Regional Four Day Competition 2008-09, 9th round, 3rd day March 8, 2009

Deonarine torments CCC, Shillingford hurts Barbados

Cricinfo staff


Narsingh Deonarine hit 198 and kept Guyana on course for their first win of the season © The Nation
 

Narsingh Deonarine's career-best 198 kept Guyana firmly on track for victory over Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) in Georgetown. Deonarine and Assad Fudadin put on 172 for the sixth wicket and helped the home side to 497 for 7, a lead of 243 on day three. CCC, in their second innings, finished the day on 67 for 1.

Deonarine and Fudadin dominated the morning session. Deonarine, who has not represented West Indies in 15 months, moved past the 150 and 700 runs for the season in 510 minutes off 287 balls with 16 fours and one six. He was out two short of a maiden double-century when struck on the pad by offspinner Ryan Austin, though he didn't look pleased with the umpire's verdict. Deonarine's 198 spanned 360 deliveries and helped Guyana past their previous season's best total of 402 against Trinidad and Tobago.

Fudadin, a former West Indies Under-19 batsman, carried on after Deonarine departed at 415 for 6. He passed his half-century before tea but failed to get to three figures, edging Boris Hutchinson behind for 93. Gajanand Singh hit an unbeaten 43 before the innings was declared. CCC faced 20 overs before bad light stopped play, and remain behind by 176.

The Windward Islands' offspinner Shane Shillingford took six wickets to keep Barbados to 306 after a middle-order wobble overshadowed Kirk Edwards' maiden first-class century at the Kensington Oval. Shillingford's season-best performance left Barbados struggling to avoid defeat, and Windwards needing another 135 to win with nine wickets in hand. Should Windwards win - the opener Johnson Charles and nightwatchman Camilus Alexander batted positively before stumps - it will snap a three-game unbeaten run by Barbados.

Facing a deficit of 111, Barbados added 86 runs during the morning session for the loss of the captain Jason Haynes, who was bowled Darren Sammy for 55. From 183 for 2 at lunch, Barbados were carried on by Edwards, who raised his first century after Kevin Stoute was run out for 37. Edwards nudged Shillingford to deep square leg to raise the landmark in 315 minutes off 261 balls, but a double-strike brought Windwards back. Shillingford, 26, had Dwayne Smith caught at deep backward square for 24 and dismissed Edwards for 107. He then picked up Jason Parris, Kemar and Patrick Browne as Barbados slumped from 272 for 5 to 289 for 8. Shillingford finished with 6 for 57 off 35.4 overs with eight maidens.

In the nine overs before stumps, the Windwards lost Keddy Lesporis for 2, edging Tino Best, but sped past 50 off just 52 balls with Charles playing some lusty blows. Charles, 20, hit Roach for four and six in successive deliveries and smacked Best for another six over mid-on.

Trinidad & Tobago made a confident start to a chase of 370 against Jamaica at the Alpart Sports Club. Donovan Pagon and Wavell Hinds had hit half-centuries to help set T&T a stiff target, but the prolific Adrian Barath and makeshift opener Imran Khan responded well.

T&T had threatened to take control of the morning session. They reduced Jamaica from an overnight 54 for 3 to 92 for 4, removing the nightwatchman Andrew Richardson for 17, but Pagon and Dave Bernard (43) added 94 for the fifth wicket. Bernard was aggressive and hit three fours and a six in his 55-ball effort and Pagon, who played two Tests for West Indies four years ago, hit 68 off 175 balls. Once Pagon fell to Khan's legspin, Hinds made 59 and added 52 with Bernand to lift Jamaica to 285. The offspinner Amit Jaggernauth (5 for 43) quickly ran through the lower order to accelerate the end of the innings.

Then Barath and Khan, batting on 34 and 32 respectively, gave T&T a good start.

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