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January 30, 2010
Report : Ryan Austin's best spins Guyana to defeat
Report : Patient Montcin Hodge gives Leewards lead
Report : Imran bowls T&T to maiden outright win
Teams: West Indies
Leeward Islands' Wilden Cornwall took only his third five-wicket haul in more than a decade at the first-class level to knock over Trinidad & Tobago for 176 in St Philip. In his first match of the season, Cornwall made an early double-strike to remove the openers, and T&T sunk to 63 for 5 by lunch. Captain Daren Ganga and Imran Khan were the only batsmen to put up a fight, making half-centuries while none of the rest made it past 20. The pair ensured that only one wicket went down in the post-lunch session, that of Ganga shouldering arms to an incutter from Cornwall. After that, T&T lost their final four wickets for 21. Leewards lost opener Mali Richards as they moved along to 30 for 1 in the 13 overs they had to face before stumps.
Shane Shillingford's late strikes restored the balance in Bridgetown after Barbados' robust top-order performance against Windward Islands. Barbados lost three wickets for one run to slip to 250 for 7 shortly before stumps, undoing the good work done earlier in the day. Medium-pacer Keon Peters sparked the mini-collapse, when he held a return catch to dismiss Kirk Edwards for a four-hour 55, which had only two boundaries. Shillingford then had Sharmarh Brooks caught at leg-gully for 30, and Patrick Browne caught at forward short leg for one. Earlier, each of Barbados' top three batsmen made half-centuries and No. 4 Ryan Hinds also chipped in with 40 to justify their decision to bat first.
Solid batting efforts from the Crandon brothers put Guyana in charge against Combined Campuses and Colleges in Bridgetown. Guyana have had a horror start to the season, stuck at the bottom of the table after two matches, and the day began on a similar note, as they quickly slipped to 49 for 3. Left-hand batsman Assad Fudadin and Royston Crandon then took Guyana through to lunch without further damage, but when the partnership reached 58 Fudadin slapped offspinner Ryan Austin to cover point. Royston Crandon carried on, slamming two sixes and a four in Kavesh Kantasingh's over to move past 50. With a determined Derwin Christian for company, he guided the total towards 200. Christian fell shortly before tea, after which Royston was also dismissed, becoming Austin's third victim, six short of a century. His older brother, Esuan, shepherded the tail cleverly, contributing 48 to take Guyana to 271. He then had CCC opener Omar Phillips nicking to the wicketkeeper in the first over, and with two more quick wickets, CCC stumbled to 16 for 3.
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