After waiting three and a half days to get started, the Professional Cricket League match between Barbados Pride and Jamaica only served up more frustration for fans, players and officials at the Windward Cricket Ground yesterday.
The second-round WICB Professional League match finally got started some four hours into the fourth and final day, only to finish in a bizarre circumstances when the home team strategically declared their first innings with the total of six runs for two wickets after 3.4 overs in an attempt to deny their Jamaican visitors a single bowling point.
The result was the match ended in a tame draw, but its ending is sure to draw the attention of the WICB’s competition committee.
Jamaica, who were invited to bat when play finally got started at 1:30 p.m., declared their own first innings closed after 40 overs at 111 for four with the Pride earning a bonus bowling point, at the fall of the third wicket.
Faced with a minimum of 15 overs in the final hour, Barbados Pride lost opener Omar Phillips and number three Shai Hope to new-ball bowlers Jerome Taylor and Marquino Mindley, respectively.