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February 23, 2009
Floyd Reifer's 11th first-class hundred failed to prevent Leeward Islands from running out winners against Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) by 111 runs in Barbados. Reifer hit a defiant 101, but four wickets from fast bowler Gavin Tonge saw CCC being bowled out midway in the last session. Resuming on 14 for 1 and needing a further 314 to win, CCC had a terrible start when they lost captain Simon Jackson in the first over without adding to his overnight score. Chadwick Walton (7) soon followed, run out while attempting a risky single, and CCC were in further trouble as they lost their leading run-getter Nekoli Parris just before lunch, caught at forward short leg off Anthony Martin. Reifer resisted stubbornly and reached his half-century off 87 balls but departed shortly after the tea break leg-before to medium pacer Tonito Willett. Tonge completed the job for Leewards, having both Kavesh Kantasingh and Jamel Noel snapped up by Runako Morton at second slip as CCC stayed in fifth place, extending their winless streak to five matches.
Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago played out a tame draw at the Providence Stadium. Set 307 to win in nearly two sessions, T&T had a whiff of victory when Guyana slipped to 26 for 2 at tea but the hosts recovered to 133 for 4 by the close to snatch three points thanks to a timely half-century by Royston Crandon. Resuming the day at 14 for 1, T&T declared at 178 for 8 shortly after lunch. Guyana suffered an early jolt during the chase when they lost opener Assad Fudadin and Leon Johnson. Legspinner Imran Khan then trapped captain Travis Dowlin lbw to leave the hosts nervy at 31 for 3. But Crandon hit 55 off 83 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, and shared two crucial partnerships with Chris Barnwell and Narsingh Deonarine to prop up the innings and save bottom-placed Guyana from their fifth defeat.
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