Outstanding Smith props up Volcanoes' against Scorpions
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Left-handed opener Devon Smith struck his 33rd first- class century and the fourth of an already phenomenal season, to once against prop up Windward Islands Volcanoes on the opening day of their day/night seventh-round clash with Jamaica Scorpions.
The veteran batsman carried his bat (opened the batting in the innings and remained the only batsman not out at its end) for 107 as Volcanoes, sent in on Thursday's opening day, battled to 226 for nine before declaring their first innings under lights at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground.
In reply, Scorpions were 33 without loss with left-hander John Campbell racing to an unbeaten 29 off 30 balls with five fours.
It was the 36-year-old Smith, however, who took centre stage with his 27th regional four-day century, which saw him pass 700 runs for the season.
The knock also saw him join the quartet of Desmond Haynes (1991), Carl Hooper (2001), Junior Murray (2002) and Ridley Jacobs (2005) as those with four centuries in a single season of the modern first-class championship.
Smith's endeavours represented an unprecedented fifth time that he has carried his bat in an innings.
The former West Indies player faced 247 balls in a patient innings, striking six fours and a six, adding 98 with another former Windies batsman Kirk Edwards, to salvage the innings from a position of 37 for two.
Edwards made 57 that included nine fours from 98 balls, but no other batsman reached 20.
Left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont was the best bowler with four for 52.
VOLCANOES 1st Innings
Devon Smith not out 107
*T Theophile c wkp Thomas b Green 9
M Bascombe b Lamont 5
K Edwards c Smith b Campbell 57
R Cato c & b Campbell 11
D Hector run out 4
K Mayers b Lamont 3
+Dennis Smith lbw b Lamont 0
D Johnson c Jacobs b Lamont 6
K Dember c Campbell b Smith 12
S Lewis not out 0
Extras (b2, lb8, w1, nb1) 12
TOTAL (9 wkts decl., 84 overs) 226
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-37, 3-35, 4-157, 5-182, 6-188, 7-188, 8-200, 9-226.
Bowling: Green 13-1-58-1, Lamont 30-11-52-4, Smith 10-2-33-1, Jacobs 14-2-38-0, Campbell 17-3-35-2.
SCORPIONS 1st Innings
J Campbell not out 29
T Griffith not out 3
Extras (w1) 1
TOTAL (without loss, 7 overs) 33
To bat: *P Palmer, B King, D Jacobs, O Williams, D Green, D Smith, F Allen, +A Thomas, C Lamont.
Bowling: Johnson 3-0-13-0, Lewis 3-0-14-0, Mayers 1-0-6-0.
Position: Scorpions trail by 193 runs with all 10 wickets intact.
Umpires: D Butler, L Reifer Jr.