Regional Four-Day Competition 2012-13 April 12, 2013

Jamaica maintain unbeaten streak; qualify for semis

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Jamaica 208 (Baugh 81, Joseph 4-53) and 257 for 8 dec (Baugh 99, Blackwood 57, Jacobs 4-61) beat Guyana 96 (Permaul 49*, Cotterrell 4-31) and 155 (Johnson 70, Miller 4-49, Brown 4-54) by 214 runs

Jamaica cemented their spot at the top of the table and entered the semi-finals of the Regional Four Day Competition with a 214-run win over Guyana. The win - their fifth consecutive in the tournament - gives Jamaica 60 points and they have a chance to widen that gap when they take on Combined Campuses and Colleges in the last league match on April 25.

Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh and fast bowler Sheldon Cotterrell were the pillars of Jamaica's win over Guyana. Batting first, Jamaica had slumped to 12 for 4 after fast bowler Keon Joseph ran through the top order. They were a precarious 88 for 6 before Baugh and Nikita Miller added 89 runs for the seventh wicket, taking Jamaica towards the 200-run mark. The side was eventually all out for 208. Joseph picked up four wickets for 53 runs while Devendra Bishoo took 3 for 51.

In reply, Guyana crumbled to 96 all out. They were 10 for 5 at one stage and the pace-bowling pair of Cotterrell and Andrew Richardson dismissed as many as five batsmen for ducks. Fast bowler David Bernard then dismissed the lower order, the only resistance coming from captain Veerasammy Permaul who played a lone hand of 49.

Baugh narrowly missed out on his 13th first-class hundred, caught short of the crease on 99, as Jamaica went about extending their 112-run lead in the second innings. He shared a 138-run, sixth-wicket partnership with Blackwood before Jamaica declared their innings at 257 for 8, setting Guyana a target of 370.

The Jamaican bowlers dismissed Guyana for 155 to set up their side's fifth win of the tournament. Except for a 70 from Leon Johnson, Guyana put up another dismal batting display and finish the competition fifth on the points table, after losing four of their six matches.

Windward Islands 268 (Sebastien 93, Shillingford 42) and 23 for 1 beat Leeward Islands 129 (Powell 51, Shillingford 7-45) and 158 (Powell 51, Sebastien 5-30) by nine wickets

A nine-wicket win over Leeward Islands helped Windward Islands qualify for the semi-final. Put in to bat first, Leewards were a relatively safe 102 for 2 before they lost eight wickets for 27 runs. Shane Shillingford picked up six of those wickets to finish with figures of 7 for 45 off 17.5 overs. Kieran Powell was the only Leewards batsman to fire, scoring 51.

In reply, Windwards recovered from a score of 58 for 5 to post 268. Captain Liam Sebastien led the recovery with an innings of 93 and received support from Lindon James (21) and Shillingford (42). Yannick Leonard was the most successful bowler for Leewards, picking up four wickets for 63 runs.

With a lead of 139 to wipe out, the Leewards' batsmen failed for the second time. Powell's second fifty of the match was the only substantial innings, after the batsmen squandered their starts and the side were out for 158, narrowly avoiding an innings defeat. Sebastien followed up his half-century with a five-wicket haul, while Shillingford picked up three wickets to take his match haul to ten. Windwards strolled past their target of 20 for the loss of just one wicket.

Barbados 194 (Searles 56*, Khan 3-29) and 45 for 0 (Brathwaite 26*, Boucher 11*) beat Trinidad & Tobago 109 (Khan 30, Cummins 7-45) and 129 (Khan 33, Benn 5-49) by 10 wickets

Splendid bowling efforts from Miguel Cummins and Sulieman Benn took Barbados to victory over Trinidad & Tobago in just two days at Port of Spain. Both teams have qualified for the semi-final. Barbados with 48 points are placed third in the league, while Trinidad and Tobago are fourth.

T&T batted first, losing wickets at regular intervals. Cummins starred with the ball, taking 7 for 45, as T&T were scuttled out for 109 in 37 overs. The only real form of resistance came from batsman Imran Khan with his unbeaten 30.

Barbados in reply posted 194 before being dismissed. Contributions from Kirk Edwards (29), Shane Dowrich (24), Benn (22) and an unbeaten 56 from Javon Searles ensured they had a slim 85-run lead going into the next innings.

T&T in their second innings simply couldn't muster enough runs as Benn, Searles and Cummins combined to blast them out for just 129. Imran Khan once again top-scored with 33, while contributions from Lendl Simmons (26) and Rayad Emrit (26) were not enough to create a significant advantage. Benn ran through the order with 5 for 49, with Searles complementing him with 3 for 26.

This left just 45 runs for Barbados to chase for victory. The openers would see off the chase as Barbados won by 10 wickets. With this result they are tied on 48 points with Jamaica and Windward Islands, but Jamaica has played two less matches, while Windward has played one less. This means the points scenario could change in the next fixtures.

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  • Ali on April 17, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    All this talk of Bowlers.... and everybody pretends as though Nikita Miller does not exist ! and why ?

    Because there is no way to bend any argument to your bias to put your "preferred" bowlers in the WI team ahead of him ...

    So your best tactic is to just not discus or mention Miller ... and hope no one notices ...

    But with a strike rate of 12 ... average of 7 and Economy of 1.5 ... (this year) He is difficult to ignore ....,

    His career average now 15 (down for 17 last year) , and getting closer to single digits with every passing season ....

    Soon, Miller will take 6 wickets in an over ... and have to ask ... : "what else do I need to do ? "

  • Ali on April 17, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Krishna Gopaul ? Is Nikita Miller invisible ? how can you talk about Spinners in the West Indies and not mention him ?

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Shillingford is simply unplayable, I have no doubt that once he is on the team WestIndies will win.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    talking up the likes of shillingford,bisho,narine and permaul is irrelevant ,first of all ,shillingford has about 4-5 years of his best cricket left ,narine is no where close to playing another test after his dismal performances ,bishoo has probably been discarded while permaul relatively new.calling rampaul and edwards mediocre bowlers is poor considering the fact that those two ,roach and taylor were the only ones capable of leading a weak bowling attack. Our batting is poor because many of our batsmen refuse to play straight and get forward when required and this is evident in our first class where discarded bowlers are picking heaps of wickets WAKE UP ! This West Indies team may be at no.7 on the test rankings but we may not go higher up the rankings if the situation continues as is

  • charlie on April 12, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    @sniffleather ! you may add Jordan who has left for the county circuit , he is quite a bowler and batsman .I am afraid he might not come back to Caribbean cricket seeing the situation as it is in the WI ; and that his ENGLISH COACH WANTED HIM TO STAY IN ENGLAND WHEN HE WAS THERE . The other factor is that WI batsmen are not performing consistently to give the bowlers something to work with .

  • Carl on April 12, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    With 26wkts @ 19 a-piece, young quickie Cummins could well be one to watch. West Indies need these young fast bowlers to come through. Roach and Gabriel are both young guys, but aside from them, the younger quicks such as Johnson, Holder and Pascal are relatively untried. This needs to be changed or we risk repeating the years of repetition with mediocre bowlers such as Edwards and Rampaul. Speed will always play a prevalent part in the West Indies attack, and combined with the spin of Narine, Permaul, Bishoo and Shillingford, the selectors should have plenty of options for the future.The good thing about Cummins' wickets, is that he's taken them on different surfaces against different teams, not just in a cluster or two on a green top.

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