Leewards overcome scare to snatch narrow win
Leeward Islands overcame a lower-order scare from Windward Islands to snatch a 28-run win in St Thomas. Windwards were tottering at 110 for 7 overnight in pursuit of 249 for victory, and were in deeper trouble when they lost their eighth wicket, that of Mervin Mathew, with the score on 125. However, an 84-run ninth-wicket partnership between Shane Shillingford (57) and Deighton Butler (43) threatened to turn the tables. Shillingford's innings included six fours and a six, but his partner Butler was more aggressive, taking 57 balls for his 43. Leewards got their much-needed breakthrough when legspinner Anthony Martin got one to spit off the pitch to have Butler caught at short leg by captain Steve Liburd. Shillingford then was unable to see his team through, losing his patience to hole out in the deep at long-on off Martin while attempting to clear the ropes. Martin finished with three wickets - two of which came on the final day - and Gavin Tonge with 5 for 44 to give Leewards their fifth win of the competition. However, they still finished two points shy of Windwards to take the third place.
Guyana and Barbados played out a draw at the Providence Stadium after a century from opener Sewnarine Chattergoon helped extend Guyana's lead to 298 on the final day. Barbados then batted 14 overs to reach 67 for 1 before the match was called off. Starting the day on 72, Chattergoon progressed to his fifth first-class century and was well supported by Vishal Singh (34) in a stand of 96 for the fourth wicket. Handy contributions from Royston Crandon, his brother Esuan and Davendra Bishoo, each of whom chipped in with 30-plus scores, prolonged their team's innings and ensured that a draw was the only result possible. Guyana were bowled out for 360, with legspinner Nikolai Charles finishing with career-best figures of 5 for 99. At the end of the match, Guyana found themselves at the bottom of the points table with no wins against their name. Barbados finished with 60 points, with four wins and five losses, to take the fifth place.
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