Jamaica, Barbados share 1st day honours
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Donovan Pagon and Brenton Parchment hammered half-centuries, but left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn’s five-wicket haul kept Barbados in the Final of the Regional 4 Day Tournament on Friday.
At the close of a competitive opening day at Sabina Park, the Jamaicans were fighting back on 266 for eight, after they lost four wickets for 32 runs, slumping to 186 for five at tea.
Pagon top-scored with 71 and opener Parchment got 58, as they combined in a second-wicket stand of 108 to put the hosts in a strong position after lunch.
Benn tore through the middle order however, finishing with five wickets for 90 runs from 29 overs, as Jamaica stumbled to the second break, only to be propped up afterward by a 27-run, ninth-wicket stand between Nikita Miller, not out on 29, and Sheldon Cotterell, not out on 15.
Choosing to bat, Jamaica got an opening stand of 46 from Parchment and Xavier Marshall, as Barbados’ bowlers toiled without success in the first hour.
Marshall, who made 19 off 42 balls with three fours, survived a chance on the same score, when Rashidi Boucher dropped him at mid-wicket off seamer Carlos Brathwaite just before the first drinks break.
He failed to add on resumption however, caught behind off the same bowler, who finished the day with three for 38.
Pagon and Parchment then came together to frustrate Barbados’ bowlers in an entertaining, century stand that occupied 173 balls in 107 minutes.
They saw Jamaica to their 150-run mark off 271 balls before the innings went into a slump.
Parchment was well caught by Brathwaite running back from mid-off from the bowling of Benn, who also had Pagon caught at short cover by Barbados captain Shamarh Brooks.
Parchment faced 138 balls and struck seven fours, while Pagon counted nine fours and two sixes from 109 balls.
Danza Hyatt scored 15 and Tamar Lambert made 13, stemming the flow of wickets with a stand of 28 before both fell just before tea.
Brathwaite bowled Hyatt off the inside edge, and Benn winkled out Lambert caught behind in the last over before the interval with no runs added.
Afterward, all-rounder Dave Bernard Jr was caught in the deep attempting a big shot off Brathwaite before Horace Miller fell for 18 and Andrew Richardson seven.
Nikita Miller then proved hard to dislodge and has so far faced 84 balls and hit two fours.
JAMAICA 1st Innings
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 29
A. Richardson c Searles b Benn 7
S. Cotterell not out 15
Extras (b6, lb2, w2, nb7) 17
TOTAL (8 wkts) 266
O. Brown to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-154, 3-158, 4-186, 5-186, 6-195, 7-222, 8-239
Bowling: Best 11-1-47-0, Searles 15-2-53-0, Smith 18-6-30-0, Brathwaite 17-3-38-3, Benn 29-5-90-5
BARBADOS: O. Phillips, R. Boucher, K. Hope, D.R. Smith, J. Carter, *S. Brooks, +S. Dowrich, C. Brathwaite, J. Searles, S. Benn, T. Best
Umpires: N. Duguid, P. Nero
Match referee: D. Hayles
Reserve umpire: V. Smith