Bajans fail again

Raymon Reifer proved a handful for Barbados with both bat and ball.
Raymon Reifer proved a handful for Barbados with both bat and ball.

Barbados returned to their losing ways last night when they were easily rolled over by Combined Campuses and Colleges by 59 runs in their third-round WICB Regional Super50 Championship encounter at the 3Ws Oval. And they had their talented compatriot Raymon Reifer to thank for their misery.

The CCC made a disappointing 167 in 49. 2 overs, and in response, Barbados batted even more abjectly to be bundled out for 108 in the 35th over.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the CCC found the going quite difficult and ran into early trouble losing half their side by the time they had reached 95.

Medium-fast bowler Chris Jordan caused the early damage accounting for Shacaya Thomas in the first over when he had him caught at the wicket by Shane Dowrich for nought. Fellow opener Chadwick Walton was caught down the leg side by Dowrich as he tried to turn a short ball from Jordan with his score on 21 in the 7th over and Kyle Corbin provided Jordan with his third scalp when he edged an attempted drive through to Dowrich after contributing nine and the score reading 36 for 3.

Reifer, who should perhaps be in the Barbados team, then combined with his cousin and veteran player Floyd Reifer in putting together a 56-run stand for the fourth wicket, before Floyd was dismissed by offspinner Ashley Nurse for 25. †Nicholas Alexis, playing across the line, was leg before wicket by Kyle Mayers for a duck to leave the CCC on 94 for 5 in the 26th over.

Reifer, who had looked quite assured, was then bowled for the top-score of 33 when he missed a drive at Mayers with the score on 100 for 6.

Kevin McClean with 27 and Nekoli Parris 25 both got starts but did not carry on and the CCC were eventually dismissed for what appeared a mole hill of a total. Nurse finished with 3 for 31 and Jordan 3 for 27.

Barbados then proceeded to make the mole hill look like a mountain.

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s run of poor form continued when he was caught first ball at slip by Corbin off left-arm spinner Derone Davis without scoring. That started a procession of wickets befitting a weak Herman Griffith Tournament outfit.

And again Reifer was the star of the show. Deceptively pacy with his left-handed medium stuff, Reifer ran through Barbados’ middle order to finish with the excellent figures of 5 for 19 in eight overs of penetrative, unerring line and length bowling.

Barbados’ main batsmen, captain Kirk Edwards was caught and bowled by McClean for four after a hesitant shot; and Dwayne Smith, a late addition to the team, was perhaps still in Bangladesh Premier League mode, when he played a silly waft at a wide delivery from Reifer and was caught at the wicket by Walton. Jordan top-scored with 27 while Jason Holder finished on 18 not out.

Davis took three for 31 off 8.3 overs. (WG)

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