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Barbados overcome Mohammed, Jacobs to clinch victory

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Purposeful bowling trumped half-centuries from Zaheer Mohammed and Steve Jacobs, propelling Barbados to a 93-run victory over Guyana in the Regional Four-Day Tournament, yesterday.

Miguel Cummins, off-spinner Ashley Nurse and Christopher Jordan equally shared nine wickets, as the Guyanese were bowled out for 284 in their second innings on the final day of their second round match at Kensington Oval.

Cummins ended with three for 55 from 14 overs, Nurse grabbed three for 59 from 25.4 overs and Jordan finished with three for 68 from 16 overs, as the Barbadians ended their winless spell in regional competitions spread over the last two months.

Mohammed, a replacement for Veerasammy Permaul when the Guyana captain was excused from the match to join the West Indies team preparing for this week's One-day International series against Zimbabwe, led the way with a resolute 58.

Jacobs scored 51, Rajindra Chandrika and Leon Johnson made 40 apiece, and Derwin Christian got 37 to prop up the Guyana batting.

Nurse formalised the victory when he bowled Keon Joseph for 13 about 15 minutes past the scheduled tea break.

The result meant that Barbados earned 12 points–their sum total for the season that puts them third behind Windward Islands and Jamaica--and Guyana failed to collect a point, leaving them fourth on six.

Guyana, chasing 378 for victory, started the day on 94 for one, but they were set back early when Chandrika was caught at gully off Javon Searles without adding to his overnight score of 40 in the second over of the day.

They stumbled further when Nurse bowled left-hander Johnson off the inside edge, leaving the Guyanese 109 for three.

The visitors continued to lose wickets and were 173 for six at lunch, after Nurse had Assad Fudadin caught at mid-off for three before Jordan trapped Christopher Barnwell lbw for eight and had Jacobs caught at deep mid-wicket.

Jacobs struck six fours and one six from 65 balls in 97 minutes at the crease before he was dismissed about 15 minutes before lunch.

After the interval, Mohammed and Christian knuckled down and frustrated the Barbadians for just over 1½ hours. They put on 88 for the seventh wicket.

But the pendulum swung firmly Barbados' way when Christian was caught at mid-wicket essaying an ill-advised cross-batted stroke, triggering a mini collapse.

Devendra Bishoo was caught low at first slip off Cummins for a duck and Ronsford Beaton was lbw to Cummins for one in the space of 12 deliveries, as Guyana slipped to 261 for nine.

In between, Mohammed reached his 50 from 94 balls when he turned Cummins to square leg for a single.

Joseph spent half-hour at the crease, further adding to the Barbadians' frustrations before Nurse brought the fun to an end.

The two sides meet in the Regional Super50 Tournament in a daytime match tomorrow at the same venue.

Barbados face Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) at the Three Ws Oval in the next round of the Regional 4-Day Tournament, starting the following Wednesday, when Guyana meet Windwards at the Arnos Vale Multiplex in St. Vincent.

–CMC

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