ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A career-best spell from pacer Anderson Phillip threatened to derail current leaders Barbados Pride against arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the 2019-20 West Indies Championship on Friday.
But West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich narrowly missed out on a hundred and came to the rescue of the Pride with fellow international Ashley Nurse, after another top-order batting collapse had the visitors in despair on the second day of seventh round matches in the Championship.
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At the same time, Guyana Jaguars, the Pride’s nearest rivals, failed to make inroads into the Leeward Islands Hurricanes batting, after Test left-hander Vishaul Singh too, missed out on a hundred.
And, Devon Smith became the first batsman to cross the mark of 11,000 career runs in the Championship to lead a steady reply from Windward Islands Volcanoes, after Paul Palmer defied a career-best spell from left-arm pacer Preston McSween to hit his third career hundred and second this season to extend the Jamaica Scorpions first innings.
Red Force (239) vs Pride 250-9
at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad
Phillip ended the day with 5-54 from 17.2 overs and was the pick of the Red Force bowlers. A measure of his accuracy was that three of his scalps were lbw, and Dowrich and left-handed opener Shayne Moseley were bowled.
His three wickets between lunch and tea undermined the Pride top order and soon the visitors were scrambling on 73 for six.
But Dowrich led the way with 96 and Nurse made 81, sharing a record 159 for the seventh wicket to turn things around for the Pride.
The stand superseded the previous Barbados record against these opponents of 126 between Keith Boyce and Vanburn Holder 46 years ago at Kensington Oval.
The match, however, was hanging in the balance when stumps were drawn, after Nurse, Dowrich and Keon Harding, who was adjudged lbw to Phillip in the final over of the day, all fell in the final hour.
Earlier, Red Force, resuming the day on 192 for five, were bowled out in the final half-hour before lunch.
Joshua da Silva added 10 to overnight score to lead the way for Red Force with 77, but there was token resistance from the rest of the batting – captain Imran Khan made 23 and Uthman Mohammed added 22 – before the innings came to a conclusion.
Chemar Holder claimed two of the last five wickets to end with 4-68 from 23.5 overs and Kevin Stoute bagged 3-30 from 20 overs.
First innings batting bonus points: Red Force 0 (completed), Pride 2 (in progress)
First innings bowling bonus points: Pride 3 (maximum achieved), Red Force 3 (maximum achieved)
Pace bowling bonus points (in progress): Pride 2, Red Force 1.2
Scorpions (381) vs Volcanoes 132-2
at the National Cricket Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada
The left-handed Smith carried the label of the most prolific batsman in the Championship to new heights, when he got a single off Jamie Merchant’s off-spin to move to 37 before Kavem Hodge was lbw two deliveries later to the same bowler.
Volcanoes were 79 for two, but Smith, unbeaten on 67, and fellow Grenadian Andre Fletcher, not out on 22, shared 53 – unbroken – for the third wicket to steady the innings.
Earlier, McSween ended with 6-64 from 25 overs, but Palmer was undefeated on 114 and anchored the lower half of the Scorpions batting, after they continued from their overnight total of 285 for three.
Scorpions lost first day century-maker Nkrumah Bonner lbw to former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning pacer Ryan John in the second over of the day for the top score of 135.
Bonner and Palmer put on a record 162 for the fourth wicket, which eclipsed the previous Jamaica mark against these opponents of 126 between Palmer and West Indies international Brandon King two seasons ago at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia.
The visitors were 290 for four and required Palmer to draw on all of his experience to frustrate the Volcanoes and farm the bowling.
None of the other batsmen that came to the crease on the day reached 20 with McSween cleaning up four of them.
First innings batting bonus points: Scorpions 3 (completed), Volcanoes 0 (in progress)
First innings bowling bonus points: Volcanoes 2 (completed), Scorpions 0 (in progress)
Pace bowling bonus points (in progress): Volcanoes 1.4, Scorpions 0
Jaguars (259) vs Hurricanes 73-2
at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana
Opener Montcin Hodge, not out on 21, and left-hander Amir Jangoo, not out on 22, batted through a little more than an hour to keep the Jaguars attack at bay.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, the season’s leading bowler, made the breakthrough for the hosts, when he bowled Test batsman Kieran Powell for 13 and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair trapped Ross Powell for six.
Hurricanes were 40 for two, but Hodge and Jangoo, the visitors’ draft choice from T&T, shared 33 – unbroken – for the third wicket to deny the Jaguars from making further inroads into the batting.
Earlier, Singh fell for exactly 90 – the second time this season he has been dismissed with a hundred in reach – after the Jaguars resumed from their overnight total of 115 for four.
Fellow left-hander Raymon Reifer supported with 43 and put on 93 for the fifth wicket with Singh; Permaul was not out on 24 and Anthony Bramble added 23 to extend the Jaguars first innings.
Jeremiah Louis cleaned up all three plus Sinclair to end with 4-49 from 24 overs and fellow pacer Kian Pemberton grabbed 2-54 from 18.5 overs to bring the innings to a close.
First innings batting bonus points: Jaguars 2 (completed), Hurricanes 0 (in progress)
First innings bowling bonus points: Hurricanes 3 (maximum achieved), Jaguars 0 (in progress)
Pace bowling bonus points (in progress): Hurricanes 1.2, Jaguars 0
(Before the seventh round)
1. Barbados Pride 108.2 points
2. Guyana Jaguars 79
3. Jamaica Scorpions 61.2
4. Windward Islands Volcanoes 56.8
5. Trinidad & Tobago Red Force 54.8
6. Leeward Islands Hurricanes 40.4
NOTE: Bonus points are only added to the Points Table at the conclusion of each match.
January 9 to 12
Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by 10 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua Scorecard
Red Force drew with Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad Scorecard
Volcanoes beat Pride by three wickets – Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Scorecard
January 16 to 19
Scorpions drew with Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica Scorecard
Pride beat Jaguars by 7 wickets – Kensington Oval, Barbados Scorecard
Red Force beat Hurricanes by an innings and 168 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy Scorecard
January 23 to 26
Scorpions lost to Pride by 119 runs – Sabina Park Scorecard
Jaguars beat Red Force by 219 runs – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana Scorecard
Volcanoes lost to Hurricanes by – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia Scorecard
February 6 to 9
Jaguars lost to Scorpions by seven runs – Guyana National Stadium Scorecard
Volcanoes drew with Red Force – Windsor Park, Dominica Scorecard
February 7 to 10
Hurricanes lost to Pride by an innings and 81 runs – Warner Park, St. Kitts Scorecard
February 13 to 16
Scorpions beat Hurricanes by five wickets – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex, Jamaica Scorecard
Pride beat Red Force by 299 runs – Kensington Oval Scorecard
Volcanoes drew with Jaguars – Grenada National Stadium, Grenada Scorecard
February 27 to March 1
Scorpions lost to Jaguars by seven wickets – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex Scoreboard
Pride beat Volcanoes by 127 runs – Kensington Oval Scoreboard
Hurricanes drew with Red Force – Warner Park Scoreboard
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated in brackets)
March 5 to 8
Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Grenada National Stadium
Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 a.m. daily)
March 12 to 15
Red Force vs Volcanoes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 p.m. daily)
Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (2 p.m. daily)
March 26 to 29
Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 a.m. daily)
Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park (2 p.m. daily)
Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval
April 2 to 5
Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval (2 p.m. daily)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad