Vishaul Singh struck a career-best 150 to set the stage up for 20-year old left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, who galloped to 6 for 20 in the first innings to bowl Leeward Islands out for 85 in the first innings and then come back to finish the job in the follow-on with 5 for 85. It was only Motie’s second first-class match and he led Guyana to an innings and 35-run win at Providence Stadium.
Bowlers running rampant may have turned out to the be theme of the match after Leeward Islands decided to bowl and got rid of the top three Guyana batsmen for single-figures, including captain Leon Johnson for a duck. Then came the resistance from Singh and the ever reliable Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made 65 off 210 balls. They put on 171 runs for the fourth wicket. That partnership became the example for the lower order to rally around as No. 7 Christopher Barnwell (48 off 67), wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (42 off 72) and No. 9 Steven Jacobs (63 off 87, with nine fours) took Guyana’s total to 419 for 9 when Johnson declared the innings.
Then came the wreckage. It was almost like Guyana had given away the first few runs as seamers Ronsford Beaton and Barnwell combined to take the score from 25 for 0 to 26 for 4. Then on came Motie, the fifth bowler introduced, and in 13.2 overs, he had whisked six wickets for only 20 runs to rout Leeward Islands for 85, which was 269 runs short of the follow-on target. Guyana enforced it, and although the visitors were a bit more dogged – Nkrumah Bonner made 89 off 168 and Daron Cruickshank added 57 off 83 – and hauled themselves to 299, the first-innings damage had been too steep. Motie snagged 5 for 85 and basically shut down the middle order before they could make the massive scores that were needed.
Barbados 300 (Brooks 111, Chase 59, Imran 4-75) and 243 for 5 dec (Brathwaite 72*, Brooks 55) drew with Trinidad & Tobago 246 (Katwaroo 64,Stoute 4-54) and 182 for 4 (Lewis 41)
Barbados and Trinidad & Tobdago played out a tight draw at Kensington Oval. Both teams had won their opening match of the season and did try to up that tally to two-in-two – Barbados set a target of 298 in 68 overs and T&T were brisk in their chase of it, until a few wickets started falling, especially Evin Lewis for 41 off 55. Narsingh Deonarine dropped anchor with 38 off 103 and had Yannick Cariah was unbeaten on 37 off 114 when the match came to a close.
Barbados took eight points, two clear of their opponents on the points table, courtesy Sharmarh Brooks’ third first-class century. Roston Chase (59) and Kyle Corbin (46) and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (48) lent good support but they were still all out for 300 because the rest of the line-up could not score more than 18. T&T Legspinner Imran Khan picked up 4 for 75 and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel chipped in with 3 for 49. Their batsmen, however, could not muster any score substantial enough to challenge Barbados’ total. Only the 22-year old wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo, batting at No. 7, could make a half-century. He was ninth man out, bowled by Kevin Stout who took 4 for 54. Fellow seamer Miguel Cummins claimed three wickets as T&T were knocked over for 246.
Barbados’ top order was formidable again with captain Kraigg Brathwaite holding one end with a 151-ball 72, then Brooks scored a brisk 55 off 84 and Dowrich hit 40 off 31 balls to provide a target of 298, which was just large enough for the hosts to be safe. And it was.