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Austin bowls CCC to victory

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Off-spinner Ryan Austin picked up his first five-wicket haul of the season to bowl Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) to an emphatic victory over Leewards Islands on the final day of their their fourth round regional four-day cricket match at the 3Ws Oval yesterday.
Wicket keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton completed his second century in regional cricket within the first half-hour of play before the CCC declared their second innings but after that it was the Austin show until leg spinner Akeem Dewar wrapped up the innings 25 minutes after tea.
Set 305 to win after CCC declared at 367 for six, Leewards folded for 152 from 65.1 overs with Austin taking six for 48 from 22 overs.
It was an effective fightback after a modest first innings effort that left them trailing the vistors by 63 runs on first innings.
Leewards Islands struggled from the start when opener Orlando Peters suffered his second failure of the match as Keswick Williams earned the only wicket to fall to a pacer in the innings.
When Akeem Saunders was bowled by left-arm spinner Derone Davis for eight, they had slumped to 27 for two.
By lunch they had lost their most experienced and arguably their best batsman to go to the break struggling on 49 for four. Kieran Powell, the West Indies opener, lingered at the crease after being given out lbw to Austin for 24 and shortly before the break veteran Sylvester Joseph pulled the same bowler to Raymon Reifer at deep square leg, having made 11.
Steve Liburd and Devon Thomas put together the best partnership of the innings. Their 33 for the fifth wicket spanned just short of 12 overs on either side of lunch but after 35 minutes at the crease during which time he faced 41 deliveries and struck a boundary, Liburd was caught at first slip by Kyle Corbin pushing forward to Dewar.
Thomas, who battled 80 minutes and 66 balls for a top score of 37 swung Austin to deep backward square where Kevin McClean took a well judged catch. Thomas struck four boundaries.
Willett resisted for 70 minutes during which time he struck a six and faced 63 balls while scoring 26. The injured Montcin Hodge, who was struck on the arm while fielding, even came to the crease in a futile effort to boost the innings but ran out of partners to be undefeated on eight made off 52 balls in 51 minutes.
Earlier, CCC, resuming on 333 for six extended their innings (101 not out) which came in 167 minutes off 120 balls. He smashed four sixes and seven fours.
Leg-spinner Anthony Martin finished with three for 112.

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