Mayers, Chase put Barbados in charge

GROS-ISLET, St. Lucia,  CMC – Kyle Mayers scalped the Windward Islands openers to follow-up a half-century from Roston Chase that put Barbados in front in their TCL Group West Indies Under-19 Challenge match yesterday.

Mayers removed Denis Smith and Atticus Browne cheaply, as the Windwards, trailing by 58 runs on first innings, reached 72 for three at the close on the second day of their first round match at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.

This followed a solid 81 that included 11 boundaries in 3 ½ hours from Chase that anchored Barbados to 190, replying to the Windwards’ first innings total of 132.

Bronte Bess was the pick of the Windwards’ bowlers with three wickets for 26 runs from nine overs, Audy Alexander, the Windwards’ captain, captured three for 33 from 10 overs, and Kaveem Hodge snared three for 44 from 28 overs.

Mayers then had Smith caught behind for nine, and held a difficult return catch to remove Browne, leaving Windwards 18 for two.

The Barbadians met resistance, when Sunil Ambris came to the crease, and added 45 for the third wicket with Hodge before he was run out in the final half-hour.

Earlier, Barbados failed to inspire confidence in their batting, after they continued from their overnight total of 17 for two. They ran into trouble on 60 for four, after Bess bowled Clint St.Hill for 18, and Rudolph Paul had Dario Cummins caught at gully for 16.

Mayers joined Chase, and carried Barbados to 84 for four, when rain forced an early lunch.
After the interval, Mayers completed a 47-run stand with Chase before he was caught at mid-wicket off Hodge for 27.

Barbados captain Mario Rampersad was then caught at slip off the same bowler to leave his side 108 for six.

Jomel Warrican came to the crease, and steadied the ship with Chase in a stand of 43 before Alexander had him caught at mid-off for 14.

The Barbadians then lost their last three wickets for the addition of seven runs – with Alexander taking two, and Chase stumped off Hodge.

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