Solid Phillips pushes Bajans ahead
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A century second-wicket stand between Omar Phillips and Kirk Edwards fortified Barbados’ position against Combined Campuses & Colleges in the Regional 4Day tournament on Saturday, after Tino Best and Kemar Roach provided more proof that fast bowling is their current strength.
Phillips, a left-handed opener, was unbeaten on 63 and Edwards, the Barbados captain and West Indies batsman, was not out on 34, as the Barbadians reached 103 for one in their second innings for an overall lead of 195 at the rescheduled close on the rain-affected, second day of their day/night, fourth round match.
Best had collected four wickets for 33 runs from 12.2 overs and Roach snared four for 49 from 13 overs, as CCC were dismissed for 145 about 10 minutes before tea, handing the home team a first innings lead of 92.
Best, Roach and unsuccessful fellow fast bowler Christopher Jordan exploited a helpful Kensington Oval pitch, gaining bounce and movement to make life uncomfortable for the CCC batsman.
Veteran left-hander and player/coach Floyd Reifer had to draw on all of his experience for the top score of 40 and Kevin McClean later took advantage of the attack’s weariness to prop things up with 28. No other CCC batsman reached 20.
Phillips and Edwards then shared 103 – unbroken – to tighten Barbados’ grip, after teenaged West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite was lbw to Kevin McClean for a duck.
Phillips, also a former CCC captain, who played two Tests for West Indies in a home series against Bangladesh, turned a delivery from off-spinner Ryan Austin into mid-wicket for a single to reach his 50 from 95 balls.
He has struck eight fours from 114 balls in total, having spent two hours, 40 minutes at the crease, and Edwards has smote just two boundaries from 95 balls in close to 2 ½ hours.
Earlier, Best gave Barbados a great start to their day, when he had CCC captain Romel Currency caught behind for a duck, edging a loose drive. Kyle Corbin came to the crease and helped CCC make steady progress in partnership with Yannick Ottley, but they were two of three wickets that fell for 13 in the space of 38 balls.
Ottley was caught low at third slip off Roach for nine in the bowler’s second over of the day, Corbin was caught at first slip off beanpole left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn for 13, and left-hander Raymon Reifer, Floyd’s cousin, was spectacularly bowled off-stump by a well-pitched delivery from Roach for four, leaving CCC 43 for four.
Barbados met defiance from Nkrumah Bonner and the elder Reifer when the pair added 31 for the fifth wicket, busily trying to repair the early damage.
Roach provided another breakthrough, just when it appeared they were knuckling down – Bonner edging the sharply rising, last delivery before lunch and was caught behind for 12, leaving CCC 74 for five at the interval.
After lunch, Benn had Chadwick Walton caught at gully for eight from a forward defensive shot and Jason Holder caught at point for a duck in successive overs, sinking CCC to 93 for seven inside the first hour.
McClean came to the crease and dominated an eighth-wicket stand of 45 – the best of the innings –with the elder Reifer before he was caught at first slip off Best for 28. Best then bowled Ryan Austin for a duck in the following over before he brought the curtain down on the innings, when he had Reifer caught behind much to his delight.
Both sides are locked on 12 points and are tied for fourth with Windward Islands.