BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 22, CMC – Captain Kraigg Brathwaite became only the second Barbados player to score a hundred in both innings of a regional first class game, as Barbados Pride pressed home their advantage against leaders Guyana Jaguars on day three of their seventh round WICB PCL contest here yesterday.The right-hander carved out 112, an innings that helped Barbados declare their second innings at 241 for six at Kensington Oval.
Set 333 for victory, Jaguars were in strong reply, racing to 41 without loss at the close, with Rajindra Chandrika unbeaten on 25, to set up a fascinating final day on Monday.
They require a further 292 for victory.
Resuming from their overnight 173 for nine, Jaguars were bowled out in their first innings for 221 with Devendra Bishoo, unbeaten on seven at the start, striking a breezy 38 off 46 deliveries with four fours.
His last wicket stand with Ronsford Beaton, 15 not out, was worth 48 and it helped frustrate Barbados in the morning session. The innings ended just over an hour before lunch when Bishoo missed a swing at off-spinner Ashley Nurse and was bowled.
Barbados reached lunch at 41 without loss and Brathwaite and Kyle Corbin, who stroked 52, pushed on after the break to add 97 for the first wicket overall.
Brathwaite, who struck 102 in the first innings, faced 179 balls in 4-1/2 hours at the crease and counted ten fours and a six while Corbin’s innings consumed 95 balls in just over two hours, and included four fours and a six.
Barbados then lost two quick wickets, Corbin driving pacer Beaton to Bishoo at mid on and Kirk Edwards nicking one behind off the same bowler to fall for one and extend a run of poor form.
However, the hosts then benefited from two stands which gave them the thrust they needed to make the declaration. Brathwaite and Shai Hope, who made 26, combined in a third wicket stand of 54 before Brathwaite and Roston Chase (19) added a further 47 for the fourth wicket.
Brathwaite was eventually fifth out, bowled by medium pacer Chris Barnwell, after completing his 12th first class century and sixth in regional first class cricket.
Jaguars were led by Barnwell (2-33) and Beaton (2-37) who picked up two wickets apiece.