Hosts Barbados' West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day campaign got off to the worst of starts yesterday when they were humbled by five-time defending champions Jamaica by 63 runs in a low-scoring affair, inside of three days at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Set 192 for victory, the Barbadians stumbled to 128 all out off 58.5 overs, with only young wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich showing any resistance to be unbeaten on 28 at the end. He watched No.11 batsman Miguel Cummins get run out after a mix-up between the two allowed Nikita Miller to collect Jermaine Blackwood's throw and whip off the bails at the non-striker's end.
Barbados resumed their second innings yesterday at 13 without loss, but flattered to deceive as experienced West Indies left-arm spinner Miller ripped out the heart of the batting to grab five wickets for 34 runs off his 23.5 overs, and bag ten in the match overall.
Leg-spinner Odean Brown and Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert also chipped in with two wickets apiece to ensure Barbados never challenge the small target.
Five other Barbadian batsmen got into double figures, but none made their starts count. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite made 17, and Kyle Hope 15.
Jamaica had grabbed first innings on Day Two on Sunday when they dismissed Barbados for 162, just three runs short of their own first innings effort. And the Jamaicans were again bowled out relatively cheaply for 188 in the second innings.
Kraigg Brathwaite 17, Rashidi Boucher, Roston Chase 16, Kyle Hope 15, Rashidi Boucher 14, Kevin Stoute 11; Nikita Miller 5/34, Tamar Lambert 2-14, Odean Brown 2/48.