KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Carlton Baugh extended his rich vein of form yesterday when he hammered an unbeaten half-century to help Jamaica stave off defeat against Combined Campuses and Colleges on the final day of their 11th round WICB Regional first class match at Sabina Park.
He stroked an attractive 58 to help guide Jamaica to 190 for seven at the close, after they had collapsed to 45 for four in pursuit of 312 to win.
With the draw, Jamaica moved to 90 points, 27 clear of the second placed Windward Islands while CCC remained one from bottom on 33 points in sixth place.
Baugh, who has already scored two centuries in just three matches this season, faced 123 balls and struck six fours and a six and shared a 64-run, sixth wicket stand with David Bernard Jr who cracked 47.
Bernard, who hit three fours and a six off 131 balls, had earlier slowed CCC’s march towards victory with a defiant partnership of 57 for the fifth wicket with Wavell Hinds whose 31 lasted 144 balls and contained two fours.
Jamaica seemed headed towards certain defeat when CCC’s bowlers made early inroads into their batting, after the visitors had stretched their overnight 324 for six to 369 for eight declared.
Fast bowler Kevin McClean, who finished with three for 37, tore through the Jamaican top order taking out Donovan Pagon (0), Tamar Lambert (10) and Test batsman Brendan Nash (2), to put CCC in charge.
He removed former Test batsman Pagon for a first-ball “duck” before quickly adding the prized wickets of Lambert and Nash. His new ball partner Khismar Catlin then left the innings in strife when he had opener Brenton Parchment caught at the wicket for 30 off 43 balls, as Jamaica lost their way.
Bernard and Hinds then consolidated, taking Jamaica to lunch at 54 for four before batting through the entire pre-tea session to blunt CCC’s attack.
When Hinds was caught behind by Chadwick Walton off off-spinner Ryan Austin immediately after tea with the score on 102 for five, it once again revived CCC’s hopes of a victory but Baugh joined Bernard to spoil these plans.
Earlier, Walton belted eight fours in 45 from 63 balls and McClean got a run-a-ball 20 as CCC added 45 runs in quick time at the start in order to effect the declaration.
Off-spinner Bevon Browne finished with five for 59 after adding the wickets of Walton and Catlin to his overnight tally.