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Barbados broke a disturbing run of defeats spanning three formats to record a comprehensive victory over Guyana by 93 runs yesterday when the second-round match in the WICB’s Regional Four-Day Tournament ended at Kensington Oval.
Set 378 to win, and resuming the final morning on 94 for one, Guyana folded for 284 shortly before 3 p.m.
They were undermined by the pace and spin combination of Christopher Jordan, Miguel Cummins and Ashley Nurse, who equally shared nine wickets.
Cummins overcame his perennial problem of running on the pitch and an expensive opening spell on the third afternoon to finish with three for 55 and match figures of seven for 97. Jordan took three for 68 and Nurse three for 59 to complete match figures of seven for 133.
The win was a morale booster for the home side after four successive losses in the Caribbean T20 followed by defeat against Jamaica in the opening round of the WICB Super 50 and the Regional Four-Day.
If there was reason for optimism in Guyana’s camp entering the final day with a further 284 left for victory with nine wickets standing, it was quickly eroded when overnight pair Rajindra Chandrika and Leon Johnson were dismissed for the addition of only 15 runs.
Chandrika (40) was superbly caught by Ashley Nurse close in at gully off Javon Searles without adding to his overnight score. Off-spinner Nurse then bowled Johnson as he went back to play through the off side and Guyana slipped to 109 for three.
Nurse struck again when West Indies batsman Assad Fudadin drove a delivery to mid-off where Kyle Hope sprinted to his right and then dived full stretch to haul in an amazing catch.
Steven Jacobs and Christopher Barnwell put on 34 for the fifth wicket in contrasting fashions. Jacobs, in a reversal of his defensive approach of the first innings, played freely in an attractive counter-attacking knock of 51, while Barnwell laboured 40 minutes for his eight runs.
Jordan eventually won an lbw decision against Barnwell and shortly after accounted for Jacobs soon after the batsman completed his half-century (51) with a four to long-on.
Jordan tested him with a short ball which he hooked to Hope running in from deep square leg. He struck a six and six fours.
Guyana went to lunch at 173 for six, their hopes of an unlikely rescue in the hands of wicketkeeper Derwin Christian and Veerasammy Permaul’s replacement, Zaheer Mohammad.
The pair set out about the rescue mission after lunch, helped by a chance to Hope at deep cover that could have accounted for Christian when on 29 off the bowling of off-spinner Roston Chase.
The pair added 88 for the seventh wicket, frustrating the Bajans for close to two hours before Christian (37) swung fast bowler Cummins straight to Jordan at midwicket.
Almost immediately, Cummins found the outside edge of Devendra Bishoo’s bat for Jordan to take a smart low catch to his left at first slip.
Ronsford Beaton fell lbw to Cummins and Nurse bowled last man Keon Joseph ten minutes into the extended session brought about by the fall of the ninth wicket.
Mohammad remained unbeaten on 58, his second first-class half-century and joint highest score. He struck eight fours.
An unchanged Barbados team will take on Guyana tomorrow in the Super 50 at Kensington. Schoolchildren will be admitted free.

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