Chase, Hope steady innings
KINGSTOWN – Rookies Roston Chase and Shai Hope struck half-centuries as Barbados Pride kept Windward Islands Volcanoes in the field for the entire opening day of their fourth-round match yesterday.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first in the WICB Professional Cricket League contest, Barbados finished the day on 230 for five, to take the early initiative at Arnos Vale.
Chase was unbeaten on 56 while Hope carved out his maiden first class half-century when he scored exactly 50. Left-handed opener Omar Phillips was going well before he was forced to retire hurt for 38 after being struck in the head.
Captain Carlos Brathwaite was unbeaten on 25 and Jonathan Carter also chipped in with 25.
Barbados owed their position to an unbroken 60-run stand between Chase and Brathwaite, after the visitors slipped to 170 for five in the last session.
Chase has faced 151 balls in 167 minutes and struck three fours while Brathwaite has lasted 67 balls in 112 minutes, and registered two fours and a six.
Left-arm spinner Alston Bobb led the hosts’ bowling attack with three for 62.
Barbados suffered an early setback inside the first half-hour when they lost Kyle Corbin in the day’s sixth over, caught at the wicket off left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters for 19 with the score on 24.
The right-hander struck four fours in his 25 balls at the crease.
Hope and Phillips added 56 for the second wicket, as Barbados rebuilt their innings in a healthy stand.
While Hope faced 129 balls in just under three hours at the crease with five fours, Phillips counted a four and two sixes in an attractive 70-ball knock that lasted 103 minutes.
However, Phillips’ innings ended in unfortunate circumstances when he was struck in the head by a drive from Hope, while at the non-striker’s end.
Carter joined Hope to extend the second wicket partnership to 109 overall, and take Barbados to lunch at 89 for one.
After the break, Carter flourished and looked to be getting into his stride when he became Bobb’s first wicket of the innings. He hit four fours off 72 balls in 1-1/2 hours at the crease.
Hope, meanwhile, strolled to his half-century in style, pulling seamer Mervin Mathew to the midwicket boundary and then following up by whipping the same bowler to the ropes again.
He was one of two wickets to fall in the space of 15 balls with just three runs added, as he quickly followed Carter. (CMC)