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Bajans settle for a draw


Bajans settle for a draw

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GOING AFTER a victory and gaining an additional 12 points apparently wasn’t on the front-burner of the ultra-cautious Barbados batsmen yesterday.
Hence, the defensive-minded Barbados had to settle for a draw against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) on the final day of their rain-hit third-round WICB Regional 4-Day Championship cricket match at 3Ws Oval.
After belatedly declaring at 356 for nine in 148.1 overs, 50 minutes after lunch in reply to the CCC’s first innings score of 269, with a lead of 87 runs, Barbados reduced their opponents to 32 for three.
But CCC, with opener Kyle Corbin making his second half-century of the match, defied Barbados in the day’s final session, rallying to 101 for five in 46 overs when play was called off, half hour before the scheduled close at 4:30 p.m.
As wickets fell around him, the right-handed Corbin remained undefeated on 52 off 132 balls in 149 minutes, counting five fours in his knock.
Forty-one-year-old coach/player Floyd Reifer, whose inclusion in the CCC team at the expense of promising 20-year-old Anthony Alleyne, has been criticised in some quarters, was not out on five off 35 balls, after making just one in the first innings.
Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who opened the bowling as West Indies’ pacer Tino Best was only given a bowl after 32 overs, took two for 32 while left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn also claimed two wickets for 36 runs.
After Benn had opener Shacaya Thomas caught at first slip for 21 and trapped Raymon Reifer leg before wicket for a “duck”, Nurse also won an LBW verdict against Chadwick Walton (one) and got captain Steven Jacobs (one off 24 balls) to edge a catch to wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich.
Part-time spinner Roston Chase was the other wicket-taker, removing Kavem Hodge for 14, caught at square leg on the second attempt by Best.
Barbados gained eight points from the game and CCC got six. Both teams were awarded three points for the draw in addition to batting and bowling points earned, but under the new rules, no points were given for first innings lead.
Earlier, Barbados showed no urgency to get quick runs when they resumed from their overnight score of 249 for four after just 2.2 overs were bowled on the third day.
Restarting at 85, captain Kraigg Brathwaite added just six more runs before he was caught behind off leg-spinner Akeem Dewar for 91 after batting on all four days. Overall, he batted for 402 minutes, faced 318 balls and hit five fours.
After his dismissal, Barbados continued to adopt a pedestrian approach with Dowrich and Carlos Brathwaite batting like if their places in the team were under threat in adding 63 runs off 27.3 overs for the sixth wicket.
The usually free-scoring Dowrich laboured for 173 minutes to score 39 off 130 balls before he was caught by wicket-keeper Walton off left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer on the stroke of lunch with the score on 324 for six.
Just 75 runs were scored off 36.3 overs in the extended 150-minute pre-lunch session after play started at 9:30 a.m.
On resumption, Jason Holder went for a first-ball “duck”, edging Raymon Reifer to Walton. Nurse joined Brathwaite with Barbados already enjoying a lead of 55 runs but still there wasn’t any urgency in the batting as they scored 28 runs in the next 11.1 overs.
Brathwaite was dropped by Jacobs at short midwicket off Ryan Austin (3-86 in 41 overs) when he was 38 before eventually falling when he was brilliantly snapped up at short-leg by Thomas off the same bowler for 42. He faced 108 balls in 227 minutes and managed a lone boundary.
Nurse lifted Dewar (2-102 in 37.1 overs) for a six over long-off but he was caught at long-off after making 16 off 39 balls in 47 minutes off the same bowler.
The declaration finally came at that stage but it should’ve come much earlier with enterprising stroke-play by the Barbados batsmen.