Rain ruins game
GEORGETOWN – Nkrumah Bonner and Dwayne Smith were making the most of a limited opportunity, when this country’s notoriously fickle weather typically ruined a match that promised much between Barbados and West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC)?yesterday in the Regional Super50 cricket championship.
Bonner gave the HPC batting backbone with 34 not out, after Smith grabbed three wickets for 38 runs from seven overs, as the West Indies’ next generation, sent in to bat, reached 100 for five from 20 overs in their rain-marred opening Group A match at the Everest Cricket Club.
An afternoon torrent about an hour and 20 minutes after play started, drove the players off the field, further making bad conditions worse, leaving umpires Nigel Duguid and Goaland Greaves with little or no choice, abandoning the match just when it appeared things would intensify.
“We are not totally disappointed,” said HPC coach Andre Coley. “We have prepared well, and the wickets that went down were from poor decision-making.
“We’ll have a sit-down and discuss what happened and I am confident we can take positives and address some of the stuff that we did not do so well.”
The result meant both sides walked away with two points. HPC face hosts Guyana at Bourda in the second round of Group A matches tomorrow, when Barbados are scheduled to return to Everest to play Windwards.
“There is not much we could have done about the weather,” said Barbados team director Hendy Springer. “It is good we got as much play as we did, taking into consideration the amount of rain that fell the previous night.
“It is also good that our guys got a run out, albeit for 20 overs, and we got a basic idea of how we will go about doing our business the next time around.”
The HPC ran into trouble after the match was reduced to 34 overs a side, when the start was delayed by three and a quarter hours, following overnight rain that seeped through the covers onto the pitch and also left several parts of the outfield sodden.
It took great effort from the club’s groundstaff, as well as ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson and WICB senior operations officer Roland Holder to make the conditions playable.
One of the tricks was to douse the affected areas on the pitch with kerosene and set it ablaze, creating spectacular scenes and leaving a few spectators in the small crowd aghast.
When play began, HPC were set back when opener Rajendra Chandrika was caught at backward point for one off Tino Best, essaying a cut in the fifth over.
Fellow opener Kyle Corbin was caught at third man for 21 off Smith in the eighth over just when it looked like he was about to get into the swing of things.
HPC were 40 for two, but soon found themselves 58 for four, when Sulieman Benn had Devon Thomas caught at long on for 10 and Smith had the HPC captain, Barbadian Shamarh Brooks, caught at slip for a duck at the start of the next over.
Bonner continued to play solidly, driving Benn off the back-foot through square cover for four and swinging Benn into the wide long on boundary for another four.
Meanwhile, at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, hosts Guyana routed the the Windward Islands for a paltry 72 to record a massive 103-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method after they had made a less than imposing 192. (CMC)