Shillingford makes Zimbabwe pay
Shane Shillingford spun West Indies to a nine-wicket demolition of Zimbabwe inside two and a half days at Barbados in the first Test of two.
Shillingford, playing his first international since the tour of England last year, helped to dismiss Zimbabwe for 107 in their second innings with figures of 6-49 from 16 overs.
That set the hosts a paltry 12 for victory, which they knocked off soon after a delayed lunch for the loss of just Kieran Powell.
Having taken three first-innings wickets and two more yesterday evening to leave the tourists 41 for three overnight, Shillingford ran through their middle order today.
Shannon Gabriel, who also last represented the Windies in England, wrapped the innings up with two scalps in three balls to return 3-10 from 7.4 economical overs.
Brendan Taylor fell in the day’s first over over, Shillingford persuading him to pop a soft catch to Powell at short-leg. In the next Kemar Roach parted nightwatchman Ray Price’s stumps.
New man Craig Ervine was dropped off Shillingford on four but the hosts were not to be detained for long, Malcolm Waller becoming fifth man out offering another bat-pad chance to Powell.
The going was painfully slow but Ervine got moving with consecutive fours off Tino Best, one a crisp drive, the other a streaky edge.
Shillingford celebrated a five-wicket haul, his second in Tests, when Regis Chakabva played down the wrong line to be bowled, opening up the distinct chance of an innings win.
But Graeme Cremer hit four off Best and a towering six off Shillingford in a brief rally before he was smartly held by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for 14.
Kyle Jarvis also managed a maximum before both he and Tendai Chatara were removed by Gabriel’s pace, leaving Ervine stranded on 23.
In three overs before lunch Powell was held at gully off Chatara and, with three needed at the interval, Chris Gayle hit the winning runs past gully.