Carib Beer Series, 2nd round, 3rd day January 15, 2007

Lawson's six gives Jamaica hope on rain-hit day

Jamaica 289 and 43 for 2 lead Windward Islands 251 (Sammy 80, Lawson 6-70) by 81 runs

Adrian Barath cuts at a delivery during his debut for Triniudad & Tobago © T&T Express

Jermaine Lawson did his case for selection no harm with a six-wicket haul on the rain-hit third day's play between Jamaica and Windward Islands at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. Lawson's 6 for 70 bowled out the Windwards, resuming on 96 for 4, for 251 and gave Jamaica the first-innings points before they progressed to 43 for 2.

Lawson, 25, has had his share of injury problems but hit his straps with a devastating spell of 5 for 8 in 6.4 overs. Hyron Shallow (39) was the first to go, caught by Brenton Parchment for 39, Darren Sammy (80) was bowled off the inside edge, and Liam Sebastien (10) offered mid-on the easiest of catches. With the score on 251 for 8, captain Rawl Lewis (14) needlessly slogged left-arm spinner Nikita Miller to long-off. Lawson needed no invitation to go all-out, and removed Deighton Butler and Dennis George with no further change to the total.

After the lunch interval, Jamaica lost openers Danza Hyatt, bowled by medium-pacer Jean Paul for 1, and Parchment lbw to Deighton Butler for 11. Wavell Hinds, the captain, finished unbeaten on 19 in the company of Lorenzo Ingram (7 not out) before rain ended play prematurely.

Trinidad and Tobago 170 for 0 (Barath 73*, Ganga 76*) v Guyana
Adrian Barath and Daren Ganga, the Trinidad & Tobago openers, put on an unbeaten 170 on the first day the weather gods allowed play to begin against Guyana at Guaracara Park in Trinidad. After rain and soggy ground conditions hampered play on the first two days, Guyana won the toss and inserted T&T and Barath, on debut, hit 73 and Ganga, on his 28th birthday, made 76 in the 56 overs completed. The duo's effort bettered the previous best opening stand for T&T versus Barbados - 150 between Richard Gabriel and Kenrick Bainey at Kensington Oval in 1979.

Barbados 263 and 9 for 0 lead Leeward Islands 236 by 36 runs
Only four overs were possible in just about a half hour's play on the rain-affected third day of the Barbados-Leeward Islands clash at Crab Hill. Heavy overnight and early morning rain drenched the outfield and delayed the start until after tea, when Barbados, reached 9 for 0 before another shower curtailed the day's action.