Regional Four Day Competition 2009-10, 2nd round, 3rd day January 18, 2010

Narsingh Deonarine, Imran Khan star on rainy day

Cricinfo staff

Narsingh Deonarine orchestrated a late collapse as Guyana roared back into contention against Trinidad & Tobago at the Vivian Richards Stadium. T&T held the aces, beginning their second innings with a 143-run lead and piling on the runs to reach 131 for 2. Despite losing first-innings centurion Lendl Simmons early, and Justin Guillen a little later, T&T prospered through a 92-run stand between Daren Ganga and Jason Mohammed. That's when Deonarine intervened to have Jason caught at short-leg, triggering a manic collapse where five wickets fell for eight runs in five overs. Sherwin Ganga joined his brother at the crease, but a misunderstanding left them stranded at the same end, Sherwin sacrificing his wicket. Dave Mohammed was out without troubling the scorers after which Ravi Rampaul spooned one to mid-off to leave the innings in disarray. Deonarine capped the collapse that he had engineered, the way he had begun it, by getting Daren Ganga to nick to short leg. Deonarine's heroics stole the thunder from T&T left-arm spinner Imran Khan who ran through the Guyana lower order to secure his side the first-innings advantage. His unpredictable mix of left-arm leg breaks and topspinners proved hard to read as overnight batsman Vishaul Singh found out. Rampaul dismissed Denoarine to put Guyana in strife, from which Imran never let them recover. Derwin Christian and Esuan Crandon tried to launch a recovery and survived to add vital 40s, before Imran ran through the tail, as four wickets fell for 18 runs. T&T were smiling then, but the chaos in the closing stages of play wiped the smiles off their faces.

Rain proved to be Jamaica's biggest obstacle on the third day at Warner Park in a match where they have dominated Leeward Islands from the outset. Torrential overnight rain and persistent drizzles through the day prompted Jamaica's overnight declaration, 191 runs ahead in the first innings. Play eventually began in the evening, and Jamaica pushed forward in their quest for victory in the 21 overs of play that were possible. Daren Powell and David Bernard, wary of the time that their side had lost in the game, bowled with aggressive intent to remove both openers for ducks. Kieran Powell was the first to go, caught spectacularly by a diving Nikita Miller in the slips off Daren. Bernard then did his bit, getting Montcin Hodge to join his opening partner in the hutch, edging one to forward short leg. Bernard kept up the pace, striking Tonito Willett in the box, forcing the batsman to retire on five. Runako Morton struck an unbeaten 42 and, in the company of Steve Liburd, denied Jamaica further success, but the bowlers will push hard for a win on the fourth day.

Barbados and Combined Campuses and Colleges were forced to cool their heels indoors all day as rain washed out third day's play in Charlestown. The heavens had opener even before players reached the ground, and continued unabated beyond the lunch break, at which point the umpires called off play for the day.