Spin bowler picks up four wickets for Barbados Pride
GEORGETOWN –– All-rounder Ryan Hinds celebrated a return to national colours with a four-wicket haul but Guyana Jaguars managed to frustrate Barbados Pride on the opening day of their WICB Professional Cricket League game today.
The 33-year-old Hinds, in his first regional first class game in over two years, grabbed four wickets as Guyana were bowled out for 261 in their first innings of their third round clash at the National Stadium at Providence.
At the close, Barbados had reached four without loss from the two overs possible, still 257 runs behind heading into day two.
Hinds, who has had a turbulent career in recent years, finished with four for 50 with his left-arm spin and got great support from seamer Dwayne Smith with two for 20 and captain and fast bowler Carlos Brathwaite who picked up two for 50.
Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble top-scored with 73 for the Jaguars, a crucial innings which helped to revive the hosts from a critical situation of 174 for eight.
The 23-year-old Bramble struck nine fours and a six in an innings that lasted 122 balls and 164 minutes. More significantly, he added 60 for the ninth wicket with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who batted over an hour for his 15.
When Bishoo was finally bowled by Brathwaite late in the day, fast bowler Ronsford Beaton continued the resistance, batting 35 minutes for three not out, to add a further 27 runs for the final wicket with Bramble.
The knock was the right-handed Bramble’s second first class half-century.
Barbados envisaged no such fightback when they struck early in the day, Brathwaite removing opener Trevon Griffith bowled for 15 in the morning’s sixth over, with the score on 21 for one.
However, Shimron Hetmyer and opener Rajindra Chandrika then combined to halt Barbados’ advance, as they added a solid 53 for the second wicket.
Hetmyer, batting and number three, hit 47 off 93 balls in 158 minutes at the crease with six fours while Chandrika managed 34 with four boundaries off 83 deliveries.
Smith then struck two key blows before lunch to leave Guyana staggering at 83 for three at the break. The right-armer first trapped Chandrika lbw and then in his next over, had the in-form left-hander Narsingh Deonarine caught at backward square by substitute fielder Roston Chase, as Guyana stumbled.
Afterward, Hetmyer posted 29 for the fourth wicket with new captain Vishaul Singh who hit 22, before he was leg before wicket to left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.
Jaguars then lost wickets steadily while making slow progress. Vishaul Singh was leg before wicket to Hinds for 22 at 136 for five and in his next over with three runs added, the wily Hinds prised out fellow Barbadian Raymon Reifer, bowled for 13.
Warrican then accounted for the dangerous Christopher Barnwell, caught by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for 24, to leave Guyana tottering at 167 for seven at the tea break.
Any hopes of quickly finishing off the innings after tea were dashed by Bramble who set his stall in a crucial innings for the Jaguars.
At Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Jamaica ended the opening day with the upper hand over hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
Opting to bat first, Jamaica were dismissed for a disappointing 173 in their first innings, with captain Tamar Lambert top-scoring with 87 and all-rounder David Bernard Jr contributing an important 65.
Jamaica were struggling at one point on six runs for four wickets before Lambert and Bernard rescued the innings in a 145-run, fifth wicket stand.
Leg-spinner Imran Khan was the chief destroyer with six for 52.
However, T&T fared no better in their turn at the crease, plunging to 59 for five at the close with West Indies left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell wrecking the top order with a spell of four for 17.
At the National Stadium in St George’s, West Indies left-hander Devon Smith was helping the Windward Islands Volcanoes build an ominous lead over the Leeward Islands.
Smith was unbeaten on the close on 83 as the Windwards reached 179 for three, already a lead of 63 runs. Sunil Ambris chipped in with 33.
Earlier, the Leewards were bundled out for 116 to continue their poor run in the competition. Off-spinner and captain Liam Sebastien led the charge with five for 39 while left-arm spinner Alston Bobb extended his excellent form with four for 31.
Only opener Austin Richards with 44 showed any resistance for the Leewards.