Guyana crowed first-class champions, Barbados finish second

Guyana 420 (Hetmyer 107, Jacobs 5-131) beat Jamaica 231 (Blackwood 62, Motie 4-55) and 134 (Permaul 5-36) by an innings and 55 runs

Veerasammy Permaul, who claimed a second-innings five for in Guyana’s victory, finished the season in the top five of the tournament’s wicket charts © BCCI

Guyana beat Jamaica by an innings and 55 runs in Providence to claim the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament trophy for the second season in a row. Their title-defending victory was built around Under-19 World-Cup winning captain Shimron Hetmyer, and spinners Gudakesh Motie and Veerasammy Permaul.

They had begun the game seven points clear of second-placed Barbados, and given the latter’s strong showing on day one of the round against Leeward Islands, Guyana could not afford to fall behind from the outset. They did not, courtesy a solid top-order showing from Hetmyer, Rajendra Chandrika and Leon Johnson. Opener Chandrika made 76, Hetmyer 107 from No. 3 and tournament top-scorer Johnson 93 from No. 4. That laid the platform for a big first-innings total, and so it was, with Guyana getting to 420, despite a five-for from legspinner Damion Jacobs.

Spin played a more incisive role thereon, though, with left-arm spinner Motie taking charge in Jamaica’s first innings, claiming 4 for 55 to help enforce the follow-on. The supporting acts were Permaul and Devendra Bishoo, who took three wickets between them. Needing to make another 190 to force Guyana to bat again, Jamaica fell away even more rapidly to spin the second time round. This time it was Permaul in the lead role, taking 5 for 36 on his way to 40 in the competition – fifth highest, joint-fourth highest with Motie. Bishoo chipped in with three wickets as well, as Jamaica were routed for 134.

Barbados 436 (Dowrich 96, Cornwall 5-155) beat Leeward Islands 119 (Warrican 3-33) and 224 (O Peters 60, Warrican 6-102) by an innings and 93 runs

Barbados began the final round needing to win to have a chance of toppling Guyana at the top of the table, and they did everything they had to do. But Guyana did the same, and so Barbados finished second despite their commanding innings and 93-run win against Leeward Islands in Basseterre.

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was central to the victory, with a match haul of nine. He picked up three wickets in a team effort on day one to knock Leewards over for 119, an effort in which none of the hosts’ batsmen could get to a half-century. Barbados got to 436 in reply, built around middle-order fifties from Shane Dowrich (96) and Roston Chase (62), followed by a rapid 53 from No. 9 Kemar Roach. Offspinner Rahkeem Cornwall, who had taken the new ball for Leewards, finished with five-for in a marathon 47.3 overs.

Captain Orlando Peters was the only half-centurion for Leewards in the second innings, hitting 60 before becoming one of Warrican’s six victims. A massive victory was duly wrapped up by Barbados with a day and an innings to spare, but it would not have tasted as sweet given the news coming through from Providence.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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