Jamaica and CCC set up tense final day
The final day at the Guyana National Stadium promises to be gripping after tournament leaders Jamaica and Combined Campuses & Colleges played out an engaging third day. From 37 for 2 Jamaica crashed to 164 to leave CCC a target of 206; by stumps they were 91 runs away at 115 for 4. Kavesh Kantasingh's four wickets did most of the damage for Jamaica, who were indebted to Donovan Pagon's second half-century of the match. Three wickets down the order to the legspinner Gavin Wallace further dented Jamaica, who failed to cash in on a first-innings lead of 41. CCC's openers Omar Phillips and Jamal Smith put on 62 before Tamar Lambert, Jamaica's captain, picked up 3 for 18 from 16 overs. The match remained interestingly poised with CC captain Floyd Reifer's presence on 25.
Omari Banks continued to be the main player for Leeward Islands against Windward Islands at the Bourda. After snaring a career-best seven-wicket haul on day two, Banks hit a half-century to help Leewards reach a poor score of 198. With a lead of 143 overnight, Leewards - yet to win a game this season - collapsed in 63 overs. Banks' 93-ball 57 was crucial and he added 82 for the fifth wicket with his captain Steve Liburd (48). The other men to reach double digits were Kieran Powell (29), Mali Richards (20) and Montcin Hodge (19) as Nelon Pascal and Rawl Lewis shared the spoils. Pascal picked up 4 for 4 and the veteran Lewis 3 for 39. That helped set Windwards a target of 320 and they were 128 for 4 at the close with Andre Fletcher (46) and Pascal (11), sent in as nightwatchman, at the crease.
Barbados remained on top of Guyana at the Albion Sports Complex despite a fightback from the hosts on day three. Guyana, chasing 329 to win, were 59 for 3 at stumps to give Barbados hopes of their third win of the season. Devendra Bishoo's 5 for 45 - making it ten in the match - was followed by a declaration with Barbados 154 for 9; soon afterwards Guyana lost three wickets for 18 runs. Tino Best, who picked up six wickets earlier in the day, struck first when he dismissed the struggling Guyana captain Sewnarine Chattergoon caught at square leg for 20. Sulieman Benn and Pedro Collins then struck as Guyana fell from 35 for 0 to 53 for 3.
Guyana had resumed play on 189 for 7 and were bowled out for 229 to give Barbados a lead of 174, with Best in good form with 6 for 65 and Ryan Hinds claiming 3 for 49. Barbados' decision not to enforce the follow-on surprised many and there was not much to speak of from the batsmen apart from a cameo 36 from Veerasammy Permaul. Bishoo's five game him match figures of 10 for 120, the first such instance in his career, and Chattergoon brought himself on and bowled 28 consecutive overs either side of lunch for figures of 2 for 35.