BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Purposeful bowling trumped half-centuries from Zaheer Mohammed and Steven 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 3-55 from 14 overs, Nurse grabbed 3-59 from 25.4 overs and Jordan finished with 3-68 from 16 overs, as the Barbadians ended their winless spell in regional competitions spread over the last two months.
Zaheer 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.