Barbados clinch last-over win over Jamaica
Barbados 284 for 6 (Blackman 121, Reifer 112, Lawson 5-66) beat Jamaica 280 for 9 (Parchment 68, Wavell Hinds 46) by four runs
Powered to 284 - their highest total of the tournament - thanks to hundreds from Wayne Blackman and Floyd Reifer, Barbados recorded an exciting four-run win over Jamaica at Kensington Park. Jermaine Lawson picked up five wickets and Brenton Parchment, the opener, stroked a quick 68, but there were few other positives for Jamaica as the visitors did their semi-final chances no harm.
Asked to bat, Barbados lost two quick wickets to Lawson but Blackman and Parchment successfully staved off further threat with a 217-run partnership against an attack comprising mainly spinners. In just his second regional limited-overs game, Blackman hit nine fours and five sixes, and was severe on Odean Brown, the legspinner, whose three overs disappeared for 35. Reifer, in his 16th year of cricket, offered a stable hand at the other end. Cautious to begin with, he too opened up with four sixes en route to a 129-ball 112, his second at this level.
Lawson, coming back from injury, was impressive at the start but copped some stick at the death. Offspinner Bevan Brown, who opened the bowling, gave away 58 from ten overs. It was carnage all around, with only Nikita Miller, the left-arm spinner, emerging unscathed with excellent figures of 10-2-19-0 in the middle overs.
Jamaica got off to a flier, with Parchment and Lorenzo Ingram (36) adding 118 in 20.1 overs. Parchment slugged 11 fours and a six, but his dismissal - stumped off Ryan Hinds's left-arm spin - sparked a collapse. Sharmarh Brooks, the rookie legspinner, removed Ingram and debutant Shane Powell and two run-outs accounted for Tamar Lambert and Dave Bernard. Wavell Hinds, the captain, hit 46 off 61 balls and 'keeper Carlton Baugh an 18-ball 23, but the equation going into the last two overs was 35. The last two batsmen, the spinning Browns, clubbed 17 from the penultimate over, bowled by Fidel Edwards, and but having hit a six and a four from Kevin Stoute's first five deliveries, Odean Brown was bowled off the final.
It was Barbados' second win of the tournament, pushing them into second place on nine points, one ahead of joint third-placed Jamaica after the penultimate round of matches.
Guyana 234 for 4 (Deonarine 65*, Dowlin 49) beat Leeward Islands 233 for 8 (Jeffers 100, Athanaze 43*) by six wickets
Narsingh Deonarine's unbeaten 65 took Guyana to a six-wicket win at Albion and eliminated Leeward Islands from the KFC Cup. Chasing 234 after Shane Jeffers hit 100, Guyana had little trouble getting home, as Travis Dowlin (49) and Royston Crandon (40) added 75 for the second-wicket before Deonarine and Assad Fudadin (35*) added 100 to seal it in the 47th over.
Guyana's chase was marshaled by Deonarine, who was joined by Fudadin on 134 for 4. Deonarine, playing before his home crowd, hit six fours in his 77-ball effort. Their efforts masked the failures of Sewnarine Chattergoon (9) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (17).
Batting first, Leewards owed their total of 233 to Jeffers's 139-ball century, with nine fours. He added 82 for the third wicket with Sylvester Joseph, the captain, (36) as Leewards recovered from 24 for 2. Down the order, only Justin Athanaze (43) and Omari Banks (23) offered much fight. Mahendra Nagamootoo, the former West Indies legspinner, was the pick of the attack with 3 for 31.
Their fourth consecutive loss ensured Leewards have no chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Trinidad & Tobago 236 for 8 (Rampaul 40*, Ganga 39) beat Windward Islands 234 (Sebastian 41, Kelly 4-65) by two wickets
Trinidad & Tobago maintained their unbeaten run in the KFC Cup with a two-wicket win over Windward Islands at the Wilson Road Recreation Ground. Chasing 235, the hosts were helped home by Ravi Rampaul's unbeaten 40 and decent knocks from Jason Mohammed (39), Daren Ganga (36) and Gibran Mohammed (35).
T&T got off well, thanks to a 55-run stand between Gibran Mohammed (35) and William Perkins (21). After they fell, Ganga and Jason Mohammed added 61 but five wickets fell for 68. At 194 for 8, matters were hot but Rampaul added 42 with Sanjiv Gooljar (5) to finish victory in the 44th over. His 39-ball innings, with one four and a pair of sixes, earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.
Choosing to field first, T&T were boosted by fast bowler Richard Kelly's dismissal of the openers, Andre Fletcher (0) and Miles Bascombe (2). Hyron Shallow (36) and rookie Ezekiel Francis (36) added 76 off 121 balls before Kelly returned to pick up top-scorer Liam Sebastien (41) and Rawl Lewis, the captain (24).
It was T&T's fourth straight victory in the competition.