WICB regional 4-day tournament March 27, 2017

Toppers Guyana narrowly escape defeat to second-placed Barbados

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File photo - Shai Hope remained not out on 215 in Barbados' first-innings total of 480 for 3 © AFP

Guyana managed to hold on for a draw against Barbados in Bridgetown's Kensington Oval on the final day, restricting the hosts to 75 for 5 in their chase of 93 off the game's last 12 overs. This after Guyana were asked to follow on after being dismissed in the first innings for 250, chasing Barbados' 480. Guyana overturned their 230-run first innings deficit to post 322 in their second innings, thereby setting up the 93-run target for Barbados to chase, but a fiery spell from Raymon Reifer (4 for 49) and Romario Shepherd (1 for 26) denied an easy chase for the home side as Barbados were left stranded 18 runs short of their target when play ended. The draw saw Guyana remain at the top of the table while Barbados moved to second courtesy their first-innings lead.

Choosing to bat, Barbados lost only three wickets on their way to 480, courtesy a second-wicket partnership of 205 between the captain Kraigg Brathwaite (143) and Shai Hope (215*). After Brathwaite fell after his 236-ball innings, where he scored 17 fours, Hope added another 154 runs for the third wicket with Shamarh Brooks (67). Hope's innings of 215, which was also his best first-class score, was peppered with 27 boundary shots, including three sixes. After declaring for a score close to 500, Barbados' bowlers then joined the act, led by pacer Miguel Cummins (5 for 41) and offspinner Roston Chase (4 for 46) to skittle Guyana out for 250. Half centuries from Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50) and Anthony Bramble (77) reduced Guyana's deficit, but were forced to follow on after the first-innings deficit north of 200 runs.

Guyana dug their heels in during their second innings, batting almost 120 overs, stonewalling Barbados' bowlers as they went about wiping out the lead. After wickets from Ashley Nurse reduced the visitors to 78 for 3, Guyana's middle and lower order rallied around Chanderpaul's second half century of the match. He scored 63, Guyana's only fifty-plus score in the second innings, but contributions from Vishaul Singh (37), Riefer (35), Bramble (30) and Clinton Pestano (38), took them past Barbados' total and eventually into a lead of 92 runs with twelve overs of play left.

Barbados needing to score at 7.75 runs per over to win, lost their way after a quick start. After their openers gave Barbados a quick start, Reifer picked up three wickets in five balls while Shepherd removed Shane Dowrich (1) to reduce the home side from 34 for 1 for 40 for 4. Hope scored 35 off 34 balls, but with his wicket off the last ball of the 11th over, Barbados' chances of chasing down the 93 target were doused as they had to settle for a draw.

File photo - Shane Shillingford took twelve wickets to cripple Leeward Islands in Basseterre © Sportsfile/Getty Images

Windward Islands completed a dominating seven-wicket win over Leeward Islands after chasing down the target of 52 on the final day in Basseterre. Windward posted a first-innings total of 540, after Sunil Ambris hit 27 fours and five sixes in his 256-ball stay of 231, his highest first-class score. Leeward were skittled out for 240 in their innings, courtesy Shane Shillingford's 6 for 78, and were prompty asked to follow on, but a second-innings total of 351, rocked by another six wickets for Shillingford, could only set up a paltry target for Windward to chase for the win.

Windward were sent in to bat, and after a positive start that saw opener Devon Smith (65) score a fifty, they were soon struggling at 135 for 4 after a Rahkeem Cornwall (4 for 151) double-strike. Ambris then smacked 231 runs, with a strike-rate in excess of 90, and stitched together a 173-run seventh-wicket partnership with Kyle Mayers (76). Ambris, Cornwall's fourth scalp, was the last man dismissed with the team's score at 540.

Shillingford then ran through the Leeward middle and lower order, taking six wickets to dismiss the hosts for 240, who struggled to get partnerships together despite individual starts for their batsmen. Nkrumah Bonner struck 55, while Kieran Powell (49) and Cornwall (42) chipped in, but Leeward, 300 runs behind, were prompty asked to follow on. The second innings was no different for Shillingford, as he took another six-for, but Leeward managed to post a higher score. Montcin Hodge's 60 at the top was followed up by Keacy Carty's 103, his maiden first-class ton, thereby taking Leeward to 296 for 5 but a flurry of late wickets meant they were for all out for 351 soon after.

Opener Tyrone Theophile led Windward's 52-run chase with a steady 32 that included five fours and a six, and although they lost three wickets in their chase, they cantered home to a seven-wicket triumph in the 15th over. Ambris' career-best 231 earned him the Player-of-the-Match award.

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  • Mohamed Shazly on March 30, 2017, 15:22 GMT

    @Metman we know you are the cleaner for WICB...and you are doing a great job...keep it up. And we know you hate Chanders and i've been reading you for a very long time...you are vindictive too...trust me you are nothing close to chanders even to shame him... and you one of those islanders who hate each other for the sake of the islands but not for Windies cricket in general... i myself come from an island but definitely not from Windies...but from a place where we appreciate talent.

  • Michael on March 30, 2017, 11:19 GMT

    Two players scored double centuries SHAI HOPE and SUNIL AMBRIS and not one person was shown to offer congratulations and people highlighting a spent force in SHIV. CHANDERPAUL for 2 " brilliant " and superb half centuries at SRs of 25 and 55 respectively and Bishoo who didn't take a wicket in a score of 481 after bowling 30 overs.

  • Davo on March 30, 2017, 1:56 GMT

    For allof you here Shiv Chanderpaul must go, keep that for your own country. We in Guyana appreciate his presence and wish he could stay there till he's 50.

  •   cricfan95151349 on March 29, 2017, 15:51 GMT

    This Should be Shivnarine Chanderpaul last first class season ,he need to call it ,the day and joint the coaching staff for Guyana or West Indies ,he is going to 43 years old in August 2017 ,he need to make way for his son and younger cricketers .

  • jaswant on March 29, 2017, 4:15 GMT

    Cricinfousor, I am not sure of what you mean when you said Hetmyer was used as a sacrificial lamb to facilitate Chanderpaul. If you mean Shiv and not his son as I would suppose, then you are wrong. Shiv at 42, is still one of the best bat in the Caribbean. Playing him is not a favor.He deserves a place in the team and in the in coming test series. His stat in the competition is a clear revelation of his form and class.

  • Josiah on March 29, 2017, 1:21 GMT

    say what you want about Bishoo, he still has the best test stats for any WI spinner in the past decade bar shillingford, who chucked it, and deonarine who was a part timer. Yes that includes Narine, Permaul, Warrican, Chase, Miller, Benn, dave mohammed, etc. any spinner that was picked during that time. he's one of the team's best fielders despite being 30 and he can bat. legspinners get better with age and play a long time. Shane Warne played until he was 38, and he was never as fit as Bishoo.

  • Shekar on March 28, 2017, 19:53 GMT

    Bishoo has been struggling against these domestic players. He had one decent game in the ODI series vs England. He is a shadow of his former self. He is very inconsistent, even for a leg-spinner. I know he did relatively well in the Pakistan series in the UAE last year but at the wrong side of 30, he is on borrowed time to cement his spot in the team.

  • jaswant on March 28, 2017, 18:58 GMT

    As is normal through out his career,Chanderpaul has once again scored heavily in this current competition. I hope the selectors will look at his consistency and without favor, approach him for selection. Veteran Adams is now on the selecting panel and should act in the affirmative. This batting machine still has what it takes to play ODI and test match.

  • shinet3915476 on March 28, 2017, 17:47 GMT

    JAPPER I don't think Hetmyer should be selected to partner Brathwaite. He will fail just like all the rest. He is not an opening batsman, we've seen it with both Hope and Johnson. In my opinion hr was a sacrificial lamb to accommodate Chandrapaul. I originally thought Campbell from Jamaica could get it , but I'm seriously considering Hodge from the Leewards or remotely Hope from the Red Force. For anybody considering Cornwall let IG remain as a consideration for now

  • megama3812918 on March 28, 2017, 17:38 GMT

    People talking about wi selecting new players what about the various regional boards, eg tnt who play the same tiered plays and look where there cricket is at

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