Two for two
It all started right for Jamaica today. They won the toss.
Thereafter, everything went downhill at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Electing to bat first, Jamaica were bowled out for 72, their lowest ever total in regional T20 competitions and Barbados then somewhat laboured to 73 for 5 wickets in 11.2 overs to gain their second victory in as many matches in the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament.
Jamaica lost wickets in the 4th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th and finally 18th over and that sorry procession told its own story. Perhaps in retrospect Jamaican captain Tamar Lambert might have considered inserting Barbados on a track offering both seamers and spinners some assistance.
Jamaica got off to a bright start from some wayward bowling from Tino Best, opening the attack with Carlos Brathwaite. Openers Nkrumah Bonner and John Campbell took advantage of some short stuff to speed to 38. But in the fourth over Campbell miscued a forceful shot off Brathwaite and was caught at mid-on by Shamarh Brooks.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn’s introduction into the attack reined in the scoring rate and with the score on 40 the lanky spinner got one to turn sharply past the advancing bat of Bonner and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich made no mistake behind the stumps, smartly effecting the stumping.
Two overs later and Danza Hyatt, whose selection to the West Indies senior team remains as mysterious as the disappearance of bandleader Glen Miller, top edged an attempted sweep off Benn and was caught by newcomer Justin Brathwaite at fine leg for 2.
David Bernard Jr., with three Tests and 20 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies under his belt, filled the breach left by Hyatt but did not last very long. Ryan Hinds, who had been introduced into the attack, got one to drift with the arm and Bernard hit a tame catch to Brooks to be out for 1 and leave Jamaica tottering on 49 for 4 in the 11th over.
The procession was doubled in the following over when Brathwaite accounted for both Lambert, who was leg before wicket for 7 and teenage wicketkeeper Aldane Thomas, who provided Barbados captain Dwayne Smith with one of four catches on the day. Thomas did not score in his first knock for Jamaica.
Debutant off-spinner Jamie Merchant also copped a golden duck when he played across the line to Hinds’ spin and prodded a catch to Smith at short cover. West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, perhaps not appreciating the gravity of the situation, essayed a big drive at Brathwaite in the 14th over and edged a catch to Smith, now positioned at first slip, to be dismissed for 1.
Krishmar Santokie and Nikita Miller added an important 21 runs for the ninth wicket before the left-arm swing bowler top-edged a heave in the direction of mid-wicket only to be caught by Dowrich off Hinds with the score 72 for 9. And without addition to the total, Miller presented Smith, now at point, with his fourth catch and Benn, his second wicket.
Brathwaite finished with 4 for 23, while Hinds chipped in with 3 for 12 and Benn, 2 for 14.
In response Barbados made heavy weather of the meagre total with Santokie, in particular, getting prodigious swing and troubling all the batsmen.
Barbados got off to a disastrous start when in the second over of their innings that had already seen two boundaries to opener Justin Brathwaite, opening partner Smith was involved in a mix-up that led to his run-out after turning a ball off his pads and aborting an attempt at a single.
In the next over bowled by Santokie, Brathwaite struck a six over mid-wicket and a four to fine-leg but was then bowled by a straight delivery on his stumps for 23 with Barbados on 30 for 2. This became 36 for three in the next over when Hinds was trapped in front by Merchant for 6.
In the first ball of Santokie’s third over he got one to swing into the pads of the left-handed Jonathan Carter to have him leg before wicket off his first ball to leave Barbados on 36 for four. Flutters perhaps entered the Barbadian camp when left-arm orthodox spinner Miller somehow got a ball of no particular venom to breach Brooks’ porous defensive prod for 1.
Any hopes Jamaica might have harboured of scoring a shock victory were stymied by a confident sixth-wicket partnership of 33 between two of Barbados’ more talented young players in Dowrich (16 in 27 balls) and Kyle Mayers (17 in 11 balls) that took them to a deserved win.
Santokie finished with 2 for 14. Carlos Brathwaite was named Man-of-the Match.
Barbados next play Guyana on Thursday. (WG)††† †