Regional Four Day Competition, semi-finals, 3rd day April 1, 2012

Barbados, Jamaica make the final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jamaica entered the finals of the Regional Four-Day Competition by beating Guyana by 133 runs in three days at Sabina Park. They took control of the game after the first day, on which they were dismissed for 196 after choosing to bat. Donovan Pagon and Tamar Lambert scored half-centuries but Jamaica collapsed from 131 for 3, losing seven wickets for 65 runs. Three Guyana spinners - Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo and Narsingh Deonarine - took three wickets each.

Guyana, however, were shot out for 126 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 70. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, unbeaten on 47, was the only batsman to pass 20. Nikita Miller claimed 3 for 16 for Jamaica, while David Bernard took 3 for 35. Jamaica could not improve on their first-innings performance in their second, though, getting dismissed for 189. Bishoo took 5 for 62, and Permaul added three more to his match haul. Xavier Marshall top scored for Jamaica this time with 59. Their lead, however, ensured Guyana would have to make the highest total of the match to reach the finals.

Chasing 260, Guyana were dismissed for 126 once again. Miller took 4 for 28, and Odean Brown had figures of 3 for 42 for Jamaica, ensuring the match did not enter the fourth day.

Sulieman Benn took 9 for 63 in the match to help bowl Barbados into the final with a 227-run victory against Trinidad & Tobago at Queen's Park Oval. Having chosen to bat, Barbados made only 223 in the first innings. Most of the top-order batsmen got starts but nobody carried on, and Jonathan Carter's 47 was the top score. Ravi Rampaul and Kavesh Kantasingh took four wickets each for T&T.

The Barbados bowlers, however, gave their side a huge lead by dismissing T&T for 84. Benn bowled with the new ball and took 5 for 28, while Carlos Brathwaite had figures of 4 for 12. T&T were 63 for 3 at one stage and then lost seven wickets for 21 runs.

Barbados made 216 in their second innings, setting a target of 356. Carter once again top scored with 52, and Brathwaite followed his success with the ball by making an unbeaten 45. Shannon Gabriel was T&T's best bowler, taking 5 for 78.

The target was always likely to be out of T&T's reach and they fell massively short. They collapsed once again, from 79 for 2, and were dismissed for 128. Benn took 4 for 35 in this innings; Javon Scantlebury-Searles contributed 3 for 22.

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  • charlie on April 3, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I found an article today ,which stated that the finals of Barbados/Jamaica cricket finals has been posphoned until a later date { starting april/13 } . This could lead to diferent twist in the selection of the test team in my opinion .

  • Michael on April 3, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Barbados, despite missing some key players and and home advantage,were able to destroy TnT,with their last minute unexpected boost in Darren Bravo, right in their backyard with the help of some excellent reserves.

  • Basil on April 3, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Sub-standard scores and spinners opening the bowling with the new ball tells us that pitches in the WI are a bit of a disgrace. Batsman have no confidence and bowlers have amazing yet deceiving records. I can't see how this is benefitting anybody.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Despite missing some key players , its sad to see TNT batters perform so below par. Some of these players are expectedn to feature in the Aus test series, wonder if they did any harm to their chances.

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