Kirk Edwards hits 126 not out for Bajans
Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – Kirk Edwards scored his second first-class century to lead Barbados to 276-2 against England Lions on the first day of their WICB Regional Four-day match on Friday.
The tall right-hander was 126 not out, as the Bajans made wise use of a hard, true Kensington Oval pitch after choosing to bat first. At the other end skipper Ryan Hinds also played beautifully to be 80 not out at the close. The pair has so far added 176 for the third wicket.
The 26-year-old Edwards, one of three reserves for the West Indies’ World Cup squad, brought up his 50 from 120 balls, when he drove James Harris to cover for a single. He reached his century in grand style when he cracked left-arm spinner Danny Briggs over long-off for his only six. The milestone came from 233 balls.
Hinds reached his 50 came from 108 balls, with a single to mid-off off Jamaica-born pacer Maurice Chambers and from there the two dominated the visitors.
Earlier in the day, Barbados suffered an setback, when Dale Richards was caught behind off Liam Plunkett for five in the second over. Teenager Kraigg Brathwaite, a century-maker in the first round against Trinidad and Tobago, made patient 43 and added 95 for the second wicket with Edwards.
After lunch, the interval, Brathwaite was deceived by a slower delivery from Jade Dernbach, and gave a return catch.
The match marks the return of West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards to first-class cricket after a 15-month lay-off due to injury. He replaced fellow fast bowler Tino Best.