Kingstown – St. Vincent and the Grenadines has once again served as the vibrant backdrop for the commencement of the highly anticipated WICB Under 15 Tournament, generously sponsored by the Windward Islands Lotteries Inc. (WINLOTT Inc.). The inaugural day featured the clashes between St Vincent & the Grenadines and Dominica, and St. Lucia and Grenada setting the tone for an exciting series of matches.
Dominica vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Match Summary:
In the 1st match of the Winlott Inc WICB U15 2023 tournament, Dominica U15 emerged victorious against St Vincent & the Grenadines U15 with a convincing 8-wicket win. The match, originally scheduled for 50 overs, was reduced to 40 overs.
St Vincent & the Grenadines struggled with the bat, posting a total of just 45 runs before being bowled out in 19.1 overs. Dylon John was the standout bowler for Dominica, claiming three wickets for 8 runs in his 6-over spell. Jershaun Joseph also made significant contributions, taking three wickets for just 18 runs in his 6 overs. The top scorer for St Vincent & the Grenadines was Cody Slater, who managed 7 runs from 25 deliveries.
Chasing a modest target of 46 runs, Dominica achieved victory in 10.4 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Dominica lost two early wickets but comfortably reached the target with Earsinho Fontaine and Derwin Lewis leading the way. Derwin Lewis remained unbeaten with 14 runs. Tyrese Hackshaw was the pick of the bowlers for St Vincent & the Grenadines, taking 2 wickets for 16 runs in his 5-over spell.
This victory puts Dominica in a positive position in the early stages of the tournament, while St Vincent & the Grenadines U15 will look to bounce back in their upcoming matches.
St. Lucia vs Grenada – Match Summary:
The 2nd Match of the Winlott Inc WICB U15 2023 between St Lucia and Grenada was poised to be a contest filled with drama and excitement. However, despite a promising start and an impressive innings by Kanil Nelson, the match ended with a ‘No Result’ due to the persistent showers.
St Lucia won the toss and chose to bat, putting up a competitive total of 186 runs for the loss of all wickets in their allocated 40 overs. Kanil Nelson was the star performer, contributing a solid 59 runs from 85 deliveries. The bowlers from Grenada, led by Devon Joseph (3-41) and Aravinda Bishop (3-19), managed to take crucial wickets, disrupting the flow of St Lucia’s innings. The innings was marked by an additional notable contribution from Jeanille Williams (26).
Grenada U15 began their chase under challenging conditions with a revised target due to the rain. However, they faced early setbacks losing two wickets with only 15 runs on the board in 6.3 overs. Nathaniel Joseph and Kaleb Charles played pivotal roles for St Lucia, taking a wicket each. The game was delicately poised when rain interruptions began to influence the course of the match.
In the end, with the rain refusing to relent, the match officials had no choice but to abandon the match. This outcome left both teams with mixed emotions, however, the Grenadians may have considered it their lucky day having been 2 wickets down so early in the match.
Both teams will now regroup and prepare for their upcoming fixtures, hoping for clearer skies and a chance to showcase their skills without the interference of rain.
The action continues tomorrow as the hosts SVG take on SLU at Park Hill while DOM journeys to Cumberland for their match against the Spice Islanders