Barbados continue to dominate
Barbados stretched their lead at the top of the table with their fifth win in as many matches, while Guyana's upset win over Trinidad & Tobago allowed them to draw level with Leeward Islands at the bottom of the table. A round-up of the lastest matches in the Carib Beer Cricket Series.
Guyana 270 (Deonarine 71, Dowlin 67, Emrit 5-48) and 67 for 3 beat Trinidad & Tobago 143 (Jan 73) and 193 (Bravo 68*) by 7 wickets
Guyana pulled off a huge upset when they defeated second-placed Trinidad & Tobago by seven wickets in a low-scoring match at Berbice. The heroes for Guyana were Damodar Daesrath, who returned incredible figures of 4 for 17 from 18 overs to restrict Trinidad & Tobago to 143, and Narsingh Deonarine and Travis Dowlin, who struck vital half-centuries to ensure a first-innings lead of 127. Dowlin then struck with his offspinners as well, taking three second-innings wickets as T&T were bundled out for 193 despite a battling 68 not out from a batsman fittingly named Dwayne Bravo. Despite a couple of early setbacks, Guyana reached the victory target of 67 with ease.
Barbados 221 (Odumbe 6-64) and 153 for 4 (Nurse 77) beat Kenya 171 (Collins 5-57) and 202 (Tikolo 76*, Best 5-54) by 6 wickets
Kenya slumped to their third defeat in five games, while Barbados further strengthened their position at the top of the table with their latest result. In another low-scoring match at St Philip, most of the Kenyan batsmen struggled against the Barbados pace attack. Pedro Collins and Tino Best served reminders to the West Indian selectors with five-wicket hauls, and took 16 between them. The only Kenyan batsmen who managed fifties in the match were Kennedy Otieno (51) and Steve Tikolo, the captain, who scored a defiant unbeaten 76 in the second innings even as the rest of the team crumbled. For Barbados, Martin Nurse struck 77 to make light of a fourth-innings target of 153.
Leewards Islands 378 for 9 dec (Williams 74, Willett 65) and 153 for 6 (Tuckett 53*) drew with Windward Islands 435 (Smith 159, Lewis 82, Emmanuel 73)
Devon Smith, the left-handed opener who had shown some promise in four Tests against Australia last season, gave himself a good chance of earning a recall with a timely 159 in Windward Islands' drawn game against the Leewards at St Maarten. Smith's hundred propelled his side to 435, a first-innings lead of 57, but Leeward Islands hung on to force a draw. The other player from Windwards who would have enjoyed the match was Rawl Lewis, their captain. His three Tests may have fetched him just one wicket at a rather high average of 318, but he had much more to celebrate here, returning match figures of 7 for 124 and scoring 82.
West Indies B 242 (Hyatt 55) drew with Jamaica 299 for 9 (Baugh 115, Breese 72)
Rain played spoilsport at St John's, as only two innings could be played in the match between Jamaica and West Indies B. Not a ball was bowled on the first day, and only 23 overs were sent down on the second, ensuring that the game was virtually a two-day affair. That was enough for Jamaica to wrest the crucial first-innings lead, which ensured that they scraped past the B team into third place in the overall points tally. The stars for Jamaica were Carlton Baugh (115) and Gareth Breese (72), who added 200 for the sixth wicket and rescued them from a precarious 61 for 5, in the process taking Jamaica past West Indies B's total of 242.