Regional one-day competition October 17, 2004

Favourites lose on opening day

Wisden Cricinfo staff

The regional one-day tournament in the West Indies got off to a cracking start as Jamaica and Barbados, the two favourites, were beaten by less-fancied teams in the opening round of matches.

Windwards Islands 141 for 3 (Murray 71*) beat Jamaica 139 (Samuels 55, Lewis 4-13) by 7 wickets

Rawl Lewis and Junior Murray were the stars for Windward Islands as they romped to a convincing seven-wicket victory against Jamaica at Georgetown, in the process taking a couple of bonus points as well for chasing the target in less than 25 overs.

Nothing went right for Jamaica after they won the toss and opted to bat. Chris Gayle, their captain, was one of the early casualties as they slipped to 24 for 4. Most of the damage was done by Kenroy Peters, a left-arm medium-fast bowler. Getting the ball to move both ways, he accounted for Gayle (10), Xavier Marshall (0) and Wavell Hinds (3).

Marlon Samuels steadied the innings with a cautious 55, while Carlton Baugh cracked a flamboyant 27-ball 28, but the tail was done in by the legspin of Lewis, who returned outstanding figures of 4 for 13 to scotch Jamaican hopes of a revival.

Faced with a target of 140, Windward Islands got off to a poor start, losing Devon Smith for a duck, but Murray and Craig Emmanuel got the innings back on track with a 120-run partnership. Emmanuel was dismissed for 43, but Murray remained undefeated on 71 as Windward Islands sped to victory with 26.1 overs to spare.

Trinidad & Tobago 210 for 7 (S Ganga 53, Hurley 4-40) beat Barbados 209 for 8 (Nurse 53, Campbell 53, Jan 4-46) by 3 wickets

Sherwin Ganga and Imran Jan put in exceptional performances with both bat and ball as Trinidad and Tobago pulled off a three-wicket win against Barbados in their first match of the regional one-day competition in Guyana. Jan and Sherwin shared seven of the eight wickets to fall in Barbados's innings of 209, and then shared an opening partnership of 108 in the run-chase.

Barbados got off to an excellent start after winning the toss, with Sherwin Campbell and Martin Nurse, their openers, scoring 53 apiece before being nailed by the opposing opening batsmen. The innings then fell away, though, as the middle order floundered against Sherwin, before Jan ripped through the tail with his offspinners.

Trinidad and Tobago made a strong start to their run-chase. After the openers had done their bit, Daren Ganga, their captain, scored 46 to keep their momentum going. They lost their way somewhat towards the finish, slumping from 192 for 3 to 195 for 6, but the tail managed to score the remaining runs and secure victory.