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Anxious day for Barbados

by Keith Holder

It’s an anxious last day for defending champions Barbados and the only other title contenders, Trinidad & Tobago in the seventh and final series of matches in the WICB first-class championship.

Barbados demolished the Leeward Islands by an innings and 49 runs with a day and two sessions to spare at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua to end with 82 points.

But Kraigg Brathwaite’s team will have to wait on the outcome of the match between Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence to know the destiny of the title.

As it stands, Trinidad & Tobago must win to dethrone Barbados and finish on 89 points.

Bottom-of-the-table Guyana, set 225 for victory, will resume on 17 for one.

Trinidad & Tobago scored 294 and 212, while Guyana made 282 in their first innings after starting the third day on 247 for seven.

Barbados wasted no time in brushing aside the Leewards, who were bowled out for 183 in 55.5 overs in their second innings shortly after noon, having resumed on 54 for two.

Devon Thomas topscored with 60.

Fast bowler Fidel Edwards was the leading wicket-taker with four for 24 off 7.5 overs.

Kraigg Brathwaite was named man-of-the-match for his knock of 92.

In the other match at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados, Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC), chasing 237 to win, were 155 for five at the close of play against Jamaica.

Jamaica, with a first innings lead of 21 and starting the day on 79 for two, were bowled out for 215 in their second innings.

Carlton Baugh topscored with 78 in the Jamaica second innings.

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