Barbados Pride were 22 without loss in response to the Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 283 all out, on the first day of their seventh round match of the Digicel-sponsored Regional Four Day Tournament at Kensington Oval Friday.
Opener Anthony Alleyne was on 13 not out and stand-in opener Kevin Stoute who opened in place of regular opener Omar Phillips was unbeaten on 8.
The highlights of the day was 103 (his 28th in first-class cricket) by veteran opener Devon Smith and a sustained spell of fast bowling by pacer Kemar Roach who ripped the heart out of the Volcanoes’ top order.
Smith scored 103 from 196 balls in 267 minutes with 16 fours.
Roach who is looking for a recall to Test cricket after being out of the side for the past 14 months, bowled 15 impressive overs, that included six maidens, where he dismissed four batsmen and conceded a mere 22 runs.
He was ably supported by left-arm orthodox spinner Jomel Warrican who took four wickets for 69 runs from 26 overs.
Smith shared an opening of 121 with Tyrone Theophile. They gave the Volcanoes a brisk start in the opening overs which were bowled by Roach and Miguel Cummins. Theophile played a number of sweet drives through the covers, while Smith was given room to constantly cut past backward for fours.
Roach left the field after bowling just two overs, and was replaced by captain Kevin Stoute with his right-arm medium pace.
Stoute in his first couple of overs bowled short outside the off-stump to Smith which allowed the left-handed batsman to play his favourite cut shot.
The Volcanoes raced to 50 for the loss of no wickets in 13 4 overs. Their first fifty contained nine boundaries.
Stoute and off-spinner Ashley Nurse placed the brakes on Smith and Theophile between the fourteenth and seventeenth overs with three consecutive maidens.
At that stage the Volcanoes seemed to be on pause on 53 for no wicket.
The shackles were broken by a cut for four by Smith off Stoute’s bowling, and the runs began to flow once more.
Smith reached his half-century in 98 minutes from 74 balls with nine fours. The Volcanoes marched quickly on to 100 in 103 minutes in 25.1 overs.
At lunch, the Volcanoes were 116 without loss, Smith was 65 not out and Theophile was undefeated on 42.
The Volcanoes lost their first wicket after lunch when Roach had Theophile caught by Shane Dowrich for 42; the score was 121. Two balls later Roach bowled Taryck Gabriel for a duck.
Smith was joined by Keddy Lesporis who launched an attack on the Pride bowlers. Volcanoes reached 150 in 187 minutes.
Lesporis reached 50 in 72 minutes with eight fours and a massive six over deep square-leg off Cummins.
Volcanoes raced to 200 in 222 minutes from 54.5 overs.
Lesporis was eventually stumped by Dowrich off Jomel Warrican for an entertaining 59 that included eight fours and two sixes, he batted for 85 minutes, faced 62 balls and shared a third wicket partnership with Smith of 78 runs.
At tea Volcanoes were 219 for three from 61 overs, Smith was 90 not out and Sunil Ambris was on 15 not out.
After tea Volcanoes lost seven wickets for 74 runs as their batsmen failed to capitalize on the good start provided by Smith and Theophile. Roach accounted for Smith who was fifth out with the score on 238, superbly caught at second slip by Ashley Nurse.
The talented Ambris was dismissed by Roach to a catch to Shai Hope while the only other innings of note was provided by the number 9 Shane Shillingford with 20.