BARBADOS WON their 22nd regional first-class cricket title today, retaining the WICB President’s Trophy for the Regional 4-Day league tournament.
After defeating the Leeward Islands by an innings and 49 runs yesterday in Antigua, Barbados jumped ten points ahead of Trinidad and Tobago on 82.
Trinidad and Tobago needed to take nine wickets against Guyana today to win the title, but rain came and they had to settle for a draw. They finished on 80 points and the Windward Islands were a distant third on 65.
Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, the Windwards and Jamaica have advanced to the semi-finals of the Final Challenge.
Part-time off-spinner Campbell ended with the flattering figures of four for 17 from eight overs, and champion left-arm spinner Miller finished with three for 61 from 27.5 overs, as the CCC were dismissed for 177 in their second innings on the final day of the seventh-round match.
Bridgetown, Barbados, April 13 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC), chasing 237 to win, were 155 for five off 48.2 overs at the close of play on the third day of their seventh and final round WICB first-class match against Jamaica at 3Ws Oval here today.
Captain Steven Jacobs was unbeaten on 18.
Shacaya Thomas was caught at second slip by John Campbell off fast bowler Jerome Taylor for 15 (24-1).
Barbados beat Leewards by an innings and 49 runs
North Sound, Antigua, April 13 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Barbados beat the Leeward Islands by an innings and 49 runs just after noon on the third day of their seventh and final round WICB first-class match at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here today.
The Leeward Islands, with a first innings deficit of 232 and starting the day on 54 for two, were bowled out for 183 in 55.5 overs in their second innings.
Final day showdown
Devendra Bishoo’s brilliance once again proved to be Trinidad and Tobago’s undoing, as he undermined the visitors and left Guyana with a chance of winning their Regional Four-Day match here yesterday. The out-of-favour West Indies leg-spinner snared six for 71 as Trinidad and Tobago, with a slim first innings lead of just 12 runs, folded for 212 in their second innings, setting the Guyanese 225 for victory.
WHILE the high-flying T20 stars were in Dhaka, mounting their eventual anti-climatic defence of the world title joyously won in Colombo two years earlier, Darren Bravo and Kieran Powell were back in the Caribbean, watched by a couple of nut-sellers and a smattering of diehards in the understated first-class tournament, seeking to restore long held expectations that they are two future pillars of West Indies batting.
Bravo, at 26, is a year older than Powell. Both are left-handers who carry the unmistakable stamp and effortless evidence of class. The heady hopes around them are based on previous performance, Bravo’s more so than Powell’s.
Jamaica 79-2 (2nd innings), lead CCC by 100, WICB 4-day, Bridgetown, Barbados, April 12 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Jamaica, with a first innings lead of 21, were 79 for two off 38 overs in their second innings - an overall lead of 100 - at the close of play on the second day of their seventh and final round WICB first-class match against Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) at 3Ws Oval here today.
The not out batsmen were Jermaine Blackwood on 23 and Marlon Samuels, three.
Nkrumah Bonner was caught at second slip by Kyle Corbin off left-arm medium-pacer Raymon Reifer for 11 (22-1).
Leewards 54-2 (2nd innings), trail Barbados by 178,
North Sound, Antigua, April 12 - (www.bcacricket.org) - The Leeward Islands, with a first innings deficit of 232, were 54 for two off 21 overs in their second innings - still trailing by 178 runs - at the close of play on the second day of their seventh and final round WICB first-class match against Barbados at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here today.
The not out batsmen were captain Kieran Powell on 23 and Devon Thomas, nought.
Johnson, Barnwell keep Guyana steady
Georgetown, Guyana, CMC – Captain Leon Johnson and the experienced Christopher Barnwell hit half-centuries to rescue Guyana and frustrate Trinidad and Tobago, on the second day of their final round Regional Four-Day match here Saturday.
At the close, Guyana were 247 for seven, still 48 runs adrift of Trinidad and Tobago’s first innings total of 294 at the Guyana National Stadium.