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January 22, 2007
Tamar Lambert scored his maiden first-class hundred as Jamaica surged ahead against Guyana at Kensington Park. Lambert's 110 gave his side a lead of 101 as Jamaica ended the day at 306 for 6. Wavell Hinds came good with the bat too, with a half-century and his fourth-wicket stand of 176 with Lambert took Jamaica to a commanding position.
Resuming their overnight score 42 for 1, Jamaica lost two early wickets for the addition of just 20 runs. Hinds and Lambert led the revival and the pair batted through the first two sessions to take the score to 191. Lambert was the more fluent of the two while Hinds focused on guarding his wicket. Hinds survived a close call at the long-off boundary as there was considerable doubt as to whether Travis Dowlin stepped on the rope when he took the catch. Umpire Cecil Fletcher gave the benefit of the doubt to Hinds and signalled a six.
Veerasammy Permaul sent back Hinds for 69, playing across the line and Lambert reached his century soon after. Lambert was caught at long-off attempting a big hit and his knock included nine fours and three sixes. David Bernard, who survived a confident shout for caught behind before stumps, was dismissed off the last ball the day. Bernard struck four fours and a six in his 34 and one particular hit injured substitute fielder Assad Fudadin on the foot, who had to be taken to hospital. Mahendra Nagamootoo was the main wicket-taker with 3 for 80.
Trinidad and Tobago 67 for 0 and 313 lead Leeward Islands 216 (Joseph 111, Jaggernauth 4-61) by 164 runs
Sylvester Joseph played a captain's knock of 111 but lacked support from the rest as Leeward Islands surrendered a significant first-innings lead to Trinidad and Tobago at Couva. Leewards were bowled out for 216 and T&T capitalised on their their 97-run first-innings lead to end the day 164 ahead.
Joseph took control amid the regular fall of wickets. Amit Jaggernauth, the offspinner, pegged Leewards back, removing Wilden Cornwall and Tonito Willet to leave them at 95 for 5 at lunch. Josesph reached his 50 with a six off offspinner Sherwin Ganga shortly after the break and his century came off just 156 balls, containing eight fours, three sixes and a seven. He was the last to be dismissed, caught by Jason Mohammed at long-on off Jaggernauth.
Jaggernauth was the most effective bowler for T&T with figures of 4 for 61 and was supported by West Indies left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed, who bagged 3 for 72.
Barbados 114 for 5 (Richards 36) v Windward Islands
Windward Islands held the upper hand on a rain-hit day at Benjamin's Park in Portsmouth, as Barbados were struggling at 114 for 5. The first day's play was washed out and play finally began only at 2pm, much to the relief of the sizeable crowd which showed up for the ground's maiden first-class match.
Windwards got off to a good start with an opening stand of 49 between Dale Richards and Wayne Blackman, but the wheels then came off courtesy some careless strokes from the top order. Richards was the first to go, caught behind attempting a pull. Patrick Browne was the next to go, skying a catch to second slip as he attempted to play through the leg-side. Floyd Reifer was bowled by Rawl Lewis as he also tried to hit through the on-side and Windwards struck another blow, dismissing Blackman for 26.
Debutant wicketkeeper Lyndon James, replacing Junior Murray who was unexpectedly left out, took two catches. Captain Ryan Hinds and Kirk Edwards were at the crease at stumps. Left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters took 2 for 15 and captain Rawl Lewis took 2 for 17 to seal a good outing for the home side.
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