Simmons century inaugurates first floodlit game
Lendl Simmons lit up the first ever day-night first-class fixture in the West Indies with an entertaining century to take Trinidad and Tobago to 302 for 7 against Guyana at the Vivian Richards Stadium. Simmons made 104 while Jason Mohammed fell 13 short of his century. The pair came together with the score on 39 for 2 and added 143. They took T&T to 133 for 2 at lunch but after resumption, when on 61, Mohammed retired after complaining of cramps. However, the pink ball started to assist the spinners and seamers and in this period, Simmons managed to reach his century, off 135 balls. He went for 104, caught by Assad Fudadin and soon after, T&T lost another wicket. Mohammed returned, added another 26 to his score before he was caught in the deep. T&T suddenly lost their way and were at 264 for 6, before Denesh Ramdin and Rayad Emrit added some stability with a stand of 48 for the seventh wicket. Ramdin, who ended on an unbeaten 43, was lucky to be dropped on 35 by Derwin Christian.
It was a funny old scorecard for Leeward Islands with only three double-digit scores in their disappointing score of 188 against Jamaica at Warner Park. David Bernard and Nikita Miller shared most of the spoils to bundle out Leewards. The home team was in trouble in the morning session when they were reduced to 52 for 4. Runako Morton and Omari Banks started a recovery with a stand of 51 for the fourth wicket. Morton hit nine fours and a six in his 60 before he was dismissed, caught at first slip off Odean Brown. Devon Thomas joined Banks in another recovery stand of 69. Banks hit four fours and a six off 112 balls before he nicked Bernard with the score on 172. But that was followed by another collapse as Leewards lost their last four wickets for 16 runs. Bernard finished with 4 for 38. Jamaica had a jittery start to their innings as well when they lost Shawn Findlay - caught brilliantly at square leg by Anthony Martin - and Xavier Marshall. They ended the day trailing by 139.
Barbados took control on the opening day in Charlestown, restricting Combined Campuses and Colleges to 213. The spinners Nikolai Charles and Ryan Hinds shared seven wickets between them to run through the line-up. CCC chose to bat first but never really took control. They went to lunch at 67 for 2, before Barbados dominated. The CCC innings was built around Nekoli Parris' solid 47 and a patient 45 by Romel Currency. Charles struck in quick succession and CCC suddenly lost three wickets for nine runs. Parris, who hit six fours, was caught at forward short-leg, captain Floyd Reifer was caught in the same position off Kemar Roach. Currency was dropped on 29 by Hinds and went on to resist for close to four hours. He added 48 for the seventh wicket with Ryan Austin before Hinds broke the stand, having Austin caught at slip. Hinds took 3 for 41 while Charles took 4 for 46. Barbados lost the wicket of Dale Richards early and ended a satisfying day at 33 for 1.