Edwards, Hinds slam big tons v Lions

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – England Lions started their chase for first innings points strongly, after a career-best hundred from Kirk Edwards and Ryan Hinds’ 12th first-class hundred propped-up solid Barbados batting in the WICB Regional first-class championship on Saturday.

Andrew Lyth was not out on 48 and Andrew Gale was not out on 37, as the Lions, replying to Barbados’ first innings total of 471, reached 101 for one when bad light stopped play eight overs early on the rain-affected second day of their second round match at Kensington Oval.

Barbados had been dismissed about 20 minutes after the rescheduled tea break, with Edwards leading the way with 171, and Hinds, the Barbados captain, supporting with 135. The pair added 276 for the third wicket.

Kyle Hope stroked 41, Shamar Brooks made 24, and Jason Holder scored 20 to beef-up the Barbados total, after they continued from their overnight total of 276 for two, following an hour-long rain delay.

Jade Dernbach was the pick of the Lions’ bowlers with five wickets for 84 runs from 31.2 overs.

It was the second five-wicket haul in the competition for the South Africa-born Surrey fast bowler, following his five for 16 from 10.3 overs in the second innings in the Lions’ opening match victory over Leeward Islands.

Teenaged left-arm spinner Danny Briggs captured three for 72 from 29 overs, and out-of-favour Test fast bowler Liam Plunkett took two for 98 from 30 overs.

Pedro Collins then made an early breakthrough for Barbados, when he had opener Jimmy Adams caught at gully for eight.

But the Barbadians were left in a tailspin, when Gale joined Lyth, and they added 80 – unbroken – in the final hour before gloomy conditions prompted an early close.

Earlier, Edwards and Hinds continued merrily along the way to carry Barbados to 317 for two at lunch, after the morning session reduced to an hour because of inclement weather.

Hinds celebrated his 30th birthday five days early, when he guided Jamaica-born fast-medium bowler Maurice Chambers to third man for his 12th four to reach his hundred from 191 balls.

After lunch, Edwards reached 150 from 320 balls, with a drive through mid-on for his 13th boundary.

Just when it looked like the two would totally sap the enthusiasm of the visitors, Hinds was bowled, stepping away and trying to cart Plunkett to the boundary. He batted almost 5 1/2 hours, faced 232 balls, and struck 17 fours and one six.

Barbados were 372 for three, and Edwards looked unflappable until he was caught behind off Dernbach before the home team reached 400. He occupied the crease just over eight hours and struck 13 fours and one six from 353 balls.

Kevin Stoute joined Hope and they ushered the Barbadians over the 400-run threshold before wickets started to tumble at regular intervals, and the hosts slumped to 457 for seven at tea.

After the break, there was little resistance from the Barbados tail, with Dernbach and Briggs mopping them up.

Barbados are seventh in the eight-team Championship with three points, after they conceded first innings points following a draw in the opening match against Trinidad & Tobago at Guaracara Park in south Trinidad.
The Lions are co-leaders with the Combined Campuses & Colleges and three-time defending champions Jamaica on 12 points, following an innings and 120 runs victory over Leeward Islands at Warner Park in St. Kitts.
BARBADOS 1st Innings (overnight 276 for two)
D. Richards c wkpr Kieswetter b Plunkett 5
K. Brathwaite c and b Dernbach 43
K. Edwards c wkpr Kieswetter b Dernbach 171
*R. Hinds b Dernbach 135
K. Hope b Briggs 41
K. Stoute b Plunkett 7
S. Brooks c Plunkett b Dernbach 24
+S. Dowrich c Lyth b Briggs 0
J. Holder lbw b Briggs 20
F. Edwards c wkpr Kieswetter b Dernbach 0
P. Collins not out 0
Extras (lb17, w6, nb2) 25
TOTAL (all out, 144.2 overs) 471
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-100, 3-372, 4-383, 5-410, 6-431, 7-431, 8-463, 9-471
Bowling: Dernbach 31.2-5-84-5 (nb2, w1); Plunkett 30-3-98-2; Chambers 23-3-106-0 (nb4); Harris 31-5-94-0 (w1); Briggs 29-9-72-3
A. Lyth not out 48
J. Adams c *Hinds b Collins 10
A. Gale not out 37
Extras (w1, nb5) 6
TOTAL (1 wkt, 24 overs) 101
*J. Hildreth, J. Taylor, +C. Kieswetter, L. Plunkett, J. Harris, D. Briggs, J. Dernbach, M. Chambers to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-21
Bowling: Collins 6-1-18-1; Edwards 4-0-19-0; Holder 4-0-22-0; Stoute 6-0-27-0; Brooks 4-0-15-0
Position: England Lions trail by 370 runs with nine first innings wickets standing
Umpires: G. Brathwaite, G. Greaves
Matchreferee: M. Jones
Reserve umpire: R. Brathwaite
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