Crane & Equipment Brereton held the advantage over Police, on the opening day of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Division 2 three-day final at the North Stars Ground, Crab Hill, St Lucy today.
At the close of play, Police were 129 for nine off 26 overs in reply to Brereton’s first innings total of 162 for seven off 30 overs.
After being inserted by Police, Brereton’s openers Dwayne Carrington and Stephen Wilkinson batted steadily and by the 10th over had reached 58 without loss. But Police made significant inroads and by the 20th over Brereton had reached 102 for four. They scored briskly but continued to lose wickets and eventually reached 167 for 7 by their closing 30th over.
Carrington top-scored with 46 while Kamal Turney made an unbeaten 36 and captain Adrian Jones chipped in with 22. Wilkinson made 15. Former Elite Division opening batsman Rudolph Clarke captured 2 for 19 and Carl Marshall took 2 for 22.
Police were in trouble from the outset and their innings never got proper momentum. By the 10th over they had slumped to 50 for 6 and by the 22nd over had fought their way to 99 for 8 but still in danger of conceding first innings advantage. They battled on to the close to be 129 for 9. Captain Duane Davis has so far top-scored with 23 while Tyson Small is unbeaten on 21. Marshall made 19. Terry Connell (3 for 31), David Harewood (3 for 32) and James Lewis (2 for 15) have been the main destroyers so far.
The match continues next Saturday and Sunday.
Brereton 162-7 (30 overs) (Dwayne Carrington 46, Kamal Turney 36 not out, Adrian Jones 22, Stephen Wilkinson 15, James Lewis 14 not out; Rudolph Clarke 2-19, Carl Marshall 2-22).
Police 129-9 (26 overs) (Duane Davis 23, Tyson Smalls 21 not out, Carl Marshall 19, Kerwin Callender 12 not out; Terry Connell 3-31, David Harewood 3-32 James Lewis 2-15).