DENNERY, St Lucia, CMC – A bold, attacking half-century by Ricardo Adams conspired with adverse weather to frustrate Barbados on the opening day of their fourth round TCL Group West Indies Under-19 Challenge match against Guyana here yesterday.
Adams, a determined 15-year-old, slammed a whirlwind 66 to keep Guyana in contention after they were sent in, and fire them to 204 all out at the Dennery Playing Field. When bad light halted play at 5:30 pm, Barbados were five without loss in reply, still 199 runs adrift of first innings points.
Guyana were cruising at 111 for three at one stage but Barbados’ spin twin of Roston Chase and Jomel Warrican combined to destroy the innings.
While off-spinner Chase captured four for 36, left-armer Warrican claimed four for 76, as Guyana’s middle and lower order wilted.
It appeared as if Adams would snatch the game from Barbados, however, as he smashed eight sixes and a four in an innings which required just 55 balls.
But when he was caught at mid-wicket by Warrican off Chase attempting another big hit at 164 for five, the innings quickly went into decline.
Barbados were once again frustrated by rain which accounted for 41 overs and dented their hopes of gunning for an outright win.
They started impressively, however, as pacer Justin Greaves produced an impressive spell to account for openers Harrinarine Chattergoon for one and Brian Sattaur for 26.
With the score on 16, Greaves had Chattergoon caught at second slip by Kyle Mayers as the batsman flirted loosely outside the off-stump.
Sattaur was joined by Dominique Rickhi and the pair added 30 for the second wicket before Sattaur drove Greaves to Shakeem Wilkinson at mid-off at 46 for two.
When Rickhi perished at cover to give Warrican his first wicket at 59 for three, Barbados were in control in the first session.
However, Adams led a revival for Guyana with two strong partnerships. He helped add 52 for the fourth wicket with Kwame Crosse who scored 21 and then dominated a fifth wicket stand of 53 with Jomal LaFleur (17).
Adams’ dismissal triggered a collapse as the last six wickets tumbled for 40 runs, with Warrican and Chase spinning a web around the lower order.