All-rounder Smith stars for Barbados
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Seasoned all-rounder Dwayne Smith completed a fine day with ball and bat to help put Barbados well within sight of first innings points over the Leeward Islands on the opening day of the sixth round regional four-day match at Kensington Oval here yesterday.
Playing his first match of the season after returning from the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League, Smith took three for 39 off 11 overs with testing medium-pace bowling after coming on as first change in a Leeward Islands total of 138 all out off 47.3 overs after they were sent in.
He then slammed 67 in 77 minutes off 63 balls with seven fours and three sixes in a fifth-wicket partnership of 90 with Kyle Hope to rescue the home side from a worrying 32 for four, before they closed on 134 for five off 40 overs.
The solid Hope, also in his first match of the season, was unbeaten on 26 with wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich on six.
Hope has been at the crease for 126 minutes, having faced 97 balls.
Smith struck the ball hard and clean and showed why he is such a dangerous player in any format of the game before leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr induced him into driving a return catch with seven overs left in the day's play.
In a dramatic post-tea session, Barbados lost four wickets for three runs 5.3 overs after openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Omar Phillips had added 29 with little bother.
Test player Brathwaite (10) was well caught and bowled right-handed by pacer Gavin Tonge from a push in the seventh over of the innings, and then in the next over, left-hander Phillips was caught at point from a drive, by Walsh off leg-spinner Anthony Martin for 14.
Another left-hander, Jonathan Carter, was caught at slip by skipper Gavin Williams off Martin for two and captain Shamarh Brooks edged a defensive stroke off Tonge to wicketkeeper Devon Thomas before he had scored.
Earlier, the Leeward Islands were bowled out 44 minutes before tea.
Right-arm fast bowler Lionel Baker, who bats left-handed, topscored with 33 at No. 10. He was at the crease for 47 minutes, faced 41 balls and struck four boundaries.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn was the leading wicket-taker with four for 17 off 10 overs.
IN GRENADA: Combined Campuses and Colleges, replying to Windward Islands' 149 all out, were 48 for three at the close on a rain-hit opening day of their sixth-round match.
Scores: Windwards 149 (Lindon James 52, Keddy Lesporis 27; Ryan Austin 3-31, Kevin Mcclean 3-34, Jason Holder 2-41).
CCC 48 for three (Kyle Corbin 24 not out)
IN TRINIDAD: Guyana, sent in by Trinidad and Tobago, were 260 for six at the close at Queen's Park Oval.
Scores: Guyana 260 for six (Narsingh Deonarine 87, Shiv Chanderpaul 79 not out, Chanderpaul Hemraj 29, Assad Fudadin 24; Shannon Gabriel 2-50) vs T&T.