Bajan keeper Smith suffers finger injury
Bridgetown, Barbados – In a cruel twist of fate and irony, Barbados wicket-keeper Jamal Smith is expected to miss the rest of the Regional 4 Day match against Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) at Kensington Oval with a suspected fracture to his left knuckle while batting on Friday night.
The 27-year-old Smith, who was belatedly drafted into the side earlier in the day for the recuperating Shane Dowrich, who was struck above the left eye in the previous match against Trinidad & Tobago at the same venue, was unable to take his place behind the stumps towards the close of play as CCC reached 2-0 off two overs just before midnight in reply to a first innings total of 237 all out.
Six-footer Smith’s hand is in a sling and he experiences “overbearing pain” and he was slated to visit an orthopaedic specialist after the doctor who treated him at the ground revealed that there is a likely fracture.
Smith went to the crease at No. 8 with Barbados on 158 for six in the 51st over. He was given a testing time by yet another six-footer in fast bowler Jason Holder, a 21-year-old Barbadian, who was operating from the Malcolm Marshall end at the south.
Smith managed a boundary to third man off Holder from the second ball he faced but was dismissed without adding – and sustained the injury off his seventh delivery all told – a lifter from Holder which he fended to gully in Romel Currency, the CCC captain.
“I was struck below the knuckle, just by the intersection between the fourth and fifth fingers,” Smith said on Saturday morning. “When I got out, I just turned and walked but I knew something was wrong. I felt very, very sharp pain that went through my fingers and I had to get immediate attention on returning to the dressing room.”
Co-incidentally, specialist batsman Jonathan Carter, who took over the gloves from Dowrich late on the first day against Trinidad & Tobago and kept for the rest of the match, had to do the job again on Friday.