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March 23, 2009
Barbados collapsed to an innings defeat against Leeward Islands at Crab Hill, with Kevin Stoute providing the sole resistance with a determined century. Seamers Gavin Tonge - who took 5 for 62 - and Tonito Willett hastened a Barbados defeat, taking nine wickets between them to run through the batting line-up. Leewards held the advantage for much of the match and started the day as favourites, having taken two wickets by stumps the previous day. Barbados had been asked to follow on, and began the day on a poor note, losing three quick wickets, all to Tonge, to slip to 56 for 5. Nikolai Charles and Stoute then added 110 on either side of lunch but when Charles was trapped in front by Willett, the end was near. The next five wickets fell for 27 as Leewards moved to third place in the table with 59 points. Stoute reached his maiden first-class century, but his effort was one of the few highlights for Barbados in a disappointing performance. "I am overwhelmed by my maiden first-class hundred," he said. "I have been talking about it for two years now and it came true," he said. "I am very happy. I am overwhelmed with my own personal performance, but still disappointed with the result of the game."
Combined Campuses and Colleges, buoyed by captain Floyd Reifer's 13th first-class century, got themselves into a strong position against Jamaica in Kingston. They had conceded a lead of 58 in the first innings, but bounced back to end the day on 324 for 6 at stumps, 266 runs ahead. They survived a scare when offspinner Bevon Brown triggered a minor collapse to restrict CCC to 74 for 3, but Reifer received solid support from Jamal Smith, with whom he led the recovery with a 135-run partnership for the fourth wicket. After Smith fell for 46, also dismissed by Brown, Reifer built two fruitful stands, with Kurt Wilkinson and Chadwick Walton, to extend CCC's lead and help them reach a comfortable position. Brown finished the day with 3 for 53, but CCC held the edge.
Windward Islands staged a comeback against Trinidad and Tobago in St Vincent, restricting the opposition to 112 for 6 after conceding a 104-run lead. Chadwick Walton and Nelon Pascal took two wickets each to leave T&T reeling at 80 for 6 before Ravi Rampaul and Gibran Mohammed added 32 to prevent any further damage. Windwards began their day on the back foot on 134 for 4, but overnight batsmen Donwell Hector and Rawl Lewis helped them recover with a 108-run fifth-wicket stand. However, Hector fell agonizingly close to a century, caught at backward square by Imran Khan off an attempted pull. Lewis contributed a valuable 85 but Windward lost their next five wickets for 59 - Rampaul and Sherwin Ganga took four wickets each - to be bowled out for 257. However, their bowlers fought back well and with a current deficit of 216 with four T&T wickets left, the game is interestingly poised.
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