BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Left-armers Sheldon Cotterrell and Nikita Miller shared four wickets to allow a day that started bleakly for Jamaica to end brightly, triggering a Barbados top-order batting meltdown in the Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.
Fast bowler Cotterrell and spinner Miller ended with similar figures of two for 17 from five overs and nine overs, respectively, as Barbados limped to 107 for six, replying to the Jamaicans' first-innings total of 165, at the close on a dramatic first day of their first-round match at Kensington Oval.
Jonathan Carter, another left-hander, propped up the Barbadian batting with 47 not out and West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards, the home team captain, made 32 but no other batsman reached 20.
This was a transformation from what had taken place before lunch when the Barbadian new-ball pair of Miguel Cummins and Christopher Jordan, gaining appreciable bounce and movement from a lively pitch, sent Jamaica reeling to eight runs for four wickets inside the first hour.
Jermaine Blackwood batted resolutely, however, for the top score of 81 to propel the visitors to a respectable 165 in their first innings.
He struck eight fours and five sixes from 131 balls in close to 31/22 hours, sharing half-century stands with Dave Bernard Jr and Andrew Richardson.
JAMAICA 1st Innings
X. Marshall c Brathwaite b Jordan 0
S. Jackson b Cummins 0
N. Bonner c wk Dowrich b Cummins 0
J. Blackwood c wk Dowrich b Cummins 81
T. Lambert c Jordan b Cummins 7
D. Bernard lbw b Nurse 12
+C. Baugh lbw b Nurse 0
N. Miller c Stoute b Jordan 15
A. Richardson not out 30
O. Brown c Hope b Chase 1
S. Cotterrell b Cummins 4
Extras (b12, nb3) 15
Total (all out, 47.2 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-8, 5-75, 6-75, 7-98, 8-158, 9-159, 10-165.
Bowling: Jordan 15-7-43-2 (nb2), Cummins 16.2-5-58-5, Nurse 12-2-38-2, Stoute 1-0-11-0 (nb1), Chase 3-1-3-1.
BARBADOS 1st Innings
K. Brathwaite b Richardson 0
R. Boucher lbw b Cotterrell 0
K. Edwards c Bernard b Miller 32
K. Hope c wk Baugh b Cotterrell 5
J. Carter not out 47
R. Chase b Brown 13
+S. Dowrich c Bonner b Miller 3
K. Stoute not out 0
Extras (b2, lb1, w1, nb3) 7
Total (6 wkts, 29 overs) 107
To bat: C. Jordan, A. Nurse, M. Cummins.
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-26, 4-42, 5-89, 6-107
Bowling: Richardson 7.1-1-28-1 (w1), Cotterrell 5-2-17-2, Miller 9-1-17-2, Bernard 5-1-28-0 (nb3), Brown 2-0-9-1, Lambert 1-0-5-0.
Umpires: P. Nero, L. Reifer.
At Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground: Leeward Islands 182 all out (Tonito Willett 58, Jahmar Hamilton 32; Veerasammy Permaul 4-42, Ronsford Beaton 3-43)
Guyana 37 without loss (Rajendra Chandrika 32 not out)
At Beausejour Cricket Ground: Combined Campuses and Colleges: 280 for nine (Anthony Alleyne 84, Kevin McClean 28, Chadwick Walton 27; Shane Shillingford 3-73, Garey Mathurin 2-44) vs Windward Islands.