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March 20, 2011
England Lions romped to a comprehensive victory over Windward Islands at Windsor Park in Dominica. Set a target of 356, Windwards were struggling at 10 for 2 at stumps on the third day and the going didn't get any better on the fourth. Only three of their batsmen reached double-figures as the line-up crumbled against the left-arm spin of Danny Briggs, who bagged six wickets, and offspinner Adil Rashid who took the remaining four. Briggs wrecked the top and middle orders while Rashid helped mop up the tail as Windwards were left to rue a poor batting display in a game where none of their batsmen reached 50. The win gave England Lions 12 points and they now top the table.
The tables turned on a remarkable third day at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua as Barbados sealed a six-wicket win over Leeward Islands. Offspinner Justin Athanaze cleaned up Barbados on the third morning, finishing with a five-for and helping his team secure a first-innings lead of 26. But the Leewards batting failed miserably in the second innings, capitulating for 82 in just 23.2 overs. Jason Peters top-scored with 23 but watched the procession to the pavilion at the other hand as the Leewards batsmen simply failed to measure up to a collective bowling effort from Barbados. Pedro Collins picked up a hat-trick, dismissing Gavin Williams, Steve Liburd and Kerry Mentore off successive balls, and was backed up by Tino Best and Ryan Hinds, who collected two each. Barbados lost three early wickets in their chase, and the dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite with the first ball of his spell giving Athanaze a hat-trick of his own after he claimed the last two wickets in the first innings. However, Hinds' 24 and Jonathan Carter's unbeaten 36 sealed victory.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul put Guyana on top with a six-wicket haul against Combined Campuses and Colleges at the Three Ws Oval in Barbados. CCC had gained a first-innings lead of 44 on the second day but squandered it on the third, as only Nkruma Bonner offered any significant resistance against Guyana's bowlers. He made 62 but lacked support at the other end as Permaul grabbed 6 for 39 to skittle out CCC for 155. That meant Guyana had to chase 200 for victory. They progressed slowly in their chase, reaching 30 for 1 in 20 overs at stumps.
Jamaica reached a strong position at the end of the third day against Trinidad and Tobago at Sabina Park in Kingston. T&T squandered the advantage they had gained on the second day to lose seven wickets for 43 in a collapse on the third. Daren Ganga reached a century but his dismissal triggered a slide as only one of No. 6 to 10 reached double-figures. T&T had been in an excellent position of securing a first-innings lead, but they ended up conceding one as Andrew Richardson, Brendan Nash and David Bernard chipped in with wickets. Having gained a lead of 77, Jamaica set about extending it, reaching 116 for 3 at stumps with Nash unbeaten on 33.
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Plays of the day from the fifth ODI in Ranchi
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