Thursday, April 18, 2024

Bajans crumble


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Barbados slumped to a disappointing 63-run defeat to Jamaica yesterday, collapsing to the spin of Nikita Miller in the opening match of the Regional Four-Day Cricket Competition at Kensington Oval.
Set 192 to win and resuming on 13 without loss, Barbados folded for 128 shortly after 2 p.m. to concede victory in the low-scoring contest well inside three days.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich was the only Barbadian batsman to play the Jamaican spin trio of Miller, leg-spinner Odean Browne and part-timer Tamar Lambert with any confidence.
By the time Barbados’ last wicket, Miguel Cummins, fell by the run-out route, Dowrich had batted for 73 minutes anjd he faced 66 balls. His innings included one six, thumped over long on off Browne who bowled with excellent control to provide perfect support for Miller.
Browne took two for 48 and skipper Lambert two for 14, but it was the brilliance of left-arm spinner Miller, combined with the limitations of the local batsmen, that condemned Barbados to a demoralizing defeat.
Miller completed his third ten-wicket haul in regional first-class cricket, all three in Barbados. Two came at Kensington and the third against the Combined Campuses and Colleges at the 3Ws Oval.
On this occasion, the former West Indies player finished with ten for 67, including a second-innings haul of five for 34.
While Miller emerged as the hero, the initial strike came through Browne who found the edge of Kraigg Brathwaite’s (17) bat after 40 minutes of play for wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh to take the catch.
Before the first hour was completed, Rashidi Boucher, who laboured for 79 minutes and faced 58 balls for his 14 runs, was bowled by Miller, and the refreshment cart was driven onto the field with Barbados 35 for two.
Kyle Hope got off the mark with a streaky single off Miller but then deposited a short ball from Browne over midwicket for six. His positive approach sparked some optimism in the Barbados camp but the hosts were quickly under pressure once more when captain Kirk Edwards (8) turned Miller to forward short leg where substitute Zeniffe Fowler held a sharp catch.
The same combination brought the downfall of Hope (15), this time by the bat/pad route, leaving Roston Chase and Jonathan Carter to take the Bajans to lunch without further alarms at 76 for four.
Both were dismissed before ten runs were added after the break as the home side slipped to 85 for six. Carter chopped Browne into his stumps while Chase was lbw pushing forward to Miller.
Dowrich remained untroubled as Lambert removed Kevin Stoute and Christopher Jordan cheaply before Miller won an lbw appeal against Ashley Nurse to claim his fifth wicket of the innings.
Dowrich and last man Cummins disagreed on a single, resulting in the run-out of Cummins as he made a desperate lunge for the crease at the non-striker’s end.
Barbados will now have to regroup in time for their second-round group match against Guyana which starts at Kensington Oval on Friday.


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