Saunders and Baker cook up superb stand for Leewards

Captain Akeem Saunders made an outstanding 167 while Deno Baker made 109. The pair added 254 runs for the fifth wicket – a record at this level. Saunders started the day on 68 and reached his century with a superb six over long-on into the Sir Garfield Sobers Pavilion. Overall, he batted for eight hours, faced 361 balls, and hit 16 fours and two sixes. 

Baker started the day on 41 and was watchful throughout as he partnered his captain. He reached his maiden century with a glance to fine leg for a boundary. Overall his knock lasted 5 ¼ hours, came off 251 balls and included nine fours. Fast bowler Philton Williams took five wickets and was a livewire in the field to run out Saunders and Baker in the space of five overs. 

At Desmond Haynes Oval, leaders Barbados moved one step closer to capturing the title when they earned first innings lead over second-placed Guyana. A 10th-wicket stand of 61 between keeper Carlos Maynard and last man Chad Williams earned the Bajans a lead of 75. They pair batted well against left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, who took 5-73. The Barbados fast bowlers then dismissed the Guyana openers in the closing stages to put the Guyanese under pressure going into the final day on Thursday. 

In the other match, Keone George made a determined 48 as he helped Windward Islands earn first innings lead over defending champs Jamaica at the Police Sports Complex. George batted for four hours and faced 149 balls on a day cut short by bad weather. Windwards closed the day with a one-run lead and seven wickets in hand.

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