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January 23, 2007
Guyana 217 for 8 (Sarwan 61, Lawson 7-76) and 205 lead Jamaica 375 by 47 runs
Jermaine Lawson's seven-wicket haul gave Jamaica the opportunity to gain an outright victory against Guyana at Kensington Park. Lawson took 7 for 76 as the visitors slumped to 217 for 8 at the close, ahead by just 47 runs. Earlier, Jamaica were dismissed for 375 with seamer Esuan Crandon finishing with figures of 5 for 64.
Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies batsman, made amends for his first-innings failure with a top-score of 61 but his dismissal ended Guyana's resistance. Guyana didn't get off to the ideal start, losing Azeemul Haniff and Narsingh Deonarine to Lawson with the score at 33. Sewnarine Chattergoon (46) and Royston Crandon (15) then resisted, adding 34 for the third wicket.
Sarwan and Chattergoon added a further 57, but Chattergoon's dismissal, trapped in front by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, started a collapse. Sarwan played on to Lawson, and his 61 came off 130 balls with seven fours. Lawson was spot on, as six of his seven victims were clean bowled. Guyana's hopes rest on Darwin Christian, unbeaten on 32 at the close.
Leeward Islands 118 for 4 (Banks 37) and 216 need a further 285 runs to beat Trinidad and Tobago 313 and 305 for 3 (Barath 131, Ganga 58*)
Adrian Barath's maiden first-class ton put Trinidad & Tobago in command against Leeward Islands at Couva. His unbeaten 131 enabled T&T to declare and set the visitors a challenging target of 403. Leewards stumbled in their reply and were at 118 for 4 at stumps on the penultimate day.
Barath, just 16 years old, became the youngest player since 1966 to score a regional hundred. He brought up his century with a cover-drive for four off the offspinner Justin Athanaze and his father Ralph, who was watching from the stands, rushed on to the field to embrace him.
Barath and Gibran Mohammed were involved in an opening stand of 127 before Mohammed was caught off Athanaze. Daren Ganga, the captain, then added 124 with Barath before seamer Kerry Jeremy dismissed Barath, caught at slip. His innings came off 211 balls with 14 fours and a six. Kieron Pollard scored an aggressive 35 off 19 balls, before Ganga, who helped himself to a half-century, declared the innings at 305 for 3.
Leewards were rocked by Amit Jaggernauth who picked up two wickets in quick succession, including that of first-innings century maker Sylvester Joseph.
Barbados 68 for 0 and 171 (Hinds 40, Lewis 5-48) lead Windward Islands 122 (James 122, Collins 6-24)
Pedro Collins's six-wicket haul bundled out Windward Islands for just 122 to give his side crucial first-innings points at Benjamin's Park. His 6 for 24 - his career-best figures - handed the initiative to Barbados, giving his side a lead of 49 after they were bowled out for 171.
Collins struck immediately, and accounted for three early wickets to leave Windwards struggling at 38 for 4. Lyndon James, the wicketkeeper, impressed with an unbeaten 43 in his debut innings but lacked support. Collins returned to claim the last three wickets for just four runs and also struck Liam Sebastian on the elbow, forcing him to retire hurt.
Barbados began strongly in their second innings as the openers Dale Richards and Wayne Blackman added 68, scoring at more than five runs an over. It was a much better performance compared to their first innings as they lost their last five wickets for 57. Rawl Lewis was the best bowler for the Windwards, finishing with 5 for 48.
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