West Indies Championships
Pacer Nial Smith grabbed four for 33 at Providence yesterday. (Sean Devers photo)
Pacer Nial Smith grabbed four for 33 at Providence yesterday. (Sean Devers photo)


Guyana 1st innings 122UYANA

Leewards 1st inns o/n 133-5

Jahmar Hamilton c&b Sinclair 58

Kofi James c Anderson b Permaul 42

Rakeem Cornwall c Anderson b Smith 24

Jerimiah Louis c Nandu b Smith 20

Colin Archibald b Smith 0

Javier Spencer not out 0

Extras 29 (b-15, nb-15)

Total 247 all out

FoW: 4, 73, 74, 85, 105, 185, 195. 238, 238, 247

Bowling: Smith 12.1-1-31-4, Joseph 10-1-46-0,

Sinclair 18-4-48-2, Permaul 31-9-51-3,

Adams 21-5-55-1

Guyana 2nd inns

Matthew Nandu b Louis 3

Tagenarine Chanderpaul not out 20

Kevlon Anderson not out 19

Extras: 6 (b-1, w-1, nb-4)

Total 48-2
FoW: 6,

Bowling: Louis 4-0-10-1, Spencer 5-1-19-0, Archibald 2-0-8-0,
Cornwall 3-1-6-0, Gore 1-0-4-0.


Smith, Permaul share 7 wickets as Leewards stretch lead to 125

By Sean Devers
GUYANA Harpy Eagles have found themselves in a precarious position against the Leewards Hurricanes when the truncated second day of the fifth and final round of the West Indies First-Class Championship was called off at 17:10hrs yesterday due to persistent showers which caused three stoppages in the day.

Fast bowler Nial Smith ripped the last three batters for 10 runs to finish with 4-33 while Veerasammy Permaul (3-51) and Kevin Sinclair (2-48) limited the Islander’s lead to 125 after they were bowled out for 247 after starting the day on 133-5 with a lead of 11.

Yesterday, Jahmar Hamilton top scored with 58 from 131 balls with six fours and shared in a 81-run sixth wicket stand with Kofi James who made 42 from 133 balls with five boundaries while Rakeem Cornwall (24) and Jeramiah Louis (20) offered late order resistance on a blustery day.

Guyana, needing 126 to avoid an innings defeat, were 48-1 when rain stopped play for the final time at 16:10hrs with Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who was dropped on two by wicket-keeper Hamilton with the score on 9-1 off Javier Spencer, unbeaten on 20 with three fours while Kevlon Anderson is the overnight batter on 19.

Matthew Nandu’s poor form continued when he was bowled by Louis for three as Guyana, hunting their 13h title, on 6-1. Guyana need another 77 runs to make the Leewards bat again with nine wickets in hand.

Earlier, the Leewards began the day with Hamilton (35) and James (9) at the crease in sunny conditions and both batters put away the bad balls in a well-constructed partnership before both batters were removed in the space of 10 runs just before Lunch.

Sinclair finally got the break-through when he had Hamilton, who has played a single Test, after he reached his 27th fifty from 105 balls with five fours, caught and bowled with the score at 185-6.The pair had come together when Kavima Gorge was dismissed for 10 at 105-5 on Wednesday afternoon.

It is often said that one wicket brings another, and that is exactly what happened yesterday as James was removed by Permaul at 195-7.

By lunch, the Islanders were 201-7 with a lead of 79 and, after the break, Cornwall hammered Sinclair for a couple of dismissive drives before cutting left-arm spinner Antony Adams for four before rain stopped play at 13:10 hrs with the score on 226-7.

Play restarted at 14:00hrs and the last three wickets tumbled for 11 runs as Smith, armed with the second new-ball, removed Cornwall (24) and then bowled Colin Archibald for a duck with consecutive balls as two wickets fell 238 to the delight of the handful of fans in the stands.

Smith’s hat-trick was averted but he soon removed Louis (20) at tea to prevent the Islanders from getting a much larger lead.

If the Windwards beat Barbados and Guyana lose here to the Leewards, they would win the title. However, Barbados were bowled out for 237 replying to the Windwards’ 227. The Windwards, with a deficit of 10, were 14-4 in their second innings.

Today is the third and penultimate day and play is scheduled to commence at 09:30 hrs.

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