Carib Beer Series, 3rd round, 1st day January 21, 2007

Pollard ton props Trinidad

Cricinfo staff

Leeward Islands 12 for 0 trail Trinidad and Tobago 313 (Pollard 117, Hodge 5-103) by 301 runs
Kieron Pollard's dream run continued as he scored his second century in three first-class matches to help Trinidad and Tobago posted 313 against Leeward Islands at Couva. Pollard's 117 came off just 87 balls, which included 11 fours and six sixes.

Trinidad got off to a shaky start when Daren Ganga fell off the second ball of the day, trapped in front by seamer Adam Sanford. Adrian Barath and Jason Mohammed then added some solidity to the innings with a second-wicket stand of 73. However, Leewards clawed back with two quick wickets before lunch to leave the home side at 94 for 3.

That brought Pollard to the middle and he immediately took the attack to the bowlers, bringing up his fifty in grand style with a six and a four off consecutive balls off Kerry Jeremy. Pollard didn't curb his aggression even as wickets fell around him and eventually reached his hundred off only 71 balls, with two consecutive sixes off offspinner Chaka Hodge. He also shared a stand of 65 with Sherwin Ganga after lunch. Tonito Willett brought Leewards back into the match when Pollard holed out to Jeremy at long-off. Hodge was the best bowler for Leewards, finishing with figures of 5 for 103. Leewards played out the last seven overs comfortably, ending the day at 12 for no loss.

Jamaica 42 for 1 trail Guyana 205 (Deonarine 69, Richardson 3-21) by 163 runs
Guyana failed to justify their decision to bat first as they were bundled out for 205 against Jamaica at Kensington Park, Kingston. Narsingh Deonarine impressed with a half century but the rest failed to cash in, including Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was run out for 1 in his comeback match after injury.

Deonarine played a crucial knock after Guyana lost wickets at regular intervals. Fast bowler Andrew Richardson struck early with three wickets before Deonarine and Royston Crandon resisted with a crucial 60-run stand for the fifth wicket. Deonarine was lucky to be let off when on 22, when wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh spilled a chance off seamer David Bernard. Deonarine's 69 came off 184 balls with seven fours. Spinner Odean Brown scalped three middle-order wickets while Jermaine Lawson cleaned up the tail.

The Jamaica openers got off to a steady start, adding 23 before Reon King dismissed Brenton Parchment for 18. Lorenzo Ingram and Danza Hyatt batted out the remaining overs as the hosts finished at 42 for 1.

Barbados v Windward Islands
The opening day of the match between Windward Islands and Barbados at Benjamain Park was abandoned due to heavy overnight and morning rain. Umpires Lennox Abraham and Wycliffe Mitcham ruled out any chances of play after inspecting the ground at 2 pm.