Unbeaten ton for Chase
KINGSTOWN – Roston Chase’s maiden first class hundred proved the catalyst for Barbados Pride yesterday but Windward Islands Volcanoes made a strong reply, on the second day of their fourth round-match at Arnos Vale.
Chase converted his overnight 56 into an unbeaten 120 as Barbados rattled up 352 in their first innings in their WICB Professional Cricket League contest.
Captain Carlos Brathwaite added just four to his overnight 25, leaving Chase to shepherd the lower order and push Barbados to a more than respectable score.
Left-arm spinner Alston Bobb grabbed three for 89, while seamer Kenroy Peters had 2-62 and off-spinner Shane Shillingford 2-110).
At the close, however, the Windwards were cruising at 151 for two, with West Indies limited-overs batsman Johnson Charles unbeaten on 79 and the experienced Andre Fletcher on 35 not out.
Heading into today’s third day, the Windwards still require a further 201 runs to overhaul Barbados’ total.
Resuming from their overnight 230 for five, Barbados were set back early when they lost Brathwaite in the fourth over, caught at the wicket off Peters.
Chase then expertly guided the lower order, anchoring three small partnerships which eked out precious runs for the visitors.
He added 32 for the seventh wicket with Ashley Nurse (15), and 50 for the eighth wicket with Warrican (17) before putting on 33 for the ninth wicket with Miguel Cummins (18).
Overall, Chase faced 241 balls, in just over 6-1/4 hours the crease, and struck seven fours and a six.
He reached three figures off 206 balls in 320 minutes, just before lunch when he turned Bobb into the onside for a single.
Opener Omar Phillips, who was struck in the head by a drive from Shai Hope on Friday while at the non-striker’s end on 38, will play no further part in the game and has flown home.
In reply, the Windwards got a sound start of 46 from Charles and Tyrone Theophile (20) before left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican struck in successive overs just before tea, to put Barbados on top.
He bowled Theophile, and in his next over, had Keddy Lesporis caught at cover point by substitute Kenroy Williams for eight at 56 for two.
Perched on 60 for two at tea, the Windwards flourished after the break as Charles and Fletcher put on 95 in an unbroken third-wicket stand. Charles smashed six fours and three sixes off 151 balls in three hours at the crease, while Fletcher faced 117 balls in about two hours and counted five fours and a six. (CMC)