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Carlton and LIME share the honours


ADRIEL RICHARD at Wildey

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LIME claimed two bowling points, and TeleBarbados Carlton collected two batting points, as neither could gain a significant advantage in their weather-affected key LIME Division One cricket match yesterday.
Consistent batting right down the order, featuring three half-century partnerships, propelled Carlton to 246 for six in their first innings when bad light stopped play 15 overs early about 23 minutes before the scheduled close.
After choosing to bat, Dale Richards hit the top score of 49 for the Black Rock-based side, Krisnan Hurdle supported with 42, Kirk Gibson made 33, and Kurt Wilkinson got 28.
Corey Edwards has been the most successful LIME bowler with three wickets for 64 runs from 14 overs, and Dario Cummins collected two for 22 from nine overs.
Richards put on 68 for the first wicket with Shirley Clarke, but Edwards bowled both Carlton openers in the space of 12 balls.
Clarke fell for 17 essaying a flat-footed drive, and Richards, whose innings contained five fours and one six from 54 balls, dragged a short delivery into his stumps to leave the visitors 83 for two.
Hurdle joined Gibson, and they carried Carlton to 136 for two at tea, but the visitors suffered an early setback after the break.
Gibson chased a wide delivery outside the off-stump from Edwards, and was caught behind in the first ten minutes after tea. He added 58 for the third wicket with Hurdle.
For close to an hour, Hurdle and Wilkinson consolidated for Carlton. Both batted resolutely, mixing sound defence with an intermittent stroke of delight, to thrill the sprinkling of their club’s supporters that included former Barbados captain and West Indies opener Desmond Haynes.
Just when it appeared they were getting into the thick of things, Hurdle was caught behind off Jeremy Marshall. He struck three fours and one six from 94 balls.
Two wickets in the space of three balls in the final hour wobbled Carlton late. Their captain Marlon Graham was adjudged lbw for 15 playing back and across to Cummins, and Wilkinson gave a bat-pad catch to wicketkeeper Randy Thomas.
Also visiting the ground on a day in which 40 minutes was lost was new national selector Mike Inniss, president of the Barbados Cricket Association Joel Garner, one of his deputies Conde Riley, and West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.

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