Imran bowls T&T to maiden outright win
Trinidad and Tobago required less than an hour to clean up the Leeward Islands lower order and register their first outright victory in the tournament at the Foursquare Oval. Starting the day on 115 for 5, needing another 87 runs to win, Leewards collapsed to 156 all out in 15.3 overs with the tournament's leading wicket-taker Imran Khan taking 4 for 35. Omari Banks and Wilden Cornwall batted comfortably to take Leewards to 132 for 5 before Banks was caught by Jason Mohammed at mid-wicket off legspinner Imran. That dismissal marked the beginning of Leewards' eventual demise, in a game in which they won first innings points and led for most of three previous days.
Fast bowler Tino Best produced a memorable spell to help Barbados beat Windwards Islands at the Kensington Oval. Best picked up 5 for 41, as Windwards, chasing 273 runs for victory, were bowled out for 174. Beginning the day on 250 for 4, Barbados declared their second innings on 292 for 7, about 55 minutes after the scheduled start. However, Barbados were under siege, when Andre Fletcher joined captain Devon Smith, and added 122 for the second wicket either side of carrying Windwards to lunch on 54 for 1. However, after they departed for half-centuries, Best pulled the choke. Kevin Stoute picked up his third wicket, of Kenroy Peters, to formalise the result soon after tea.
Barbados captain Ryan Hinds was delighted with the win and praised Best's efforts. "We have a number of match-winners in our team, and Tino is one of them," Hinds told CMC. "I thought it was a great cricket game. We fought all the way and I thought the guys rallied well under the pressure, and play good team cricket.
"It was a pretty good pitch. It played well on all four days. I thought we batted really well, particularly in the second innings, and we came back [on Monday] and everything fell into place."
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