Ian K Ramdhanie, msC,
Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago played to a draw on the rain-hit final day of their final round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship at the Guyana National Stadium here yesterday.
Only 27 overs were possible, and not enough for T&T to accumulate a victory that would have allowed it to pass the 82 points which Barbados gathered to earn the President’s Trophy.
Both Guyana and T&T earned eight points for the draw, which took T&T to 80 points and second in the standings and a place in the semifinals where they will meet third place Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval starting on Saturday.
The Windwards finished with 65 points, while Barbados will play Jamaica in the other semifinal starting on Saturday at Kensington.
Guyana finished last of the seven teams with 29 points while CCC finished fifth with 49 points and Leewards sixth with 42 points.
Chasing 225 runs for victory, Guyana resumed the final day on 17 for one, and once again Davendra Bishoo, as he did with the ball and the bat in the first innings kept the Red Force at bay.
Bishoo, who took 15 wickets in the match and played a defiant role with the bat in the first innings, resumed at his overnight nought, and was not out 25 when the umpires ruled that play was no longer possible.
He lost his overnight partner Tagenarine Chanderpaul (7), with the score on 33, and Simon Hettmeyer (4), both to medium pacer Marlon Richards.
However, he and his captain Leon Johnson settled and defied the T&T bowlers for the rest of the innings, adding 37 for the fourth wicket in an unbroken partnership which was only interrupted by the rain.
Johnson struck three boundaries in his knock while Richards (2-21) was T&T’s best bowler.
The top teams from this weekend’s matches will meet from April 25 to April 28 to decide the regional champions.
Barbados has been crowned the Regional 4-Day league champions, retaining the title they won last year, and will receive the WICB President’s Trophy. It is Barbados’ 22nd regional first-class title.
scoreboard and final standings
T&T 1st Inns 294
GUYANA 1st Inns 282
T&T 2nd Innings 212
GUYANA 2nd Inns (o/n 17-1)
T Griffith lbw Jaggernauth 13
T Chanderpaul lbw Richards 7
D Bishoo no 25
S Hetmeyer c Emrit b Richards 4
L Johnson no 30
Extras (lb 1) 1
Total (for 3 wkts) 80
Fall of wkts: 17, 33, 43
Bowling: Gabreil 6-1-12-0, Emrit 5-3-8-0, Jaggernauth 14-4-18-1, Mohammed 6-2-9-0, Richards 7-1-21-2
T&T 8 (2 batting points + 3 bowling points + 3 points for the draw)
Guyana 8 (3 bowling points + 2 batting point + 3 points for the draw)
Man-of-the-Match: Devendra Bishoo (Guyana)
Teams Pts M W L D Bat Bowl
Barbados 82 6 4 1 1 13 18
Trinidad & Tobago 80 6 4 1 1 12 17
Windward Islands 65 6 3 2 1 8 18
Jamaica 59 6 3 3 0 7 16
CCC 49 6 2 3 1 7 15
Leeward Islands 42 6 2 4 0 2 16
Guyana 29 6 0 4 2 6 17