Guyana need 287 for first win

A round-up of the third day of the eighth-round matches of the regional four-day competition

Cricinfo staff
Guyana need another 287 runs on the final day against the Windward Islands at the Providence Stadium to register their first win in the competition. The Guyana players will be upbeat about their chances since it is just seven runs more than their first-innings total. Half-centuries by Camilus Alexander, Darren Sammy and Donwell Hector took Windwards to 375 for 9 before captain Rawl Lewis declared, giving his bowlers eight overs to have a go at the Guyana. But openers Christopher Barnwell and Sewnarine Chattergoon batted out till stumps without any mishaps. A win will take Guyana to sixth place ahead of Combined Colleges and Campuses.
Leeward Islands improved their chances of moving up two places on the points table after Gavin Tonge's spell of 3 for 37 rocked Jamaica's chances of chasing 204 on the final day in Kingston. However Jamaica still have Xavier Marshall at the crease, unbeaten on 60, and need another 106 to win and extend their lead at the top of the table. Wilden Cornwall's 102, amid a collapse, took Leewards to 202 in their second innings. The visitors will take heart from the fact that the highest innings total in the game was their first-innings 221. Spinners Nikita Miller, Odean Brown and Gavin Wallace took two wickets each for Jamaica.
But Jamaica's No.1 spot is not in much danger of being usurped any time soon with Barbados (51 points) staring at defeat after following on against Trinidad & Tobago at Pointe-a-Pierre. Ravi Rampaul took four wickets in the day - two each in either innings - to take his match tally to seven as Barbados trailed T&T by 67 runs in their second innings. Dwayne Smith and Patrick Browne scored half-centuries but Barbados still managed a first-innings deficit of 232. Their second innings began just fractionally better than the first - Rampaul dismissed opener Jason Haynes (9) for the second time in the match - with the first wicket falling with 22 on the board. Jason Parris, who fell to Rampaul for a duck on day two, turned in a much better performance to score a maiden first-class half-century before he took became Rampaul's victim for the second time in the game. Parris and Kevin Stoute (60) added 99 together before Imran Khan dismissed Stoute late in the day.