West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican starred with an eight-wicket haul but Jamaica Scorpions held the advantage against Barbados Pride at the end of the second day of the second round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.
Playing in his first match for Pride following his recent return from West Indies duty in Bangladesh, Warrican claimed eight for 89 to help restrict Scorpions to 248 all out in their first innings, after they resumed the day at 3W’s Oval on 102 without loss.
Trailing by 81 on first innings, Pride found themselves floundering at 93 for three in their second innings — a lead of a mere 12 runs — after left arm spinner Nikita Miller took three wickets in the in the final half hour of the game.
Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Shayne Moseley almost erased the Pride’s deficit as they cruised to 77 without loss.
The left-handed Moseley stroked an unbeaten 46 while Brathwaite made 37, batting for 112 minutes, facing 91 balls and striking four boundaries, before falling to a catch at slip by Jermaine Blackwood.
Five runs later, the veteran Miller struck a vital blow when captain Shamarh Brooks prodded forward and was caught at silly point by Andre McCarthy for four.
And just before the close of play, experienced left-hander Jonathan Carter — the leading batsman for the Pride in the two matches they have played in the Championship — chose to sweep at Miller and was bowled for four.
Moseley, dropped at forward short-leg by McCarthy off Miller on 39, has so far faced 138 balls in just under 2-½ hours at the crease and counted five fours.
Pride’s collapse undermined the work of Warrican who took eight of the 10 Scorpions wickets to fall, bowling unchanged from southern in a marathon spell that placed the brakes on the visiting batsmen.
Warrican, who bowled nine overs for 24 runs overnight, returned the outstanding figures of 34-10-89-8.
On a pitch offering assistance to both pacers and spinners, Warrican kept the batsmen at bay with his guile and flight. At times, the Scorpions batsmen used the long handle against him but none were able to dominate.
West Indies A left-hander John Campbell top-scored with 78 while captain Paul Palmer struck 67 and Dennis Bulli, 25.
Resuming with Campbell on 67 and Chadwick Walton on 19, Scorpions added five runs to their overnight total before Walton missed a sweep at the fifth ball of the second over of the day and was trapped by lbw Warrican.
Campbell had advance to 78 when he too swept at Warrican and was brilliantly caught at backward square leg by Justin Greaves. He departed with the score on 139 for for three and after he batting for 178 minutes, facing 128 balls and striking 10 fours and a six.
Seven runs later, Andre McCarthy was bowled by an inswinger from Keon Harding for three and Test batsman Blackwood, batting at number three made an attempt to curb his natural attacking tendencies in making 21, even though he blasted Warrican for a massive six over long-on.
He had toiled for 52 balls and 80 minutes when he pushed forward to a ball that turned, hit the inside edge of the bat and was taken by Carter at second slip off Warrican, with Scorpions on 158 for four.
Aldaine Thomas’s appearance at the crease was a brief one, prodding at the fifth ball he faced and edging a catch to Brathwaite at slip without scoring off Warrican.
At that stage the Pride had began to crawl back into the game with the score was 162 for five but Palmer put on 50 for the sixth wicket with Bulli, to frustrate the hosts.
Palmer faced 121 balls in 142 minutes and counted six fours and a six while Bulli struck two fours and a six in his 51-ball knock.
Palmer was unbeaten on 25 at lunch with Scorpions on 170 for five and he, along with Bulli, attempted to take control of the game with their half-century stand.
Bulli fell, however, when he played a defensive shot to one from Warrican pitched outside the off-stump and was caught at second slip by Carter.
Palmer, who steered the Scorpions ship, was the ninth wicket to fall as Warrican quickly wrapped up the innings.