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April 11, 2009
Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) suffered a batting collapse, after Ravi Rampaul had given them the upper hand against Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) at the Three Ws Oval. T&T wobbled to 95 for 6, replying to the CCC's first innings total of 153, which was kept largely in check by Rampaul's 6 for 44. He flattened CCC's top order, capturing all the five batsmen dismissed before lunch. He bowled opener Omar Phillips for 8, trapped Nekoli Parris lbw for 5, had Jamal Smith caught behind for a duck, before Kyle Corbin holed out to mid-on for 19, and captain Floyd Reifer was caught at second slip for 29 in the last hour prior to lunch. CCC continued the meek surrender after the break, before Khismar Catlin's late flurry pushed them up to a respectable 153. Catlin struck two fours and three sixes during his 50-ball 40. CCC hit back during the reply, as Shervon Penco took 3 for 32 and offspinner Ryan Austin picked up 2 for 38 to destabilise the T&T batting. Penco removed openers Adrian Barath and Imran Khan before Daren Ganga and Darren Bravo put on 51 for the third wicket. But a collapse followed once Penco had Ganga caught at backward point for 28. Austin added the scalps of Bravo and Kieron Pollard, and Anderson Sealy removed Amit Jaggernauth in the final over of the day to set-up a fierce battle for first-innings points on Sunday's second day.
Kieran Powell stroked a brilliant half-century as Leeward Islands shared honours with Windward Islands at St Thomas. Powell struck 88 as Leewards were bowled out for 243 after opting to bat first. Despite losing opening partner Montcin Hodge for 8, Powell starred in a 98-run second-wicket stand with Runako Morton. He was looked in good touch and produced an array of shots to reach his fifty. He finally ended on 88 off 118 balls, which included 12 fours and a six. Morton fell soon after, having hit seven boundaries during his 71-ball 53. It was left to Tonito Willett with an unbeaten 61 to hold the batting together, as legspinner Rawl Lewis (3-2) and medium pacer Mervin Matthew (3-43) combined to wreck the innings. Kenroy Peters and offspinner Shane Shillingford provided able support with two wickets each, as the last seven wickets fell for just 52. Windwards opener Johnson Charles provided a breezy start during the reply, scoring 31 off 18 balls. He shared a 55-run opening stand with Miles Bascombe (20) but legspinner Anthony Martin (2-12) removed both batsmen to haul Leewards back into the contest.
Royston Crandon scored a confident unbeaten 65 to spoil Barbados advance against Guyana on a rain-hit opening day at the Providence Stadium. On a day when over an hour's play was lost to the bad weather, Guyana finished on 208 for 6 when bad light stopped play with nine overs remaining. Still searching for their first win of the tournament, Guyana chose to bat and lost openers Chris Barnwell (13) and captain Sewnarine Chattergoon (16), before a heavy shower saw them taking an early lunch at 57 for 2. Assad Fudadin was trapped leg before to Kevin Stoute for 26, and when Vishal Singh edged Stoute to the keeper Guyana looked to be stuttering at 93 for 4. Wicketkeeper Delbert Hicks and Crandon then added 53 for the sixth wicket to prop up the innings. Crandon reached his fifth half-century of the season from 80 balls, hitting seven fours en route, and together with older brother Esaun Crandon saw Guyana safely through to stumps.
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