Spinner seals Bajan victory
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Off-spinner Chaim Holder’s seven-wicket haul fired Barbados to a convincing 94-run victory over Windward Islands at the Demerara Cricket Club here yesterday.
He snared the last seven wickets of the innings to finish with seven for 60 and sent the Windwards tumbling for 231, well short of their target of 326.
Sunil Ambris counter-attacked for 44, while Larry Edward hit a quick-fire 36 but neither could prevent the loss.
Earlier, Barbados carried their overnight 292 for eight to 312 all out, with Mario Rampersaud extending his overnight 34 to an even, unbeaten fifty.
He stroked four fours and a six, facing 112 balls in two hours and 17 minutes at the wicket.
Left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge finished with four for 86, with fellow left-arm spinner Larry Edward claiming three for 86.
Faced with a challenging target, the Windwards started badly when opener Jamal James perished without scoring at five for one and captain Hodge was prised out for 11, to leave the innings faltering at 24 for two.
Opener Emmanuel Peter (29) and Keon George (27) then patched up the innings with a 41-run, third-wicket stand to carry the Windwards to lunch at 52 for two.
Peter hit five fours off 71 balls but was lbw pushing forward to Justin Greaves at 65 for three after the interval.
George anchored another fighting stand of 37 with Ambris who set the ground alight with several exciting strokes, smashing four sixes in just over an hour at the crease.
When George nicked a catch behind to give Holder the first of his seven, Ambris staged another fightback in partnership with Dwight Thomas (23).
They fell in contrasting fashion in the space of eight runs, to spark the decline. Ambris prodded a catch to Shane Parris at short leg while Thomas was held at long on to leave the score on 153 for six.
Edward ensured the tail wagged, slamming four sixes and a four off 45 balls, dominating a 36-run, seventh-wicket stand with Hollis Blair (7).
Once he chipped Holder to mid-off, however, the end came quickly as the last four wickets fell for 42 runs.
Summarized scores in the other matches:
At Guyana National Stadium: Leeward Islands 109 (R. 43; A. Adams 4-14, A. Khan 3-39) and 183 (R. Cornwall 49, A. Saunders 44, N. Henry 33, W. Mintos 21 n.o.; G. Moite 4-57, A. Khan 3-47). Guyana 317 -9 dec’d (Chanderpaul Hemraj 88, Kwame Crosse 61, C. Pestano 43, R. Beaton 39 n.o., D. Rikhi 27; R. Cornwall 4-57, L. Audain 2-46). Guyana won by an innings and 25 runs.
At Everest: Jamaica 320 (Teswayne Creary 77, Donovan Nelson 57, John Campbell 55, A.Thomas 39, B. Gayle 33; Derone Davis 5-79, J. Ali 4-64) and 19-0. Trinidad &?Tobago 136 (S. Katwaroo 33, D. Cockburn 28, I. Rajah 21; D. Nelson 4-41, R. Senior 2-9) and 202 (Akeal Hosein 98, D. Davis 25; James McDonald 3-14, M. Mindley 2-20, D. Nelson 2-62). Jamaica won by ten wickets. (CMC)