BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Opener Shayne Moseley struck his maiden first class century to undergird Barbados Pride’s best batting performance of the season, as they gained the upper hand in their Regional Four-Day contest against Leeward Islands Hurricanes here Friday.
The left-hander struck 117 as Pride were dismissed for 394 in their first innings at Warner Park, with all-rounder Justin Greaves carved out a unbeaten 79 and Hayden Walsh Jr, 38.
At the close, Hurricanes were making a decent reply at 61 for one, still with a mountain to climb needing 333 runs to secure the all-important first innings lead, heading into the penultimate day of the encounter.
Right-handed opener Montcin Hodge was spearheading his side’s fight with an unbeaten 27.
Resuming from their overnight 170 for two, Barbados prospered during the first hour as Moseley and fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter extended their third wicket stand to 53 before being separated.
Moseley, starting the day on 70, faced 303 balls and struck 17 boundaries while Carter managed 18 from 59 deliveries with two fours.
When Carter perished on 221 for three, his dismissal triggered a slide that saw five wickets tumble for just 36 runs as the innings slipped into turmoil.
All-rounder Kevin Stoute was trapped lbw to seamer Jeremiah Louis for one to the fifth ball he faced before Moseley’s resistance ended half-hour before lunch when he was lbw to captain and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall.
The knock for Moseley was his third innings in excess of fifty in what has been his debut season, with half-centuries coming against Jamaica Scorpions and Windward Islands Volcanoes in previous rounds.
Kenroy Williams (7) and wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud (2) followed cheaply to leave Pride in a tangle.
However, just when Hurricanes thought they were poised to run through the Pride lower order with the visitors languishing at 257 for seven, Greaves stepped up with another quality innings which denied the hosts any further immediate success.
He struck nine fours and a six in an innings requiring 141 balls, anchoring a crucial 80-eighth wicket stand with Antiguan Walsh who faced 82 ball and counted five fours and a six.
Walsh eventually departed with the score on 357 and eight balls later, tail-ender Jomel Warrican followed cheaply for four.
But Greaves continued to lead the Barbados rally, finding an ally in last man Keon Harding to put on a further 48 runs for the 10th wicket.
Harding held out 39 balls for his 16 with two fours before becoming Cornwall’s fifth wicket of the innings, which cost the burly right-armer 116 runs from a marathon 51.4 overs.
Louis continued his excellent form this season, picking up three for 80.
In reply, Hurricanes were given a sound start by Hodge and left-hander Chesney Hughes, with the pair posting 45 for the first wicket.
Hodge has so far faced 64 balls and counted five fours while Hughes, the former English County pro, scored 17 off 47 deliveries with three fours before becoming the only casualty of the innings.