Runs on the board are runs on the board. But the Barbados Pride would not have been satisfied after being dismissed for 274 in their top of the table clash against the Guyana Jaguars on the opening day of their seventh round West Indies Cricket Board PCL first-class match at Kensington Oval today.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite called correctly at the toss and decided to bat and the Pride had an immediate setback. Opener Kyle Corbin’s patchy form continued when without a run on the board, he played an indeterminate defensive prod to the brisk Keon Joseph and edged the delivery into his stumps. Corbin got the nod over Omar Phillips who had returned to the squad after a serious injury.
Brathwaite was joined by Test colleague Shai Hope and they withstood the probing efforts of Joseph and the once highly touted Ronsford Beaton. Brathwaite in particular looked very assured with a number of handsome drives down the ground and the occasional stroke of authority square of the wicket. Hope was somewhat becalmed at the other end as he tried to settle in.
However, with the score on 46 in the 15th over, Brathwaite essayed a cut at a wide delivery from left-arm Barbadian-born pacer Raymon Reifer that he perhaps could have left alone and edged behind to wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble. Reifer had been consistently slanting his deliveries across the right-hander and had been driven a couple of times. However, he persisted with the tactic and it eventually paid dividends.
Shamarh Brooks has been in wonderful form during the 2015-2016 and today he once again displayed that sense of timing that makes him so pleasing on the eyes. He got into his stride immediately and together with Hope saw the score to 78 for 2 at the lunch interval. However, the first ball after the interval bowled by left-hand orthodox spinner Veerasammy Permaul saw Hope playing over a full delivery and being bowled for 27.
Roston Chase filled the breach and he and Brooks advanced the score to 133 in the 44th over when Pride lost their fourth wicket. With tea beckoning, Chase somewhat uncharacteristically tried to go over the top with Permaul when he was on 17 and gave a catch to Assad Fudadin at cover. He and Brooks had added 55 runs and his dismissal sparked a slide as Pride lost three wickets for 21 runs.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich didn’t last very long. In the 53rd over bowled by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, Dowrich edged an attempted drive to slip where captain Leon Johnson took the catch to reduce Barbados Pride to 151 for 5. Brooks followed in Bishoo’s next over. With his score on 56 he essayed a drive and was bowled. He batted for 166 minutes, faced 122 balls and struck seven fours and one six.
Allrounder Kevin Stoute, who had captained the team earlier in the tournament and who had starred especially with the ball, then marshaled the strong lower order to the eventual total.
He added 65 for the seventh wicket with Jonathan Carter who hit six fours in a 62-ball knock of 38 before he was caught at the wicket off Joseph. Then Stoute added a further 47 for the eighth wicket with Justin Greaves who made 19. Once Greaves was taken at forward short leg by Tagenarine Chanderpaul off the same bowler, Pride lost their last three wickets for eight runs.
Stoute ended unbeaten on 56 having occupied the crease for 146 minutes. He faced 99 balls and hit five fours and one six after reaching his half-century in 112 minutes off 82 balls, also with five fours and one six.
Joseph was the leading wicket-taker with three for 49 off 16 overs with Bishoo (2 for 72), Reifer (2 for 49) and Permaul (2 for 43) doing the rest of the damage.
PRIDE 1st innings
*K Brathwaite c wkp Bramble b Reifer 40
K Corbin b Joseph 0
S Hope b Permaul 27
S Brooks b Bishoo 56
R Chase c Fudadin b Permaul 17
+S Dowrich c Johnson b Bishoo 5
J Carter c wkp Bramble b Joseph 38
K Stoute not out 56
J Greaves c Chanderpaul b Joseph 19
H Walsh Jr c wkp Bramble b Reifer 0
M Cummins run out 2
Extras (lb2, w1, nb11) 14
TOTAL (all out, 88.3 overs) 274
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-46, 3-78, 4-133, 5-151, 6-154, 7-219, 8-266, 9-267, 10-274.
Bowling: Beaton 15-2-56-0 (nb2), Joseph 16-4-49-3 (w1, nb3), Reifer 14.3-5-49-2 (nb4), Permaul 24-7-43-2, Fudadin 2-0-3-0 (nb2), Bishoo 17-0-72-2.
JAGUARS –– *L Johnson, R Chandrika, T Chanderpaul, A Fudadin, V Singh, R Reifer, +A Bramble, V Permaul, D Bishoo, R Beaton, K Joseph.
Umpires: J Blades, D Ramdhanie.