Late CCC scalps give Jamaica the edge
Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – Two late wickets – one of them Chadwick Walton in the final over – tipped the scales in favour of Jamaica in their battle with Combined Campuses & Colleges for the last semi-final slot in the Regional Four-Day Championship here on Sunday.
Walton made a composed 47 and Raymon Reifer batted resolutely for 30 before they were both dismissed in the final half-hour, as the CCC reached 155 for five in their second innings at the close on the third day of the seventh round match, still needing 82 for victory.
The pair added 67 for the fourth wicket to revive the home team, after they wobbled to 64 for three, chasing 237 for victory on a 3Ws Oval pitch still playing quite true.
Both gifted their wickets however, with the dismissal of Walton in the final over highly likely to cause the most consternation in the CCC outfit, as they chased a victory to seal a place in the Final Four, starting next Saturday.
Earlier, Carlton Baugh Jr hit 78, his second half-century of the match, to lead a rearguard action, as Jamaica were bowled out for 215 in their second innings about 55 minutes after lunch.
Jermaine Blackwood supported with 48, but the visitors’ batting was undermined by leg-spinner Akeem Dewar with four for 74 from 25 overs, while Raymon Reifer and off-spinner Ryan Austin grabbed two wickets apiece.
CCC then stumbled to 56 for two at tea, after Jerome Taylor had Shacaya Thomas caught at second slip for 15 and the veteran left-hander Floyd Reifer, Raymon’s older cousin, caught behind down the leg-side for two from a top-edged hook.
After tea, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller set back the CCC further, when he trapped Kyle Corbin lbw for 31, playing back and across.
The younger Reifer came to the crease and spent close to 90 minutes with Walton and eased the tension with circumspect batting, defying purposeful spells from Taylor and left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, as well as Miller’s steady bowling.
Just when it appeared that Jamaica’s shoulders were about to droop, the younger Reifer essayed a slog/sweep at a delivery from leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and was caught at deep mid-wicket.
With the close approaching, Walton chose discretion as the best part of valour and seemed determined to cause his opponents a sleepless night.
But Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert turned to John Campbell’s uncomplicated off-spin in the final stages and it paid handsomely, when Walton tried to clear long-off and was caught just inside the boundary with four balls remaining in the day.
Earlier, two wickets in the space of three balls to Dewar had Jamaica scrambling on 94 for five inside the first hour.
Starting the day on 79 for three, the visitors lost West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels caught behind down the leg-side for 11 from a glance in the fifth over of the day.
The beanpole Dewar then tightened the screws, when he had Andre McCarthy caught at second slip for four and Lambert caught at silly-point for a second-ball duck.
But Baugh came to the crease and dominated an 80-run stand with Blackwood that took the sting out of the CCC attack, reaching his 50 from 49 balls with an extra cover drive off Austin for the fifth of his six fours.
Blackwood was caught at second slip off Dewar, as the Jamaicans reached 175 for six at lunch before crumbling after the interval, despite Baugh’s aggression.
With the top three teams – Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Windward Islands – having all secured a place in the semi-finals, the last slot has come down to a straight shoot-out between CCC and Jamaica.
Jamaica 1st Innings: 182 All Out (75.2 Overs). Carlton Baugh Jr 57, Jerome Taylor 39, Tamar Lambert* 18, Marlon Samuels 12; Raymon Reifer 11-3-24-3, Jomel Warrican 24-8-42-2, Akeem Dewar 10.2-0-24-2, Ryan Austin 22-5-70-2.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings: 161 All Out (68.1 Overs). Kevin McClean 36, Shacaya Thomas 33, Kyle Corbin 22, Steven Jacobs* 20; Nikita Miller 31-16-31-5, Jerome Taylor 15-4-40-3, Sheldon Cottrell 15-3-56-1, Tamar Lambert 2.1-0-4-0.
Jamaica 2nd Innings: 215 All Out (80.2 Overs). Carlton Baugh Jr+ 78, Jermaine Blacwood 48, John Campbell 38, Nkrumah Bonner 12; Akeem Dewar 25-3-74-4, Ryan Austin 19.2-3-50-2, Raymon Reifer 11-3-32-2, Jomel Warrican 20-8-32-1.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings: 155/5 (48.2 Overs). Chadwick Walton+ 47, Kyle Corbin 31, Raymon Reifer 30, Steven Jacobs 18; Jerome Taylor 7-1-36-2, Nikita Miller 21-2-56-1, Damion Jacobs 11-1-31-1, John Campbell 1.2-0-4-1.
Stumps, Day 3
Jamaica 1st Innings
N Bonner b Raymon Reifer 12
J Campbell c Walton b Austin 8
J Blackwood c Corbin b McClean 1
M Samuels c Palmer b Raymon Reifer 12
T Lambert* b Austin 18
A McCarthy c & b Raymon Reifer 0
C Baugh Jr+ LBW Warrican 57
D Jacobs LBW Warrican 5
N Miller c Walton b Dewar 17
J Taylor c (sub) Hodge b Dewar 39
S Cottrell not out 6
Total: 182 All Out (75.2 Overs)
Extras: (b4, lb1, w1, nb1) 6
Fall of Wickets: 1-12, 2-13, 3-25, 4-40, 5-44, 6-71, 7-86, 8-129, 9-174, 10-182.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings Bowling: K McClean 8-3-17-1, Raymon Reifer 11-3-24-3, R Austin 22-5-70-2, J Warrican 24-8-42-2, A Dewar 10.2-0-24-2.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 1st Innings
S Thomas b Taylor 33
K Corbin c Baugh b Taylor 22
Raymon Reifer c Baugh b Taylor 0
C Walton+ LBW Miller 7
Floyd Reifer LBW Miller 11
S Jacobs LBW Miller 20
A Dewar b Cottrell 6
K McClean run out (McCarthy) 36
J Warrican st Baugh b Miller 4
P Palmer c Jacobs b Miller 4
R Austin not out 0
Total: 161 All Out (68.1 Overs)
Extras: (b4, lb8, nb6) 18
Fall of Wickets: 1-59, 2-59, 3-68, 4-70, 5-87, 6-106, 7-124, 8-143, 9-157, 10-161.
Jamaica 1st Innings Bowling: J Taylor 15-4-40-3, S Cottrell 15-3-56-1, N Miller 31-16-31-5, D Jacobs 5-1-18-0, T Lambert 2.1-0-4-0.
Jamaica 2nd Innings (Lead; 21)
N Bonner c Corbin b Raymon Reifer 12
John Campbell c Corbin b Warrican 38
J Blackwood c Floyd Reifer b Dewar 48
M Samuels c Walton b Raymon Reifer 11
A McCarthy c Floyd Reifer b Dewar 4
T Lambert* c Thomas b Dewar 0
C Baugh+ c Raymon Reifer b Dewar 78
N Miller run out 0
D Jacobs b Austin 10
J Taylor c Corbin b Austin 6
S Cottrell not out 1
Total: 215 All Out (80.2 Overs)
Extras (b6, nb1) 7
Fall of Wickets: 1-22, 2-69, 3-89, 4-94, 5-94, 6-174, 7-176, 8-202, 9-208, 10-215.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings Bowling: K McClean 4-0-20-0, R Austin 19.2-3-50-2, Raymon Reifer 11-3-32-2, J Warrican 20-8-32-1, A Dewar 25-3-74-4, S Jacobs 1-0-2-0.
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings (Target; 237)
S Thomas c Campbell b Taylor 15
K Corbin LBW Miller 31
Floyd Reifer c Baugh b Taylor 2
C Walton+ c Taylor b Campbell 47
Raymon Reifer c Taylor b Jacobs 30
S Jacobs* not out 18
Total: 155/5 (48.2 Overs)
Extras (b7, lb3, w1, nb1) 12
Fall of Wickets: 1-24, 2-27, 3-64, 4-131, 5-155.
Still to Bat: Ryan Austin, Akeem Dewar, Kevin McClean, Paul Palmer, Jomel Warrican.
Jamaica 2nd Innings Bowling: J Taylor 7-1-36-2, S Cottrell 6-0-10-0, N Miller 21-2-56-1, D Jacobs 11-1-31-1, T Lambert 2-0-8-0, J Campbell 1.2-0-4-1.
State of Match: CCC need 82 runs to win
Points-to-date: CCC 3 (3 bowling points) | Jamaica 3 (3 bowling points)
Toss: Jamaica won the toss and elected to bat
Umpires: Tanvir Ahmed & Nandkumar Shivsankar
Standby Umpire: Kevin Sisnett
Match Referee: Carlyle Carter