Lower order sees Trinidad through
Trinidad and Tobago and Windward Islands posted wins in close games in the latest round of matches in the regional one-day competition.
Trinidad & Tobago 209 for 8 (Mahabir 46, Samuels 4-21) beat Jamaica 206 (Marshall 88, Gayle 48) by 2 wickets
An undefeated 52-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Richard Kelly and Reyad Emrit helped Trinidad and Tobago clinch a tense two-wicket win against Jamaica in the regional one-day competition. Chasing 207 for a win at Georgetown, Trinidad slumped to 157 for 8, but Kelly (39 not out) and Emrit (26 not out) kept their heads in the face of adversity.
Trinidad were also helped hugely by the Jamaican batsmen, who self-destructed thoroughly to be bowled out for 206 after being 100 without loss at one stage. Chris Gayle was run-out at that stage for 48, but Xavier Marshall kept the innings going with a superb 88, scored off 136 balls with eight fours and a six. However, wickets kept falling at the other end as Sherwin Ganga choked the middle order, taking 3 for 39. They weren't helped by some shoddy running between the wickets either, as the last seven wickets fell for 24.
Trinidad lost an early wicket in reply, but the two Gangas - Daren and Sherwin - made 25 each and put together 52 for the second wicket. Then, it was Trinidad's turn to collapse, as five wickets went down for 22, as they slumped to 84 for 6. Fortunately for them, their lower order wasn't as brittle as Jamaica's.
This was T & T's second win of the tournament, and lifted them to fourth place with eight points. Jamaica have now lost two out of three games and are in fifth spot.
Windward Islands 230 for 9 (Smith 49) beat Leeward Islands 228 for 9 (Cornwall 53, Morton 50) by 1 wicket
In a nail-biting finish at Berbice, Windward Island sneaked home by one wicket with just one ball to spare to notch their second win of the competition. Set a target of 229, Winwards needed five to win with two balls to spare, when Rawl Lewis (31 not out) lofted Alex Adams for a straight six to seal the issue.
Leewards seemed to have the match well in their grasp when they reduced the opposition to 178 for 8, but Lewis and Kenroy Peters (20) added 45 for the ninth wicket to bring them back into the contest. Earlier, a couple of half-centuries, by Runako Morton and Wilden Cornwall, were instrumental in helping Windward Island post a competitive total.
The win put Windward in second place in the championship table - though they have played an extra game - while Leeward are languishing at the bottom of the pile with only one win from four games.