Scorpions on the back-foot
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados(, (CMC)
Barbados Pride pace quartet of Chemar Holder, Keon Harding, Justin Greaves and Dominic Drakes brought to life a pedestrian day with hostile bowling in the final hour to put Jamaica Scorpions on the back-foot in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday.
Extracting pace and bounce from the hard, true Kensington Oval pitch, the quartet rattled the Scorpions' top order, claiming the prized scalp of West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood, and reduced the visitors to 93 for three, replying to Pride's first innings total of 427, at the close on the second day of their 10th and final round match.
This followed close to five hours of dour play from the Pride batting which featured a career-best 166 from their captain Shamarh Brooks before they were bowled out about half-hour after tea.
No other Pride batsman reached 50, but overnight batsman Jonathan Carter made 36 and left-hander Drakes, batting at eight, hit a brisk 33.
Scorpions' batsmen approached their task with typical flair, but this hardly deterred the young Pride quartet and cheered on by the modest, but enthusiastic crowd they reaped rewards.
Holder made the breakthrough, when John Campbell was caught off the top edge for 16 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, running to gully, from a miscued pull at a short ball.
Three overs later, Andre McCarthy was caught behind for three off Harding for three to leave Scorpions 38 for two.
Blackwood came to the crease and gave as good as he got from the pacers. He collected three boundaries from the first four deliveries he faced - all from Harding - and followed up with three more two overs later, debutant Drakes' first.
Walton, who has played club matches in recent years here, kept his end going with a few meaty strokes of his own, including a rasping straight drive off Holder.
But the pacers kept coming and continued to beat the bat, hit the batsman's pad and every now again produced the nasty rising delivery and Blackwood's never-back-down attitude proved his undoing, when he tried flat bat Greaves and was bowled off a thick inside edge for 39.
With the shadows steadily encroaching, umpires Leslie Reifer Jr and Mike Burns offered Walton, not out on 26, and Paul Palmer, not out on nought, a reprieve, offering them light with 2.2 overs remaining.
PRIDE 1st Innings
(overnight 261 for two)
*S. Brooks lbw b Johnson 166
J. Carter lbw b Green 36
R. Chase lbw b Mindley 10
+S. Dowrich c wkpr Walton b Green 12
J. Greaves c Blackwood b Miller 15
D. Drakes b Lamont 33
J. Warrican c and b Lamont 19
K. Harding not out 1
C. Holder lbw b Miller 0
Extras (b6, lb4, w8, nb6) 24
Total (all out, 158.2 overs) 427
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-165, 3-262, 4-285, 5-316, 6-368, 7-394, 8-423, 9-426
Bowling: Green 23.5-6-50-2 (w8); Lamont 26-9-70-2; Mindley 24-2-83-1 (nb6); Miller 41.2-16-83-2; Campbell 14-2-62-2; Powell 16-6-34-0; McCarthy 12-2-35-1; Blackwood 1-1-0-0
SCORPIONS 1st Innings
J. Campbell c wkpr Dowrich b Holder 16
+C. Walton not out 26
A. McCarthy c wkpr Dowrich
b Harding 3
J Blackwood b Greaves 39
P. Palmer not out 0
Extras (b4, lb2, w1, nb2) 9
Total (3 wkts, 16.4 overs) 93
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-38, 3-93
Bowling: Harding 4-0-36-1 (nb2, w1); Holder 6-0-30-1; Drakes 4.4-0-19-0; Greaves 2-1-2-1
Umpires: L Reifer Jr, M Burns (England)
Match referee: S Proverbs