammy came in for some harsh treatment from the bats of Currency and Reifer in the 38th over which went for 17, the most for the innings.
Reifer wacked one into the sight screen and two balls later, Currency joined the party hitting Sammy over long off.
Currency did not last long after as he went stumped, wicketkeeper Lyndon Jones on the second attempt in the 39th over off Shane Shillingford (164-3).
Kurt Wilkinson (06) was the next man in and added 20 runs with Reifer for the 4th wicket with the 5th wicket pair of Reifer and Kirk Edwards (13) putting on 34 runs off 39 balls, Edwards departing at 200-5.
Chadwick Walton (11*) and Craig Emmanuel (3*) saw the CCC to 224-6 when their overs ran out at 12:15hrs after 198 minutes of batting. Extras contributed 18 (15 W 2LB 1NB).
The leading wicket taker for the Windward Islands was Liam Sebastian with 3-52 from his 10 overs. Pascal 2-44 from 8 and Shillingford 1-33 from 10, the other wicket takers. Former Windies player Rawle Lewis had figures of 0-33 from 10 and Sammy 0-36 from 7.
When the Windwards began their reply in cool and slightly overcast conditions, the opening pair of Devon Smith and Miles Bascombe started as if they wanted to complete the chase by the 30th over.
But the CCC had other ideas, starting with a combination of pace and spin, recognizing that the slow bowlers were having their way on the low Enmore batting track.
Smith, who was the top scorer for the Windwards with 42, gathered off 66 balls in 108 minutes with 3 fours, added 21 for the first wicket in 3.5 overs before Bascombe (08) was the first to perish via the LBW route to the probing spin of Kavesh Kantasingh.
Johnson Charles came out to join forces with Smith as they sought to rescue their side. They attempted a recovery plot of some sort adding 36 runs off 56 balls in 32 minutes and it turned out to be the most fruitful of the innings.
Johnson Charles (19), Darren Sammy (14), Rawle Lewis (12) and Lyndon James 21 (2 fours), all got starts but were never allowed to blossom as the CCC bowlers and fielders combined to stifle the chasing efforts of the Windwards who eventually folded for 156 in 46.2 overs. Their innings ended at 4:20pm a resistance which had lasted for 185 minutes.
Leading the destruction of the Windward Islands batting in their first match of the tournament were man-of-the-match, off spinner Anderson Sealy who replaced Gilford Moore for this game with 3-31 from 10.
Kantasingh (10 1 23 3); Chattergoon (9.2 1 19 2); Kurt Wilkinson (6 0 21 1) and Craig Emmanuel (7 0 32 1) all backed up admirably.
CCC will rest for the next three days before taking on the USA on Tuesday at Everest while the Windwards will face hosts Guyana today at the Blairmont Community Centre ground, West Coast Berbice.
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