Brathwaite bowls CC&C to superb win

Cave Hill, Barbados – Another decisive spell from Carlos Brathwaite propelled Combined Campuses & Colleges to an eight-run victory over Guyana in the WICB first-class championship on Monday.

The six-foot-five-inch seamer collected 5-28 runs from 14 overs, as the Guyanese, chasing 200 for victory, were dismissed for 191 in their second innings about seven minutes after tea on the final day of their sixth round match at the 3Ws Oval. Brathwaite formalised the victory with successive lbw verdicts to dismiss tail-enders Brandon Bess and Ronsford Beaton in the first over after the break, as Guyana lost their last five wickets for just 28 runs.

The result earned CC&C 12 points and pushed them to 45 in the Championship, and Guyana gained no points and remained on 16.

Assad Fudadin hit the top score of 44 for the Guyanese, Derwin Christian and Vishaul Singh supported with 32 apiece, and Leon Johnson made 23. Guyana started the day on 30-1, and lost opener Richard Ramdeen caught at extra-cover off Kevin McClean for 16 in the third over of the day.

Left-hander Narsingh Deonarine, who is still trying to work his way back following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an injury made just eight and was snapped up at gully from a classic arm ball from off-spinner Ryan Austin.
Leon Johnson, who started the day on eight, was caught at second slip to give Brathwaite his first scalp with his second ball of the day.

But Christian joined Fudadin, and they put on 53 for the fifth. Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh made the breakthrough for the CC&C in the second over after lunch, when he trapped Christian lbw. Further resistance came from the Guyanese in the form of a 41-run stand between Fudadin and Vishaul Singh.

They seemed destined to bat the visitors to tea, but Brathwaite changed the match when he trapped Fudadin lbw, and had Zaheer Mohammed brilliantly caught low to his right by keeper Jamal Smith for a “duck”. Then, Singh was caught at silly point off Austin for 32, as the Guyanese slipped to 190-8 at tea.

After the break, Brathwaite wasted no time dispatching Bess and Beaton to help him earn the Man-of-the-Match award for match figures of 9-61 off 38.4 overs. Austin finished with 3-75 off 29 overs to take his tally of wickets to a season-leading 29.