Unusual Declaration At 7-24 happens in West Indies FC Game

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After being asked asked to bat, Leeward Islands made the unusual declaration. In 1st innings on 7-24 before lunch on day 1, against Windward Islands in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4 Day Tournament match, reports Cricinfo.

Decision to declare before lunch seems very surprising, but it appears to be a strategic one, due to the deteriorating pitch but the fact that Windward Islands passed the score without any loss, suggests that the pitch wasn’t as bad as it might have looked.

Windward Islands won the toss and opted to field first and got off to the stunning start. The hosts picked up 4 wickets without conceding any run, with the score on 3.  Fast bowler Kevin McClean got the ball rolling, as he picked up the first 2 wickets.

The 5th wicket partnership, which was only 7 runs, was the 2nd highest partnership of the innings, a sure sign of how poor Leeward’s batting was. With the score at 11, they lost 2 further wickets, the first of which was Skipper Steve Liburd, who made a 6-ball duck.

Orlando Peters’ 11*, was not only the highest score of the innings, but he was also the only batsman to score 5+. After the fall of w-k RJ Peters, with the score at 7-24, Skipper Steve Liburd made the decision to declare.

Batting before lunch, Windward Islands lost their first wicket after taking the lead. Devon Smith was the first to go and 3 quick wickets followed to leave them at 36/4. However, the biggest partnership of the match, between Tyrone Theophile (54*) and Andre Fletcher (31), ensured that Windward Islands ended the day on 104/5.

12 wickets fell on the first day of the 4-day encounter on which only 43.3 overs were bowled.

Scorecard:

Leeward Islands 1st innings:

SP Peters 2 (4)
SM Jeffers 1 (16)
DA Cruickshank 0(2)
NE Bonner 0 (18)
O Peters 11* (37)
SSW Liburd 0 (6)
RRS Cornwall 1 (9)
RJ Peters † 5 (12)
Total 7-24 dec

 

Bowling:

Overs Runs  Wickets
M Matthew 9 6 2
KR McClean 4 2 2
KK Peters 5.3 12 2

Windward Islands 1st innings:

DS Smith 7 (14)
T Theophile 54* (77)
MC Bascombe 1 (3)
J Charles 0 (1)
SW Ambris 3 (3)
ADS Fletcher † 31 (46)
LAS Sebastien 6* (14)
Total 5-104

Bowling:

Overs Runs  Wickets
GC Tonge 8 43 1
AS Joseph 7 24 3
RRS Cornwall 6 21 1
SP Peters 4 16 0
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