Ja facing defeat against Leewards in WICB PCL
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Spinners Rahkeem Cornwall and Anthony Martin hurt Jamaica, and captain Devon Thomas followed up with a responsible unbeaten half-century, to put Leeward Islands Hurricanes in sight of their first win of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League (PCL) yesterday.
In pursuit of 165 runs for victory at Warner Park, the hosts were 139 for six, requiring a further 26 runs to pull off what will be a huge victory, especially coming on the heels of eight straight defeats in the competition.
They were, however, tottering on the verge of collapse at 40 for four just after tea, before Thomas arrived to unfurl an excellent unbeaten 78 - his second half-century of the game - to steady the innings.
Earlier, Jamaica were dismissed for 274 after resuming the day on 122 for three, with wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton top-scoring with 72, Brandon King getting 39
and tailender Damion Jacobs finishing unbeaten on 28.
The right-handed Walton, unbeaten on four at the start, crunched nine fours and two sixes off 179 balls in a little over three hours at the crease, to complete his second half-century of the game.
He stretched the fourth-wicket stand with King to 76, before putting on a crucial 49 for the seventh wicket with Jacobs, who battled 82 deliveries and struck five fours in his innings.
However, off-spinner Corn-wall made key strikes to finish with five for 109, while leg-spinner Martin supported with four for 76.
Their efforts saw Jamaica decline from 183 for three, losing their last seven wickets for 91 runs.
AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 49 runs,
were 120 for three in their
second innings at the close
on the penultimate day of
their ninth-round match
GUYANA JAGUARS 291 (Anthony Bramble 63, Vishaul Singh 52, Rajindra Chandrika 51, Leon Johnson 49, Assad Fudadin 44; Marlon Richards 3-46, Imran Khan 3-55, Jason Mohammed 2-44) and 120 for three (Assad Fudadin 50, Rajindra Chandrika 31, Leon Johnson 28; Jason Mohammed 2-9).
T&T RED FORCE 340 (Yannic Ottley 82, Yannick Cariah 71, Steven Katwaroo 72 not out, Kjorn Ottley 34; Devendra Bishoo 6-76).
AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Barbados Pride's 480, were 394 for eight in their first innings at the close of the third day of their ninth-round match yesterday.
BARBADOS PRIDE 480 (Shai Hope 211, Shamarh Brooks 124, Roston Chase 41, Ashley Nurse 29, Shane Dowrich 28; Mervin Matthew 3-54, Liam Sebastien 2-81, Shane Shillingford 2-136).
WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 394 for eight (Devon Smith 151, Tyrone Theophile 125, Dennis Smith 25 not out; Ashley Nurse 4-90, Kevin Stoute 2-66).