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Walcott rescues Pride, Warrican strikes key blows to rattle hosts

Walcott rescues Pride, Warrican strikes key blows to rattle hosts
22 Feb

Two key strikes by Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican left Barbados Pride with a share of the honours, on the opening day of their eighth round match against Windward Islands Hurricanes Thursday.
Rolled over for a disappointing 215 in their first innings after electing to bat, Pride struck back when Warrican removed the dangerous Devon Smith for 18 and then Kavem Hodge for four, to leave the hosts stuttering at the close on 49 for two.

Smith had struck three fours in a 33-run opening stand with teenaged partner Kimani Melius (19 not out) before he was bowled by Warrican.

And Hodge faced 24 balls before he too was bowled by Warrican, about 25 minutes before the close at the Arnos Vale Stadium.

Wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott had earlier struck his second half-century in his three innings when he carved out a polished 66 to rescue the visitors.

Arriving at the wicket with Barbados tottering on 60 for five, Walcott put on a crucial 82 for the sixth wicket with veteran left-hander Jonathan Carter who made a chancy 42.

Walcott faced 114 deliveries and struck nine fours while Carter counted six fours in 99 balls at the crease.

Carter rode his luck, however, dismissed off a Sherman Lewis (2-40) no-ball on 25 in the second over after lunch and then dropped in the same over off a caught and bowled chance, with no addition to his score.

He finally perished to a catch at the wicket off the impressive seamer Joseph Thomas (3-55) but Walcott added a further 39 for the seventh wicket with Warrican (25) before departing.

Lewis and Thomas had earlier combined to wreck the Pride top order, in a devastating opening burst.

Test pacer Lewis bowled Rashidi Boucher with the third ball of the morning without a run on the board and then had other opener Shayne Moseley caught at the wicket for nine at 31 for two.

Thomas then struck in successive overs, trapping captain Shamarh Brooks lbw for 21 before having Aaron Jones caught at the wicket for four.

Left-arm spinner Larry Edward (3-29) got all-rounder Shamar Springer for six to leave the visitors floundering before lunch.


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