Jermaine Blackwood scored most runs but fast bowler Alzarri Joseph topped the batting averages during the recently concluded West Indies Championships.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, courtesy of Anderson Phillip and Jyd Goolie, demolished the Windward Volcanoes, winning their West Indies Championship game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy by an innings and 84 runs.

First up, Goolie led the charge in helping the Red Force to a massive 409 all out, before Phillip was the main destroyer in restricting the Volcanoes to 173 and 152.

When the Red Force bat for the only time in the match, Goolie scored 128, to lead all scorers but was more than well supported by Imran Khan, 84, Kyle Hope, 54, and Jason Mohammed, 45, in putting together 409.

That 409 was made despite 5-60 from Preston McSween. Kenneth Dember toiled hard for his three wickets at a cost of 125 runs, while Ryan John took 1-85, and Obed McCoy took 1-77.

In reply, the Volcanoes could only manage 173 largely thanks to the veteran Devon Smith, who top scored with 67.

Phillip was the chief destroyer, bagging 4-53. Akeal Hosein, 2-27, and Khan, 2-6, provided wonderful support.

The Volcanoes follow on didn’t go any better, with Kerron Cottoy’s 35 accounting for the most runs against Phillip’s 6-19 in just 9.2 overs.

Phillip would end with a remarkable 10-72 in the match.

Devon Smith became the first batsman to cross the mark of 11,000 career runs in the Championship to lead a steady reply from Windward Islands Volcanoes who are chasing a mammoth 381 by the Jamaica Scorpions in Grenada.

Not for the first time this season, veteran first-class cricket batsman, Devon Smith, has been asked to do a repair job and save the Windward Islands Volcanoes from outright defeat.

Playing against the Barbados Pride at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, the Volcanoes find themselves 325 runs in arrears on the final day with seven second-innings wickets in hand.

The situation was created, first by Kyle Mayers’ fabulous batting in the Barbados middle order with his 140 helping the Pride to 417. The Volcanoes had no answer, as, despite half centuries from kavem Hodge, 53, and Andre Fletcher, 52, Chemar Holder’s 5-73 restricted them to 258.

From there, they were in real trouble, as the Pride would bat again to put on 239-4 in just 56 overs. Mayers, again, played a big part in the outcome, slamming 62 off just 43 balls to give the Pride time to bowl out the Volcanoes for a second time.

Justin Greaves, 53, Shayne Moseley, 60, and Kraigg Brathwaite, 49, also contributed to the scoreline.

Batting a second time, the Volcanoes are 73-3, with Roland Cato, 22, Hodge, nought, and Andre Fletcher, four, already back in the pavilion.

The not-out batsmen, tasked with the duty of batting out the day for the Volcanoes include Smith, who came to the crease at number five on Saturday, is now not out on 16. Alick Athanaze is the other man at the crease, he is on a patient 21 from 80 deliveries.

Unbeaten centuries from Devon Smith and Kavem Hodge helped the Windward Islands Volcanoes bat their way out of an outright loss against the Guyana Jaguars on Sunday’s final day of their West Indies Championship game at St George’s Park.

Scores in the match, the Volcanoes, 318 and 273-1, the Jaguars, 426.

The Volcanoes began the day 62 runs in arrears after their first innings 318 on the back of half-centuries from Hodge, 53, Keron Cottoy, 56, and Shane Shillingford, 63, was overhauled by the Jaguars, who benefitted from Leon Johnson’s unbeaten 189, and Christopher Barnwell’s 107 to be in a strong position, some 108 runs ahead.

The Volcanoes, after losing Roland Cato on two, steadily set about overhauling the deficit, ending Saturday on 46-1 with Smith on 16 and Hodge on 17.

The two were not to be parted when they resumed on Sunday morning, as an enthralling game of cricket ended in a stalemate.

Smith faced 262 deliveries on his way to 147, while Hodge would score an even hundred from 227 balls.

Smith struck 12 fours and a six on his way to the total, while Hodge was helped to his three figures with 11 boundaries.

For the Jaguars, Keon Joseph ended with figures of 0-21 from 10 overs, Nial Smith had 0-41 also from 10, while first-innings heroes, Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul also ended wicketless, going for 52 runs off 17 and 41 off 19 respectively.

It was also a bad day with the ball for Johnson, who bowled five overs for 25 runs and Barnwell, who could only manage 0-32 from eight overs.

The only bowler to enjoy any form of success was Raymon Reifer, 1-50 off 13 overs.

Reifer trapped Cato leg before wicket late Saturday but toiled in vain on the following day.

The Guyana Jaguars have a 62-run lead headed into the final day of their West Indies Championship game against the Windward Islands Hurricanes at St George’s.

The Jaguars, thanks to 189 from skipper Leon Johnson, and 107 from Christopher Barnwell had made light work of the Volcanoes’ 318 all-out in the first innings, scoring 426.

That 318 was made on the back of half-centuries from Kaveem Hodge, 53, Keron Cottoy, 56, and Shane Shillingford, 53.

Devendra Bishoo, 4-73, and Veerasammy Permaul, 4-59, were the best of the Jaguars bowling before their batsmen found it easy going to score 426.

Batting a second time, the Volcanoes made it to 46-1 at the close of play on the third day.

Devon Smith, 16, and Hodge, 17, are the not-out batsmen with Cato the only man back in the pavilion, falling leg-before off the bowling of Raymon Reifer.

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