Defiant Baugh rescues champions
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Carlton Baugh’s third consecutive first class half-century rescued five-time defending champions Jamaica on the opening day of their Regional Four-Day semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago here Thursday.
With his side tottering at 17 for three and then 87 for six, the gutsy right-hander hauled Jamaica back from the brink, with a superb unbeaten 88 that guided the hosts to 246 all out at Sabina Park.
He put on a fabulous 103 for the last wicket with tail-ender Sheldon Cotterell who hit 44 that rallied Jamaica from the brink of collapse.
At the close, Trinidad and Tobago were already struggling at 17 for one.
West Indies opener Lendl Simmons was on nine and Yannick Cariah, five.
Winning the toss and batting, Jamaica were jolted by young paceman Marlon Richards who ended with figures of five for 46 from 17.2 overs.
In a lethal opening burst, he knocked over Brenton Parchment (5), Nkrumah Bonner (3) and Andre McCarthy (1) cheaply as Jamaica plunged to 17 for one inside the first hour.
Captain Tamar Lambert, who hit 38 and Danza Hyatt, who got 21, stemmed the flow of wickets by adding 32 for the fourth wicket.
However, leg-spinner Imran Khan, who finished with two for 53, removed Hyatt to leave Jamaica dangling by a threat at 50 for four at lunch.
Lambert combined with David Bernard Jr (18) to put on a further 38 for the fifth wicket after the break, before both fell in successive overs, with no runs added, to further reduce Jamaica to 87 for six.
The hosts, however, displayed the heart and courage that has been the hallmark of their winning streak in recent years, rallying strongly to deny the Trinidadians.
Baugh took centre stage, putting on 43 for the seventh wicket with Nikita Miller who hit 21, before joining with Cotterell to further frustrate T&T.
The discarded Windies gloveman faced 129 balls in 173 minutes at the crease, and seemed certain for his 13th first class century when he lost Cotterell, lbw to Khan.
National under-19 batsman Jeremy Solozano, on first class debut, was then run out for one with the score on nine for one in the fifth over of T&T’s reply, to give Jamaica the edge.
JAMAICA 246 all out (Carlton Baugh 88 not out, Sheldon Cotterell 44, Tamar Lambert 38, Nikita Miller 21; Marlon Richards 5-46, Imran Khan 2-53)
T&T 17 for one.