Ryan Hinds' 240 boosts Barbados
Ryan Hinds' personal first-class best, a rambunctious 218-ball 240, rallied Barbados to a mammoth 483 for 9 against Leeward Islands in St Maarten. Barbados chose to bat and Hinds, the leading run-scorer in the competition with 382 at 95.50, hit his maiden double century. The medium-pacer Tonito Willett hit back with a five-wicket haul to help Leewards limit the damage.
Hinds entered at the fall of his captain Jason Haynes for 10 with the score 67 for 1 and proceeded to dominate the attack. He collected 35 fours and four sixes in an innings that needed 218 balls, surviving two chances along the way. Hinds brought up his eighth first-class century before tea and shared valuable partnerships of 51 for the second wicket with Dale Richards, who celebrated his call up to the West Indies team with a run-a-ball 68, 64 with Jonathan Carter (15), 95 for the fourth wicket with Dwayne Smith (21), and 146 with Rohan Nurse (59).
Willett struck after tea, cutting Hinds off on 250, following which Barbados ost five wickets for 60 runs.
Nikita Miller's left-arm spin helped holders and current leaders Jamaica take control of the first day's play against Combined Campuses & Colleges in Barbados. Having been put into bat, Jamaica were skittled out for a lowly 162, but Miller's spell of 4 for 14 from 11 overs titled the balance back their way by the close at the Three Ws Oval.
Jamaica's was a poor innings - they were bowled out five minutes before tea. The top score came from Xavier Marshall (74), and there were helpful contributions from Dave Bernard (31) and Donovan Pagon (28), but Jamaica lost their last four wickets for 22 runs from 47 balls. The offspinner Ryan Austin took 3 for 37 from 16 overs and Khismar Catlin supported with 3 for 42 from 12 overs.
But when they took the field, Miller struck with his third ball, bowling the opener Romel Currency for 5, and a slide was in process. When CCC slipped to 22 for 2, Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert soon turned to an all-spin attack when he introduced Odean Brown. Miller and Brown, a legspinner, made scoring difficult and Miller prospered. In consecutive overs he sent back Omar Phillips and Floyd Reifer, making it 37 for 4, before removing Nekoli Parris for 18 in the penultimate over of the day.
In Trinidad, hosts Trinidad & Tobago made slow progress on the opening day against Windward Islands. Electing to bat first, T&T batted to 189 for 4 in 74 overs, with Kieron Pollard the only man to cross 50. The openers, Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath, added 47 before Deighton Butler and Darren Sammy, international players both, struck. Each of the two medium-pacers took a couple wickets and Pollard (57) fell shortly before stumps.