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Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT -

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.

(Photo: CPL via Getty Im­ages)

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.

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