Windwards go to top with win; Barbados rout Guyana
Barbados 367 (Edwards 120, Carter 85, Permaul 3-82) and 235 for 7 dec (Boucher 81) beat Guyana 225 (Johnson 46, Cummins 4-42, Nurse 4-74) and 284 (Z Mohamed 58*, Jacobs 51, Cummins 3-55, Nurse 3-59) by 93 runs
Barbados registered their first win in this year's Regional Four Day Competition, beating Guyana by an emphatic 93 runs in Bridgetown on Monday.
Barbados dominated the match on all days, beginning with some solid batting on the first day. Captain Kirk Edwards led from the front with a composed 120 off 195 balls. A 164-run fourth-wicket partnership between Edwards and Jonathan Carter gave Barbados a platform for a substantial score and useful contributions from the lower order ensured that the hosts reached 367.
Guyana's reply ran out of steam as Miguel Cummins and Ashley Nurse struck at regular intervals, stifling partnerships between the batsmen. Useful knocks from wicketkeeper Derwin Christian, captain Veerasammy Permaul and Ronsford Beaton managed to lift Guyana to 225.
With a lead of 142, Barbados were looking to bat Guyana out of the match. Opener Rashidi Boucher scored a sedate 81 and, with some support from Roston Chase, extended Barbados' lead to 377.
Guyana got off to a solid start in the chase, despite losing opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul early, as Rajindra Chandrika and Leon Johnson added 78 runs for the second wicket. The visitors were without their captain Permaul in the second innings, who joined the West Indies' preparatory camp ahead of the Zimbabwe series. His replacement in the batting line-up, Zaheer Mohamed, was stoic as he faced up to the challenge of a steep target. Mohamed added 88 runs for the seventh wicket with Christian, but ran out of partners as Guyana were dismissed for 284.
Windward Islands 260 (Smith 99, Theophile 70, Rampaul 5-65, Cariah 4-39) and 6 for 0 beat Trinidad and Tobago 179 (Mohammed 57) and 86 by ten wickets
An all-round bowling effort by Windward Islands helped them dismiss Trinidad and Tobago for 86 in their second innings, en route to a ten-wicket win in St Vincent. The result got them 12 points, to lead the Regional Four-Day Competition points table.
Fielding first, they bowled T&T out for 179 on the first day, with seamer Keon Peters taking three wickets and three other bowlers joining in with two each. Besides middle-order batsman Jason Mohammed, who scored a half-century, no one put up any resistance. The captain and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who has been selected for the West Indies squad for the upcoming one-day series against Zimbabwe, scored 20.
In reply, Windwards started strongly with a 124-run stand between Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophile, both of whom scored half-centuries. Smith was eventually bowled for 99, and the rest of the batting crumbled as Ravi Rampaul, returning from injury, and legspinner Lanic Cariah took nine wickets between them to bowl Windwards out for 260. Rampaul took 5 for 65.
But T&T couldn't claw their way back in the match. Eight batsmen, including Ramdin, scored in single digits, and no one scored more than 15, as they only evaded an innings defeat by five runs. Seamer Delorn Johnson and spinner Dalton Polius were the chief wreckers, taking three wickets each.
Windward Islands took two overs to reach their target of six to finish the game on the third day.