Oct 23, 2010 Sports
By Sean Devers in Jamaica
Host Jamaica continued their ordinary run in Regional One-Day cricket falling by 58 runs to Barbados in the second semi-final at Sabina Park yesterday after just squeezing in the ‘final four’
of the competition.
Tall 22-year-old Jamaica fast bowler Andre Russell (6-45) grabbed his 3rd five-wicket haul at this level, as Barbados were limited to 249-9 off their allotted 50 overs with Dwayne Smith (55) and Jonathon Carter (54) getting half centuries.
The home team, hunting their 8th title and first since 2002, and coming into the match under a protest due to the last-minute change of the semi-final venue, fell for 144 in 44.1 overs in reply despite a painstaking 93-ball 52 from new West Indies Vice Captain Brendon Nash.
Barbados Skipper Ryan Hinds had 4-19 from 9.1 overs of left-arm spin while Jason Searles took 3-51 from 8 overs for the Bajans who lost to Guyana in the Caribbean T20 competition in August in the last regional cricket final in the Caribbean.
Dismissed West Indies Skipper Chris Gayle began with an array of shots, smashing 2 fours and a six in his 19-ball 16 before the pumped-up Tino Best found the edge of Gayle’s bat in the 7th over with the score on 33.
Xavier Marshall, who looked aggressive from the start, playing his shots as Searles’ first two overs cost 27 runs after he was introduced into the attack in the 6th over to replace Kemar Roach who bowled 2 overs with the new ball.
Xavier and Danza Hyatt took the score to 50 by the 8th over, as Hyatt drove Best gloriously back past his ankles for four.
Hyatt (14) recklessly drove Hinds to cover at 65-2 in the 11th over as the Jamaicans looked to beat the leather off the ball even with their run rate over 6 per over.
Roach returned and had Marshall (20) caught behind as Jamaica slipped to 65-3 and soon 90-5 as the burly Hinds quickly removed an equally burly Tamar Lambert (5) and Carlton Baugh (2).
Nash who struggled to score freely and David Bernard took the score to 148 with a 58-run partnership as tempers flared on a couple of occasions with Benn, who has a history of indiscipline, also involved.
The erratic Searles was brought back and bowled Bernard (28) off the bottom edge and at 148-6 in the 36th over, Jamaica were again on the back foot.
Searles struck again when he had Russell (11) taken at cover and Jamaica were 167-7 in the 40th over.
The Australian-born Nash cut Smith for his 4th boundary to reach his 50 from 89 balls but Nikita Miller (3) departed in the same over at 178-8.
Nash played a horrible shot across a slower ball from Searles and was bowled for 52 at 183-9 while Santokie was leg before to Hinds.
Earlier, sent in to bat in sweltering heat on a slow track with some bounce, Russell, watched by a fair size crowd, trapped Dale Richards for a duck with just a run on the board and then quickly had Hinds (3) and Jason Haynes (14) as the Bajans who lost to Barbados in the 2008 Finals, slumped to 38-3.
Kirk Edwards (34) and Carter ( 54) revived the position with sensible batting before Edwards was leg before to leg-spinner Odean Brown at 120-4 while Carter, who hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in his run-a-ball half-century, was leg before to Gayle eight runs later.
The aggressive Smith took the attack to the bowlers and reached the boundary three times and cleared it thrice in his 50 ball 55 before he departed to left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie at 215-9 in the 43rd over.
However, none of the other batsmen offered support although a 33-run last wicket stand between Roach (15*) and Tino Best (13*) saved their team some blushes after the lively Russell, picked to tour Sri Lanka with the West Indies Test squad next month, had removed Carlo Morris (11), Searles (8) and Suleiman Benn (7).
The last pair joined forces when Smith was caught by Nash to give Santokie his only wicket and Roach and Benn took their team close to the 250 mark.
Barbados and the Leewards, who last won a title at this level in 1997 and was last in a final 10 years ago, will clash in tomorrow’s final from 10:00hrs (Guyana Time).
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