Barbados in semis after crushing Leewards
Barbados needed less than two hours on Tuesday’s final day to crush Leeward Islands by an innings and 31 runs and storm into the semi-finals of the Regional Four-Day Championship.
They were led by experienced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn who snatched six for 43 to send the Leewards crashing to 149 all out in their second innings, after they resumed the sixth round clash at Warner Park on 40 for four.
Off-spinner Ashley Nurse supported with four for 47, to end with match figures of ten for 136.
Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton top scored with 50 while Devon Thomas chipped in with 29. The pair featured in a 68-run, sixth wicket stand after captain Sylvester Joseph fell in the day’s second over, but once they were separated, the end for the Leewards came quickly.
With the win, Barbados moved to 36 points, level with Trinidad and Tobago, with five-time champions Jamaica and Windward Islands leading the standings with 48 points.
Barbados and T&T face off next week in Port of Spain, in their final round encounter.
Starting the day requiring a further 140 runs to make Barbados bat again, the Leewards stumbled early when Benn struck with the eighth ball of play, getting one to spin sharply and trap Joseph lbw on the backfoot for three.
Hamilton and Thomas then denied Barbados any further immediate success with the best stand of the innings, playing positively against both Nurse and Benn.
The 22-year-old Hamilton struck seven fours in a knock off 80 balls in an hour-and-a-half at the crease while Thomas faced 52 balls in an hour’s batting, and counted four fours.
The breakthrough came when Thomas edged Benn to Nurse at slip with the score on 112 for six and Tonito Willett followed soon afterward for five, lbw to Benn.
Hamilton eventually reached his fifth first class half-century but failed to push on, falling lbw to Nurse at 142 for eight.
LEEWARDS 201 all out (Sylvester Joseph 65, Tonito Willett 54 not out, Devon Thomas 34; Ashley Nurse 6-89, Sulieman Benn 2-47) and 149 (Jahmar Hamilton 50, Devon Thomas 29; Sulieman Benn 6-43, Ashley Nurse 4-47) vs BARBADOS 381 for six decl. (Kraigg Brathwaite 165, Kevin Stoute 114, Shane Dowrich 32 not out, Kirk Edwards 32; Kelbert Walters 3-64, Shane Burton 2-32)
Barbados won by an innings and 31 runs
GUYANA 231 (Assad Fudadin 87, Anthony Bramble 37, Steven Jacobs 28, Ramnaresh Sarwan 28, Leon Johnson 24; Nekoli Parris 4-9, Ryan Austin 3-77, Raymon Reifer 2-28) and 175 (Steven Jacobs 45, Leon Johnson 37, Assad Fudadin 27; Akeem Dewar 3-21, Nekoli Parris 3-50, Ryan Austin 3-55) vs CCC 167 (Anthony Alleyne 37, Chadwick Walton 32; Veerasammy Permaul 4-39, Ronsford Beaton 4-52) and 193 (Raymon Reifer 43, McClean 40, Kyle Corbin 35; Veerasammy Permaul 4-22, Ronsford Beaton 2-21, Devendra Bishoo 2-41, Steven Jacobs 2-45)
Guyana won by 46 runs