Spinners help Leewards prevail in low scorer
Leeward Islands prevailed in a low-scoring encounter at West Coast Demerara against Barbados, thanks to a four-wicket haul by Omari Banks, the former West Indies offspinner. The top orders of both teams struggled to come to terms with a slow, two-paced track but the turning point was the stubborn lower order resistance by Leewards which lifted them from 66 for 6 to 172. Spinners Anthony Martin and Justin Athanaze supported Banks as Barbados crashed to 110.
Barbados held the initiative after sending Leewards in to bat but struggled to mop up the lower order. Gavin Tonge and Orlando Peters added 44 for the seventh wicket while Athanaze and Chad Hampson added 54 for the eighth to frustrate the opposition.
With 173 to defend, the Leewards captain introduced Banks early and the move paid off as Barbados wobbled to 19 for 4. Only three players managed double figures, with Dwayne Smith top scoring with 32. Impetuous shot selection and impressive bowling by the spinners combined to sink the middle order and Barbados failed to show any resistance after the main batsmen were back in the pavilion. The 62-run win sparked off joyous celebrations and Leewards now sit on top of the table with T&T with 11 points.
It was a complete demolition job at Bourda as Canada crashed to 104 and lost by nine wickets against Jamaica. Seamer Andrew Richardson led Jamaica's inspired effort by taking 4 for 36 after the opposition captain Sunil Dhaniram chose to bat. Canada were sent packing half an hour before lunch and Jamaica, needed just 21 overs to get home.
Canada's openers began steadily by adding 25. However, Richardson started the slide when he had Abdool Samad and Qaiser Ali caught behind by Keith Hibbert of successive deliveries. Hibbert, the wicketkeeper, had an excellent match with six catches, including three off the bowling of Richardson, who managed a lot of lateral movement. Only Dhaniram offered some resistance, top scoring with 24. The spinners Bevon Brown and Grant Wallace took two wickets apiece as to bundle out Canada in the 37th over. Parchment (50*) and Bernard (40) shared an unbeaten stand of 81 to help Jamaica gain two bonus points.
Half-centuries by Daren Ganga and Adrian Barath helped Trinidad and Tobago to a comfortable six-wicket win over United States of America at Enmore. Richard Kelly, the seamer, took 3 for 34 to restrict USA to a modest 186 for 7 before T&T chased the target in 38 overs and picked up a bonus point.
Carl Wright, the Jamaica-born left-hander, top scored for USA with 90 but lacked support and was the only player to cross fifty. His 121-ball knock included six fours and three sixes. Kelly took three middle-order wickets and he was supported by Rayad Emrit and Samuel Badree who took two wickets apiece. In reply, Barath and Ganga added 139 for the second wicket to help T&T home. Barath brought up his fifty off 66 deliveries, while Ganga's half-century came off 56 balls. Barath was caught at wide mid-on by Imran Awan off Aditya Thyagarajan, and his 82-ball knock included four fours and a six. Ganga's 79 came off 89 balls and included five fours.