Weather forces no result at Everest
By Adriel Richard
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct 19, CMC – Nkrumah Bonner and Dwayne Smith were making the most of a limited opportunity, when this country’s notoriously fickle weather typically ruined a match that promised much between Barbados and the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre on Wednesday in the Regional Super 50 championship.
Bonner gave the HPC batting backbone with 34 not out, after Smith grabbed three wickets for 38 runs from seven overs, as the West Indies’ next generation, sent into bat, reached 100 for five from 20 overs in their rain-marred opening Group-A match at the Everest Cricket Club.
An afternoon torrent about an hour and 20 minutes after play started drove the players off the field, further making bad conditions worse, leaving umpires Nigel Duguid and Goaland Greaves with little or no choice, abandoning the match just when it appeared things would intensify.
“We are not totally disappointed,” said HPC coach Andre Coley. “We have prepared well, and the wickets that went down were from poor decision-making.
“We’ll have a sit down and discuss what happened and I am confident we can take positives and address some of the stuff that we did not do so well.”
The result meant both sides walked away with two points. HPC face hosts Guyana at Bourda Ova in the second round of Group-A matches on Friday, when Barbados are scheduled to meet Windwards at the same venue.
“There is not much we could have done about the weather,” said Barbados Team Director Hendy Springer. “It is good we got as much play as we did, taking into consideration the amount of rain that fell the previous night.
“It is also good that our guys got a run out, albeit for 20 overs, and we got a basic idea of how we will go about doing our business the next time around.”
The HPC ran into trouble, after the match was reduced to 34 overs-a-side, when the start was delayed by 3 ¼ hours, following overnight rain that seeped through the covers onto the pitch and also left several parts of the outfield sodden.
It took great effort from the club’s groundstaff, as well as ICC Pitch Consultant Andy Atkinson and WICB Senior Operations Officer Roland Holder to make the conditions playable.
One of the tricks was to douse the affected areas on the pitch with kerosene and set it ablaze, creating spectacular scenes and leaving a few spectators in the small crowd aghast.
When play began, HPC were setback when opener Rajendra Chandrika was caught at backward point for one off Tino Best essaying a cut in the fifth over, and fellow opener Kyle Corbin was caught at third man for 21 off Smith in the eighth over just when it looked like he was about to get into the swing of things.
HPC were 40 for two, but they soon found themselves 58 for four, when Sulieman Benn had Devon Thomas caught at long-on for 10 and Smith had HPC captain, Barbadian Shamarh Brooks caught at slip for a duck at the start of the next over.
Bonner continued to play solidly, hooking Javon Searles for a four through backward square leg, driving Sulieman Benn off the back-foot through square cover for another boundary, and pulling Smith one bounce into the mid-wicket boundary for four.
The wickets continued to fall at the other end however, when Shane Dowrich was caught behind for 19 off Smith wafting a delivery of no real merit, leaving HPC 82 for five in the 18th over.
Lanky all-rounder Jason Holder came to the crease and got off the mark with a languid, lofted, straight six off Smith, and the intrigue was just beginning to build when the weather intervened.
WEST INDIES HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTRE
K. Corbin c Nurse b Smith 21
R. Chandrika c Smith b Best 1
N. Bonner not out 34
D. Thomas c Nurse b Benn 10
*S. Brooks c Richards b Smith 0
+S. Dowrich c wkpr Browne b Smith 19
J. Holder not out 7
Extras (b4, lb4) 8
TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 100
K. McClean, V. Permaul, K. Cottoy, B. Bess did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-40, 3-58, 4-58, 5-82
Bowling: Best 4-0-14-1 (w1); Searles 3-0-19-0 (w2); Smith 7-0-38-3; Benn 5-0-20-1 (w1); Hinds 1-0-5-0
BARBADOS: *K. Williams, D. Richards, R. Boucher, R. Hinds, J. Carter, D.R. Smith, +P. Browne, J. Searles, A. Nurse, S. Benn, T. Best
Points: Barbados 2, HPC 2
Umpires: N. Duguid, G. Greaves
Match referee: A. Griffith
Reserve umpire: S. Crawford