More batting concerns on opening day of second Barbados Pride three-day trial

Bridgetown, Barbados, December 16 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Even with the knowledge that at least three batsmen of five current West Indies Test players are expected to be available for the 2020 regional first-class Championship, which starts in just over three weeks, purposeful batting is still a problem in the Barbados Pride trials.

As 14 wickets fell for 273 runs against a combination of pace and spin on the opening day of the second three-day “warm-up” match at Weymouth today, serious questions must be asked about the hunger of batsmen who want to give the selectors a few headaches.

Three of them, who are all vying for places in the middle order, passed 40. Nicholas Kirton, with 52 and Kevin Stoute (44) helped Kraigg Brathwaite’s X1 to a disappointing 159 all out in 49.4 overs after winning the toss against Shamarh Brooks’ X1.

And then Kyle Mayers, unbeaten on a robust 41, with support from wicket-keeper Tevyn Walcott (37 not out) were fighting back in a close of play 114 for four off 22.4 overs.

Experienced Test opener Brathwaite, middle order batsman Brooks, who is relatively new to the Test arena and wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, along with left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican and fast bowler Kemar Roach are the international players set to play in the regional four-day Tournament, which begins January 9.

Yet, rookie left-hander Kirton and the experienced all-rounder Stoute can at least feel certain that their names will be pencilled in the squad for the opening match against Windward Islands Volcanoes in St. Vincent.

The 21-year-old Kirton has played just three first-class matches, while Stoute, 34, is a veteran of 71 matches despite being in and out of the Barbados Pride team in the past couple seasons.

But Stoute slammed an even, unbeaten century in the first trial at Desmond Haynes Oval last week when Kirton managed 49 and 30.

Today, they came together as early as the 11th over with the score 21 for three after seam bowling all-rounder Shamar Springer had grabbed two scalps following another unbelievable run out of Zachary McCaskie.

McCaskie, who showed confidence with the bat in the only two matches he was given in the recent regional Super50 Cup including the topscore of 40 against newcomers and surprise champions West Indies Emerging Players in the semi-finals, must be wondering if he has a run out curse.

He was dismissed in that fashion at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad in the first Super50 semi-final on November 28 as well as in the first innings of the first trial match last week after scoring 52, followed by 30 not out.

Now, he and Shayne Moseley were indecisive over a single as early as the third over and he fell for one.

Left-hander Moseley, the incumbent Barbados Pride first-class opener for the last two seasons, has been enduring a tough time with the bat from the latter half of the 2019 Elite division three-day Championship, which ended last month.

He made eight and 16 in the first trial and was dismissed for 15 today, caught low at second slip by Justin Greaves as he defended.

In Springer’s next over, Stuart, also a left-hander, was gobbled up by Greaves, again at second slip as he essayed an expansive drive before he had scored.

Kirton and Stoute steadied the innings with Kirton executing a fine straight drive to the boundary off fast bowler Chemar Holder and Stoute lifting Springer over extra-cover for six.

The pair added 92 in 21.1 overs at virtually a run-a-minute before a collapse set in with the last seven wickets crashing for 46 runs against the spin combination of Camarie Boyce and Ashley Nurse.

Seasoned off-spinner Nurse, who has played One-Day and Twenty20 Internationals, started the slide by removing Stoute after his 58-ball knock which included five fours and two sixes, while Kirton was sixth out, leg before wicket, also by Nurse, having batted for 145 minutes during which he faced 93 balls and struck five boundaries.

Nurse took three for 30 off 12 overs while left-armer Boyce, the second highest wicket-taker in this season’s Elite division Championship with 38 (ave: 12.36) in seven matches for Empire, picked up three for 42 off 13 overs.

Boyce was a member of the West Indies Emerging Players team.

Springer had two for 28 off seven overs.

Brooks’ X1 also started poorly and were 35 for four by the end of the ninth over before Mayers, whose unbeaten knock has come at a run-a-ball with six fours and two sixes and Walcott, who has counted eight boundaries, consolidated in an unbroken stand of 79 in just 13.4 overs.

Back in the pavilion are Barbados Pride one-day player Leniko Boucher (nine), Shian Brathwaite (12), Rashidi Boucher (12), who was the only batsman with over 500 runs (603) in this year’s Elite division for new champions Spartan and Justin Greaves (nought), one of the batting successes for West Indies Emerging Players.

Left-arm pacer, Dominic Drakes, who also represented West Indies Emerging Players, has two for 32.

SCORECARD

KRAIGG BRATHWAITE’S X1 1st innings

Z. McCaskie run out                             1    (11 mins, 1 ball)

S. Moseley c Greaves b Springer         15    (39 mins, 33 balls, 3x4)

N. Kirton lbw b Nurse                         52    (145 mins, 93 balls, 5x4)

J. Stuart c Greaves b Springer              0    (10 mins, 7 balls)

K. Stoute Springer b Nurse                 44    (95 mins, 58 balls, 5x4, 1x6)

K. Williams b Boyce                             0    (6 mins, 8 balls)

A. Jordan st Walcott b Boyce                4    (18 mins, 13 balls)

J. Warrican b Boyce                             4    (11 mins, 13 balls)

D. Drakes c Nurse b Primus                20    (48 mins, 39 balls, 2x4, 1x6)

K. Harding c Chemar Holder b Nurse     3   (24 mins, 8 balls)

M. Agard not out                                11   (31 mins, 31 balls, 1x6)

Extras (b3, lb2)                                   5

TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs)               159

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (McCaskie, 2.2 ov), 2-21 (Moseley, 7.4), 3-21 (Stuart, 10), 4-113 (Stoute, 31.1), 5-114 (Williams, 32.1), 6-114 (Kirton, 33.5), 7-122 (Warrican, 36.2), 8-123 (Jordan, 36.5), 9-126 (Harding, 39.4), 10-159 (Drakes, 49.4). 

Bowling: Mayers 6-2-9-0, Chemar Holder 7-1-24-0, Springer 7-1-28-2, Boyce 13-3-42-3, Bishop 4-1-21-0, Nurse 12-1-30-3, Primus 0.4-0-0-1.

SHAMARH BROOKS’ X1 1st innings

L. Boucher c wk Gibson b Jordan            9     (39 mins, 24 balls, 1x4)

R. Boucher c Jordan b Harding              12    (18 mins, 12 balls, 2x4)

S. Brathwaite c wk Gibson b Drakes      12    (17 mins, 9 balls, 2x4)

J. Greaves c wk Gibson b Drakes            0    (11 mins, 6 balls)

K. Mayers not out                                41   (80 mins, 41 balls, 6x4, 2x6)

+T. Walcott not out                              37   (71 mins, 44 balls, 8x4)

Extras (lb2, nb1)                                   3

TOTAL (4 wks, 22.4 overs)                  114

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (L. Boucher, 4 ov), 2-35 (Brathwaite, 7), 3-35 (R. Boucher, 7.3), 4-35 (Greaves, 9).

Bowling: Jordan 8-2-20-1, Harding 5.4-0-27-1, Drakes 6-1-32-2, Stoute 3-0-33-0.

Toss: Brathwaite’s X1.

Umpires: Tremaine Prescod, Dave Thompson.

Scorer: John “Hippie” Griffith.

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2nd Barbados Pride three-day trial, Day 1, Close, Tea & Lunch, Scores

Bridgetown, Barbados, December 16 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Summarised scores of play at the close on the first day of the second Barbados Pride three-day trial match at Weymouth today:

Kraigg Brathwaite’s X1 1st innings 159 all out (49.4 overs)

Out: Zachary McCaskie 1 (run out), Shayne Moseley 15, Jameel Stuart 0, Kevin Stoute 44 - 95 minutes, 58 balls, 5 fours, 1 six; Kenroy Williams 0, Nicholas Kirton 52 - 145 minutes, 93 balls, 5 fours; Jomel Warrican 4, Akeem Jordan 4, Keon Harding 3, Dominic Drakes 20.

Not out: Michael Agard Jr. 11.

Bowling: Mayers 6-2-9-0, Chemar Holder 7-1-24-0, Springer 7-1-28-2, Boyce 13-3-42-3, Bishop 4-1-21-0, Nurse 12-1-30-3, Primus 0.4-0-0-1.

Shamarh Brooks’ X1 1st innings 114-4 (22.4 overs)

Batting: Kyle Mayers 41, Tevyn Walcott 37.

Out: Leniko Boucher 9, Shian Brathwaite 12, Rashidi Boucher 12, Justin Greaves 0.

Bowling: Jordan 8-2-20-1, Harding 5.4-0-27-1, Drakes 6-1-32-2, Stoute 3-0-33-0.

Toss: Brathwaite’s X1.

Umpires: Tremaine Prescod, Dave Thompson.

Scorer: John “Hippie” Griffith.

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TEA SCORES

2nd Barbados Pride three-day trial, Day 1, Tea, Scores

Bridgetown, Barbados, December 16 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Summarised scores of play at tea on the first day of the second Barbados Pride three-day trial match at Weymouth today:

Kraigg Brathwaite’s X1 1st innings 159 all out (49.4 overs) v Shamarh Brooks’ X1.

Out: Zachary McCaskie 1 (run out), Shayne Moseley 15, Jameel Stuart 0, Kevin Stoute 44 - 95 minutes, 58 balls, 5 fours, 1 six; Kenroy Williams 0, Nicholas Kirton 52 - 145 minutes, 93 balls, 5 fours; Jomel Warrican 4, Akeem Jordan 4, Keon Harding 3, Dominic Drakes 20.

Not out: Michael Agard Jr. 11.

Bowling: Mayers 6-2-9-0, Chemar Holder 7-1-24-0, Springer 7-1-28-2, Boyce 13-3-42-3, Bishop 4-1-21-0, Nurse 12-1-30-3, Primus 0.4-0-0-1.

Toss: Brathwaite’s X1.

Umpires: Tremaine Prescod, Dave Thompson.

Scorer: John “Hippie” Griffith.

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LUNCH SCORES

2nd Barbados Pride three-day trial, Day 1, Lunch, Scores

Bridgetown, Barbados, December 16 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Summarised scores of play at lunch on the first day of the second Barbados Pride three-day trial match at Weymouth today:

Kraigg Brathwaite’s X1 1st innings 81-3 (24 overs) v Shamarh Brooks’ X1.

Batting: Nicholas Kirton 37, Kevin Stoute 28.

Out: Zachary McCaskie 1 (run out), Shayne Moseley 15, Jameel Stuart 0.

Bowling: Mayers 6-2-9-0, Chemar Holder 7-1-24-0, Springer 7-1-28-2, Boyce 2-0-5-0, Bishop 2-0-15-0.

Toss: Brathwaite’s X1.

Umpires: Tremaine Prescod, Dave Thompson.

Scorer: John “Hippie” Griffith.



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