WICB regional four-day tournament April 17, 2017

Keemo Paul bowls Guyana to another first-class title

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Guyana won the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament with a game in hand, by beating Windward Islands by an innings and 122 runs in Providence. They were winning the first-class trophy for the third consecutive year.

The result was set up by a first-innings rout of Windwards Islands for 95 in 28.1 overs, after they had chosen to bat. Nineteen-year old Guyana fast bowler Keemo Paul took career-best figures of 6 for 28, reducing the visitors to 29 for 6 inside the first ten overs of the match, after his 22-year old new-ball partner Romario Shepherd has dismissed the openers in the first and third over. Sunil Ambris and Shane Shillingford were the only Windward batsmen to make it past 15, and no one got to 30.

By the end of the first day, Guyana has taken a 115-run lead and had eight wickets intact. Their openers Rajendra Chandrika and Assad Fudadin had put on 108 runs in 24.2 overs, when the former was dismissed on 35. Fudadin went on to score his sixth first-class hundred and Guyana went into stumps to 210 for 2.

They slumped on the second morning, sliding to 248 for 7, with quicks Delorn Johnson and Kyle Mayers doing most of the damage. But Paul then played an important role with the bat too. He made 46 in an 85-run stand with Steven Jacobs, who scored 61, and Guyana's last three wickets added 131 runs. They were finally dismissed for 379 in 112 overs, 284 runs ahead.

Windwards began their second innings on the second day and another top-order slump ensured the match would not go beyond the third. Shepherd, Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Moti-Kanhai reduced them to 102 for 5 at stumps, with only the opener Devon Smith battling with an unbeaten 60.

Smith was out early on the third day though, for 61, Paul's first wicket of the innings. The end came quickly thereafter as Paul and Moti-Kanhai, who ended with 4 for 45, dismissed Windward for 162 in 46.1 overs. Paul took 3 for 36, to finish with nine wickets in the match.

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  • Amir Khan on April 20, 2017, 18:40 GMT

    We need a captain who can make the squad first and secures his play, and has a good understanding of the game, field placement, bowling and batting strategies, and can motivate the team. Sadly we lack individuals who meet most of those criteria

  • Mekkayel on April 20, 2017, 12:18 GMT

    west indies problems are not going to be solved by switching captains every two years. it's been the same two year and out roller-coaster since Lara was removed. sure, let's make brathwaite captain, he's already vice captain, but when you get more of the same results who do you turn to in the current test team?

  • Amir Khan on April 20, 2017, 10:51 GMT

    They have been number 8 sure, before Holder sure. but now the drop is becoming worse under him smh has Holder improved in terms of Captaincy? Nope and it's been two years. Times up, time to move on.

  • Westport800 on April 19, 2017, 23:43 GMT

    Guyana success as been a combination of good team management, coaches, talent and application. keep it up guys.

  • Metman on April 19, 2017, 23:30 GMT

    @AMIR KHAN ...West Indies were at #8 since 2005 big man.Check which players and who were the captains up to 2015.Yet we have newcomers who OBVIOUSLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND cricket saying that the decline in WI cricket started under Holder DESPITE one SWARZI from his research CLEARLY showing that it was falling before Holder took over.

  • Metman on April 19, 2017, 18:58 GMT

    @CARIBBEANPOWER.......and why should I when we have already won it a record 22 times and all yuh yet to get into double figures and had it not been for some help from us, all yuh would have remained at 6 with Christopher Barnwells' talents.

  • Mekkayel on April 19, 2017, 17:39 GMT

    at the end of the day west indies is bigger than some small island rivalry. the bigger picture should be improving our FC Cricket and get some of the younger generations playing the game more. the youngsters picked by the different franchises have done well so far compared to the older players. it's nice to see at least 20 batsmen averaging 36 this season

  • CaribbeanPower on April 19, 2017, 16:31 GMT

    Metman it is surelu be hurting knowing that Guyana has won with a game to spare whilst Barbados yet again scraped for 2nd

  • Metman on April 19, 2017, 13:18 GMT

    @MEKKAYEL ....and that is what I said " down the pack "or if you prefer down the order.

  • Mekkayel on April 19, 2017, 11:30 GMT

    red force finished in 4th place. not too bad a season actually

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