Pride on top
Brathwaite puts Barbados in strong position
A brief shower just after tea might have stalled play for a few minutes, but it was the Barbados Pride’s captain Kraigg Brathwaite who rained on the Guyana Jaguar’s parade at Kensington Oval yesterday.
The 22-year-old West Indies opening batsman, stroked his second century of the tournament, a typically patient 102, to put the home side in a strong position at the end of the opening day of their seventh round clash in the WICB Professional Cricket League Four-Day competition.
Together with Shai Hope, who scored 69, the pair added 140 runs for the third wicket to help propel the Pride to 258 for five at the end of play.
Roston Chase is unbeaten on five and night watchman Jomel Warrican is yet to score.
Sensing the importance of the top of the table clash, Brathwaite frustrated a flat looking Jaguars’ bowling attack for just over five hours, after being sent into bat by their opponents.
In all, he faced 241 balls and struck 11 boundaries, on his way to posting his 11th first-class century and fifth regionally.
From a score of 100 for two, he and Hope completely dominated the Jaguars’ spin heavy attack, which saw their spinners send down 74 of the 104 overs delivered.
They were cruising along and had carried the score to 240 without further loss when Brathwaite unbelievably pulled a long hop from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo straight to Ronsford Beaton, who took a good, low catch at midwicket.
Three runs later, Bishoo also accounted for the wicket of Hope, when he had him caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at deep mid-off.
Hope batted for 197 minutes, faced 170 balls and struck seven boundaries.
Bishoo led a late fightback from the Guyanese when he also snagged the wicket of Shane Dowrich, who was caught at the wicket by Anthony Bramble for just seven runs.
Bishoo was the pick of the bowlers with four for 66 from his 28 overs.
Earlier, opener Kyle Corbin fell just short of a well-deserved half century when he missed a low full toss and was bowled by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for 46, to leave the Pride 69 for one.
Kirk Edwards’ bad run of form continued when he became Bishoo’s first wicket, caught brilliantly low to his right by Leon Johnson who was stationed at slip.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)