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Slow march

Barbados get better of day one

Barbados Captain Kraigg Brathwaite top scored with 72 as Barbados Pride ended on 182 for 4 from 90 overs on day one of the fifth series of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League four-day competition against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Kensington Oval today.

Kraigg Brathwaite on the go during his top score today. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Kraigg Brathwaite on the go during his top score today. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Number five batsman Roston Chase who ended on 28 not out and Shane Dowrich on 27 will resume Barbados’ innings today.

The game got off at its schedule 10a.m. start and Leeward Islands captain Devon Thomas opted to field after winning the toss. Barbados openers Brathwaite and Kyle Corbin put on the highest partnership of the day with 57 runs off 175 balls that included seven fours between them.

The pair looked good at the crease and carried Barbados through to lunch which came early at 11:45 a.m. due to rain interruption.

Play resumed after lunch with the score on 49 without loss in 25 overs. Corbin contributed 26 of those runs to the partnership before departing off the bowling of right-handed fast bowler Gavin Tonge, caught by Orlando Peters in the 29th over with 57 runs on the board. Tonge was one of the most economical bowlers for the Leeward Islands. He ended the day with figures of one for 32 in 19 overs with ten of those being maidens.

Kirk Edwards came to the wicket at number three to replace Corbin but did not make any substantial contribution to the score. Edwards was at the crease for 48 minutes and scored just five runs off the 34 balls he faced before being bowled by Orlando Peters with the score on 84 in the 42nd over.

Young Shai Hope joined Brathwaite who brought up his 50 with five fours in the 43rd over in front of a very appreciative home support. Eight overs later Barbados’ hundred came up in 50.2 overs off 306 deliveries.

Brathwaite and Hope batted until tea which was called at 3:10p.m. When play resumed after tea Brathwaite was on 64 not out and Hope six. Hope only added six more runs to his tally before going for 12 runs. He was caught at first slip by Thomas off the bowling of off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall in the 65th over.

Number five batsman Roston Chase joined Brathwaite and ten runs were scored between the two before Brathwaite went in the 72nd over to the delight of Leeward Islands fielders and fast bowler Sherwin Peters who took the big wicket of the Barbadian skipper, caught by Orlando Peters. Peters grabbed one wicket for 11 runs off 15 overs at an amazing economy rate of 0.73.

Roston Chase will look to build on his bright start today.

Roston Chase will look to build on his bright start today.

When that wicket fell the score was 128 for four. Just before the new ball was taken at the 80th over Barbados Pride brought up their 150 off 481 deliveries. Number six batsman Shane Dowrich who came in to replace Brathwaite stroke a lovely boundary to bring up that target.

Chase and Dowrich later brought up their 50-run partnership off 86 deliveries counting nine fours between them.

Barbados Pride 1st Innings

Kraigg Brathwaite* c Orlando Peters b Sherwin Peters 72

K Corbin c Hodge b Tonge 26

K Edwards b Peters 5

S Hope c Thomas b Cornwall 12

R Chase not out 28

S Dowrich+ not out 27

Total: 182/4 (90 Overs)

Extras: (lb5, w4, nb3) 12

Fall of Wickets: 1-57, 2-84, 3-118, 4-128.

Still to Bat: Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Tino Best, Jomel Warrican, Miguel Cummins.

Leeward Islands Hurricanes 1st Innings Bowling: G Tonge 19-10-32-1, Orlando Peters 16-5-40-1, Q Boatswain 16-4-24-0, Sherwin Peters 15-9-11-1, Hayden Walsh Jr 6-0-23-0, R Cornwall 18-2-47-1.

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