Carter puts Bajans in sight of lead
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jonathan Carter was on the verge of a maiden first-class hundred and Barbados were in sight of a first innings lead before brought an early close to the Final of the Regional 4 Day Tournament on Saturday.
Carter, a 24-year-old left-hander, fashioned an accomplished, unbeaten 96, as Barbados overcame some early hiccups to cruise to 197 for three before rain swept across Sabina Park 18 minutes after the tea break and ended play prematurely on the second day.
Barbados dominated the day, needing just 19 balls to bowl Jamaica out for 273 in their first innings before batting impressively to making hay while the sun shone.
Carter struck 10 fours from 172 balls and was accompanied by Dwayne Smith on 16 when the rain ended play for the day.
Carter was the central figure in a third-wicket partnership of 144 with Rashidi Boucher, which pulled Barbados out of danger and put them in a strong position.
The left-handed Carter and opener Boucher, who struck 52, dominated the post-lunch session, as Barbados took control of the encounter with purposeful batting.
Boucher, playing in his first match of the season, faced 133 balls and struck seven fours.
He raised his maiden, first-class half-century off 127 balls in 195 minutes, but fell moments later, caught behind off left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, leaving Barbados 174 for two.
Carter reached his 50 off 97 balls in 110 minutes with five fours and hardly put a foot wrong afterwards, as he easily negotiated Jamaica’s varied attack.
Carter and Boucher ensured Barbados added 107 in a session that was extended by 40 minutes to compensate for a protracted rain break.
The partnership also pulled Barbados around from 30 for two before lunch after fast bowler Andrew Richardson, who finished with two wickets for 45 runs from 10.1 overs, had made the early breakthrough.
The tall pacer trapped left-handed opener Omar Phillips lbw off the first ball of the innings and then had Kyle Hope caught at cover for 13, after the right-hander had put on 30 for the second wicket with Boucher.
JAMAICA 1st Innings
(overnight 266 for eight)
B. Parchment c Brathwaite b Benn 58
X. Marshall c wkpr Dowrich b Brathwaite 19
D. Pagon c *Brooks b Benn 71
D. Hyatt b Brathwaite 15
*T. Lambert c wkpr Dowrich b Benn 13
D. Bernard Jr c (sub) Greaves b Brathwaite 4
+H. Miller c *Brooks b Benn 18
N Miller not out 34
A. Richardson c Searles b Benn 7
S. Cotterrell b Best 15
O. Brown c Brathwaite b Searles 1
Extras (b6, lb2, w3, nb7) 18
TOTAL (all out) 273
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-154, 3-158, 4-186, 5-186, 6-195, 7-222, 8-239, 9-272
Bowling: Best 13-1-54-1, Searles 16.1-3-53-1, Smith 18-6-30-0, Brathwaite 17-3-38-3, Benn 29-5-90-5
BARBADOS 1st Innings
O. Phillips lbw b Richardson 0
R. Boucher c wkpr H. Miller b N. Miller 52
K. Hope c Bernard b Richardson 13
J. Carter not out 96
D.R. Smith not out 16
Extras (b5, lb3, nb12) 20
TOTAL (3 wkts) 197
*S. Brooks, +S. Dowrich, C. Brathwaite, J. Searles, S. Benn, T. Best to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-30, 3-174
Bowling: Richardson 10.1-0-45-2, Cotterell 9-1-45-0, N Miller 22-7-39-1, Brown 10-1-28-0, Bernard 4-0-18-0, *Lambert 3-0-14-0
Position: Barbados trail by 76 runs with seven first innings wickets standing
Umpires: N. Duguid, P. Nero
Match referee: D. Hayles
Reserve umpire: V. Smith