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Battered Bajans - Tuesday 01, February-2005

Leeward Islands’ fast bowler Adam Sanford (left) is all smiles as he is high-fived by teammate Kerry Jeremy after collecting another Bajan scalp at Kensington Oval yesterday. Leeward Islands’ fast bowler Adam Sanford (left) is all smiles as he is high-fived by teammate Kerry Jeremy after collecting another Bajan scalp at Kensington Oval yesterday.

AT KENSINGTON OVAL – Barbados’ cricketers are a wounded bunch. They are hurting. They must also be embarrassed too.
For a country with such a rich cricket tradition, yesterday was a dark day.

It took exactly 100 minutes to confirm what was predictable from overnight.

Sherwin Campbell’s beleaguered men slumped to a third successive defeat on home soil when the Leeward Islands completed an emphatic victory by an innings and 14 runs about 20 minutes before lunch of the final day of their fourth-round Carib Beer Series match.

Never before in 39 seasons of regional sponsored first-class competitions have they suffered such an indignity in their own backward – their three straight losses in the second, third and fourth matches of the 2002 first-class championship included two defeats outside of Barbados.

“To lose three matches on the trot hurts. We are not used to that,” Campbell said.

“It is something new for me and I am very, very disappointed.”

He and his men simply cannot put it together, but Campbell is still holding out hope that Barbados, double-crown champions of the past two seasons, can win the title with just four points at this stage, a whopping 44 behind leaders Jamaica.

“We need to believe we can turn it around. Most of the guys are believing that. We have the ability,” Campbell said.

“We have been training hard all season. We’ve put in a lot of hard work all season and we know that we will turn things around eventually. We just need to apply ourselves better and go from there.”

Barbados’ players were told in no uncertain terms what was expected of them following defeats against Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, but it seemed to have made no difference.

The batting once more was a let-down. While the Leeward Islands enjoyed themselves on a pitch tailor-made for batting to post a big total of 479 for six declared, Barbados could only muster 292 and 173 in both innings.

Against Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, there was sheer irresponsibility and rash shot selection, but some of that was eliminated in this match. Yet, the batsmen were undone in conditions in which they should have relished.

“We had a batting meeting during practice last week. We have been discussing batting,” Campbell said.

“These guys are young. It is still a learning experience. They are still learning the trade. They have lots to learn in terms of batting in partnerships, batting together as a team and building an innings. This is what we are trying to instil in these guys.”

Barbados had the benefit of working with psychologist Marcia Oxley over the past few days.

“She just started last week Thursday. She doesn’t want to get too much into the players’ head. She is taking things slowly and will build as we go on during the tournament,” Campbell said.

Most of the damage in this match was caused by discarded West Indies fast bowler Adam Sanford, who followed up his six-wicket haul in the first innings with a second innings return of seven for 40 and a match analysis of 13 for 138.

Sanford started and finished things yesterday. After 15 minutes, he induced Sulieman Benn into edging an intended drive to first slip and he wrapped up the match with a lifting ball which Corey Collymore gloved to second slip after defying the Leewards for an hour.

Kurt Wilkinson, unable to bat the previous evening when he was unwell and underwent medical tests at the hospital, resumed at the start of the day, but overnight batsman Ryan Austin could not after suffering from dehydration and weakness.

Wilkinson also batted with some discomfort in his right hand for an hour-and-a quarter before giving a catch to forward short-leg off off-spinner Omari Banks.

After a hat-trick of defeats and still without a half-century in six innings, Campbell has no plans of stepping down. “I still have a lot to offer to these young guys. I’ve been around for a while. These guys look up to me and respect me. I will keep encouraging them and help them in their game,” he said.



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BARBADOS 1st Innings 292

LEEWARD ISLANDS 1st Innings 479-6 dec’d

BARBADOS 2nd Innings (overnight 140-6)

*S. Campbell hit wkt b Sanford …………….0

M. Nurse b Sanford………………………….7

D. Richards b Simon……………………….45

K. Williams c Morton b Sanford…………….4

D. Smith c Joseph b Sanford ……………..63

+P. Browne lbw b Sanford…………………17

R. Austin not out……………………………..0

K. Wilkinson c Jaffers b Banks……………13

S. Benn c Williams b Sanford ………………3

C. Collymore c Morton b Sanford ………….8

J. Bennett b Banks…………………………..3

Extras (b4, lb1, pen 5) ……………………10

TOTAL (all out 34.2 overs) ……………...73

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Campbell), 2-25 (Nurse), 3-37 (Williams), 4-89 (Richards), 5-139 (Smith), 6-140 (Browne), 7-143 (Benn), 8-165 (Wilkinson), 9-173 (Bennett). N.B. Austin retired ill at the start of the day with the total on 140-6 and resumed at 173-9.

Bowling: Sanford 16.3-7-40-7, Jeremy 6-2-30-0, Simon 17-5-44-1, Banks 13-1-46-2, Cornwall 3-1-3-0.

Result: Leeward Islands won by an innings and 14 runs at 11:40 a.m.

Points: Leewards 12, Barbados 0.

Man-of-the-Match: Adam Sanford.

Adjudicator: Winston Reid.

Umpires: Eddie Nicholls (Guyana), Dalton Holder (Barbados). Stand-by: Tunley Franklyn (Barbados).

Match referee: Dennis DePeiza.


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