Carib Beer Series, 1st round, 2nd day January 6, 2008

Lara century lights up Trinidad

Cricinfo staff

A fan pays homage to Brian Lara © T&T Express
Trinidad 273 for 3 (Lara 115*, Pollard 41*) trail Guyana 334 (Chattergoon 130, Sarwan 63, Fudadin 43, Jaggernauth 4-84) by 61 runs

Brian Lara scored an unbeaten 115, his 11th regional hundred, to take Trinidad to 273 for 3 in response to Guyana's 334 at the end of the second day's play in Port of Spain. Lara, whose knock featured 12 fours, was aided by Kieron Pollard, who blasted his way to an unbeaten 41 off 46 balls, as the duo were involved in an unbroken 86-run fourth-wicket stand. The foundation for Trinidad's innings was laid by openers Adrian Barath (39) and Lendl Simmons (25), who added 64 runs for the first wicket. Earlier, Guyana, who resumed on 264 for 4, were rocked by the dismissal of Ramnaresh Sarwan, who fell to the new ball off the bowling of Richard Kelly without adding to his score of 63. Offspinner Amit Jaggernauth then helped himself to a brace of wickets to finish with figures of 4 for 84 as Guyana were bowled out for 334, losing six wickets for the addition of 67 runs.

Windward Islands 190 and 58 for 3 (Bascombe 20, Best 2-22) lead Barbados 246 (Hinds 95*, Best 39, Shillingford 4-60, Pascal 4-70) by 2 runs

Ryan Hinds remained unbeaten on 95 to help defending champions Barbados claim a vital 56-run first-innings lead against Windward Islands in Kingston. Barbados, who resumed on 64 for 3, slumped to 110 for 5 and then 152 for 7, but Hinds, who took full toll of a dropped chance soon after reaching his half-century, added 67 runs for the eight wicket with Tino Best (39). Best was the more aggressive of the two, scoring 39 off 59 balls with two fours and a six. Right-arm seamer Nelon Pascal got his fourth wicket when he dismissed Alcino Holder early in the morning as Barbados resumed on 64 for 3, while offspinner Shane Shillingford also claimed four wickets by cleaning up the tail. Best returned to torment Windward by trapping openers Heron Campbell and Miles Bascombe before Hyron Shallow was caught behind off Dwayne Smith. Barbados hold the edge going into the third day as Windward finished with 58 for 3 with an effective lead of only two runs.

Leeward Islands 155 and 87 for 2 (Hodge 32*, Steve Liburd 28) lead Jamaica 224 (Marshall 53, Bernard 46*, Martin 3-31, Banks 3-50) by 18 runs

Xavier Marshall struck 53 opening the innings while David Bernard remained unbeaten on 46 as Jamaica, resuming on 59 for 2, scored 224, before Leeward Islands closed the day at 87 for 2 with a lead of 18 runs. Jamaica had stumbled to 115 for 5 before Bernard added 57 runs for the sixth wicket with captain Tamar Lambert (36). Legspinner Anthony Martin and offspinner Omari Banks claimed three wickets apiece for Leeward. Montcin Hodge scored an unbeaten 32 to ensure that Leeward closed the day without further damage after they had lost Javier Liburd and the unrelated Steve Liburd, for the addition of 61 runs.