Regional 4 Day Tournament 2015-16 February 29, 2016

Imran Khan fifty, six-for sets up easy T&T win

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Trinidad & Tobago 406 (Imran 82, Deonarine 50, Cornwall 5-88) and 111 for 1 (Lewis 56) beat Leeward Islands 225 (Hamilton 53, Emrit 3-55, Richards 3-55) and 287 (Cornwall 65, Carty 59, Imran 4-80) by nine wickets

Evin Lewis cracked nine fours and one six during his 41-ball 56 © WICB Media/Ashley Allen

Opener Evin Lewis struck a quick fifty as Trinidad & Tobago knocked off 107 within 14 overs to secure 18 points; their first win at home this season.

Lewis was dismissed for 56 off 41 balls but Kyle Hope stayed unbeaten with Marlon Richards to seal the victory. This meant that Leeward Islands remained rooted to the bottom of the table with a solitary win in eight matches.

Leeward Islands were left to play catch-up right from the first day, when they were bowled out for 225. Debutant Keacy Carty, who had steered West Indies Under-19s' tense chase against India Under-19s in the World Cup final, was the first to go, bowled by Rayad Emrit for 5. Daron Cruickshank soon became Emrit's second victim. Nkrumah Bonner mounted some resistance with 47 before Jahmar Hamilton and Rakheem Cornwall added 74 together, but the lower order was cleaned up by pacer Marlon Richards.

Legspinning allrounder Imran Khan pitched in with two wickets. He then led T&T's batting effort with his ninth first-class fifty, at the top of the order. Narsingh Deonarine and Steven Katwaroo also stroked fifties to give their side the advantage with a first-innings lead of 181, despite Cornwall's five-for.

Leeward Islands fared marginally better in their second dig, managing 287, but the small target was brushed off by T&T. Carty hit a fifty as did Cornwall, but Imran's four-wicket haul rattled the middle order. His match haul of six wickets eventually put him joint second on the wickets charts, with 37 scalps.

Guyana 339 (Johnson 107, Vishaul 58, Matthew 6-81) and 39 for 4 (Johnson 17*) beat Windward Islands 216 (Smith 87, Robinson 57, Beaton 5-43) and 161 (Smith 51, Reifer 4-35, Bishoo 3-71) by six wickets

Ronsford Beaton's five-for in the first innings followed by Leon Johnson's 107 shaped Guyana's six-wicket win against Windward Islands in St Lucia. Guyana picked up 18 points with the win to strengthen their position at the top of the points table.

After being inserted, Devon Smith and Jelornie Robinson set Windwards up nicely with a 120-run partnership for the second wicket after Beaton had removed Tyrone Theophile early. Raymon Reifer broke the stand by removing Robinson for 57, a wicket that triggered Windwards' middle-order collapse. A combined bowling effort from Guyana, led by Beaton, ensured that no other Windwards crossed the score of 20 as they lost nine wickets for 80 runs. Beaton cleaned up Windwards' tail quickly as they were bowled out for 216.

Guyana's strong response was built on Johnson's century, while Vishaul Singh and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (46) played the support roles. Johnson struck 13 fours in his 107 and also shared a 119-run fifth-wicket stand with Vishaul, who made a patient 58 - a partnership that put them in control after they were at a wobbly 100 for 4. Guyana got a late push when Johnson and Reifer combined for the seventh wicket to add 62, a stand that set them up for over 300. Mervin Matthew's late wickets, that helped him complete career-best figures of 6 for 81, helped Windwards bowl Guyana out for 339, a 123-run lead.

Windwards suffered another batting collapse in the second innings that had them lose seven wickets for 41 runs as they slumped to 131 for 9. Smith's 51 was the only score of note before Shane Shillingford provided lower-order resistance with a quick 26 that took his side to 161 before they were bowled out. Reifer led Guyana's bowling effort, picking up 4 for 35, while Devendra Bishoo and Beaton accounted for a total of five wickets.

In their pursuit of 39, Guyana were reduced to 13 for 4 by Shillingford and Kyle Mayers. Johnson then came out full of positivity though, and smashed a quick 17 to take his side home without further damage.

Barbados 217 (Brathwaite 66, Chase 53, Miller 8-67) and 118 for 4 (Brathwaite 36, Chase 35*) beat Jamaica 177 (McCarthy 52, Thomas 50, Greaves 5-41) and 157 (Thomas 44*, Walsh 3-41) by six wickets

Justin Greaves' 5 for 41 and fifties from Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase set up Barbados' six-wicket win over Jamaica at Sabina Park. The result, though, had no bearing on the points table as Barbados maintained their second position, while Jamaica follow at third.

Shacaya Thomas and Andre McCarthy struck fifties but Greaves' five-for cut through Jamaica, bowling them out for 177 as only two other batsmen made double-digit scores, both without touching 20.

Nikita Miller led the hosts' bowling effort, cutting through the visitors with a haul of 8 for 67. Barbados, though, were rescued and helped to a 40-run lead by Brathwaite and Chase's fifties. Brathwaite stroked 11 fours during his 130-ball 66, while Chase's knock came with eight fours.

Jamaica slumped to 80 for 7 in their second innings before Devon and Jason Dawes combined to add 63 for the eighth wicket. Their partnership helped the hosts set Barbados a fighting if still small target of 118. Jomel Warrican and Hayden Walsh combined to pick up 6 for 90 for Barbados, while Miguel Cummins finished with 2 for 20.

Brathwaite combined with Jonathan Carter to help take Barbados to 77 for 1 in the chase, before both batsmen fell in consecutive overs. Chase then came in and smacked a brisk 35 to take them home with six wickets in hand.

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  • Basil on March 1, 2016, 20:51 GMT

    WIRUS, I think the key for WI is to organise as many "A" tours as possible. This would be the best stepping stone up to Test standard. Tour Australias north during the northern summer, or do a European tour, or Southern Africa. The best thing they could do is to get some exposure away from spin dominated pitches against decent opposition.

  • Orlando on March 1, 2016, 16:33 GMT

    Vivgilchrist they could ALL do with a spell in count cricket but door seems closed to all but a few. They is an immense lack of experience and sadly WI cricketers tend to have to learn on the job at international level which = many defeats. From what is available both for upcoming ODIs and tests the selectors have to choose 3 in-form batsmen to bat with Brathwaite and Bravo with Holder at 6 (sink or swim) followed by Ramdin and Carlos. With Roach now gone, Fidel effectively retired, Gabriel injured and Rampaul unfit or whatever all that is left in fast bowling stocks is Taylor. Cummins are Cotterel possibilities and maybe Joseph for ODIs. Spin is WI best bet and when playing at home should always go with 2. What is needed is some prpose, positive intent (as Carlos showed vs Aus) and some aggressive leadership from Holder or whoever will be captain. Brathwaite, Johnson, Bravo, Chase, Hope, Holder, Ramdin, C.Brathwaite, Bishoo, Permaul and Taylor seems the best we can do for now.

  • Basil on March 1, 2016, 7:38 GMT

    @WIRUS, I agree with you. I think Holder must bat at 6, pretty much the way Marsh does for Australia. Blackwood looks like he needs a spell in county cricket and regain some rhythm. Chase looks good and Johnson has hit form. These two should come in for Samuels and Blackwood. The problem is a partner for Brathwaite at the top. Maybe Gayle could fill this void for 12 months.? I would like to see Pollard play some FC cricket as he could be a handy no 5 but we know that's never going to happen....

  • Anderson on February 29, 2016, 12:00 GMT

    Agree with you in regards to Holder, he has always been a better batsman than a "so-called fast bowler ". As far as Chase is concerned I would replace Samuels with him seeing that he's a better than average bowler

  • Orlando on February 29, 2016, 9:26 GMT

    Encouraging to see some batsmen coming through. Chase averages in the 40s (only Brathwaite is better) and is incredibly consistent. Leon Johnson has regained form and with a test average just under 40 he should be in the WI squad ahead of several others. Singh has also been consistent as has Shai Hope. Lewis is probably ready for limited overs cricket and may eventually be of test standard. Unfortunately Blackwood has gone backwards, Chandrika was never ready. Dowrich has had a fairy poor series and the likes of Kirk Edwards, Fudadin and Deonerine haven't done enough. WI need 3 new batsmen to support Brathwaite and Bravo and Holder must become a no.6 batsman and 5th bowler if he is to stay in the team. Carlos Brathwaite has to become a batting all rounder at 8 with Ramdin in between. 3 of the 4 in-form batsmen mentioned could do no worse than Chandrika, Samuels ad Blackwood. Add to that the 3 best wicket taking bowlers of whatever sort and they could start drawing and winning a few.

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