Carib Beer Cup 2004-05 January 10, 2005

Lambert and Bernard put Jamaica on top

Cricinfo staff

Leeward Islands 150 and 16 for 2 trail Jamaica 188 and 270 (Bernard 76, Lambert 70, Pagon 55) by 292 runs

An 81-run partnership between Tamar Lambert and David Bernard helped Jamaica tighten their grip on the third day of their opening game of the Carib Beer Cup at the Kaiser Sports Club. After managing a slender 38-run lead in the first innings, Jamaica were reduced to 39 for 4 due to a burst from Wilden Cornwall, the medium pacer. But a steady 55 from Donovan Pagon began the revival before Lambert and Bernard consolidated Jamaica's position. Jamaica ended their second innings on 270 and left Leeward Islands with an uphill task of getting 309 for victory. Jerome Taylor's double strike put Leeward Islands in further trouble as they ended the day on 16 for 2.

Guyana 87 for 3 v Trinidad & Tobago

After two days of inclement weather, play finally got underway in Trinidad as Guyana trudged along to 87 for 3 in 63 overs. Trinidad & Tobago got off to a fine start, after choosing to bowl, as Guyana were struggling at 17 for 3. But Narsingh Deonaire steadied the ship with 48 as the game meandered towards a draw.

No play was possible for the third consecutive day at Bridgetown in the game between Barbados and Windward Islands.