Martin hands Leewards first win, Jamaica firmly on top
Leg-spinner Anthony Martin picked up a career-best 7 for 81 to give Leeward Islands their first win in the tournament against Guyana in Nevis. Needing a further 206 runs for victory, Guyana picked up from their overnight 36 for 2 and battled to add 90 runs in the morning session for the loss of two wickets. The experienced Narsingh Deonarine and Royston Crandon then steered the visitors to a fighting 126 for 4 at lunch, still 116 runs adrift of victory. Both batsmen brought up their half-centuries and appeared to be guiding Guyana to victory with a 101-run fifth-wicket stand but the visitors' position declined rapidly after Martin dislodged Deonarine for 56. Even as Martin produced a five-wicket burst after lunch, at 229 for 8, just 13 runs away from the target, Guyana were still on course for the win. But Gavin Tonge had Davendra Bishoo caught behind and Martin dislodged Esaun Crandon soon after to seal the win before tea.
Martin was elated after helping Leewards snap a two-game losing streak with the 10-run victory. "I am feeling so good right now and I don't even know what to say," he told CMC Sport. "I just had a good feeling out there and I told myself that I had to do it. The team was depending on me to put in the work and I did."
David Bernard and Wavell Hinds stroked unbeaten half-centuries to hand Jamaica a six-wicket win over Barbados in Jamaica. Bernard (60) and Wavell Hinds (59) were involved in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 122 that lifted the table-toppers and defending champions from a precarious 81 for 4 and gave them their third win of the tournament. Chasing 201, after Barbados were bowled out at the close of play on Sunday, Jamaica stuttered as left-arm seamer Pedro Collins and left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds made early inroads, picking up two wickets apiece. Bernard and Wavell Hinds came together just after lunch when captain Tamar Lambert was bowled by Ryan Hinds and the duo defied the Barbados bowlers, keeping them wicketless in the post-lunch session before achieving victory. Bernard struck six fours in his 133-ball innings, while Hinds hit two fours and a six in the 148 balls he faced.
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