Jamaica poised to bag title
GRENVILLE, Grenada (CMC):
Andre Russell followed up another decisive bowling performance from Odean Brown to put Jamaica within reach of victory against Trinidad & Tobago and their third straight hold on the WICB regional first-class championship.
Russell snared three wickets for 27 runs in an opening burst of eight overs as T&T, following on 235 behind on first innings, reached 66 for four in their second innings at the close on the second day of their final match at Progress Park.
Leg-spinner Brown had bowled Jamaica into the ascendancy, when he collected five for 46 from 21 overs, as T&T were dismissed for a modest 144, replying to their opponents' first innings total of 379.
Jamaica entered the match knowing that they needed a victory to overtake Barbados and hang on to the title that they have made their own over the past two seasons.
The Jamaicans started the match in second place on 48 points - nine behind the Barbadians - who did not even have the chance to fight for the championship, since they drew a bye in the final round.
Russell made the breakthrough for Jamaica in the second innings, when opener William Perkins was comprehensively beaten and bowled for nine.
Fortune did not, however, favour the 21-year-old fast bowler, when he bowled Sherwin Ganga, on one, off a no-ball.
But Russell, bowling fast, full and straight, continued to make an impact, when he removed Justin Guillen for 27 and T&T captain Daren Ganga for one - both lbw - in quick succession to leave his opponents wobbling on 46 for three.
Jason Dawes then added to the woes, when he bowled Jason Mohammed for five with a well-pitched delivery that moved back and extracted the batsman's middle-stump, as T&T sunk to 57 for four and Jamaica ended the day far more positively than they started.
The Jamaicans had resumed from their overnight total of 348 for seven and were dismissed after 40 minutes.
AT QUEEN'S PARK:
Windward Islands, replying to Guyana's first innings total of 452, reached 57 for two at the close.
Guyana 452 (Ramnaresh Sarwan 116, Assad Fudadin 78; Rawl Lewis 4-71).
Windward Islands 57 for two (Devon Smith 37 not out).
AT BEAUSEJOUR STADIUM:
Combined Campuses and Colleges, following on by 162 runs against the Leeward Islands, were 125 for three in their second innings at tea on the second day of their match.
Leewards 227 (Jahmar Hamilton 98; Kavesh Kantasingh 5-69). CCC 65 (Kjorn Ottley 12; Lionel Baker 8-31) & 125 for three (Romel Currency 47 not out, Kyle Corbin 40; Lionel Baker 2-33).