A sensational century by Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert gave his side a significant advantage over Barbados and left them poised for a place in the final to contest the Headley/Weekes Trophy after an intriguing battle at Kensington Oval yesterday.
Lambert smashed 121 off 173 balls to lead Jamaica to 302 all out in reply to Barbados’ 245 having resumed the second morning on 52 for one. Batting a second time, in seven overs before the close Barbados lost left handed opener Omar Phillips for two in reaching 18 for one, still trailing by 39 runs after conceding a first innings lead of 57.
Lambert struck four sixes and 12 fours in an innings spanning 220 minutes most of it spent in compiling a partnership of 114 with veteran all-rounder Dave Bernard Jr. who scored a disciplined 42. The pair came together at 140 for six with the visitors struggling against the spin combination of left arm orthodox bowler Sulieman Benn (five for 102) and off spinner Ashley Nurse (two for 47).
Bernard came to the crease to replace Carlton Baugh but for a stroke of fate could so easily have been coming to the crease in place of Lambert. The portly Jamaican skipper drove a return catch just above the head of Benn but the ball slipped through his fingers and landed on the stumps at the bowler’s end with Baugh backing up too far.
The run out of Baugh for ten seemed a timely wicket for the Bajans as the diminutive wicket keeper/batsman had looked dangerous in a brief innings of ten that included a meaty six and a four. Lambert made full use of his fortune as he took the attack to the bowlers after a watchful start.
Bernard offered steady support fashioning five boundaries in an innings that lasted 143 minutes during which time he faced 110 deliveries. The pair stayed together until Jamaica secured a crucial second batting point by reaching 250. Shortly after Fidel Edwards trapped Bernard lbw and removed Jerome Taylor caught by Dowrich. Between the two dismissals Benn took the wicket of Miller as three wickets fell for ten runs.
Lambert cleverly took most of the strike in a last wicket stand with Sheldon Cottrell that produced 38 runs, helped the skipper reach his century and secured a third batting point for Jamaica when the score reached 300. Lambert’s century came in 211 minutes off 164 balls with three sixes and nine fours.
Benn took the final wicket to complete a massive workload which earned him five for 102 from 35 overs. The post lunch session initiated Jamaica’s recovery and Barbados go into day three knowing that an outright win is now essential in order to reach the final scheduled for next Saturday.
Barbados vs Jamaica
BARBADOS 1st Innings 245
JAMAICA 1st Innings
(overnight 52 for one)
N. Bonner lbw b Nurse 26
J. Campbell lbw b Benn 31
D. Jacobs c Phillips b Benn 21
J. Blackwood c Phillips b Benn 37
A. McCarthy c K. Brathwaite b Nurse 0
T. Lambert c C. Brathwaite b Benn 121
C. Baugh run out 10
D. Bernard lbw b F. Edwards 42
N. Miller c Carter b Benn 0
J. Taylor c wkp Dowrich b F. Edwards 0
S. Cottrell not out 5
Extras (lb6, nb2) 8
TOTAL (all out, 93 overs) 302
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-67, 3-98, 4-113, 5-125, 6-140, 7-254, 8-255, 9-264, 10-302.
Bowling: F. Edwards 12-0-58-2; Cummins 7-0-33-0 (nb2); Nurse 16-4-47-2; C. Brathwaite 14-4-31-0; Benn 35-13-102-5; Carter 9-1-25-0
BARBADOS 2nd Innings
K. Brathwaite not out 7
O. Phillips c wkp Baugh b Cottrell 2
S. Hope not out 5
Extras (b4) 4
TOTAL (1 wkt, 7 overs) 18
Fall of wickets: 1-10.
Bowling: Taylor 3-0-5-0; Cottrell 3-0-7-1; Miller 1-0-2-0