Lower order fightback leads Windies B past Volcanoes

By October 15, 2018
Windies B skipper Tevin Imlach Windies B skipper Tevin Imlach

A lower order fightback from the Windies B led the side to a good three-wicket win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes in their Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Monday. 

Sent into bat, the Volcanoes had scored 227-9 from their 50 overs but saw the low target overhauled after some scary moments by the Windies B who ended on 229-7.

The team of young Windies hopefuls started promisingly, removing Devon Smith for a duck and his opening partner Tyrone Theophile for just eight. With Kirk Edwards already sent back for just two, the Volcanoes were in trouble.

Enter Kavem Hodge, the number four batsman patiently making his way to 78 with fours fours and a six in 126 deliveries.

Emmanuel Stewart helped his more senior batmsman’s cause with 56 from 71 deliveries and Ryan John slapped three sixes and a four in a 42-ball 44 that helped make the target slightly more defendable.

both openers for naught before a steady flow of wickets made sure the Volcanoes would never get any momentum in their innings.

The batsmen were put on the backfoot courtesy of Alzarri Joseph’s 3-54 and Chemar Holder’s 2-37. There was also a wicket apiece for Bryan Charles 1-30, Odean Smith 1-36, Jeavor Royal, 1-30, and Brad Barnes, 1-31.

When the Windies B responded, there was hope for the Volcanoes as both openers were sent packing without a score on the board.

Keagan Simmons and Kimani Melius scored naught and Kirstan Kallicharan went for 18.

However, Tevin Imlach played a captain’s knock, scoring 57 not out in 110 deliveries, hitting just two boundaries, as wickets fell around him.

Smith would then show himself fairly handy with the bat, slamming 64 from 34 deliveries to put the match back in the balance.

Smith’s innings included seven fours and four sixes and was only matched by Royal’s unbeaten 44 from 38 balls.

With seven wickets down at 166, the Volcanoes must have thought it was possible but five boundaries and a six from Royal put paid to those hopes, as the Windies B overhauled the target in 46.5 overs.

Paul-Andre Walker

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