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Bowlers put Windwards on top

A round-up of the first day's action of the third round of the WICB Four-Day Competition 2009-10

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Windward Islands were on top against Combined Campuses and Colleges in Bridgetown after bowling them out for 158. Left-arm seamer Keon Peters and offspinner Shane Shillingford grabbed three wickets each and were well supported by Darren Sammy, who chipped in with 2 for 23. No CCC batsman managed to reach a half-century; wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton reached 42 and was supported by Nekoli Perris in a 61-run stand for the sixth wicket. Both were dismissed by Shillingford to precipitate a quick end to the innings from there on. In reply, Windwards recovered well from the early loss of opener Tyron Theophile to post 89 for 2 at stumps, with Devon Smith unbeaten on 38.
Jamaica suffered an early jolt in their innings but fought back to end the day on even terms against Guyana in Barbados. Fast bowler Brandon Bess picked up his best figures in first-class cricket, snapping four wickets, and had Jamaica in trouble at 39 for 3 at one stage. Opener Brenton Parchment held firm with 49 and was backed up by a stoic 43 from Brendan Nash; the pair added 42 for the fourth wicket. But the star for Jamaica was Wavell Hinds, who finished the day unbeaten on 71 and took his team to 239 for 6. Hinds was involved in a 73-run association with Nash and added a further 36 with Dave Bernard. There was more help from wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh, who partnered him to stumps, making 29.
A four-wicket burst from Pedro Collins handed Barbados the advantage against Trinidad and Tobago on the first day at the Kensington Oval. However, T&T were steered out of trouble to a more respectable position, as they reached 271 for 9. After Collins had nabbed the first three wickets for just 26, Sherwin Ganga stepped up to the challenge and was ably assisted by the others. He first partnered opener Justin Guillen (47) in a 66-run stand to stabilise the innings, and then accumulated the runs with Denesh Ramdin, Imran Khan, Rayad Emrit and Dave Mohammed who chipped in with important contributions. But Barbados had the last laugh, for Ganga was dismissed for 99, run out by Ryan Hinds who pulled off a brilliant one-handed save and threw down the stumps to find him short. Ganga fell agonisingly short of a maiden first-class century, not for the first time. His previous best was 98.