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March 19, 2012
Trinidad & Tobago earned first-innings points in a rain-affected draw against Guyana in Port of Spain. Adrian Barath scored a hundred in T&T's first innings to take them past Guyana's total of 290. Barath's 114 was supported by two half-centuries, by Marlon Barclay and Kevon Cooper, while the rest of the batting line-up struggled against Narsingh Deonarine's offspin. Deonarine, who is the leading run-scorer in the competition, picked up six wickets in the innings. In Guyana's first innings, Deonarine missed a chance to score his first hundred in the competition this year, when he was out for 87. He shared a crucial 138-run partnership with skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored 87, which helped Guyana post a competitive total.
With Guyana trailing by 59 runs in the second innings, Assad Fudadin scored 108, his second century of the season, to get his team to 208 for 5. Rain shortened the third and fourth days erasing the little chance there was of a result. Guyana maintained their second position behind Jamaica in the points table. T&T, however, dropped to fourth place after Barbados won their match.
Sulieman Benn's haul of nine wickets took Barbados to their third win in the competition as they beat Leeward Islands by an innings and seven runs in Bridgetown. Benn grabbed four in the first innings and five in the second innings as Leewards' batsmen were bowled out for 138 and 172.
Put in to bat, Leeward Islands were shot out for 138 on the first day as Benn and Dwayne Smith (3 for 39) shared seven wickets. Barbados' response followed a similar pattern as they found themselves in a precarious position with four wickets down for 32 runs. Further damage was prevented as Smith scored an attacking 67, with seven fours and three sixes, in a 90-run partnership with Kyle Hope, who scored 63. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich's 95 helped Barbados take a lead of 179 runs. In their second innings, Leewards failed to make Barbados bat again, as their last five batsmen collapsed for three runs.
Offspinner Shane Shillingford's 7 for 34 in the fourth innings sealed a seesaw contest for Windward Islands as they beat Combined Campuses and Colleges by 22 runs in Grenada. Needing 132 to win, CCC crashed to their lowest total in this year's competition. Shillingford, who had overall match figures of 10 for 81, was Man of the Match.
CCC elected to field and their bowlers justified the decision as they bowled Windward Islands out for 149. Kevin McLean and Ryan Austin took three wickets each in an innings where Lindon James' 52 saved the batting side from an embarrassment. In reply, CCC had a chance to take a big lead, but Windwards' bowlers took the last four wickets for 17 runs to limit their deficit to 60 runs.
In their second innings, Windward Islands were in early trouble but a gritty 87 from Andre Fletcher pushed the score to 191, which was enough in the end for their bowlers to defend.
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