Pride in charge

DOUR DAY ENDS IN EXCITEMENT AS BAJANS DOMINATE

Barbados Pride pace quartet of Chemar Holder, Keon Harding, Justin Greaves and Dominic Drakes brought to life a pedestrian day with hostile bowling in the final hour to put Jamaica Scorpions on the back-foot in the Regional 4-Day Championship at Kensington Oval today.

Extracting pace and bounce from the hard, true pitch, the quartet rattled the Scorpions’ top order, claiming the prized scalp of West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood, and reduced the visitors to 93 for three, replying to Pride’s first innings total of 427, at the close on the second day of their 10th and final round match.

This followed close to five hours of dour play from the Pride batting which featured a career-best 166 from their captain Shamarh Brooks before they were bowled out about half-hour after tea.

Shamarh Brooks completed a career-best 166 today.

No other Pride batsman reached 50, but overnight batsman Jonathan Carter made 36 and left-hander Drakes, batting at eight, hit a brisk 33.

Scorpions’ batsmen approached their task with typical flair, but this hardly deterred the young Pride quartet and cheered on by the modest, but enthusiastic crowd they reaped rewards.

Holder made the breakthrough, when John Campbell was caught off the top edge for 16 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, running to gully, from a miscued pull at a short ball.

Three overs later, Andre McCarthy was caught behind for three off Harding for three to leave Scorpions 38 for two.

Blackwood came to the crease and gave as good as he got from the pacers. He collected three boundaries from the first four deliveries he faced – all from Harding – and followed up with three more two overs later, debutant Drakes’ first.

Walton, who has played club matches in recent years here, kept his end going with a few meaty strokes of his own, including a rasping straight drive off Holder.

But the pacers kept coming and continued to beat the bat, hit the batsman’s pad and every now again produced the nasty rising delivery and Blackwood’s never-back-down attitude proved his undoing, when he tried to flat bat Greaves and was bowled off a thick inside edge for 39. It was thrilling stuff.

With the shadows steadily encroaching, umpires Leslie Reifer Jr and Mike Burns offered Walton, not out on 26, and Paul Palmer, not out on nought, a reprieve, offering them light with 2.2 overs remaining.

Earlier, Pride, starting the day on 261 for two, batted inexplicably cautiously, reaching 299 for four at lunch and failing to earn more batting points before the 110-over cut-off mark.

They lost Carter lbw playing defensively on the back-foot in the first half-hour before West Indies batsman Roston Chase was lbw for 10 offering no stroke to Marquino Mindley.

After the interval, the tempo increased a bit, but Dowrich was caught down the leg-side off Green for 12 in the sixth over.

Justin Greaves was caught at slip off left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, the Scorpions captain, and the pattern continued until Brooks was lbw to Campbell after batting for close to 8 ½ hours, facing 357 balls and striking 19 fours.

A few meaty blows from Drakes carried Pride past the 400-run mark before the tail-end eventually succumbed.

Pride entered the match second in the table on 94.6 points and have so far earned two batting points, one bowling point and 0.6 pace bowling points, while Scorpions, starting third on 91 points, have so far gained no points.

Source: (CMC)

4 Responses to Pride in charge

  1. orlando January 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    i was reading again this morning on cricinfo about people talking about our own JOFRA ARCHER. michael vaughn advised england to get this guy a flat ASAP. I listen to commentary every match and im yet to hear or read anything from CWI BCA , andrew mason keith holder tino best or anyother . maybe he is leaning toward england , but to not even try . thats ashame. i dont know that some one will say they had talks with him already . but i doubt. oh some one say his dad is an englishman. is that true

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  2. harry turnover January 22, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Archer has already said that he is interested in qualifying for England on the advice of Chris Jordan who was in a similar position although as I understood it might take him up to 4 years to qualify.
    To qualify for the West Indies according to the pundits who control West Indies cricket,he not only has to come back and play ,but perform as well.
    ……but first of all he has to first make the Bdos team and PERFORM and that would prove difficult as he is way down the pecking order for the Bdos team and on extension the West Indies team.
    Chris Jordan found that out,but Gordon Greenidge came back when there was an opening spot available and made the most of it.

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  3. orlando January 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    the buzzz is in england and in australia and if CWI dont see what they see then what can isay .west indies lost im sure,.and if he did come home and play for barbados you HARRY telling that he maynot make it .tou think hendy wallace got a big head and no brain. the guy is clocking 147 with accuracy and batting just as good . way better than jason and carlos both combine. GO GET HIM TIGER

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  4. harry turnover January 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    You have to face reality Orlando…he WILL not be fast tracked into the Barbados OR the West Indies teams.
    Cricket West Indies and to a lesser extent Bdos would face MANY A LAWSUIT on the grounds of DISCRIMINATION big man …you better believe it.Furthermore Barbados is not West Indies
    The mere FACT that he wants to represent England is because he WELL AWARE of the situation in West Indies cricket

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