In command

by Wade Gibbons

Chris Jordan wrecked the CCC batting today .
Chris Jordan wrecked the CCC batting today .

Barbados totally dominated day one of their WICB Regional Four-Day Cricket Tournament encounter against the Combined Campuses & Colleges at the 3Ws Oval today.

Batting first on winning the CCC were bundled out for a meagre 109 in their 34th over and at the close of play Barbados had gained first innings points having eased to 170 without loss in 50 overs with West Indies batsmen Kirk Edwards and Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on 93 and 55 respectively.

Brathwaite has been batting for 211 minutes, having faced 162 balls and struck four boundaries, while Edwards has been at the crease for 192 minutes, received 141 balls with ten fours and three sixes.

Edwards reached his half-century in103 minutes off 78 balls with eight fours and one six, while Brathwaite’s came in 178 minutes off 137 deliveries and contained four boundaries.

Opening batsman Rashidi Boucher retired hurt on 11 with the score 16 after he was struck on the left arm by a short ball from Jamaican fast bowler Jason Dawes in the fourth over of the innings.

But the star of the day was undoubtedly medium-fast bowler Christopher Jordan, who continued his excellent form this season when he took career-best figures of 7 for 43 off 16 consecutive overs. It was his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Maintaining an impeccable line and length with just a hint of each-way movement, Jordan impressed from the Ramadhin & Valentine end as he really made the CCC batsmen look like students. No fault could be found with the wicket which did nothing untoward and what early assistance the bowlers got was to be expected on a first-morning track. CCC’s capitulation just under an hour after lunch was purely a case of inept batting as at one stage they were 65 for the loss of just two wickets.

That wicket went in the very first over when Barbadian Anthony Alleyne attempted to turn Jordan off the pads and was caught by Roston Chase at forward short-leg without scoring. Fellow opener Shacaya Thomas was then caught at third man by Brathwaite off Jordan for 21 in the ninth over with score 35 for 2.

Next to go was captain Kyle Corbin who with the score on 67 and his personal tally on 26, edged an out swinger from Jordan for wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich to take a comfortable catch. Corbin’s score was as good as any of the subsequent batsmen would achieve. One run later the highly promising Raymon Reifer was run out by Dwayne Smith for nought, and with his score on 18, Jamaican wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton was caught low at second slip by Smith off Jordan to make the score 70 for 5.

The recovery never came as Floyd Reifer (4), Akeem Dewar (1)and Ryan Austin (0) all succumbed to Jordan’s penetrative bowling while off-spinner Ashley Nurse accounted for Nekoli Parris (3) as the score slumped to 80 for 9. A last wicket partnership between Kevin McClean (11) and Dawes (19 not out) yielded 29 runs before McClean edged Nurse to Dowrich.

Edwards and Brathwaite then showed the CCC batsmen that runs could be made on the wicket with application. For Brathwaite it was a particularly pleasing afternoon session with his knock ending a horror run so far in the competition.

Today’s summarised scores:

At 3Ws Oval: Barbados lead CCC by 61 runs with all ten wickets intact.

Combined Campuses & Colleges 109 all out (Chris Jordan 7-43, Ashley Nurse 2-30) Barbados 170 without loss (Kirk Corbin 93 not out, Kraigg Brathwaite 55 not out).

At Arnos Vale: Windward Islands trail Guyana by 27 runs with six wickets left.Guyana 151 all out (Assad Fudadin 55; Shane Shillingford 4-40, Laim Sebastian 3-21, Delorn Johnson 3-43) Windward Islands 124 for 4 (Devendra Bishoo 2-24)At Warner Park: Trinidad and Tobago 254 for 8 (Adrian Barath 58, Yannick Ottley 58, Stephen Katwaroo 54 not out; Quinton Boatswain 4-75, Gavin Tonge 2-52) versus Leeward Islands.

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