Pride close in on victory against Scorpions


Pride close in on victory against Scorpions

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, March 10, 2019

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The gulf in class between Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions in both departments was again reflected on day three of their ninth-round West Indies four-day cricket game, as the visitors closed in on victory at Sabina Park yesterday.

Barbados Pride closed the day on five without loss in search of 158 runs for victory, after Roston Chase with his sixth first-class five-wicket haul and young seamer Keon Harding made light work of the Scorpions batting.

Chase snared 5-63 from 21.3 overs, while Harding, who had 4-80 in 13 overs, scythe through the Scorpions line-up as their second innings folded at 218.

Only Brandon King (46), Garth Garvey (37) and Jermaine Blackwood (31) offered minimal resistance on a pitch that still had variations in bounce after another sunny day and heavy foot traffic.

Earlier, Jonathan Carter missed out on a sixth frist-class century, scoring 91, as the Pride resuming on 233-5, grounded their first innings at 311-9, to take a 61-run lead.

Only 10 batsmen took to the crease for the visitors as Jomel Warrican the number 11 batsman was unable to take part and is out with a suspected case of the dengue virus. He was expected to return to Barbados late yesterday.

Scores: Jamaica Scorpions 250 (87.5 overs) & 218 (59.3 overs); Barbados Pride 311-9 (104.4 overs) & 5-0 (1 over).

When play resumed yesterday, Carter and Tevyn Walcott added 41 to their overnight sixth-wicket stand of 42 to take Barbados Pride past the Scorpions total and into a 24-run lead.

Walcott, the 24-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman pushed his overnight 16 to 35 and seemed well set to achieve a third first-class half-century.

But it was not to be and the painstaking 83-run stand came to an end when Walcott was deceived by a quicker delivery from Nikita Miller that struck him on the foot as the Scorpions went up for a successful leg-before-wicket appeal.

Carter respectable innings also came to an end soon after, as he failed to navigate an arm ball from off spinner Akim Frazer and was bowled.

Keon Harding tried to take up the mantle, striking four boundaries in a brisk 23 off 31, but went for one big hit too many and was picked up at deep midwicket by Paul Palmer off Derval Green.

And it was left for Jerome Taylor to wrap things up 20 minutes before lunch by rattling the stumps of his bowling counterpart Miguel Cummins for two.

Miller and Green had three wickets apiece for the Scorpions, ending with 3-63 and 3-45, respectively.

Jamaica Scorpions batsmen obtained little from the patience and discipline exercised by their opponents to minimise risk, and instead opted to play their shots.

Openers Kennar Lewis and Garth Garvey started steadily but soon freed their hands to grab a few quick runs, before the 28-run partnership was inevitably broken by Harding.

Lewis (11) fell to a forcing stroke as he closed the face of the bat to whip a half-volley length delivery through midwicket but took the top edge and was caught by substitute fielder Chemar Holder.

Garvey continued his aggressive stroke plays, carving out five boundaries and a six in adding 35 for the second wicket with Brandon King, before being trapped in front by Harding for 37.

King and Jermaine Blackwood looked very comfortable together and quickly established a 50-run third wicket stand off a mere 36 balls in 25 minutes. Both batsmen played some bold strokes throughout their respective innings, particularly to off-spinner Roston Chase, who in turn had the last laugh.

Blackwood, who struck two boundaries and a six in his 45-ball 31, was the first to go attempting another aggressive stroke and was bowled by Chase to bring the 75-run stand to an end.

Chase then had Guyanese-born Assad Fudadin trapped in front for a first ball duck, but Paul Palmer successful saw off the hat-trick delivery.

Still Jamaica Scorpions's 131-2 at tea interval, soon became 143-5 as King's well-played 46 from 45, which included four boundaries and three sixes, ended five runs later.

The 24-year-old swiped Chase's flighted delivery from the Michael Holding end into the wind on the leg side and was caught by Jamaican-born Marquino Mindley, who acrobatically completed the catch twice as his body weight propelled him over the boundary ropes.

Harding then returned from the Courtney Walsh end to bowl Derval Green (14) and had Jerome Taylor (four) caught by Brathwaite in the slip cordon.

Prior to that Miguel Cummins had first innings hero Nkrumah Bonner (11) adjudged leg-before-wicket.

Captain Nikita Miller, who is closing in on the end of his first-class career, walked out through a guard of honour courtesy of the Pride players and was eventually left not out on 14.

This was after Chase completed his five-wicket haul by trapping Palmer (22) in front and Akim Frazer (five) caught behind.

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