Lambert hundred puts Jamaica ahead

Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert ripped up the form book and gathered his third first-class hundred to fortify his side’s position against Barbados in their Headley/Weekes semi-final here Sunday.

Lambert shrugged off his patchy form this season to hit the top score of 121 to be the rock upon which his side built a first innings total of 302 on the second day of the match at Kensington Oval, for a lead of 57.

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The 33-year-old Lambert reached his hundred from 164 balls, when he slog/swept a delivery from beanpole left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn over mid-wicket for the third of his four sixes.

He put on 114 for the seventh wicket with Dave Bernard Jr that took the steam out of the Barbadians and restored stability to their innings, after they slumped to 140 for six in the first hour after lunch.

Bernard supported with 42, Jermaine Blackwood made 37, John Campbell got 31, and night-watchman Damion Jacobs added 21.

Benn was the pick of the Barbados bowlers with five for 102 from 35 overs, off-spinner Ashley Nurse captured two for 47 from 16 overs and Fidel Edwards took two for 58 from 12 overs.

Batting again in their second innings, Barbados reached 18 for one, with Kraigg Brathwaite not out on seven and Shai Hope unbeaten on five.

Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell gave the Jamaicans a further boost, when he had left-handed opener Omar Phillips caught behind for two.

Earlier, Jamaica, starting the day on 52 for one, were dismissed about half-hour before the close, following a pivotal hundred from Lambert that also included a dozen fours from 173 balls in 220 minutes.

Left-handed opener Campbell, who was not out on 25 overnight, was lbw to Benn for 31, essaying a sweep in the first half-hour of the day.

Jacobs frustrated the Barbadians for close to an hour before he was caught at silly-point, leaving Jamaica 98 for three.

Jamaica stumbled to 117 for four at lunch, when Andre McCarthy was caught at mid-wicket off Nurse for a duck just before the players left the field.

After the interval, Jermaine Blackwood was adjudged caught at silly point off Benn for 37, with television replays suggesting the ball had struck the turf first.

The Jamaicans were on the ropes, when Lambert, on 20, was dropped by Benn, but Carlton Baugh Jr  (10) was run out, backing up too far when the ball ricocheted from the hands of the bowler.

Bernard came to the crease and with Lambert they resurrected their side’s chances in keeping with the religious holiday being celebrated around the world on the day, with a steady partnership that carried their side to 217 for six at tea.

After the break, they put the Jamaicans in the lead before Bernard was lbw to Edwards, triggering another period of instability that left the visitors wobbling on 264 for nine.

But Lambert farmed the strike in a last-wicket stand of 38 with Cottrell to reach his milestone and earn his side a three valuable batting points, taking their aggregate for the match so far to six, two more than the home team.

Under tournament rules, the side that either wins or accumulates the most points in the semi-final will qualify for the Final of the Tournament which has now been re-scheduled to start next Saturday, April 26.


Summary Scores:

Barbados 1st Innings: 245 All Out (77.3 Overs). Shane Dowrich+ 69, Ashley Nurse 45, Omar Phillips 33, Shai Hope 28; Damion Jacobs 21-8-58-3, Sheldon Cottrell 8.3-1-28-3, Dave Bernard 9-2-32-2, Nikita Miller 27-6-56-0.

Jamaica 1st Innings: 302 All Out (93 Overs). Tamar Lambert* 121, Dave Bernard Jr 42, Jermaine Blackwood 37, John Campbell 31; Sulieman Benn 35-13-102-5, Ashley Nurse 16-4-47-2, Fidel Edwards 12-0-58-2, Carlos Brathwaite 14-4-31-0.

Barbados 1st Innings: 18/1 (7 Overs). Kraigg Brathwaite* 7*, Shai Hope 5*, Omar Phillips 2; Sheldon Cottrell 3-0-7-1, Jerome Taylor 3-0-5-0, Nikita Miller 1-0-2-0.

Stumps, Day 2


Barbados 1st Innings

Kraigg Brathwaite*LBW Bernard 15

O Phillips c Blackwood b Jacobs 33

S Hope run out Blackwood 28

J Carter c Bonner b Jacobs 15

K Stoute LBW Jacobs 11

S Dowrich+ not out 69

Carlos Brathwaite run out McCarthy 4

A Nurse b Cottrell 45

S Benn c Lambert b Bernard 8

Fidel Edwards c Bernard b Cottrell 0

M Cummins hit wkt Cottrell 0

Total: 245 All Out (77.3 Overs)

Extras: (b11, w3, nb3) 17

Fall of Wickets: 1-29, 2-82, 3-92, 4-105, 5-128, 6-134, 7-235, 8-244, 9-245, 10-245.

Jamaica 1st Innings Bowling: J Taylor 11-0-50-0, S Cottrell 8.3-1-28-3, D Bernard 9-2-32-2, D Jacobs 21-8-58-3, N Miller 27-6-56-0, J Campbell 1-0-10-0.

Jamaica 1st Innings

N Bonner LBW Nurse 26

J Campbell LBW Benn 31

D Jacobs c Phillips b Benn 21

J.Blackwood c Phillips b Benn 37

A McCarthy c Kraigg Brathwaite b Nurse 0

T Lambert* c Carlos Brathwaite b Benn 121

C Baugh Jr+ run out Benn 10

D Bernard LBW Fidel Edwards 42

N Miller c Carter b Benn 0

J Taylor c Dowrich b Fidel Edwards 0

S Cottrell not out 5

Total: 302 All Out (93 Overs)

Extras: (lb6, nb2) 8

Fall of Wickets: 1-51, 2-67, 3-98, 4-113, 5-125, 6-140, 7-254, 8-255, 9-264, 10-302.

Barbados 1st Innings Bowling: Fidel Edwards 12-0-58-2, M Cummins 7-0-33-0, A Nurse 16-4-47-2, Carlos Brathwaite 14-4-31-0, S Benn 35-13-102-5, J Carter 9-1-25-0.

Barbados 2nd Innings (Trail; 57)

Kraigg Brathwaite not out 7

O Phillips c Baugh Jr b Cottrell 2

S Hope not out 5

Total: 18/1 (7 Overs)

Extras (b4) 4

Fall of Wicket: 1-10.

Jamaica 2nd Innings Bowling: J Taylor 3-0-5-0, S Cottrell 3-0-7-1, N Miller 1-0-2-0.

State of Match: Barbados trail Jamaica by 39 runs in their 2nd Innings

Toss: Barbados won the toss and elected to bat

Points-to-date: Barbados 4 (1 batting point + 3 bowling points) | Jamaica 6 (3 bowling points + 3 batting points)

Umpires: Peter Nero, Joel Wilson

Match Referee: Mervyn Jones

Reserve Umpire: Jonathan Blades

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 15:52