Veteran batsman Devon Smith and all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who were the top individual performers during the recently concluded West Indies Championships, were among several players recognised for their achievements during the season.

The Windward Islands Volcanoes have 10 wickets in hand and 231 runs to get on the final day of their West Indies Championship game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Windsor Park in Dominica. 

The Barbados Pride are in a last-day fight for survival when their West Indies Championship game against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Kensington Oval resumes on Day 4. 

A solid century from opener Devon Smith gave the Windward Islands a solid start against Jamaica Scorpions in the West Indies Championship at Grenada National Stadium on Thursday.

At the close of play, the Windwards stood at 256 for 6 an innings underpinned by a patient 124 off 209 balls from Smith.  The batsman’s stubborn knock included 16 fours and no sixes.  A five-for from the Scorpions Dennis Bulli limited the damage somewhat as he ended with figures of 94 for 5.  In fact, with Smith’s obstinance to contend with, it was Bulli who claimed wickets at regular intervals and accounted for the entire top order. 

Smith’s opening partner Taryck Gabriel was the first of his victims as he was trapped lbw for 10 after facing 61 balls.  The pair Tyrone Theophile and Kirk Edwards, who next up at the crease, fared even worse off as they were consecutively bowled for eight runs each, having faced a total of 32 balls. 

Kavem Hodge then joined Smith at the crease and the pair put on 144 for the fourth wicket.  From a strong position of 205 for 3 the Windwards experienced a setback when Hodge was dismissed by Chadwick Walton for 56 and Smith, the victim of the brilliant Bulli, followed two overs later.  Alick Athanaze meekly two overs after adding a single run before being caught by Kenroy Williams off the bowling of Bulli.  Dennis Smith (36) and Sherman Lewis (16) will return as the not out batsmen.

Windies middle-order batsman, Shimron Hetmyer, despite not having the most consistent time with the bat since his international debut, has certainly turned some heads and made people, including former regional team batsman, Dwayne Smith. 

The Grenadian Devon 'Shotgun' Smith has consistently shone at the regional level but has been unable to cut it at the international level.

Opener Devon Smith is axed but Sunil Ambris has been included in a Windies 15-man squad to tour India starting September 26.

If the Windies thought they were in for a walkover against Bangladesh in their second Test at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, the first session of the first day might just have caused them to rethink that. 

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