Barbados captain Kirk Edwards sent a timely reminder to regional selectors with a classy unbeaten 110 as Barbados ended the first day of their WICB Regional Four-Day encounter against Guyana on 267 for four off 73 overs at Kensington Oval today.
Edwards came to the wicket in the sixth over of the day after struggling West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite was dismissed cheaply once again. It was a major disappointment for the talented opener after double failures against Jamaica in the first game of the tournament.
Brathwaite edged a delivery from medium pacer Keon Joseph, playing just his third first-class match, and was snapped up by wicketkeeper Derwin Christian. Edwards joined opener Rashidi Boucher and the two took the score to 33 in the 11th over when promising fast bowler Ronsford Beaton induced an edge from Boucher on 28 and Christian took his second catch of the morning.
Kyle Hope joined Edwards and looked relatively comfortable but on 16 was caught at short leg by Rajindra Chandika off the bowling of captain and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul with the score on 73 for 3.
Edwards and new batsman Jonathan Carter then produced some excellent batting, dominating the Guyanese bowling and playing without much bother against both pace and spin. Edwards’ driving on both sides of the wicket was quite fluent and Carter showed his class on both front and back foot with a number of well-executed strokes.
The two had a productive fourth-wicket partnership of 164 with Edwards bringing up his half-century off 71 balls and his century in 154 balls. He has so far struck 12 boundaries and two sixes and batted for 277 minutes.
He had one huge slice of good fortune when West Indies middle-order batsman Assad Fudadin dropped him at long-on off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo when he was five runs short of his landmark. And to add salt to the wound Edwards brought up his century by hitting the same bowler for six. It was Edward’s fifth first-class century and third at the regional level.
Carter, who has fallen agonisingly short of a century on a few occasions in his previous 27 first-class matches, would have been hoping to reach a century on a wicket with few devils, but again failed to carry onto three figures. When he reached 85 he provided Christian with his third catch when he essayed a cut at Leon Johnson’s uncomplicated bowling and edged behind to the stout custodian.
Carter batted for 176 minutes, received 154 balls and hit 13 fours and one six. He brought up his fifty in 110 minutes off 94 balls with eight fours and one six.
The talented Roston Chase filled the breach and proceeded to delight the moderate crowd with some fluent stroke-play as he rushed to an unbeaten 24 at the close with three boundaries and one six.
Rain delayed play by 20 minutes after lunch and by 45 minutes after tea. It came again at 5.03 p.m. and play was abandoned at 5.30 p.m. (WG)††