Rain dealt Trinidad and Tobago a harsh blow here Monday, ruining the final day of their all-important, final round Regional Four-Day contest with Guyana and wrecking their chances of winning the WICB President’s Trophy.
Starting the day needing a victory to overtake Barbados and clinch top honours, T&T were left disappointed after rain allowed just 29 overs, forcing a dreaded stalemate at the Guyana National Stadium.
In the time possible, Guyana reached 80 for three, after resuming the day on 17 for one, requiring a further 208 runs for victory.
Captain Leon Johnson was unbeaten on 30 and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, not out on 25, when time was called on the contest late in the day.
T&T’s demise gifted Barbados the title following the defending champions’ trouncing of the Leewards Islands by an innings and 49 runs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua on Sunday.
Barbados ended on 82 points while T&T finished on 80, after gaining just eight points from the drawn encounter. The signs of rain were present from early in the morning and when the adverse weather finally arrived, it delayed the start by 70 minutes.
Once play got underway, however, Trinidad and Tobago wasted little time in making inroads, as pacer Marlon Richards trapped opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, lbw for seven, with the score on 33 in the sixth over of the day.
Richards, who finished with two for 21, then had Shimron Hetmyer taken at mid-off by captain Rayad Emrit for four, reducing Guyana to 43 for three.
Johnson joined Bishoo to halt the side, in a fourth wicket stand that was worth 37, and which took Guyana to lunch at 64 for three.
Only six overs were possible after the interval before rain returned again, this time keeping the players off the field for over three hours and virtually killing off T&T’s chances.
When play finally resumed at 4:52 p.m., the visitors’ fate was already sealed and both sides called it quits 17 deliveries later.
T&T will face the Windward Islands in the semifinal starting Saturday at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain while Barbados will face Jamaica in the other semi at Kensington Oval, Barbados.
Regional Four-Day Standings
Teams M W L D Bat Bowl Pts
1. Barbados 6 4 1 1 13 18 82
2. T&T 6 4 1 1 12 17 80
3. Windwards 6 3 2 1 8 18 65
4. Jamaica 6 3 3 0 7 16 59
5. CCC 6 2 3 1 7 15 49
6. Leewards 6 2 4 0 2 16 42
7. Guyana 6 0 4 2 6 17 29
Abbreviations: Pts-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, Bat-batting points, Bowl-bowling points