Austin Richards, Romel Currency hit tons on opening day

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Austin Richards of Leeward Islands and Romel Currency of Combined Campuses and Colleges hit superb centuries on the opening day of the West Indies Cricket Board’s One-Day Tournament in Guyana.

Richards made 141 as the Leewards defeated Canada by 184 runs at Everest Sports Club, while Currency made 102 not out but the students lost to Guyana by four wickets at Providence on Thursday. In the other match, Barbados defeated defending champions Jamaica by 21 runs.

Left-hander Richards hit 14 fours and five sixes in his 141 from just 113 balls to earn the Man-of-the-Match award, as the Leewards reached 367 for 4 from 50 overs. Canada were then restricted to 183 for 7 off 50 overs. Leewards captain Runako Morton joined Richards and they added 174 for the second wicket. Morton made 72 and after that Omari Banks went after the bowlers to finish unbeaten on 75 with eight fours and three sixes.

In Canada’s innings Sunil Dhaniram made 44 from 61 balls, while Qaiser Ali, who retired hurt on 41 and returned with a runner, top-scored with 52 which included six fours. Off-spinner Banks finished with two wickets for 24 runs from 10 overs.

At Bourda: Allrounder Dwayne Smith made 64 not out from 47 balls and Ryan Hinds supported with 56 from 88 balls to lead Barbados to 249 for 5 from their 50 overs to set-up the victory target.

Jamaica’s bowlers did their best to contain the Bajans with spinners Lorenzo Ingram, who took three wickets and Yannick Elliott, who went for less than two runs an overs, restricting the batsmen.

In the Jamaica innings, a topscore of 76 from captain Tamar Lambert took Jamaica close. Newcomer Horace Miller scored 42 and Dave Bernard Jr. 26 to give them some momentum in a stand of 66 for the second wicket. Left-arm pacer Pedro Collins collected 3 for 39 runs from nine overs, and Hinds took 3 for 40 to win the Man-Of-The-Match award.

At Providence: Currency’s courageous knock allowed Combined Campuses and Colleges to post a challenging 250 for 6 off 50 overs, but Guyana were still able to safely reach 252 for six in the penultimate over.

Currency – who won the Man-of-the-Match award -- guided the CCC innings and found a good partner in Kirk Wilkinson who made a solid 76 from 98 balls with six fours and a six. For Guyana left-arm spinner Verasammy Permaul finished with 2 for 25 and veteran Mahendra Nagamootoo, took 2 for 51.

When Guyana batted, left-hander Narsingh Deonarine made 67, while Assad Fudadin, made an unbeaten 57 to seal the deal with nine balls to spare, after opener Chris Barnwell hit 51 with five fours.

The tournament continues on Friday the following matches:

Barbados vs United States of America at Providence

Leeward Islands vs Trinidad and Tobago at Bourda

Windward Islands vs Combined Campuses and Colleges at Enmore