Baugh satisfied with knock
Windward Islands cricketers will be hard-pressed to reach the 254-run total needed to beat Jamaica as the hosts fought back into the fourth-round Regional Four-Day contest at Sabina Park in Kingston yesterday.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh struck a fluent 89 not out to lift Jamaica to a second-innings score of 275 all out after they resumed on the third day at 26 without loss.
The 31-year-old Baugh, once the first choice West Indies wicketkeeper, expressed disappointment he did not reach the century milestone, but was satisfied his knock contributed to an improved team batting show after their 194 in the first innings.
"I think it was good enough from the team, and the guys were better in the second innings, though there is still room for improvement. It was a fair enough knock for myself. I'm very disappointed I didn't get the three figures, but that's how the game of cricket is," he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
He said the slow nature of the dry-looking surface and the threat of off-spinner Shane Shillingford — who took seven wickets in the innings and 11 in the match — were challenges that his teammates could have handled better.
"The wicket is not that hard to bat on. Once you apply yourself and spend time at the crease it can get easier. Any surface you play on, once you are in you will score runs but you have to give yourself that chance.
"Credit to Shillingford that he got seven wickets in the second innings and he bowled pretty well, but I think we didn't play him properly," said the in-form Baugh, who made an undefeated 56 in the first innings.
On an attritional day two, the Windwards — without the batting services of injured captain Liam Sebastien — closed their first innings on 216-9 after once being in a strong position at 200-5.
On Friday's first day, Jamaica had made only 194 and Windward Islands were set to build a considerable lead after a fifth-wicket stand of 102 runs between Romel Currency, who hit 76 not out, and Tyrone Theophile (73).
But a steady, if not overly penetrative bowling display by Jamaica's bowlers in the final session, helped to trigger the loss of four wickets for 16 runs on Saturday.
Pace bowler Brian Buchanan, in his second season of first-class cricket for Jamaica, took two wickets. He said the effort was good in conditions not necessarily favourable to seam bowling.
"I think I bowled really well on a flat wicket. It didn't assist the bowlers a lot. I was patient and I got those two wickets," Buchanan said on Saturday.