Positive Padmore puts Pickwick in sight of innings win over Carlton in Series 2 of Elite division

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - All-rounder Jade Padmore followed his disciplined century with his first-ever four-wicket haul which led to a recurring knee injury as he put ESA Field Pickwick in an excellent position to beat Carlton by an innings and thus become the first team to register an outright win for the 2013 BCA LIME Elite division championship.

On the second day of the second series at Foursquare Oval - rain affected play in all five matches - Carlton were dismissed for a paltry 82 in 35.1 overs, replying to Pickwick's first innings total of 304 all out off 88.3 overs from an overweek 229 for four.

Inevitably, Rondelle Yearwood, enjoying one of his finest moments as the long-standing Pickwick captain, promptly enforced the follow-on and Carlton crawled to seven for two off five overs in their second innings - still needing 215 more runs to save an innings defeat - before bad light ended play just before 6 o' clock, again leading to another early start at 12.02 p.m. on the third and final day.

Carlton must be haunted by the 23-year-old Padmore, who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm fast. He scored 105 as an opener on the opening day - his second century at this level - then watched as his side gained a further batting point within the first seven overs this afternoon and subsequently rushed onto the field following a live interview at the end of Pickwick's innings on the only local radio which brings coverage of local domestic cricket - the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, 94.7 FM.

"The plan is to actually develop my batting a bit more and still my bowling as well and try to be an out-and-out all-rounder," Padmore said during the interview.

He soon wasted no time in jolting the early Carlton batting, picking three wickets for seven runs in a six-over spell from the southern end.

First, left-hander Shayne Moseley, hooking, was caught down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Shai Hope for six in the fourth over of the innings from Padmore.

Then in the last ball of the sixth over, Anton Lucas-Jones, fending a lifting delivery, was caught at leg slip by the 'keeper for one.

Off the second ball of the next over from seamer Zahir Motara, Vonrick Nurse (six) had his middle stump knocked out as he essayed a drive.

In the following over, left-hander Kirk Gibson was bowled middle stump off the inside edge for one as he drove at Padmore, leaving Carlton tottering on 15 for four.

A subdued Kyle Mayers and a positive Krisnan Hurdle took the score to 40 for four off 15 overs at tea with Hurdle on 18 and Mayers, six.

But after adding 34 in exactly 12 overs, Mayers, a usually attacking left-hander, flashed at a short ball outside the off stump from energetic pacer Jared Gilkes and provided Shai Hope with his third catch after scoring eight off 38 balls in just under an hour.

Hurdle fell in the next over, clipping the first ball of a new spell from Padmore, this time from the northern end, to short midwicket in Rohan Ryan, having made what turned out to be the topscore of 24 off 38 balls with three boundaries in 53 minutes.

After the first ball of his following over, Padmore landed on the pitch grimacing in pain on his back and favouring his left knee which apparently cramped up. He soon went off the field for the rest of the day with figures of four for nine off 7.1 overs. 

Hurdle's dismissal had left Carlton on 49 for six in the 21st over before veterans Shirley Clarke, who is the Carlton coach and former captain Marlon Graham managed to add 23 but once they were parted, the innings quickly folded.

Clarke was bowled for 16 by left-arm spinner Kemar Stanford, who also had skipper Alex Bridgeman leg before wicket for nought before the tall off-spinner Romelle Small lured Dawayne Sealy (two) into providing short midwicket in Motara with an easy catch and had Graham caught at mid-off by Jamal Phillips for 16.

In the Carlton second innings, Small removed Moseley, leg before wicket for two as he tried to turn a short ball and a defensive Nurse was bowled off the inside edge for five by Stanford, leaving Carlton with a Herculean task to avoid an innings defeat.

Another outright win is likely either way at Paragon. After being led on first innings by 15 runs, Guardian General Barbados Youth will go into the final day on 79 for four in their second innings.

But their position could have been more worrying had it not been for an unbroken partnership of 36 between captain Jameel Stuart who is on 36 and Zachary McCaskie, with 20 not out.

Earlier, from an overweek 38 for two, BDFSP were bowled out for 132.

There was agony for veteran batsman Brian Corbin, who scored 94 for his new club CGI Maple in a solid first innings total of 294 all out off 106.4 overs against champions for the past four seasons, Sagicor Life UWI, at 3Ws Oval.

Starting the day on 43 with the score 155 for five, Corbin, a former Police captain, batted for 277 minutes all told, faced 208 balls and struck nine fours and one six.

He added an invaluable 118 for the sixth wicket with the usually stubborn Dario Cummins, who scored 45 from his overweek five.

All-rounder Rayon Reifer, with his left-arm medium-pace, recorded his first-ever five-wicket haul in his sixth season of top level local competition, finishing with five for 45 off 17 overs including the scalp of Corbin, who was bowled.

UWI closed on seven without loss off six overs.

In the 'derby' at Bank Hall, Super Centre Spartan fought back gallantly to grab a two-run first innings lead over ICBL Empire with the match now seemingly destined for a draw unless Spartan are bundled out cheaply in their second innings.

Responding to a total of 220 all out on the opening day, Empire looked set for the lead when they reached 174 for four with Barbados all-rounder Roston Chase and ex-national batsman Shawn Graham at the crease.

But the dismissal of Chase, leg before wicket by off-spinner Chaim Holder for 27, led to a collapse as the last six wickets tumbled for 44 runs. 

Jason Haynes and Kodi Phillips were joint topscorers with 47 after adding 85 for the first wicket.

Graham contributed 25 before he was one Holder's four wickets for 71 runs off 24 overs, while left-arm spinner Andre Marshall, who opened the bowling, took four for 74 off 24.4 overs.

A draw is also on the cards at Wildey after LIME took a first innings lead of 47 against Republic Bank St. Catherine on an eventful day during which 17 wickets fell.

Resuming on 167 for four, the home side made 201 all out in 75 overs.

St. Catherine were bowled out for 154, mainly due to a fifth wicket stand of 60 between all-rounder Joel Michael Leacock, who topscored with 57, which came in 168 minutes off 116 balls with two fours and two sixes and Neil Browne (31).

Medium-pacer Chad Batson picked up four for 29 off 13 overs.

LIME will resume on three for one in their second innings.

First Published On bcacricket.org.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 04:52