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April 12, 2009
Kevin Stoute scored his second hundred of the season to put Barbados in a strong position, overshadowing a maiden century from Royston Crandon for Guyana at the Providence Stadium. Stoute was undefeated on 104 and Ryan Hinds unbeaten on 83 as Barbados reached 267 for 3, replying to Guyana's 334, when bad light stopped play two overs early.
Resuming on 208 for 6, Crandon anchored the Guyana innings even as wickets fell regularly. Esaun Crandon was trapped leg before by Stoute for 16, while Davendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul fell cheaply as well. Royston Crandon reached his hundred just before offspinner Shane Ramsay ended the innings, dismissing Brandon Bess shortly after lunch. Kraigg Braithwaite was the first to depart during the Barbados reply, run out for 16. The visitors began to wobble when captain Kirk Edwards fell for 40 and Sharmarh Brooks was out lbw for a first-ball duck to Bishoo on the stroke of tea with the score at 76. But Stoute and Hinds put on an unbeaten 191 for the fourth wicket as Barbados dominated the final session with attractive batting. Stoute, batting with a runner during the latter stages of his innings, brought up his hundred off 110 balls, hitting 15 boundaries and two sixes en route. The Guyanese fielders had only themselves to blame, dropping Hinds twice and Stoute once.
Captain Rawl Lewis smashed a solid half-century and Shane Shillingford grabbed three late wickets to give Windward Islands firm control of their clash against Leeward Islands at St Thomas. After gaining a 28-run lead, the Windwards bowlers then ripped into the Leewards' top order and left them reeling at 102 for 5 at stumps. Earlier, resuming at 66 for 2, Windwards profited from a 42-run third-wicket stand between Andre Fletcher and Mervyn Matthew before a middle-order slide revived Leewards' hopes. Anthony Martin, who dislodged both openers on Saturday evening, struck again when he got rid of Matthew for 35. Tonito Willett then struck twice before lunch to remove Fletcher and Liam Sebastien as Windwards slipped to 132 for 5. It did not get better after lunch as Donwell Hector, Lyndon James and Shillingford all exited cheaply. But Lewis' unbeaten 81, which included 12 fours and a six, propped up the innings. He found able support in Deighton Butler as they went past Leewards' first-innings total of 243. Martin finished as Leewards' most successful bowler with 4 for 54, while Willett and Bront Defreitas ended with two wickets apiece. Leewards lost Kieran Powell (10) early in the second innings. Montcin Hodge and Codville Rogers revived the innings with a 43-run third-wicket stand before Shane Shillingford swung things Windwards' way. Shillingford bowled Rogers and then sent back Willett and captain Steve Liburd - both without scoring, finishing the day with 3 for 13.
Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) grabbed a one-run lead against Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) and then restricted them to 116 for 4 at the close on a rain-hit second day at the Three Ws Oval. T&T resumed on 95 for 6 but rain allowed only half-an-hour of play in the morning session. On resumption, Sherwin Ganga was caught in the slips off Khismar Catlin for 26, while top-scorer Jason Mohammed fell to Ryan Austin for 30. At 140 for 8, it was up to Ravi Rampaul and Gibran Mohammed to take the visitors over the line. Catlin ended with three wickets, as did Ryan Austin and Shevron Penco. During CCC's second innings, it was not until after tea that the breakthroughs arrived for T&T. Kieron Pollard had Omar Phillips hit wicket for 15 before offspinner Amit Jaggernauth trapped Nekoli Parris leg before for 17. Imran Khan had Jamal Smith caught at short leg for five before Ravi Rampaul bowled Floyd Reifer for 16. Only Kyle Corbin showed any fluency for CCC, stroking six fours during his unbeaten 56 from 158 balls.
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