Chase leads Pride recovery
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Roston Chase announced his return to the domestic scene with his seventh first-class hundred, which propped up Barbados Pride's batting against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday.
The West Indies batsman survived two chances to lead a rescue operation for the Pride, gathering 114 and taking the hosts to 296 for nine in their first innings at the close, after they were put in to bat on the first day of their eighth-round match at Kensington Oval.
Chase struck 11 fours and two sixes from 225 balls in a shade over five hours, sharing important stands with club-mate Justin Greaves and newcomer Tevyn Walcott, which pulled the Pride around from a treacherous 31 for five.
Greaves scored 60 in sharing 131 for the sixth wicket with Chase, and Walcott made 49, putting on a further 97 for the seventh wicket with the returning Windies star.
The 25-year-old Chase reached his third regional first-class hundred from 188 balls when he guided a delivery from Barbados-born all-rounder Kyle Mayers to third man for his 10th four.
He, however, was dismissed in the closing stages of the day to left-arm spinner Larry Edward, whose 3-71 from 20 overs made him the Volcanoes' most successful bowler.
Watched by a crowd that included Cricket West Indies vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan, the Windwards Cricket Board president, and West Indies selector Lockhart Sebastien, Volcanoes carved up the Pride's top-order batting in the morning session with disciplined, if not devastating, bowling, after being greeted by a helpful, green-top pitch.
Pride, second in the table on 75.2 points before the match,have so far gained two batting points, and Volcanoes - last on 52.2 points entering the match - have so far earned three bowling points plus 0.8 pace bowling points.
AT QUEEN'S PARK OVAL: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, replying to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force's 222 all out, were 36 for three in their first innings at the close on the opening day of their eighth-round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship.
Scores: Red Force 222 (Tion Webster 38, Jeremy Solozano 37, Khary Pierre 29, Denesh Ramdin 26; Jeremiah Louis 4-45, Sheno Berridge 4-72).
Hurricanes, 36 for three.