Pride maintain focus despite scary injury to Omar Phillips
The Barbados Pride maintained their composure after witnessing a scary incident, to share the spoils with the Windward Volcanoes at the end of the opening day of their fourth round WICB Professional Cricket League encounter at Arnos Vale, St Vincent.
After losing Omar Phillips, who had to be whisked away in an unconscious state to the hospital after being inadvertently struck by the ball while at the non-striker’s end by teammate Shai Hope, the Pride recovered to end the day on 230 for five.
Phillips was 38, and the score was 80 for one, when Hope struck a powerful shot which hit him in the head.
He immediately dropped to the ground, where he lay unconscious, before emergency personnel quickly rushed
him to the hospital.
Phillips has since regained consciousness, but was reportedly being kept under observation.
Hope went on to score an even 50, and Roston Chase finished unbeaten on 56 to help the Pride up to their eventual total.
Playing in his first match of the season, Chase and captain Carlos Brathwaite, who is unbeaten on 25, have so far added 60 for the sixth wicket, to help rescue Barbados from a precarious position of 170 for five.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, fast bowler Kenroy Peters made an early breakthrough when he had Kyle Corbin caught behind by wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher for 19 to leave the score 24 for one.
Phillips and Hope then took the score to 80 before the unfortunate incident occurred.
A 53-run partnership between Hope and Jonathan Carter took the total to 133, before left-arm spinner Alston Bobb had Carter caught behind for 25.
Three runs later, and immediately upon reaching his half-century, Hope was bowled by Shane Shillingford.
He batted for six minutes shy of three hours, faced 129 balls and struck five boundaries.
From a comfortable tea-time position of 162 for three, however, the Pride quickly found themselves in a spot of bother.
Bobb comprehensively bowled Shane Dowrich for 13, and without a run being added, he also accounted for Dwayne Smith, who failed to score, caught at mid-on by Shillingford to leave Barbados 170-5.
But Chase, who has so far batted for two and a half hours and faced 151 balls, along with Brathwaite, played responsibly to ensure there were no further alarms for the Pride, who will be hoping Phillips’ makes a full and speedy recovery, and will be able to continue his innings tomorrow.