By Sean Devers in Barbados
In association with Tower Suites & Trophy Stall
Twenty-three-year-old Roston Chase followed up his prolific run with the bat with
his maiden five-wicket haul at Kensington Oval yesterday to keep Barbados Pride on top against two-times defending champions and tournament leaders Guyana Jaguars on the second day of their seventh round PCL four-day First-Class game yesterday.
Off-spinner Chase grabbed 5-27 to follow-up his 493 runs and got good support from pacer Miguel Cummins (2-51) as the Jaguars fell for 190 in reply to Pride’s first day score of 274. Skipper Leon Johnson top-scored with 40, but like Raymon Reifer (36), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (31), Veerasammy Permaul (30) and Anthony Bramble (26) he fell after getting good starts. The Pride with a lead of 84 were 71-1 at the end of the day with Kyle Corbin on 25 and Shai Hope on nine and their overall lead on 155 with nine wickets in hand.
On a day blessed with glorious sunshine the Jaguars, chasing the 274 made by the Barbados Pride began their reply and lost two quick wickets. Watched by a crowd of close to 1,000 fans most of them in pink to spread Breast Cancer awareness in Barbados, Rajendra Chandrika (7) pushed at a ball that left him and edged it to second slip off Cummins at 13-1. Assad Fudadin was then horrendously run out for a duck when he slipped going for a suicidal second run as the Jaguars lost two wickets in the space of a run. Johnson whipped Greaves for four through mid-wicket before pulling him to long leg for another boundary on the immaculately manicured outfield as he followed up his unbeaten century in the last round with a positive start. Chanderpaul slashed Kevin Stoute for four behind point as the 50 partnership was brought up in 79 balls from 16.5 overs.
The 19-year-old Chanderpaul played the supporting role but encountered problems with his running between the wickets. Chase was introduced in the 22nd over and Chanderpaul dispatched Carter for three confidently pulled fours to race into the 30s. An injudicious pull by Johnson off Chase was dropped by Greaves despite a valiant dive. Vishual Singh, the only batsman with 500 runs this season, joined his Skipper who disdainfully pulled Cummins for four and at Lunch the Jaguars were 81-3 with Johnson 11 short of his 26th fifty. With him was Singh on one. After the interval Singh (3) edged to the Keeper off Cummins and without addition to the score Johnson was removed by Stoute for 40 from 76 balls, 112 minutes with seven fours. Bramble hammered Cummins for four and audaciously stroked Greaves for consecutives boundaries, while Reifer danced into Chase and deposited him into the Joel Garner sightscreen to orchestrate a Guyana recovery.
Greaves continued to leak runs with Bramble giving himself room to a short and wide ball outside off stump and banged it behind point for four. Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, the first Antiguan to bowl for Barbados began inauspiciously when his first ball was struck delightfully by Reifer to the extra cover boundary. Bramble provided Omar Phillips with a stupendous right handed catch at silly mid-off to give Walsh his first wicket for Barbados at 133-6. Bramble’s 26 lasted 42 balls, 62 minutes and included five fours and shared in a 47-run stand with the Bajan Reifer.
Permaul slashed Walsh square for four but was dropped by the Keeper two balls later as Walsh extracted prodigious turn from a track which offered bounce. Reifer got a ball that bounced from Chase and cut it for four but fell on the stroke of Tea for 37 decorated with three fours and the only six of the innings.
After Tea, which was taken at 173-7, Permaul was bowled by a no-ball from Cummins on 25 and the Berbician responded by hitting the pacer over mid off for four next ball before Chase sent back Permaul (30), Bishoo (5) and Beaton (1) in the space of two runs as the Jaguars limped to 190 all out. When the Pride began their second innings they seemed a bit fortunate not to have lost Kraigg Braithwaite (5) at 7-0 when the Umpire turned down a confident LBW appeal off Keon Joseph. Braithwaite and Kyle Corbin played some handsome drives no more so than an exquisite straight drive off Joseph which reached the boundary like a bullet but spin was introduced and Braithwaite edged Permaul to slip to break the 48-run opening stand. Braithwaite’s 33 lasted just over an hour and stroked three fours. Corbin punched Permaul past cover for four and soon settled in to ensure that no other wicket fell for the day.
Meanwhile, a minute’s silence was observed yesterday as a mark of respect of former T&T’s Test batsman Andy Ganteaume who died last week.
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