Regional one-day competition October 18, 2004

Morton's century in vain as Jamaica win

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Jamaica recovered after their shock loss on the opening day and overcame Leeward Islands at Uitvlugt, while Guyana began their campaign on a winning note at Hampton Court

Jamaica 245 (Marshall 64, Hinds 58) beat Leeward Islands 225 (Morton 101*) by 20 runs
Runako Morton's blazing century went in vain as Leeward Islands fell 20 runs short against Jamaica at Uitvlugt. Morton's unbeaten 101 came in just 98 balls, including four fours and six sixes, and he led the fightback after Leewards were wobbling at 37 for 6. But Leewards fell in the final hurdle, with Daren Powell, Evon McInnis and Chris Gayle snapping up two wickets each.

Xavier Marshall and Wavell Hinds came to the fore earlier in the day with both notching up impressive half-centuries. Marshall, 18, smacked 64 from just 77 balls, including six fours and three sixes. Carlton Baugh gave the innings a boost at the end as Jamaica finished with a competitive 245 at the end of their 50 overs.

Guyana 172 (Deonarine 63) beat Windward Islands 138 by 34 runs

Guyana began their one-day campaign on a winning note when they overcame Windward Islands by 34 runs at Hampton Court. Although they made just 172 when they batted first, Guyana managed to defend the total easily and bundled out Windward Islands for just 138.

Narsingh Deonarine held the Guyanese innings together with 63, and his 71-run partnership with Damodar Daesrath helped to inch the total towards the 150 mark. The Windward Islands' reply was rocked early on as the first five wickets fell for just 64. Junior Murray held the innings together with 45, but eight batsmen fell for single digits and Windwards ended up 34 runs short.