Carib Beer Cup 2004-05 February 4, 2005

Jamaica manage crucial first-innings lead

Cricinfo staff

Jamaica 316 and 144 for 3 (Hyatt 64, Pagon 57) lead Trinidad & Tobago 303 (Ramdin 84, Simmons 76, Badree 55) by 157 runs

Jamaica managed a crucial 13-run first-innings lead over Trinidad and Tobago in their Carib Beer Cup match at St Elizabeth. Going into the third day, Trinidad needed 100 runs to take the lead with five wickets in hand, but despite a spirited 55 from Samuel Badree, they fell marginally short. They were also hampered by the absence of Shazam Babwah, who lost his father a day earlier. Jamaica ended the third on 144 for 3, an overall lead of 157. They were propped up by half-centuries from Danza Hyatt (63) and Donovan Pagon, who followed up his century in the first innings with 57 in the second.

Guyana 35 for 0 trail Barbados 224 (Richards 70, Benn 58*, Nagamootoo 4-58, Deonarine 4-67)

Mahendra Nagamootoo turned in his best performance of the season, while Narsingh Deonarine offered him excellent support as Barbados were bundled out for 224 on the first day of their Carib Beer match at Bridgetown. In reply, Guyana were 35 without loss at close of play. Dale Richards top-scored for Barbados with 70, while Sulieman Benn, batting at No. 8, ensured some lower-order resistance with a spirited unbeaten 58, but the rest of the batsmen proved to be woefully inadequate against Guyana's spin attack.

Leeward Islands 252 for 8 (Jeffers 69, Willet 51, Sammy 5-41) v Winward Islands

Windward Islands fought back after a poor start to restrict Leewards to 252 for 8 on the first day at Charlotte Amelie in St Thomas. After choosing to bat, Leewards began in style, with their openers, Shane Jeffers (69) and Tonito Willet (51) adding 117. Both benefited from dropped catches, but once they were dismissed, the Windward bowlers and fielders tightened up, and wickets fell regularly thereafter. Darren Sammy, the 21-year-old seamer, was the star bowler. Settling in on a good line and length, and obtaining movement from a newly laid pitch, he ripped out the Leeward middle order to return excellent figures of 5 for 41.