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Windward Islands Volcanoes easily trounced the luckless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by nine wickets yesterday, to remain a serious contender for the WICB Professional Cricket League title.

Set an uncomplicated target of 83, the Windwards needed just 74 balls to complete victory at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, about 45 minutes after lunch on the penultimate day of their seventh round encounter.

Seasoned opener Devon Smith continued his rich vein of form, stroking an unbeaten 39 off 33 balls with four fours and a six. He added 42 off 26 balls for the first wicket with Johnson Charles whose 27 required 18 deliveries and included three fours and a six.

With the victory, the Windwards moved to 80 points to stay in touch with leaders Guyana Jaguars and second placed Barbados Pride. The Leewards remain rooted to the bottom of the standings on 17 points.

Summarised Scores: LEEWARD ISLANDS 161 (Devon Thomas 38, Gavin Tonge 37, Jeremiah Louis 26; Kenroy Peters 6-24) and 170 (Sherwin Peters 42, Orlando Peters 27, Jeremiah Louis 25; Mervin Matthew 5-32, Delorn Johnson 3-48) vs WINDWARD ISLANDS 249 (Kenroy Peters 44, Liam Sebastien 37, Tyrone Theophile 34, Devon Smith 33, Alston Bobb 24 not out; Rahkeem Cornwall 3-62, Gavin Tonge 3-67) and 84 for one (Devon Smith 39 not out, Johnson Charles 27) 
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