Carib Beer Cup 2004-05 February 7, 2005

Ramdass dazzles in Guyana win

Cricinfo staff

Guyana 249 and 274 for 4 (Ramdass 144*, Deonarine 52) beat Barbados 224 and 294 for 8 dec (Campbell 70, Browne 61) by 6 wickets

A magnificent unbeaten 144 by Ryan Ramdass propelled Guyana to a memorable victory against Guyana in a Carib Beer match at Bridgetown. Set a fourth-innings target of 270 in 81 overs, Guyana stormed to victory with six wickets and 15.4 overs to spare. The highlight of the run-chase was Ramdass's 131-run second wicket partnership with Narsingh Deonarine, who scored 52. The 21-year-old Ramdass struck 17 fours and a six in his innings, which came off 194 balls. The win took Guyana's points tally to 22, while Barbados slumped to the bottom of the table with only four points. In fact, this was their fourth consecutive defeat in the Carib Beer tournament, all of them on home turf, making it the first time in their entire first-class history that they had ever suffered this ignominy.

Windward Islands 417 for 9 dec and 121 for 4 (Smith 67) beat Leeward Islands 262 and 274 (Williams 115, Banks 58, Lewis 6-86) by 6 wickets

Leeward Islands fought bravely on the final day, but couldn't prevent Windward from easing to a six wicket victory at Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas. Resuming their second innings at 87 for 5, Leewards lifted their total to 274, thanks to a superb 115 from Stuart Williams. Williams received fine support from Omari Banks, who made 58, and Ridley Jacobs (36). Rawl Lewis, the Windward captain, did the star turn with the ball, taking 6 for 86. Requiring 120 to win, Windward lost a couple of early wickets, but Devon Smith, who had smashed 142 in the first innings, scored a fine 67 to ensure that the run-chase went off smoothly. The win pushed Windward Islands to second place with 34 points, while Leewards slipped to joint fourth place with 22.