ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
The top scorer in the recent Caribbean T20 tournament, Chris Barnwell, says he is anxious to showcase his skills for West Indies against Zimbabwe in the two-match T20 series this weekend.
Barnwell, who has been recalled for the matches Saturday and Sunday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, says he is not daunted by his failure to produce in recent matches of the regional ODI and four-day competitions.
The Guyanese player emerged from the Caribbean T20 tournament as the leading scorer with 245 runs and six wickets.
"I just had a bad couple of games in the regional 50-overs and four-day," Barnwell said.
"But I am feeling pretty confident to go out there to perform and do well for the West Indies team, and get the opportunity to go out there and showcase my talent."
Barnwell, who has represented the West Indies against Pakistan, India and England, was this week called up on a 13-man squad for the Zimbabwe games.
Considered a rising star in cricket, Barnwell upstaged a century from Chris Gayle to score 88 runs and helped Guyana to eliminate Jamaica from the recent Caribbean T20.
"I have always had it in me over the past couple years I would have played Caribbean T20. I would have brought Guyana out of some difficult situations," said Barnwell.
His performance in the Caribbean T20 has landed him a US$50,000 contract to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
CLOSE OF PLAY SCORES
On the second day of the third round of matches in the Regional Four-Day Championship:
At 3W's Oval: Barbados lead by 256 runs with one first innings wicket in hand.
Scores: Combined Campuses and Colleges 109 all out (Kyle Corbin 26; Chris Jordan 7-43).
Barbados 365 for nine (Kirk Edwards 109, Kraigg Brathwaite 90, Shane Dowrich 51 not out; Akeem Dewar 7-114)
At Arnos Vale Complex: Guyana trail by 76 runs overall with eight second innings wickets intact.
Guyana 151 all out (Assad Fudadin 55; Shane Shillingford 4-40, Liam Sebastien 3-21, Delorn Johnson 3-43) and 49 for two (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 29 not out).
Windward Islands 276 (Keddy Lesporis 39, Devon Smith 38, Liam Sebastien 35; Devendra Bishoo 5-67, Leon Johnson 2-18)
At Warner Park: T&T lead by 125 runs overall with nine second innings wickets intact.
Trinidad and Tobago 279 all out (Adrian Barath 58, Yannick Ottley 58; Quinton Boatswain 4-75) and 40 for one (Adrian Bararth 25 not out).
Leeward Islands 194 (Sylvester Joseph 68; Imran Khan 4-62, Yannick Cariah 3-35, Amit Jaggernauth 3-39).