Regional Four Day Competition 2008-09, 11th round, 2nd day March 22, 2009

Barbados facing innings defeat after Morton double

Cricinfo staff

Leeward Islands moved into a commanding position in their match against Barbados by dismissing the hosts cheaply in their first innings at Crab Hill and taking vital wickets as Barbados followed on. Resuming on 410 for 8 on the second morning, Leeward Island progressed to 439 and Runako Morton also completed his double-century. He was the last man dismissed, for 210, and became Corey Collymore's fourth wicket. Barbados lost wickets steadily in their first-innings and folded for 241. Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Smith scored half-centuries but they failed to challenge Leeward's total, as none of the others contributed much. Barbados' position worsened after they were asked to follow on, 198 runs in the deficit. They lost both their openers within the space of three balls and were reduced to 43 for 2, still 155 runs away from avoiding an innings defeat.

Jamaica squandered a solid opening partnership provided to them by Brenton Parchment and Donovan Pagon, who added 89, to collapse to 229 all out against Combined Campuses and Colleges in Kingston, still managing a lead of 58. Spinners Kavesh Kantasingh and Ryan Austin took seven wickets between them as Jamaica lost wickets at frequent intervals with the middle-order offering little resistance. After the openers, none of the batsmen scored more than 22 and the home team faced the threat of being bowled out for under 200 until the last-wicket pair of Odean Brown and Andrew Richardson added 35 to extend the lead. On a rain-affected day - there was no play before lunch - CCC managed to stage a fightback after a disappointing first innings where they were bowled out for 171, and their openers had added 22 before stumps.

Ravi Rampaul and Amit Jaggernauth took two wickets each to hand Trinidad and Tobago the edge against Windward Islands in St Vincent. Donwell Hector remained unbeaten on 68, but his team, in reply to T&T's 361, reached 134 for 4 at stumps, faltering from the outset before managing a slight recovery. T&T began on 238 for 5 overnight, and Sherwin Ganga went on to score 98, while the batsmen who followed chipped in with useful contributions to take their team to a competitive score. Shane Shillingford, the offspinner, took three wickets for Windward but his batsmen face a stern test tomorrow, with 227 runs still to score to get into the lead.