Rain ravaged match limps to tame end
After sitting idle for the last three days, there was never going to be a productive end to Barbados Pride’s rain-ravaged second round match against Jamaica Franchise.
And as expected, there was not.
A wet outfield prevented any play in the morning session and once play got started at 1:30 p.m., it was evident that there was not much either side could have reaped from the game.
The match petered out in a lame draw after only 43.4 overs were possible on the final day of the WICB Professional Cricket League contest at the Windward Sports Club.
Sent in, Jamaica rattled up 111 for four declared off 40 overs, with Shacaya Thomas stroking a fluent 59 off 73 balls, with six fours.
Fast bowler Jason Holder was Barbados’ best bowler with two for 29.
In reply, Barbados slumped to six for two before also declaring, to deny the Jamaicans that extra bowling point.
Barbados finished with four points and Jamaica, three, and the hosts will see the encounter as a huge blow to their chances of successfully defending their title.
The first three days of the game were abandoned without a ball bowled because of torrential rains which left the outfield under water, leaving the Pride with no chance of making inroads into the competition.
They lie fourth on 12 points, already 22 points behind leaders Guyana Jaguars.
Jamaica were given a start of 24 for the first wicket by Thomas and John-Ross Campbell who made four from his 18 balls at the crease, before becoming the first victim of the game when he played on to the lanky Holder.
New batsman Nkrumah Bonner never got going and he had reached five in 24 minutes at the crease when he edged Holder and was gobbled out at second slip by Ashley Nurse, with the score on 40 for two.
Like those before him, Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood never settled and had struck a six in ten balls at the crease when he was caught at bat-pad by Omar Phillips off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.
Drifting at 59 for three, Thomas and captain Tamar Lambert combined in a 28-run stand to steady the innings somewhat.
Thomas continued to play positively while Lambert was patient, striking three fours in an unbeaten 21 that lasted 74 balls and 1-1/4 hours.
Off-spinner Nurse entered the attack and got the wicket of Thomas, LBW playing back at 87 for four, and with the match going nowhere, Jamaica declared their innings in search of bowling points.
Barbados were then rocked early when left-handed opener Omar Phillips played back and across to Test seamer Jerome Taylor off the second ball of the innings, and was lbw for a first-ball ‘duck’.
Tottering on one run for one wicket, new batsman Shai Hope last all of 11 deliveries before Marquino Mindley had him caught at first slip for five with the score on six.
In a strategic move, Barbados then declared their innings to deny Jamaica a bowling point.
Barbados will now travel to Guyana for their third round match against Jaguars starting Friday.