England Lions, CCC record comfortable wins
England Lions began their tour of West Indies on a winning note after they thrashed Leeward Islands at Warner Park in St Kitts by an innings and 120 runs. Leeward, who began the third day on 148 for 2, were able to add only 158 more runs before they were bowled out for 306. Kieran Powell made 131, but none of the remaining Leeward batsmen were able to get past 40. James Hildreth used six bowlers and all of them were among the wickets, with Danny Briggs the most successful with his left-arm spin, picking up 3 for 44. Following-on, the Leeward batsmen capitulated in their second stint, lasting just 38.3 overs. Surrey's Jade Dernbach did the damage, conceding just 16 runs to pick up five wickets. Lower-order batsmen Justin Athanaze and Gavin Tonge showed some resistance with a half-century partnership but that just delayed the inevitable as Leewards were bowled out for 127 to hand the Lions 12 points.
Combined Campuses and Colleges joined the Lions at the top of the points table after they beat Windward Islands by 33 runs at the Three Ws Oval in Barbados. CCC added just five runs to their overnight total of 216 for 9 before they were bowled out, to set Windward a victory target of 179. Windward started solidly with openers Johnson Charles and Tyrone Theophile adding 38 runs before Ryan Austin struck. He picked up two quick wickets as Windward stumbled to 46 for 3. A 50-run partnership between Andre Fletcher (35) and captain Liam Sebastien (27) steadied the Windward innings. However, once both batsmen fell, Windward lost the momentum. Legspinner Nkruma Bonner ran through the middle and lower order, picking up five wickets as Windward slumped from 117 for 4 to 145 all out.
Jamaica hold the advantage over Guyana going in to the final day at Alpart Sports Club in Jamaica. Jamaica's second innings was anchored by a dominating double-century from Marlon Samuels. Samuels hit 22 fours and seven sixes in an unbeaten 250 as he powered his team to 391 for 4 before captain Tamar Lambert declared, to set Guyana a target of 359 runs. Both teams had failed to get past 200 in their first innings, but after Jamaica's strong showing in their second stint, Guyana too, began their chase in positive fashion. They reached 58 for no loss at stumps with Rajindra Chandrika and Shemroy Barrington at the crease.
The match between Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados at Guaracara Park in Trinidad seems to be headed towards a draw after both teams put in a strong batting performance in their first innings. Runako Morton and Denish Ramdin both made 86, missing out on centuries, but together with Imran Khan (49) and Rayad Emrit, who was unbeaten on 82, carried T&T to 390 for 9 at stumps on the third day, trailing Barbados by just 5 runs. Kevin Stoute was the most successful of the Barbados bowlers, picking up 3 for 69.