Bajans fold again

Nikita Miller took 10 wickets in the match.
Nikita Miller took 10 wickets in the match.

The indifferent batting that has plagued Barbados’ cricket over the past two years was again evident today as they were beaten by Jamaica by 63 runs on the third day of their Regional Four-Day Championship match at Kensington Oval.

On a wicket made to look like a minefield by inept batsmen and chasing a target of only 192, Barbados were dismissed for 128 about 30 minutes before the tea as Jamaica played like the champions they are.

Resuming on 13 without loss, Barbados lost the wicket of West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite for 17 when he was caught by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr. off leg-spinner Odean Brown. Fellow opener Rashidi Boucher followed soon after when his inadequate defence was breached by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller with his score on 14. This signalled the beginning of the end as the Jamaican spinners Miller, Brown and Tamar Lambert made the Barbados batsmen look like a struggling Herman Griffith Primary School Tournament XI.

In the 23rd over, captain Kirk Brathwaite edged Miller to short leg where he was snapped up by substitute Zeniffe Fowler for 8. Four overs later Kyle Hope, on 15, was dismissed in similar fashion to his skipper leaving the Barbados innings in tatters at 57 for 4. And it didn’t get any better.

Jonathan Carter, who batted so well in the first innings, was bowled by

Brown for 9, to be followed by a parade of Roston Chase (16), Kevin Stoute (11), Chris Jordan (0), Ashley Nurse (4) and Miguel Cummins (0). All the while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich was fighting a solitary battle and offering the only solidity to the middle-order. Amid the rubble, he finished on an unbeaten 31.

Man-of-Match Miller finished with five for 34 and match figures of 10 for 67. In the second innings he got excellent assistance from Brown (2 for 48) and Lambert (2 for 14).

The Barbados innings lasted only into the 59th over.

At the Beausejour Stadium in St. Lucia the Combined Campuses & Colleges were struggling at the close of the third day’s play on 187 for 6 against the Windward Islands, a mere 87 runs lead.

Chadwick Walton batted well at the top of the order and was unfortunate to fall 12 runs short of a century when on 88 he was lbw to off-spinner Shane Shillingford. Nekoli Parris (17) and Akeem Dewar (15) were the unbeaten batsmen at the close.

Earlier Windward Islands were dismissed for 409 in reply to the CCC’s 309 with overnight batsman Dalton Polius scoring 77 and Shane Shillingford, batting at number 8, contributing a breezy 37. Left-arm medium pacer Raymon Reifer wrapped up the tail to finish with 3 for 38.

At North Sound in Antigua, the Leeward Islands finished the day on 240 for 6 for an overall lead of 143. Jahmar Hamilton is on 41 not out. Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul has so far captured 3 for 47. Leeward Islands made 182 in their first Innings and Guyana 297. (WG)

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