Tamar the star
PROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC):
A career-best spell of bowling from Tamar Lambert propelled tournament leaders Jamaica to a tense 29-run victory over Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) in the WICB regional first-class champion-ship yesterday.
The Jamaica captain grabbed a career-best eight wickets for 42 runs from 31.1 overs with his part-time off spin, as CCC, chasing 206 for victory, were bowled out for 176 about 10 minutes before lunch on the fourth and final day of their fifth-round match at the Guyana National Stadium.
The rotund 28-year-old, whose previous 51 first-class matches brought him only 25 wickets, finished with a match haul of 10 for 63 and had the privilege of snaring the last wicket when he had Khismar Catlin kiss an edge to first slip and was caught for a duck.
Leg-spinner Odean Brown, an eight-wicket bowling hero in the first-innings, supported with two for 79 from 36 overs for match figures of 10 for 133.
Only Kyle Corbin, with a fluent 38, made any impression for the CCC on the final day.
Jamaica's win was their fourth in four matches this season and leaves them top of the table with a maximum 48 points.
The competition leaders next meet second-place Barbados in round six, starting on Friday at the Frank Worrell Memorial Ground in Trinidad.
Lambert landed an early blow to CCC's chances when he scalped opposing skipper Floyd Reifer with just three runs added to the opponents' overnight 115 for four.
The 37-year-old left-hander lofted hard and flat down the ground, but David Bernard, at long-on, pulled off a magnificentcatch running five yards to his right before tumbling low to hang on to the powerfully struck ball.
CCC rallied well despite the loss of their captain as Corbin and fellow Barbadian Kevin McClean blunted the spin duo in a determined stand of 47 for the sixth wicket. But just as the balance was tilting CCC's way, Lambert swung the momentum back by dismissing both batsmen in quick succession, at 168 for seven.
Those dismissals triggered a terminal slide with the last five wickets tumbling for 11 runs as the tail surrendered meekly.
Lambert's previous best figures were four for 44 against Barbados at Chedwin Park three years ago.
AT BOURDA, Guyana:
Propelled by an another inspired performance by discarded West Indies off-spinner Omari Banks, the Leeward Islands needed just over a session to post their first win - a 53-run victory over the Windward Islands yesterday. Banks snatched six for 113 on the final day, as Windwards collapsed for 266, in pursuit of 320 to win.
LEEWARDS 325 (Montcin Hodge 61, Kieran Powell 48, Gavin Williams 44, Jahmar Hamilton 40 not out, Steve Liburd 39, Omari Banks 30, Wilden Cornwall 24; Rawl Lewis 3-77, Nelon Pascal 2-42, Kenroy Peters 2-55, Shane Shillingford 2-89) and 198 (Omari Banks 57, Steve Liburd 48, Kieran Powell 29, Mali Richards 20; Nelon Pascal 4-40, Rawl Lewis 3-39, Shane Shillingford 2-42). WINDWARDS 204 (Shane Shillingford 52, Andre Fletcher 50, Devon Smith 34; Omari Banks 7-41, Lionel Baker 2-51) & 266 (Andre Fletcher 80, Keddy Lesporis 31, Kenroy Peters 27 not out, Devon Smith 25; Omari Banks 6-113, Anthony Martin 2-70).
Barbados on top
AT ALBION SPORTS COMPLEX, New Amsterdam, Guyana:
Barbados completed a 58-run victory over Guyana about 10 minutes before tea on the fourth and final day of their fifth-round match.
BARBADOS 403 (Ryan Hinds 76, Jason Haynes 69, Dale Richards 55, Kevin Stoute 49, Kraigg Brathwaite 33, Shane Dowrich 24; Davendra Bishoo 24.4-2-75-5, Zaheer Mohammed 2-60, Christopher Barnwell 2-83) and 154 for nine declared (Kraigg Brathwaite 34, Kirk Edwards 33, Jason Haynes 21, Dale Richards 20; Davendra Bishoo 15.4-3-45-5, Sewnarine Chattergoon 2-35). GUYANA 229 (Gajanand Singh 66, Rajindra Chandrika 32, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 23; Tino Best 15-1-65-6, Ryan Hinds 3-49) and 270 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 77, Zaheer Mohammed 58 not out, Derwin Christian 28, Sewnarine Chattergoon 20, Brandon Bess 20; Kevin Stoute 3-15, Corey Edwards 2-48, Pedro Collins 2-56, Sulieman Benn 2-58).