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Last-ball six does it for Volcanoes

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Obed McCoy launched a massive six over long-off from the last ball of the match to give Windward Islands Volcanoes a thrilling one-wicket victory over the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners at the 3Ws Oval yesterday.

It was the third consecutive victory for the Volcanoes in the group stage of the Regional Super50 Festival and materialised from a seemingly hopeless position when Windwards captain Shane Shillingford was ninth out with 20 runs still needed off the final four overs.

McCoy, who failed to impress with the ball when belatedly introduced into the attack much earlier in the day, joined fellow left-hander Larry Edward. Edward and Shillingford had eked out a crucial 18 for the ninth wicket as the Volcanoes slumped to 135 for eight in reply to CCC’s 172 all out from 50 overs.

McCoy (14 not out) and Edwards (21 not out) eased the score towards the target but 16 were still required off two overs and ten off the final over, bowled by off-spinner Vikash Moran. McKoy swatted the first delivery through extra-cover for four but then could only get a single from a miscued hit to long-on that seemed intended to end the match.

McCoy was back on strike for the last delivery with two runs needed and he ended the contest in emphatic fashion to spark celebrations among his teammates.

Up to that point, the Marooners had done an admirable job of defending a modest target with exceptional bowling from the spinners. Left-arm spinner Yannic Ottley led the way with three for 21 from ten overs. Off-spinner Jameel Stuart took two for 28 from his ten, while veteran left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds took one for 24 from 10.

With the primary spinners all completing their allotted overs, Kyle Corbin introduced medium-pacer Aaron Daley, who proved effective, but Moran slipped at the last hurdle.

Opener Devon Smith controlled the early part of the Windwards innings with a solid 40 off 65 balls. Kirk Edwards contributed 30 and Andre Fletcher 20.

Earlier, Moran topscored for CCC with 36, including a six and four fours, off 62 balls. Left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge took three for 16 from ten overs and Shane Shillingford three for 19 from ten. (PH)

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