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October 20, 2007
Trinidad and Tobago 209 for 6 (Pollard 52*, Belcon 47) beat Guyana 208 for 8 (McGarrell 51*, Johnson 50, Emrit 4-43) by 4 wickets
Seamer Rayad Emrit starred with a four-wicket haul to help Trinidad and Tobago comprehensively beat Guyana at Providence. Guyana fought back after a poor start but their total of 208 wasn't enough as Kieron Pollard helped his side ease to the target.
Guyana were weakened when captain Ramnaresh Sarwan pulled out before the start of play after sustaining an ankle injury during training. Sent into bat on a pitch which tested the batsmen with variable bounce, the Guyana openers added 36. However, they lost their way as Mervyn Dillon dismissed Sewnarine Chattergoon with a good delivery that moved away from him and Emrit proceeded to take three wickets in quick succession.
At 77 for 5, with Guyana in danger of folding up early, Neil McGarrell and Leon Johnson counter-attacked with half-centuries. Johnson added 43 for the sixth-wicket with Derwin Christian that pushed the total to 120. McGarrell continued the rebuilding process as he supported Johnson in a quick-fire stand of 47 for the seventh wicket. Johnson's 50 came off 72 balls with four fours and two sixes while McGarrell's 51 was more aggressive, coming off 39 balls with three fours and a six. Guyana added 42 off the last five overs to finish on 208 for 8 at the end of 50 overs.
The target wasn't enough for the Guyana bowlers to defend as Mario Belcon and Daren Ganga led a steady reply. Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 28 but the finishing touches were added by Pollard who helped himself to an unbeaten half-century. His 52 came off 62 balls with three fours and a six as T&T reached the target with four overs to spare. T&T now head the Zone B table with 12 points and the win has given the defending champions a boost ahead of the semi-finals.
Windward Islands 132 for 5 (Sammy 32, Hector 30) beat Combined Campuses and Colleges 131 (Lewis 3-20, Sebastien 3-25) by 5 wickets
An impressive performance by the spinners helped Windward Islands ease to a five-wicket win over Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in Berbice. After wrapping up CCC cheaply for 131, Darren Sammy and Under-19 batsman Donwell Hector reached the target in the 34th over. It was a consolation win for Windwards who were already eliminated from the tournament after losing their two opening games.
After being put into bat by Rawl Lewis, the openers Shirley Clarke and Omar Phillips began steadily, adding 45. However, spinners Shane Shillingford and Gary Mathurin struck quickly to peg CCC back at 54 for 3. The spinners continued to make life difficult for the batsmen as Lewis and Liam Sebastien ran through the middle and lower order, sharing six wickets between them. CCC lost their last six wickets for 20 runs and were left to defend a rather modest score.
On a pitch with variable bounce, the CCC bowlers had their moments, picking up three quick wickets after the Windwards openers added 43. Sammy and Hector then added 43 for the fourth wicket to push their side closer to victory.
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