Trinidad ride on Pollard's whirlwind 87
Jamaica 165 for 5 (Lambert 48*, Bernard 23) beat Windward Islands 161 (Sebastien 45, Murray 44) by five wickets
Allrounder Dave Bernard starred in Jamaica's five-wicket win against Windward Islands at the Beausejour Stadium. Bernard took three wickets in ten economical overs and scored 23 to guide his side to the modest target of 162.
After Wavell Hinds chose to insert the opposition, Bernard struck in the second over, picking up two wickets in consecutive balls. Junior Murray (44) and Liam Sebastien (45) then staged a recovery, adding 40 for the fifth wicket. Nikita Miller, the left-arm spinner, broke the partnership when Murray was stumped by Carlton Baugh Jnr. Miller and Jermaine Lawson supported Bernard well, as the trio shared for eight wickets between them to bundle out Windwards for 161 in only 43.2 overs.
Jamaica well well-placed for victory at 64 for 1 but lost three quick wickets for the addition of just 14 runs. Tamar Lambert and Bernard then consolidated in a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 72. Bernard was dismissed before Jamaica reached their target, trapped in front to a googly off Rawl Lewis. Lambert was undefeated on 48 with eight fours off 89 balls. Windwards were guilty of conceding too many extras, 32 in all, including 13 wides and 11 no-balls.
Barbados 228 for 4 (Stoute 73, Reifer 41) beat Leeward Islands 226 (Willett 46, Hinds 4-48)
Kevin Stoute anchored Barbados to a six-wicket win over Leeward Islands at the Carlton Club Ground. Stoute top-scored with 73 and shared two vital stands to guide Barbados to the victory target of 227 with five overs remaining. He added 68 for the second wicket with opener Patrick Browne (39) and 83 for the third with Floyd Reifer.
Stoute was adjudged leg before in the 41st over, playing across the line and Reifer was caught at long-on in the 44th over. Both built on the solid opening stand of 55 provided by Browne and Dale Richards. Richards looked in good touch with a few neat drives through the off-side, but was unfortunately run-out in the 12th over, backing up too far at the bowler's end and failing to beat the throw by Maxford Pipe, the substitute fielder.
Leewards were restricted to 226 for 9 in 49.4 overs, and were set back when Steve Liburd was forced to retire hurt, injuring his left arm after colliding with Fidel Edwards. Liburd was unbeaten on 31 and Leewards were effectively 70 for 4 at that stage. Tonito Willett lifted the side with a run-a-ball 46 that included four fours and two sixes, and the lower order lifted the side to 226. Ryan Hinds was the most effective bowler, picking up four wickets.
Trinidad and Tobago 185 for 5 (Pollard 87) beat Guyana 183 (Haniff 53, Rampaul 4-53) by five wickets
Kieron Pollard scored an aggressive 87 to help Trinidad and Tobago secure a comfortable five-wicket win over Guyana at the Queens Park Oval. His knock consumed just 58 balls with seven sixes and six fours, as his side overhauled the modest target of 184 with 15 overs to spare.
Pollard, in West Indies' provisional World Cup squad, got off the mark with a massive six over the long-off boundary off offspinner Narsingh Deonarine. He reached his fifty with another six over long-off, this time off Deon Ferrier. He was particularly harsh on on left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, hitting him for three consecutive sixes. However, Permaul got the better off him, bowling Pollard off the inside edge.
Pollard shared two 50-plus partnerships, adding 56 with debutant Darren Bravo and 51 off 36 balls with Jason Mohammed.
Earlier, after being put into bat, the Guyana openers, Azeemul Haniff (53) and Royston Crandon (13) added 40. However, wickets tumbled at regular intervals, as the batsmen struggled against Ravi Rampaul in particular. Rampaul, playing his first regional match in two years sidelined due to various injuries, took 4 for 53 and got good support from left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed who bagged 2 for 24.