Pride on top
Dowrich, chase lead recovery effort
Barbados Pride were in the dominant position of 246 for 4 at the close of the first day’s play of their sixth round first-class match against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB’s Professional Cricket League at Kensington Oval today.
When stumps were drawn the in-form wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich was unbeaten on 83 and Roston Chase was his companion on 85 in a unbeaten partnership so far of 153. Both were in sparkling touch with Dowrich, fresh from a century against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, having batted three and a half hours, faced 170 deliveries and stroked nine boundaries and one six. He was at his stylish best in moving to his half-century off 81 balls with seven boundaries.
Chase, who has already scored a century in this year’s tournament, played solidly from the outset and was unprepared to take any chances, especially after the Pride were precariously placed at 94 for 4 at one stage. The tall right-hander faced 194 deliveries during the day with his half-century coming up off his 140th ball. He has so far batted for a shade under four and a half hours while striking ten boundaries.
At the start of the day the visitors won the toss and had little hesitation in inserting the Pride to take first knock on a surface that gave some early assistance but looked good for batting.
Kyle Corbin and captain Kraigg Brathwaite opened the innings with the former being the more aggressive of the two against Red Force’s opening pair of West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel and Marlon Richards. Corbin smashed three boundaries and a six in 22 as the score reached 25 in the 12th over. However he then failed to negotiate a delivery from leg-spinner Imran Khan and was bowled to end a promising knock.
Struggling West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards joined his captain at the crease and his woes continued. He gave no indication of permanency and it came as no surprise when he pushed forward and edged a leg-break from Khan to Evin Lewis at slip to return to the pavilion without scoring and the score at 29 for 2.
Shai Hope joined the entrenched Brathwaite and the two doubled the score before off the third ball of the 23rd over, Hope had his middle stump pegged back by left-arm orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein for 13 to leave the Pride in some bother at 58 for three.
After the break Barbados Pride lost the key wicket of Brathwaite who had played sedately for his 40 before a rising delivery from Gabriel outside his offstump was nicked through to wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo. It was a familiar means of dismissal for the talented right-hander who has shown some vulnerability in that area in his still developing career.
Brathwaite’s dismissal off the first ball of the 39th over brought Dowrich into join the number five batsman Chase and the two former Combermere team-mates rekindled memories of their school days with their chemistry in the middle.
Dowrich was the more fluent of the two, with the easy grace that makes him quite pleasing on the eye. Occasionally Chase would stand erect and punch both seamers and spinners down the ground in his controlled knock.
The Trinidad and Tobago attack was steady throughout the day, conceding fewer than three runs per over with Khan returning the best figures of 2 for 65 off his 24 overs. Gabriel ended the day with figures of one for 33 in 14 overs while Hosein has so far captured one for 54 in 19 overs.
BARBADOS PRIDE 1st innings
*K. Brathwaite c wk Katwaroo b Gabriel 40
K. Corbin b Khan 22
K. Edwards c Lewis b Khan 0
S. Hope b Hosein 13
R. Chase not out 85
+S. Dowrich not out 83
Extras (b2, nb1) 3
TOTAL (4 wks, 90 overs) 246
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Corbin, 11.5 ov), 2-29 (Edwards, 13.4), 3-58 (Hope, 22.3), 4-93 (K. Brathwaite, 38.1)
To bat: C. Brathwaite, A. Nurse, T. Best, J. Warrican, M. Cummins.
Bowling: Gabriel 14-7-33-1 (nb1), Richards 15-2-48-0, Khan 24-5-65-2, Hosein 19-1-54-1, Davis 6-1-16-0, Mohammed 1-0-3-0, Cariah 11-4-25-0.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED FORCE –– J. Mohammed (captain), E. Lewis, J. Solozano, Y. Ottley, Y. Cariah, +S. Katwaroo, I. Khan, A. Hosein, M. Richards, D. Davis, S. Gabriel.
Umpires: Leslie Reifer Jr (Barbados), Christopher Taylor (Jamaica).
Stand-by: Troy Tudor.
Match referee: Mervyn Jones.