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Baker eight-for puts Leewards in control

A round-up of the second day of matches from the seventh round of the Regional Four Day Competition

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Lionel Baker is delighted after dismissing Rohit Sharma, West Indies v India, 1st ODI, Kingston, June 26, 2009

Lionel Baker's career-best performance put Leeward Islands in sight of victory  •  AFP

Lionel Baker continued his impressive display to put Leeward Islands in complete control against Combined Campuses and Colleges in St Lucia. He grabbed a career-best 8 for 31 to skittle out CCC for 65; the top score was just 12. Leewards gained a lead of 162, and imposed the follow-on. CCC put up a better response in their second innings, with Romel Currency holding on with an unbeaten 77 but gradually losing support. Baker again got into the act, taking two wickets, including opener Kyle Corbin for 40. Omari Banks chipped in with two wickets as well, as CCC ended the day on 192 for 6, just 30 ahead.
Guyana consolidated the strong position they had gained on the first day against Windward Islands in St George's, posting 452 on the second thanks to a century from Ramnaresh Sarwan and useful contributions from the lower order. Guyana began the day on 239 for 3, and Sarwan, who had been a touch fortunate to reach 81 overnight, went past three-figures. Following his dismissal, the trio of Royston Crandon (36), Esuan Crandon (51) and Veerasammy Permaul (47) stretched Guyana's total to a formidable one. For Windwards, legspinner Rawl Lewis and offspinner Shane Shillingford shared seven wickets. Windwards captain Devon Smith was unbeaten on 37 in their reply, as they reached 57 for 2.
Trinidad and Tobago are in trouble against Jamaica in St. Andrew's, following on, losing four wickets in their second innings and finishing the day still 159 adrift of Jamaica's score. After bowling out T&T for 379, they simply failed to measure up to the spin of Odean Brown, who took 5 for 46, and Bevon Brown, who supported him with three wickets. Opener Justin Guillen and captain Daren Ganga top scored with 31, a sign of their meek surrender while being bowled out for 144 and there was more trouble to follow. Jamaica imposed the follow-on, and Andre Russell, the fast bowler, took them closer to victory, nipping out three wickets to leave them struggling at 66 for 4 at stumps.