By Sean Devers in Barbados in association with Tower Suites & Trophy Stall
Contrasting centuries from Shai Hope and Jonathon Carter put Barbados in a good position to hand the Guyana Jaguars their first defeat in 14 matches at the end of the penultimate day of the seventh round of the PCL Four-Day First-Class tournament at the Kensington Oval yesterday. The right-handed Hope stroked an unbeaten 114 from 225 balls, 338 minutes with six fours and shared in a 162-run fourth wicket stand with Carter whose undefeated 100 lasted 141 minutes, 104 balls which was decorated with eight fours and three sixes to take the Bajans to 320-4 declared at 16:00hrs.
The Jaguars, set 405 to win were 52 without loss at stumps with Rajendra Chandrika on 28 and Tagenarine Chanderpaul on 23 and the victory target reduced to 353 on the last day today. Scores: B’dos (274 & 320-4 dec), Jaguars (190 & 52).
Chandrika slapped Kevin Stoute for four of the first ball of the innings and again looked elegant, while the handed Chanderpaul began with a pugnacious pull off Justin Greaves for four and whipped him through mid-wicket and punched him down the ground for another boundary. The 26-year-old Chandrika flicked Miguel Cummins into the Greenidge & Haynes stand in Viv Richards like fashion before a loose drive by Chanderpaul at Roston Chase was dropped at slip. Earlier, after doing all the hard work, Kyle Corbin (37) threw his wicket away with a reckless swipe and top-edged Permaul high into the air for Leon Johnson to run back from slip to hold the catch after batting for 160 minutes and 127 balls. Corbin reached the ropes just three times and faced 105 dot balls to leave the score on 96-2 and break the 48-run partnership.
The 27-year-old Brooks joined Shai Hope and was soon into his stride in a slight drizzle and a strong breeze. Brooks drove with majestic elegance and an exquisite cover drive off pacer Keon Joseph was absolutely orgasmic and rekindled memories Carl Hooper in full flow before he edged Permaul for four to join Vishaul Singh as the only batsmen with 500 runs this season. While 22-year-old Hope was very circumspect in his approach, Brooks was entertainingly fluent and his several audacious shots were ‘easy on the eye’ as he was quickly catching up with Hope. The sun returned in all its glory just before Lunch on another ‘Pink day’ at Kensington as the partnership flourished. By lunch the Pride, desperately looking for an outright win to narrow the gap on the tournament leaders, were 130-2. Hope was on 35 and Brooks on 22 and with five sessions remaining the lead was 214.
After Lunch Brooks (26) was removed by Joseph after facing 55 balls and hitting three fours at 142-3 but Hope who playing at pedestrian pace exploded ‘out of the blue’ with back-to-back boundaries off Bishoo to post his fifth half-century from 130 balls, 192 minutes with three fours. Chase arrived at the crease needing seven runs to join Singh and Brooks in the 500 club but when on three he chased a ball that left him from Joseph and edged it to slip as the Hosts slipped to 158-4.
Joseph, who bowled impressively in sweltering heat, dropped a reflex catch off his own bowling when Hope, then 60, smashed one back at him which the pacer involuntarily parried to mid-on. Carter bent on one knee and swept Bishoo for four before nonchalantly easing Permaul onto the sightscreen, while a wide half volley from Reifer was dispatched disdainfully to the point boundary. Carter pounced onto Beaton, who leaked runs, and flat batted him past mid-on for four and by Tea the Pride had progressed to 231-4 with Hope on 86 and Carter on 40 and the overall lead of 315.
After Tea Carter carted Bishoo for four to get to his 16th fifty from 66 balls, 97 minutes with 3 fours and a six and celebrated with consecutive boundaries to take the lead past 350, while the more sedate Hope put his foot on the gas and reached his fourth ton at this level from 308 minutes, 207 balls with five fours. Carter pulled Bishoo for another four while Hope kept hopes of Barbados securing an outright win alive with a dismissive pull for four off part-time off-spinner Johnson.
Carter danced into Johnson and clipped him for another four. Carter dumped Permaul for consecutive sixes to gallop into the 80s. Carter then stroked Johnson, who persisted with his innocuous spin, imperiously through the covers before getting to his third hundred at which time the declaration was made. Joseph and Permaul had two wickets each for the Jaguars.
Barbados 1st innings
K Brathwaite c wk Bramble b Reifer 40
K Corbin b Joseph 00
S Hope b Permaul 27
S Brooks b Bishoo 56
R Chase c Fudadin b Permaul 17
S Dowrich c Johnson b Bishoo 05
J Carter c wk Bramble b Joseph 38
K Stoute not out 56
J Greaves c wk Bramble b Reifer 19
M Cummins run out (Reifer) 02
Extras: (nb-10, wides-1) 11
Total: (10 wickets) 274
FOW: 1-0, 2-46, 3-78, 4-133, 5-151,
6-154, 7-219, 8-266, 9-267, 10-274
Bowling: Beaton 15-2-56-0, Joseph16-4-49-3,
Bishoo 17-0-72-2, Reifer 14.3-5-49-2,
Permaul 24-7-43-2, Fudadin2-0-3-0
Jaguars 1st innings
T Chanderpaul c Phillips b Chase 31
R Chandrika c Carter b Cummins 7
A Fudadin run out 0
L Johnson Corbin b Stoute 40
V Singh c Wkt Hope b Cummins 3
A Bramble c Phillips b Walsh 26
R Reifer c Carter b Chase 36
V. Permaul c Phillips b Chase 30
D Bishoo c Braithwaite b Chase 5
R Beaton c Carter b Chase 1
K Joseph not out 1
Extras (w-2, nb-7, lb-1) 10
Total (all out off 61.5) 190
Fow: 13, 14, 76, 86, 86, 133, 172, 188, 189, 190
Bowlers: Cummins 15-3-51-2, Greaves 8-0-43-0,
Carter 5-2-20-0, Stoute 10-2-12-2,
Chase 15.5-5-27-5, Braithwaite 7-0-36-1
Pride 2nd innings
K Braithwaite c Johnson b Permaul 33
K Corbin c Johnson b Permaul 37
S Hope not out 114
S Brooks c Johnson b Joseph 26
R Chase c Fudadin b Joseph 3
J Carter not out 100
Extras (nb-2, w-2, lb-2, b-1) 7
Total (for 4 Wkt decl. off 93.2 overs) 320
Fow: 48, 96, 142, 158,
Bowling: Joseph 12.5-35-2, Beaton 9.1-0-43-0,
Reifer 16-4-39-0, Permaul 30.2-6-108-2,
Bishoo 20-2-71-0, Johnson 5-0-21-0
Jaguars 2nd innings
R Chandrika not out 28
T Chanderpaul not out 23
Extras (lb-1) 1
Total (for no Wkt off 20 overs) 52
Bowlers: Stoute 6-3-18-0, Cummins 6-1-14-0,
Greaves 3-1-12-0 Chase 4-1-7-0, Braithwaite 1-1-0-0
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