Spinners seal convincing Windwards win
Spinners Shane Shillingford and Rawl Lewis picked up four wickets each to help Windward Islands seal a nine-wicket win over Combined Campuses and Colleges in Barbados. CCC began the day with two wickets down and still 90 adrift of their deficit but, barring a determined 71 by captain Floyd Reifer and 34 from wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, there was little competition from the others as their side was bowled out for 198, a lead of just 70. Reifer and Walton added 54 for the seventh wicket but the spinners tore through the line-up. Devon Smith, who scored a century in the first innings, followed up with a crisp 44, ensuring victory was achieved in just 12.5 overs and with a day to spare.
The Windwards and the CCC both have 12 points now but the Windwards have only played two matches to the CCC's three. CCC host Guyana at this same venue next Friday while the Windwards head a few miles south to Kensington Oval where they face Barbados in an historic day-night encounter.
Nikita Miller put Jamaica squarely on top against Guyana in St Philip, grabbing six wickets to skittle the opposition out for just 166 and secure a first-innings lead of 263. Jamaica imposed the follow-on and Dave Bernard proved Guyana's nemesis in their second innings, grabbing three wickets and effecting a run-out to leave them at 161 for 4 at stumps, still 102 adrift. The highlight for Guyana on a disappointing day was Assad Fudadin, who top scored in their first innings with 39 and hit a half-century in the second before being dismissed. Guyana's effort in the second innings was an improved one, with three of their top and middle order batsmen going past 30. However, they failed to convert them into substantial scores to cripple the possibility of a fightback.
"I am happy with the way we played over the last few days," said Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert. "We completely outplayed Guyana. The hundreds from Wavell Hinds and Carlton Baugh jnr really set us up well, and our first innings total of 429 over five sessions was the perfect start to the match for us.
"We talked to a few of the Barbadian players, and they told us that the pitch would be slow and would turn a bit, so it was surprising to see them win the toss and put us in to bat. Knowing Guyana through the years, they always pack their sides with spinners, so I thought that they would have batted first, and then bring their players into play over the last few days of the game."
Barbados retained the advantage against Trinidad and Tobago at the Kensington Oval. Ryan Hinds, who began on 111, finished on 139 but legspinner Imran Khan's best first-class haul of 7 for 71 limited Barbados' lead to 115. T&T were in trouble in their reply, as a three-wicket burst from Pedro Collins had reduced them to 98 for 4. But Justin Guillen, their opener, fought hard, smashing 134, his best first-class effort. Guillen was involved in a 138-run fifth-wicket stand with Denesh Ramdin, who made an unbeaten 94 and remains the key to T&T's fortunes heading into the final day. Trinidad finished the day on 299 for 7, just 184 ahead and will need much more to pose a challenge.