Regional Four Day Competition 2009-10, 7th round, 1st day

All-round Baker boosts Leeward Islands

Cricinfo staff

February 26, 2010

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Ramnaresh Sarwan starred for Guyana with an unbeaten 81 © AFP
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Leeward Islands hit back superbly to gain the initiative at the end of a see-saw day against Combined Colleges and Campuses in St Lucia. Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh tore through the top and middle orders - he finished with a maiden five-for - to leave Leewards reeling at 85 for 7 at one stage. But wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton contributed an invaluable 98, adding 122 with Lionel Baker to rescue Leewards and post a respectable 227. Baker, in CCC's response, was lethal with the ball, taking 3 for 14 to rattle the top order. He was backed up by legspinner Anthony Martin, who took two wickets in his first over, to reduce CCC to 36 for 5 at stumps, still 191 adrift.

Guyana got themselves into a comfortable position against Windward Islands in St George's, reaching 239 for 3 courtesy unbeaten half-centuries from Assad Fudadin and captain Ramnaresh Sarwan. Offspinner Shane Shillingford took all three wickets to fall on the day, and had Guyana in a spot of a bother at 95 for 3. But Fudadin and Sarwan added 144 in a patient stand to turn the game in Guyana's favour. Sarwan, who finished the day on 81, reached his half-century before Fudadin, pulling medium-pacer Delorn Johnson for a boundary. He had been dropped on 11 by Miles Bascombe, a lapse Windwards were left to rue at stumps.

Centuries from opener Brenton Parchment and Danza Hyatt put Jamaica in a strong position against Trinidad and Tobago at St Andrew's. Jamaica reached 348 for 7 at stumps, though they would have expected to fare far better after their openers had put together a partnership of 200. Legspinner Imran Khan took much of the credit for the T&T fightback, grabbing five for 101 to undermine an intimidating opening stand. Jamaica lost three wickets for 40 after Parchment and Hyatt's association but Horace Miller's 66 stabilised the innings. However, there was another burst of wickets, this time four falling for 40 as Imran chipped his way through the line-up to leave Jamaica a touch disappointed at stumps.

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