Barbados failed to capitalise on a century stand between Shane Dowrich and Ashley Nurse, collapsing to 245 all out off 77.3 overs after winning the toss on the opening day of their Regional Four Day semi-final clash with Jamaica at Kensington Oval yesterday.
In 12 overs before the close, Jamaica batted enterprisingly to reach 52 for one.
Barbados wasted an ideal opportunity for a second batting point when the last four wickets tumbled for just ten runs, leaving wicketkeeper/batsman Dowrich unbeaten on 69 following a partnership of 101 for the seventh wicket with Ashley Nurse.
The pair came together during an action-packed mid-afternoon session dominated by Jamaica and seemed to be taking Barbados towards a more formidable total when Ashley Nurse helplessly watched a ball from left-arm pacer Sheldon Cotterell roll off his body onto his stumps.
Nurse was bowled for 45 made off 74 balls in 89 minutes having struck six boundaries. His partnership with the diminutive Dowrich lifted Barbados from the perils of 134 for six following a promising lunch time position of 85 for two.
Sulieman Benn spanked two boundaries off medium pacer Dave Bernard Jr. to take Barbados within sight of 250 and a second batting point but in the same over he drove a simple catch to Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert.
Fidel Edwards drove optimistically at his first delivery and in the following over and gave a catch to Bernard at extra cover. Last man Miguel Cummins slipped and broke his wicket first ball to Cotterell as the last three wickets fell for just one run. Dowrich’s unbeaten half century was made off 119 balls in 153 minutes with ten fours.
In the opening session Barbados’ openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Omar Phillips withstood the early pressure from Jerome Taylor and Sheldon Cotterell (three for 28) but Bernard struck in his first over, trapping Brathwaite lbw to leave Barbados on 29 for one.
Phillips and Shai Hope consolidated effectively in a second wicket partnership of 53 that took the home side within sight of lunch. Phillips who seemed keen to accelerate the score as lunch approached swept a delivery from leg spinner Damion Jacobs (three for 58) straight to Jermaine Blackwood at short backward square for 33 made off 80 balls in 115 minutes with three fours.
Shortly after the lunch break Hope, batting at the crucial number three position in the absence of the injured Kirk Edwards, was run out by a direct throw from Jermaine Blackwood at mid-on, attempting a risky single. A stunning catch by Nkrumah Bonner at forward short-leg removed Jonathan Carter who swept Jacobs hard into the body of Bonner who miraculously held on to the catch before leaving the field temporarily to receive attention.
Kevin Stoute defended stoutly for close to an hour before being adjudged lbw by umpire Joel Wilson playing forward to Jacobs. When Carlos Brathwaite was run out by a direct throw to the non-striker’s end from Andre McCarthy at extra cover, Barbados had lost four wickets for 49 runs in the afternoon session and had slumped to 134 for six.
Dowrich and Nurse then came to the rescue displaying controlled aggression in an effective counter attack that produced a partnership of 101 in just under 25 overs.
BARBADOS 1st Inns
K. Brathwaite lbw b Bernard 15
O. Phillips c Blackwood b Jacobs 33
S. Hope run out 28
J. Carter c Bonner b Jacobs 15
K. Stoute lbw b Jacobs 11
S. Dowrich not out 69
C. Brathwaite run out 4
A. Nurse b Cottrell 45
S. Benn c Lambert b Bernard 8
F. Edwards c Bernard b Cottrell 0
M. Cummins hit wkt b Cottrell 0
Extras (b11, w3, nb3) 17
TOTAL (all out, 77.3 overs) 245
Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-82, 3-92, 4-105, 5-128, 6-134, 7-235, 8-244, 9-245, 10-245.
Bowling: Taylor 11-0-50-0 (nb3, w1); Cottrell 8.3-1-28-3; Bernard 9-2-32-2 (w2); Jacobs 21-8-58-3; Miller 27-6-56-0, Campbell 1-0-10-0
JAMAICA 1st Inns
N. Bonner lbw b Nurse 26
J. Campbell not out 25
D. Jacobs not out 0
Extras (lb1) 1
TOTAL (1 wkt, 12 overs) 52
To bat: J. Blackwood, *T. Lambert, A. McCarthy, +C. Baugh, D. Bernard, N. Miller, J. Taylor, S. Cottrell.
Fall of wickets: 1-51.
Bowling: F. Edwards 2-0-20-0; Cummins 2-0-15-0; Nurse 4-1-8-1; C. Brathwaite 2-0-2-0; Benn 2-1-6-0
Position: Jamaica trail by 193 runs with nine first innings wickets standing
Umpires: P. Nero, J. Wilson