Barbados hammer Guyana to enter semi-final
Barbados marched into the semi-finals of the WICB Cup with a 151-run hammering of Guyana at Sabina Park. Tino Best scythed through the top order to help dismiss Guyana for 100, after half-centuries from Jonathan Carter and Dale Richards had helped Barbados to 251.
Fast bowler Best struck four times in his first three overs, which included the big wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan, to reduce Guyana to 6 for 4. The left-arm spin duo of Ryan Hinds and Sulieman Benn then picked up five wickets between them and Guyana's misery was complete. Best returned to take one more, finishing with career-best figures of 5 for 24, his maiden List A five-wicket haul.
Legspinner Devendra Bishoo went one better than Best in taking 6 for 36 - his maiden List A five-wicket haul as well - in Barbados' innings, but lacked support from the other bowlers. Though he triggered a late collapse, from 221 for 3 to 251 all out, aggressive knocks from Carter and Richards had already ensured that Barbados had enough runs.
Rain scuppered what was building up to an interesting contest at Kensington Park in Kingston, where Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) had lost two early wickets in their chase of Leeward Islands' 168, in a match that was halted briefly because the pitch was deemed dangerous.
The bowlers justified HPC's decision to bowl first when they came back strongly to take eight wickets for 64 runs, as Leeward collapsed from a strong 104 for 2. Nkruma Bonner led the way, taking 3 for 21 with his legspin.
Leeward's opening bowlers, Lionel Baker and Gavin Tonge, replied in kind by reducing HPC to 21 for 2 in the eighth over, but rain intervened at that point and the match had to be called off.
The umpires had earlier deemed the pitch as dangerous and halted the match after the first six overs. Play resumed after the surface had been rolled again. Leeward captain Wilden Cornwall said that the pitch did not look right in the morning, and even the outfield was not fit for play. "This tournament is our highest tournament for the West Indies, it is the next level to West Indies cricket, why are we treating cricket like this in the Caribbean," Cornwall told Jamaica Gleaner. "It is poor, really poor and I am very much upset."
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