In total control

Shane Dowrich finished the day unbeaten on a half-century.
Shane Dowrich finished the day unbeaten on a half-century.

Barbados continued to hold the upper hand in their WICB Regional Four-Day Championship match against the Combined Campuses and Colleges, ending the day on 365 for nine for a lead of 256 at the 3Ws Oval today.

Resuming with captain Kirk Edwards on 93 and Kraigg Brathwaite on 55, Barbados batted the entire day scoring their runs in 141 overs.

Edwards batted for 286 minutes for his 109, faced 197 balls and struck ten fours and three sixes. He reached his sixth first-class century, fourth regionally and second of the season in 243 minutes off 172 balls with ten fours and three sixes.

Brathwaite, who resumed today on 55, had the heartache of falling ten runs short of his ton. He was at the crease for 381 minutes, received 288 balls and hit five boundaries in his season-best 90.

At the close of play wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich was on 51 and fast bowler Miguel Cummins, two. Dowrich has so far batted for 188 minutes, faced 132 balls and hit two boundaries.

Jamaican leg-spinner Akeem Dewar was the star of the day as he provided the CCC’s principal offensive weapon to grab a career-best seven for 114 off 42 overs.

Edwards and Brathwaite advanced Barbados’ overnight score to 204 before the Barbados captain, driving at Dewar, was caught at slip by CCC captain Kyle Corbin in the 72nd over.

Dwayne Smith replaced Edwards but he did not last very long. He essayed a big drive at Dewar without getting to the pitch of the ball and offered a hard catch to the bowler who gleefully accepted it with Barbados on 208 for 2.

Jonathan Carter, who has come under the West Indies selectors’ radar, would have wanted to put together a substantial score but this was not to be. Carter, still to score a first-class century, was caught at short-leg by Corbin off Dewar for five in the 82nd over with the total on 222 for 3.

Barbados’ slide continued when elegant stroke-maker Roston Chase was caught at cover by Jamaican fast bowler Jason Dawes off Dewar for six with the score slipping to 240 for 4.†

Brathwaite, who has had a horrid time prior to this innings, had a century for the taking when some ill luck befell him. The slender right-hander was caught off a rebound by wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton after the ball had initially hit the boot of forward short-leg in Shacaya Thomas. Off-spinner Ryan Austin was the bowler and from their overnight 170 Barbados had declined to 248 for 5 in the 95th over.

Opener batsman Rashidi Boucher, who had retired yesterday after being struck by Dawes, resumed his innings on the fall of the fourth wicket but did not add much to his overnight 11. He attempted a drive at the accurate Dewar and only succeeded in edging a catch into the safe hands of Corbin for 23 to leave Barbados on 260 for 6 in the 102 over.

The fall of wickets had led to Barbados scoring at a trickle and the evening session didn’t deviate much from what had transpired during the afternoon. Christopher Jordan, who had tormented the CCC with the ball, was dismissed when an attempted cut shot at Dewar found its way into Walton’s gloves with the total on 288 for 7. Jordan made 14.

Fast-bowling all-rounder Jason Holder promised much more than 20 before he was caught at cover by Dewar off Dawes for 20 in the 120th over with the total on 315 for 8.

Amid the fall of wickets Dowrich batted sensibly, took few chances, and looked intent on protecting his wicket. Protecting one’s wicket seemed to have been lost on Ashley Nurse who made 15 before wafting at a delivery from Dewar and offering a catch to Floyd Reifer at short third man with the score on 332 for 9 in the 126th over.

Cummins survived a few anxious moments but remained at the close in tandem with Dowrich.††

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