by Marissa Lindsay
Two half centuries from Windward Islands batsmen played a major role in the match being drawn between the visitors and Barbados in their Regional under-19 Cricket Competition encounter at Queen’s Park today.
The match, which started on Saturday, saw the Windward Islands winning the toss, choosing to bat and making 206 all out.
Barbados, in response, made 278 for eight declared in 90.2 overs, which give them a first innings lead of 72 runs.
On today’s final day in their second innings, Windward Islands resumed on 32 for one.
It appeared smooth sailing as Jerlani Robertson and Taryck Gabriel occupied the crease for a long period of time and looked rather untroubled against the Barbados attack. Robertson, however, went for 33 runs just before the lunch break.
At lunch, Windward Islands were 122 for two and when play resumed they reached 146 before the next wicket fell.
Keon George was lbw for a well played 58 off the bowling of off-spinner Chaim Holder.
Roland Cato joined Gabriel at the crease but Cato did not last long as he was caught and bowled by off-spinner Jonathan Drakes for four.
Horlice Blair joined Gabriel and wickets started to tumble. First Blair was sent packing after adding a mere three runs to the score board; he was out lbw off the bowling of off-spinner Jameel Stuart. Larry Edwards went in at number seven to join Gabriel.
The hard-hitting Gabriel continued to play some splendid shots and the pair tried to steady the ship for their team.But Gabriel eventually went for a well played 65, with Stuart in on the action again, capturing the big wicket of Gabriel to give the Barbados team hope.
Number eight batsman Kenneth Denbar and Edwards continued the progress with the bat for their team. However Denbar was caught and bowled by Holder for eight.
The Barbados spin bowlers were doing the damage for their team, picking up wickets in quick succession.
Ray Jordan came in to join Edwards and at tea the pair was still there with the score 181 for seven in 81 overs.Play commenced after tea and in the second over Windward Islands lost the wicket of Edwards for eight caught at short leg by Craig St. Hill off the bowling of left-arm orthodox bowler Chad Williams.
Preston Macsween joined the fray and Windward Islands continued to put runs on the board as Macsween and Jordan playing aggressively. Macsween made a brisk 16 before falling lbw to fast bowler Darnell Greenidge.
Last man Shaquille Browne was quickly caught by wicketkeeper Shane Hope off the bowling of Greenidge for a duck and the Windwards closed at 202, giving Barbados 130 runs for victory.
Greenidge was the best of the Barbadian bowlers with three wickets for 23 runs in 8.5 overs. Williams took two wickets for 46 runs off 22 overs, Holder also grabbed two wickets for 59 runs in 25 overs and Jameel Stuart had an impressive two wickets for eight runs in seven overs with four maidens.
Barbados lost an early wicket in their chase as opener Shane Moseley went for four, caught by Jerlani Robinson off the bowling of fast bowler Shakeel Browne.
Shai Hope joined opener Craig St. Hill and the pair look confident at the crease before Hope went for a well played 24, caught by Macsween off the bowling of left-arm orthodox spinner Edwards.
Jonathan Drakes joined St. Hill and they pressed on, picking up singles where possible, however Drakes eventually went for 14, caught by Macsween off Edwards.
Jameel Stuart joined St Hill, rushed to 16, but was then run out by Robinson.
Aaron Jones came and went via the same route as Stuart for three, a victim of good fielding by Blair.
Windward Islands appeared to be in with a good chance to win the game as well but time and lengthening shadows had the last say in the drawn match with Barbados on 84 for six from 19 overs.