BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Keacy Carty’s hundred made all the difference as Leeward Islands Hurricanes fought back against Barbados Pride on the opening day of their day/ night opening round match of the Regional Four-day Championship on Thursday.
The right-hander struck 114 — his second first-class hundred — to pull the visitors out of trouble and steer them to 252 all out in their first innings at 3W’s Oval here.
At the close, Pride were 12 without loss.
Batting at number three, the 21-year-old arrived at the crease with his side in dire straits – 11 for two in the day’s sixth over – after fast bowler Keon Harding removed both openers cheaply.
Harding trapped Montcin Hodge lbw for one in the second over and then bowled former West Indies opener Rajindra Chandrika for four.
Carty, however, then controlled the innings in a knock that required 199 balls in nearly 5 ½ hours, striking 10 fours and a six.
He anchored a series of small partnerships, putting on 30 for the fourth wicket with Akeem Saunders (12), 41 for the fifth with Terrance Warde (19), 48 for the seventh wicket with Daniel Doram (16), and a further 40 for the eighth wicket with Jeremiah Louis (18).
Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh did the most damage with five for 75.
At Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium, West Indies ‘A’ lefthander Vishaul Singh stroked a half-century to help four-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars up to 224 all out in their day/night fixture.
Singh gathered 75 while Romario Shepherd chipped in with 44, knocks that pull the visitors around from 56 for four, after being sent in.
Singh put on 31 for the fifth wicket with Christopher Barnwell (18) before adding a pivotal 96 for the seventh wicket.
All told, Singh faced 157 deliveries in just over 3 ¼ hours at the crease and counted six fours, while Shepherd struck three fours and a six off 84 balls.
Seamer Clinton Pestano then struck twice to reduce Volcanoes to 32 for two at the close.
Andre Russell of Jamaica Tallawahs celebrates a wicket during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park in the summer.