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Pride fight back to dismiss Volcanoes for 293

HAYDN GILL, [email protected]

Pride fight back to dismiss Volcanoes for 293

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BARBADOS PRIDE fought back gallantly after tea to dismiss Windward Islands Volcanoes for 293 on the first day of their seventh round Digicel Regional 4-Day match at Kensington Oval today.

After the visitors dominated the first two sessions to reach 219 for three, Barbados Pride, inspired by four-wicket hauls from fast bowler Kemar Roach and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, struck back in the evening session to orchestrate a collapse in which the last seven wickets fell for 66 runs.

By stumps, third-placed Barbados Pride responded with 22 without loss.

Roach, seeking to regain his place in the West Indies team, claimed the important wicket of opener Devon Smith, whose 103 formed the backbone of Windwards’ total after the Volcanoes chose to bat first.

The 28-year-old finished with four for 22 from 15 overs and initially brought Barbados Pride back into the game with a double strike after lunch following an opening stand of 121 between Smith and Tyrone Theophile, who made 44.

Roach removed Theophile and Taryk Gabriel in successive legitimate balls in the fourth over after lunch and came back after tea to make further inroads despite a third wicket partnership of 78 between Smith and the enterprising Keddy Lesporis.

Lesporis counter-attacked in scoring 59 off 62 balls before he was stumped to give Warrican his first wicket.

After tea, Roach induced Sunil Ambris and Smith to give edged catches to the slips, paving the way for a steady procession of wickets.

It was Smith’s 28th first-class century and his fourth at this level against Barbados. The left-hander batted for just under four and a half hours, faced 196 balls and struck 16 fours.

Warrican finished with four for 69 from 26 overs. (HG)