First for the season

Miguel Cummins (second right), Kraigg Brathwaite (right) and the rest of the Barbados team celebrate another Guyanese wicket.
Miguel Cummins (second right), Kraigg Brathwaite (right) and the rest of the Barbados team celebrate another Guyanese wicket.

Barbados rebounded from last week’s defeat to Jamaica by beating Guyana by 93 runs in their second-round match of the WICB Regional Four-Day Tournament at Kensington Oval today.

Set 378 to win, Guyana were bowled out for 284 in their 81st over shortly after the original scheduled tea interval.

Zaheer Mohammed Shadir, who replaced captain Veerasammy Permaul in the squad because of the latter’s pending West Indies duties, top-scored with 58, made in 145 minutes, off 112 balls and with eight fours. There was also a half-century for Steven Jacobs. He made 51 in 98 minutes at the crease where he received 65 balls and struck six fours and one six.

Promising fast bowler Miguel Cummins, who has had an excellent start to the regional season, took three for 55 off 14 overs while off-spinner Ashley Nurse chipped in with three for 59 off 25.4 overs and pacer Christopher Jordan, captured three for 68 off 16 overs. Barbados captain Kirk Edwards was named man-of-the-match for his first innings 120.

It was Barbados’ first win of the championship and Guyana’s first defeat.

Starting the day at 94 for 1, having lost Tagenarine Chanderpaul overnight, Guyana had an immediate setback in their run chase. Opener Rajindra Chandrika who had looked quite composed yesterday in reaching 40, did not add to his overnight score. With one run added to the overnight score, Chandrika essayed a cut at a delivery from medium-pacer Javon Searles and the edge was snapped up by Ashley Nurse at gully.

The situation went from bad to worse for the visitors when the other overnight batsman left-hander Leon Johnson was bowled off the inside edge by Nurse as he tried to force through the offside having only added a single to his overnight 29. His dismissal left Guyana wobbling at 109 for 3.

West Indies middle-order batsman Assad Fudadin, who is looking to impress regional selectors once again, attempted a drive off Nurse and only succeeded in offering an easy catch to Kyle Hope at mid-off. Guyana were now 128 for 4 and struggling to get a meaningful partnership going.

Batting all-rounder Christopher Barnwell who had a good Twenty20 regional tournament recently, and also copped an Indian Premier League contract, was trapped in front the wicket by Jordan when he missed a delivery that moved slightly and found him planted on the back foot. Guyana were 162 for 5 at this stage and in desperate need of a partnership.

Where the situation called for a commonsense approach, Jacobs, who had batted quite assuredly, decided that the long-handle was the best approach and went for an almighty heave but only got as far as the safe hands of Hope at deep square-leg in the 47th over with Guyana on 167 for 6.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Derwin Christian and newcomer Shadir were then involved in a productive partnership that yielded 88 runs and caused the Barbados side some concern. But in the 72nd over and with his score on 37 and Guyana making excellent headway on 255, Christian chose aggression over caution and swung a simple chance †to Jordan at midwicket to give the hard-working Cummins another scalp. Christian made 37.

The rest of the Guyana batting quickly succumbed. Devendra Bishoo was caught low at first slip by Jordan off Cummins for nought in the 72nd over with the score now reading 255 for 8. Fast bowler Ronsford Beaton who looked quite accomplished in the first innings was leg before wicket by Cummins for one with the score on 261 for 9.

Shadir was joined by medium-fast bowler Keon Joseph and the two added†a further 23 runs for the last wicket before Nurse sneaked a delivery past Joseph’s (13) bat to formalise the result and give Barbados their first points for the tournament. (WG)††

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