Saturday, February 24, 2018

Edwards returns with 109

 KIRK Edwards hit a composed 109, as the “visitors” reached 248 for four, replying to Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC’s) first innings total of 269, at the close on the second day of their third Regional Four-day match at the Three Ws Oval yesterday.

It was Edwards’ first innings since he was expelled from the national side prior to the NAGICO Super50 Tournament last month in Trinidad and Tobago and he stamped his authority with his fifth Regional Four-day hundred.

He struck five fours and four sixes from 204 balls in four hours of batting, and dominated a stand of 180 for the second wicket with captain and opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who struck an unbeaten on 85, that established a new mark for the Barbadians against CCC.

Edwards reached his hundred in 198 minutes, when he drove his 182nd ball to long-on for a single.

Brathwaite, Edwards’ successor as Barbados captain, was unbeaten on a painstaking 85 and wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich was not out on eight when stumps were drawn.

Test opener Brathwaite, whose knock contained five fours from 274 balls in just over six hours, stood firm, batting all day, as the CCC fought back with three wickets in the final hour to add some intrigue to the final period.

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, a graduate of the West Indies High Performance Centre, has been the pick of the CCC bowlers with a miserly two for 47 from 28 overs and off-spinner Ryan Austin supported with two for 64 from 27 overs.

Summarised scores:

CCC 269 (Kyle Corbin 55, Chadwick Walton 54, Shacaya Thomas 50; Sulieman Benn 4-66, Roston Chase 2-24, Jason Holder 2-44) vs BARBADOS 248-4 (Kirk Edwards 109, Kraigg Brathwaite 85 not out, Rashidi Boucher 29; Jomel Warrican 2-47, Ryan Austin 2-64)