Nash stars in Jamaica's fourth win
Jamaica continued their strong four-day form and notched up their fourth consecutive win, beating Guyana by eight wickets in North Sound, Antigua. They took 12 points out of the contest to move to 48, 20 clear of second placed Trinidad & Tobago, while Guyana earned none.
Jamaica legspinner Odean Brown took 6 for 100 to limit Guyana to 294 in their first innings. Brown was well supported by his fellow spinner, Nikita Miller, who conceded only 56 runs in 40 overs and took two wickets. Leon Johnson and Narsingh Deonarine scored 72 and 89 for Guyana but the contributions from the other batsmen were paltry.
The top three batsmen got starts for Jamaica but failed to kick on, and their innings was held together and steered by Brendan Nash, who made an unbeaten 205. David Bernard contributed 63 and there were useful contributions from the lower order as well. Devendra Bishoo took 5 for 115 for Guyana, but Jamaica piled up 454 for 9, ahead by 160 runs.
Guyana fared worse in their second innings, with wickets falling at regular intervals. Brown was wicketless this time but Miller was still economical, taking 2 for 25 in 24 overs. Sheldon Cotterell and Bernard took three wickets each as Guyana were dismissed for 187. Assad Fudadin top scored with 47 and the last four wickets fell for 17 runs.
Jamaica needed only 28 in their second innings and they knocked the target off in 9.4 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Barbados also claimed 12 points from their match against Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), beating them by 189 runs at the Kensington Oval.
The hosts didn't do very well after choosing to bat, and were dismissed for 237 in their first innings. Jonathan Carter top scored with 47 while most of his team-mates failed to build on starts. Kevin McLean took 3 for 30 for CCC, while Jason Dawes, Jason Holder and Ryan Austin claimed two wickets each.
CCC, however, crumbled for 145 in their first innings, with Barbados' new-ball attack of Tino Best and Kemar Roach sharing eight wickets between them. Floyd Reifer made 40, and McLean, who scored 28, was the only other batsman to make it past 20.
With a first-innings lead of 92, Barbados decided to declare their second innings on 238 for 4. The opener Omar Phillips made 87, and he received support from Kirk Edwards, who made 49.
Faced with a target of 331, CCC were shot out again, this time for 141. Roach claimed four more to finish the match with 8 for 84, while Best took three and ended with 7 for 65. Nkrumah Bonner's 49 was CCC's top score in the second innings, with extras second with 27. The game was finished inside three days.
Trinidad & Tobago survived a small scare during a modest chase to beat Windward Islands by four wickets at Queen's Park Oval.
Pursuing a target of 98 on the final day, T&T were well placed at 79 for 0, when wickets started to tumble. Windward spinners, Shane Shillingford and Liam Sebastien, took three each as six batsmen fell for the addition of five runs. Denesh Ramdin then ensured there were no more stumbles in the chase and stayed not out until the winning runs were scored.
Before that blip, though, T&T were in control throughout the match. Ramdin made an unbeaten 151 in their first innings to lead his team to 364 for 9 declared. Darren Bravo contributed 64 to that effort. T&T opened with Sunil Narine's spin and he took 5 for 49 to skittle Windward for 203 in their reply. Keddy Lesporis made 84 for Windward, their only contribution of note. Shannon Gabriel also took 3 for 61 for T&T as they secured a first-innings lead of 161.
Ramdin asked Windward to follow on and they slumped to 166 for 7, only six runs ahead with three wickets intact. The captain Darren Sammy made 88 and the last man Delorn Johnson made 40 to lift them to 258 before they were dismissed. Narine took five more in the follow-on to finish with 10 for 127 in the match.
Windward had set a target of 98, but it was too little to stretch T&T.
Edited by George Binoy