Simmons, Gabriel lead T&T to victory over Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago 229 for 7 (Simmons 87, Bonner 3-48) beat Jamaica 225 (McCarthy 88, Blackwood 85, Gabriel 4-34) by 3 wickets
Trinidad & Tobago extended their lead over Jamaica by two points to move to the top of the table with a three-wicket victory at Sabina Park. Jamaica were put in to bat, but were reduced to 4 for 3 thanks to the opening combination of Shannon Gabriel and Yannick Ottley. Andre McCarthy (88) and Jermaine Blackwood (85) put up 147 runs for the fifth wicket to wrest some control in the match. However once they perished, the rest of the order fell limply for single-digit scores as Jamaica were dismissed for 225 in the 46th over. Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers with his four for 34, and ws ably supported by Yannick's 3 for 37.
T&T lost Adrian Barath early on for 9, before opener Lendl Simmons and Kjorn Ottley put on a 88-run stand for the second wicket. Despite T&T losing four wickets for the addition of only 15 runs in the middle overs, with Nkrumah Bonner picking up three scalps, they were able to successfully pull off the chase with just two balls to spare. This result puts them in a healthy position for qualification into the semi final round, which begins April 18.
Leeward Islands 126 for 5 in 33 overs (Thomas 36, Best 2-28) beat Barbados 164 in 46.4 overs by 22 runs (D/L method)
Leeward Islands won their rain-affected encounter over Barbados by 22 runs (D/L method) in St. Kitts, registering their fist win of the tournament. Barbados elected to bat fist, with the openers putting up a solid 49-run stand. From then on it was Tonito Willett show, as he rampaged through the batting order, picking up career-best figures of 6 for 19. His spell was influential as Barbados were dismissed for 164 in the 47th over.
When rain intervened through the course of the match, Leeward Islands were set a target of 104 to chase from 33 overs. Opener Lyndel Richardson and Shane Burton were dismissed with the score on 21, with Kieran Powell following suit to reduce Leeward to a precarious 28 for 3. Devon Thomas (36) and Jahmar Hamilton (33) helped lend a hand as they took Leeward Islands to victory when it was discovered that they were 22 runs ahead of the par score.