Barbados and Windward Islands notch up wins
In two contrasting matches, Barbados thrashed Guyana by 80 runs while Windward Islands sneaked home against Trinidad and Tobago by just a solitary run in the latest round of matches in the regional one-day competition.
Barbados 244 for 7 (Reifer 72, R Hinds 71*, Browne 42) beat Guyana 164 (Daesrath 38, Collins 3-23) by 80 runs
Barbados recovered magnificently from a position of 17 for 3 to sail to a whopping 80-run victory against Guyana at Georgetown. Their recovery was set up by a magnificent 136-run partnership between Floyd Reifer and Ryan Hinds.
Even after the two were out, Reifer for 72 and Hinds for 71, Barbados carried on to make sure that the initiative remained with them. Courtney Browne, doing an Adam Gilchrist as wicketkeeper-captain, lashed 42 to take Barbados to 244 for 7 in their 50 overs.
Guyana began bravely, as Sewnarine Chattergoon and Lennox Cush added 60 runs after Darwin Christian was bowled by Pedro Collins early in the innings. But once they were out, the innings unravelled, though Damodar Daesrath showed some fight with a combative 38. But none of the many Guyana batsmen who got starts could come up with the big innings needed, and in the end, they fell far short.
Windward Islands 219 (Murray 64, Sooklal 4-46) beat Trinidad and Tobago 218 for 9 (S Ganga 46) by 1 run
Windward Islands are getting used to close finishes. In their last match, they beat Leeward Islands by one wicket, and here, at the Enmore recreation Ground in Guayana, they prevailed over Trinidad and Tobago by a solitary run.
Daren Ganga, Trinidad and Tobago's captain, won the toss and asked his opponents to bat. Windward Islands seemed blighted by the tendency of their batsmen to get a start but not carry on to make a big score. All of their top seven reached double figures, but only Junior Murray, at 36 one of the senior figures in the side, made a half-century, with 64.
Rodney Sooklal, the 23-year-old medium pacer, took 4 for 46 in his ten overs, pegging the batsmen back every time a partnership threatened to develop. Windward Islands finished on 219, which seemed quite gettable.
But the malaise of batsmen getting starts and not converting continued during the chase as well, with seven batsmen making a start - Daren Ganga the lowest of them with 19 and Sherwin Ganga the highest with 46 - but none of them going on to make a half-century. The bowling was miserly, partnerships were tenuous, and Trinidad and Tobago, despite batting out all 50 overs, finished a run short.