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Rain dumps on Bajans’ parade


EZRA STUART

Rain dumps on Bajans’ parade

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BARBADOS didn’t lose a wicket but got a solitary leg bye in the 2.2 overs which were surprisingly bowled under floodlights on a rainy Sunday after play finally began at 5:20 p.m. following an agonising seven-hour, 20-minute wait at the 3Ws Oval, yesterday.
?When the rain which had been falling steadily and heavily at times, throughout the day, returned, forcing an official end to the day’s proceedings at 5:35 p.m., Barbados had moved their overnight total from 248-4 to 249-5 at the close of play on the third day of their WICB Regional 4-Day Championship match against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC).
Barbados were unable to score any runs from the bat off the 14 balls bowled as captain Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich played out maiden overs from spinners Jomel Warrican and Ryan Austin, respectively.
Importantly, Barbados missed an opportunity to secure a second batting point for reaching 250 and will be hoping there is plenty of sunshine on today’s final day, when play is due to begin at 9:30 a.m., to reach that landmark.
Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 85 and Dowrich on eight but with no points for first innings lead under the new playing conditions for this year’s regional first-class championship, overtaking CCC’s first innings total of 269, would be more for bragging rights.
However, Barbados can also get a third batting point, should they score 51 runs in the remaining 10.4 overs before the 110-over cut-off for bonus points.
That ten minutes of cricket was possible at all was due to patience and persistence of umpires David Millins of England and Christopher Taylor of Jamaica, who made a number of inspections each time the rain abated.
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