Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul career-best first-class figures of 8 for 36 clinched a dramatic 92-run victory for Guyana over Windward Islands in the waning moments of play at Providence Stadium in the second round of four-day matches in the Professional Cricket League.
Resuming overnight on 133 for 5 in the second innings, Guyana batted 12 overs in the morning session on day four before declaring on 175 for 6 to set Windward Islands a target of 283. Windwards reached 100 for 1 in the 34th over but Permaul’s removal of Dwayne Smith for 55 sparked a stunning collapse which saw the visitors eventually dismissed for 190 in 80.2 overs. Permaul earlier claimed three wickets in the first innings to complete a career-best match-haul of 11 for 76.
Permaul’s final-day heroics couldn’t trump the performance of Narsingh Deonarine, who took Man of the Match honours after setting up the win with 136 off 293 balls for Guyana in their first innings total of 291. Shivnarine Chanderpaul assisted Deonarine with 63 after Guyana won the toss and elected to bat first, and the pair’s 153-run fourth-wicket stand established a sizable advantage for the home side. Deonarine then followed it up in the field by taking 5 for 24 to restrict Windwards to 184 in their first innings.
At Warner Park in St Kitts, Trinidad & Tobago completed a comfortable win over Leeward Islands by six wickets. Yannick Ottley carried on from his overnight score of 40 to finish unbeaten with 76 off 230 balls to get Trinidad & Tobago to the target of 203. His third-wicket stand of 104 with Jason Mohammed, who made 56, was by far the largest partnership of the match and the two were the only players to cross fifty.
Leewards made 202 in the first innings after being sent in by T & T with legspinner Imran Khan taking 4 for 83. Three players finished on 34 apiece for Leewards – Austin Richards, Akeem Saunders and Jeremiah Louis – but Khan removed the first two while Louis ran out of partners before Khan and Rayad Emrit wiped out the tail.
Trinidad & Tobago only made 130 in response to give Leewards a comfortable first innings advantage. However, that lead was squandered when Leewards fell in their second innings for the identical total of 130. Khan did even more damage in the second innings, taking 6 for 13 to finish with his second career ten-for to be named Man of the Match.
Jamaica and Barbados were unable to get any play in over the course of the first three days and as a result their match at Windward Park in Barbados ended in a draw. Barbados won the toss and sent Jamaica in to bat when play was finally able to get underway on day four with Jamaica reaching 111 for 4 before declaring their first innings after 40 overs as Shacaya Thomas made 59. Barbados reached 6 for 2 in 3.4 overs before play was called off.