Simmons' double-century powers T&T
Jamaica took an 18-run first innings lead against England Lions and then snagged three top-order wickets to set up an interesting last day at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. The hosts stretched their overnight score of 259 for 4 to 376, courtesy 40-something cameos from Wavell Hinds and Chadwick Walton. Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs, was the middle order's wrecker-in-chief, picking up a five-for, while Nathan Buck polished off the tail. After England Lions' opener Adam Lyth was dismissed early on, Jimmy Adams and Andrew Gale steadied the innings with a 91-run stand, but Bevon Brown claimed both wickets prior to stumps to peg the visitors back. The match is a tussle for the top spot on the points table, with Jamaica in joint second place with Combined Campuses and Colleges, three points behind England Lions.
Combined Campuses and Colleges ended day two requiring another 137 runs, with nine wickets in hand, to register a win against Barbados at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. After an action packed first day in which 22 wickets fell, the hosts resumed their innings on 17 for 2 and did slightly better the second time around, getting to 195 and setting CCC 173 for victory. The total was built around a steady 99 from left-hand batsman Jonathan Carter, while left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh played hero with the ball again, claiming four wickets to take his match haul to 11. CCC lost a wicket early on in their chase, Fidel Edwards trapping Romel Currency lbw for one, but Omar Phillips and Shacaya Thomas were resolute, steering the visitors to 36 for 1 at the close. A win could take second-placed CCC to the top of the points table.
Driven by an unbeaten 204 by Lendl Simmons, Trinidad & Tobago piled up a massive 434 for 5 declared against Guyana at Providence Stadium in Guyana, and then ran through the host's top order, leaving them tottering on 137 for 5 at stumps. Simmons, resuming day two on 134, was kept company by Denesh Ramdin and Imran Khan, who scored 62 and 37 not out respectively. Guyana began solidly, with Rajindra Chandrika and Leon Johnson putting on a half-century stand. However, Johnson's dismissal for 25 triggered a mini-collapse, as the hosts went from 52 for no loss to 90 for 5, with spinners Khan and Amit Jaggernauth doing the damage. Opener Rajindra Chandrika held his end up amid the carnage, remaining 77 not out at stumps.
Windward Islands fast bowlers Nelon Pascal and Keon Peters finished with combined figures of 7 for 33, as Leeward Islands imploded for 72 at Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia. Only Sherwin Peters and Moreland le Blanc managed to get into double figures - only just, scoring 15 and 11 respectively - in an innings in which the last 5 wickets fell for 9 runs. Windward were solid in their reply, ending day two on 285 for 6, driven by knocks of 70 and 86 by Andre Fletcher and Keddy Lesporis.