Jamaica plummet to defeat against Barbados
Not even an 85-minute rain delay in the afternoon could prevent Jamaica from plummeting to a second straight defeat at home in a 245-run trouncing at the hands of title-holders Barbados in the fifth-round Regional Four-day game at Sabina Park yesterday.
Earlier, Barbados declared on their overnight second innings score of 162-2 to set Jamaica, who lost at Sabina Park to the Windward Islands a week ago, an unlikely target of 382 runs for victory. Jamaica were eventually dismissed for 136 in their second innings.
Scores: Barbados 423 (142.3 overs) and 162-2 declared (46 overs); Jamaica 204-9 declared (84.2 overs) and 136 (85.5 overs).
Like they did in the first innings, the Jamaica top order failed abysmally on a good fourth-day batting pitch, as the hosts slumped to 122-8 at tea before a persistent drizzle took a significant chunk out of the final session.
All-rounder David Bernard, who did not bat in the first innings due to a knee injury he sustained after slipping while trying to field a ball on the boundary rope on Saturday, was the last man out when he was given out leg-before-wicket to left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who took 3-30.
Bernard, batting at number 10, faced 91 balls for his nine runs, and shared in a fighting 14-run stand -- which lasted 19 overs and five balls -- with last man Brian Buchanan, who made six runs from 60 deliveries.
Barbados captain Kraigg Brathwaite, who expressed relief that they were able to complete the victory, said the team "did well with the bat and ball" throughout the one-sided contest.
Jamaica's head coach Junior Bennett, obviously upset at the nature of the defeat, slammed the "pathetic batting", while pointing out that so many batsmen were dismissed playing attacking shots though the team had virtually no chance of reaching 382 runs in a day.
Jamaica fell to fourth in the preliminary standings with 41 points, while Barbados stayed at the top with 65. Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago have 62 and 56 points, respectively. Only the top four teams will advance to the semi-final stage.
Early in the innings, the towering Barbados pacer Jason Holder dismissed left-hander John Campbell (two) and his unrelated opening partner Jon-Ross Campbell (four) as Jamaica slumped to 26-2.
The lanky Benn, who got steep bounce on rare occasions, soon accounted for Nkrumah Bonner (15), the batsman who resisted Barbados with an even 50 in the first innings.
Jermaine Blackwood, who also hit a half-century in the first innings, went for eight when he edged a delivery from powerfully built medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite to Benn at slip.
Omar Phillips, fielding at short cover, completed a brilliant reflex catch to dismiss Carlton Baugh when the wicketkeeper/batsman unleashed a powerful drive into the off side from a full-pitched ball from Brathwaite.
Jamaica limped to lunch at 63-5 and worse was to come when Lambert (11) was caught by Holder at mid-on as he attempted a drive off the off-spinner Ashley Nurse in the first over after the break.
Nikita Miller and Jamie Merchant (37) delayed the end with a seventh-wicket stand of 50 before the latter was caught at cover by Roston Chase off Benn.
One run later, Taylor (0) was trapped lbw by Nurse, but Barbados' progress was stalled with the arrival of rain, which began during the tea interval.
Miller, who batted bravely for 15 runs while using up 111 deliveries, was dismissed by Nurse in the first over after the restart before Bernard and Buchanan resisted with a final and ultimately futile stand as the sunlight faded in the final hour of play.
Nurse supported Benn with 3-40, while Brathwaite and Holder took two wickets a-piece.
BARBADOS 1st Innings 423
JAMAICA 1st Innings 204
BARBADOS 2nd Innings 162 for two decl
JAMAICA 2nd Innings (To win: 382 runs)
John Campbell c C Brathwaite b Holder 2
Jon-Ros Campbell c wkp Dowrich b Holder 4
N Bonner c Cummins b Benn 15
J Blackwood c Benn b Brathwaite 8
*T Lambert c Holder b Nurse 11
+C Baugh c Phillips b Brathwaite 4
N Miller c Dowrich b Nurse 15
J Merchant c Chase b Benn 37
J Taylor c lbw b Nurse 0
D Bernard lbw b Benn 9
Extras (b12, lb10, nb3) 25
TOTAL (all out, 85.5 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-26, 30, 4-47, 5-57, 6-64, 7-114, 8-115, 9-122, 10-136.
Bowling: Benn 36.5-20-30-3, Holder 8-4-16-2, C Brathwaite 10-8-9-2, Nurse 25-11-40-3, Carter 2-0-6-0, Cummins 2-0-10-0, Chase 2-0-3-0.
Result: Barbados won by 245 runs.
Points: Barbados 19, Jamaica 3.
Umpires: V Smith, N Duguid.