Cricket

Walsh bowls Pride into the ascendancy

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Hayden Walsh Jr became the embodiment of the biblical passage about the stone the builder rejected being used for a greater purpose when he claimed a first-class career-best bowling spell that put Barbados Pride in charge against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.

The 25-year-old leg-spinner grabbed 6-48 from 20 overs as the Hurricanes were bowled out for 246, replying to the Pride's first innings total of 394, about half-hour before tea on the third day of their sixth-round match at Warner Park.

All-rounder Kevin Stoute snared 4-58 from 18.3 overs to help complete the demolition of the Hurricanes' batting, as they slumped from the relative comfort of 188 for three to lose their last seven wickets for 58.

West Indies “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge hit the top score of 82 for the Hurricanes, Akeem Saunders made 31, Devon Thomas got 26, and Nkrumah Bonner and skipper Rahkeem Cornwall added 23 apiece.

Batting a second time, Pride recovered from a shaky start, but lost two key wickets in the final hour, taking a bit of polish off their performance, as they reached 110 for four in their second innings when stumps were drawn for an overall lead of 258.

Pride stumbled to 37 for two when they lost Anthony Alleyne in the fifth over caught at slip for 13 off Gavin Tonge and fellow left-handed opener, first-innings century-maker Shayne Moseley caught behind for 16 chasing a wide delivery off Devon Thomas in the 14th over.

Their captain, Shamarh Brooks, and Jonathan Carter eased a bit of tension in the 45 minutes they spent together, putting on 33 for the third wicket.

But Brooks fell for 29, giving a return catch to Jeremiah Louis and Carter fell lbw to Cornwall for 22, leaving Kevin Stoute, not out on 14, and Kenroy Williams, not out on 15, to bat through the final half-hour before the close.

Born in St Croix, US Virgin Island, but raised in Antigua, Walsh, whose late father was a gritty opener for the Hurricanes in the 1990s, came through the ranks of the Leewards, but he has failed to find favour with the selectors of the subregional grouping in recent seasons.

As such, he has become a beneficiary of the Professional Cricket League franchise system that is now in its fourth season, and the Pride have provided him with a periodic outlet to put his talent to good use, as he did to undermine his Leewards contemporaries.

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