Regional Four Day Competition 2008-09, 13th round, 2nd day April 4, 2009

Barath and Khan give T&T firm control

Cricinfo staff

Openers Adrian Barath and Imran Khan scored centuries as Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) closed in on first-innings points against Leeward Islands at the Ronald Webster Park. An enterprising stand of 239 between Barath and Khan helped T&T close on 292 for 3, in pursuit of Leewards' first-innings total of 303. Khan top scored with 125 off 241 balls, comprising 14 boundaries, while Barath struck a 193-ball 113, which included 14 fours and a six. After the Leewards added just 13 to their overnight score of 290 for 9, Khan and Barath gave T&T a rousing start and by lunch they had reached 92 without loss. They kept up the tempo in the post-lunch session adding a further 91, with both batsmen nearing three figures Having reached their centuries, Barath was the first to fall, caught by Codville Rogers off Steve Liburd. Khan followed 11 runs later when he became the first of Brent Defreitas' two victims but T&T ensured safety till the close, despite losing Darren Bravo cheaply for 6.

Narsingh Deonarine stroked an attractive half-century on Saturday, even as Guyana faced an uphill battle against Jamaica at Jarrett Park. Deonarine scored 63 to move his aggregate for the season to 1013 runs, breaking the record of 974 runs held by former Leeward Islands batsman Stuart Williams. Resuming on 294 for 4, Jamaica's overnight batsman Carlton Baugh managed to add 13 to his overnight 50 before Brandon Bess trapped him leg before. The other not out batsman David Bernard got to 36, before falling lbw to Chris Barnwell. No significant contributions from the tail meant Jamaica ended on 389. Guyana were given a rousing start as Barnwell hit five fours and a six during a 31-ball 38, and posted 79 for the opening wicket with Sewnarine Chattergoon. Deonarine shared an important 48-run, third-wicket stand with Sewnarine Chattergoon (63) but both batsmen fell when seemingly set for big scores. Deonarine, who also scored 63, struck seven fours during his 81-ball innings. But Guyana let the advantage slip as Odean Brown and David Bernard jnr picked up two wickets apiece to leave them struggling at 268 for 6 at stumps, still 121 runs behind.

Omar Phillips hit a composed 89 as Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) clawed their way to a first-innings lead against Barbados at the Three Ws Oval. Phillips, a double-centurion in the previous match against Leeward Islands, pushed CCC to 271 for 8, in reply to Barbados' first-innings total of 235, having struck eight fours and five sixes during his 189-ball stay. Several other CCC batsmen got starts, but failed to cope with Barbados' spin duo of Shane Ramsay (3 for 83) and Ryan Hinds (4 for 54). Resuming on 27 for no loss, Ramsay struck early to send back Kyle Corbin and Nekoli Parris. Jamal Smith and Phillips then added 91 for the third wicket, before Hinds dismissed Smith and Phillips in quick succession. Kurt Wilkinson (26) fought bravely to give CCC the lead but Ramsay had him caught at slip soon after. Hinds trapped Anderson Sealy leg before for 5 and then bowled Kavesh Kantasingh for a first-ball off successive deliveries to leave the CCC at 245 for 8. Wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and Kevin McClean however, took them through to stumps.