Demetrius Richards… slammed an impressive century.

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 6 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Talented, uncapped middle order batter Demetrius Richards slammed a century and veteran all-rounder Kevin Stoute fell short of a ton by four runs on the first day of the Barbados Pride four-day practice match at Desmond Haynes Oval.

With fortunes fluctuating, left-hander Richards, 20, made a commanding 105 off 149 balls in 227 minutes with 14 fours, while the 36-year-old Stoute, who has played as many as 76 first-class matches since his debut 15 years ago (January 3, 2007 against Trinidad & Tobago at the well-appointed North Stars Cultural & Social Club ground, Crab Hill, St. Lucy), scored 96 off exactly 100 deliveries. He counted 13 fours and two sixes in his knock, which lasted just over two-and-a-half hours.

The pair featured in a sixth wicket partnership of 189 of which Richards, who went to the crease at No. 5, contributed 76 and Stoute 93, to lift Jonathan Carter’s X1 from a worrying 109 for five in the 38th over to 343 for eight off 81 overs at stumps after winning the toss against Kraigg Brathwaite’s X1.

Richards, who also keeps wicket, is a former Ellerslie Secondary School student, who represented Barbados Youth in the BCA Elite division three-day Championship for a couple seasons. He also turned out for Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) in the 2020 BCA Twenty20 Cup and joined Maple last year, but there were no local red-ball Competitions for the last two seasons due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yet, the Arch Hall, St. Thomas resident has given the Barbados Pride selectors plenty to think about ahead of the planned Cricket West Indies (CWI) first-class season, which is scheduled to start February 2. He made an impressive first innings topscore of 54 as well for Sir Garfield Sobers X1 in a winning cause against Sir Wesley Hall X1, also at Desmond Haynes Oval, in the Legends Cup three-day Championship in late November before it was cancelled after the first round because of the pandemic.

Today, Richards’ innings exhibited confident strokes around the wicket. He was on six in a lunch score of 58 for three off 27 overs and at tea had reached 62 not out off 88 balls with eight boundaries, with Stoute on 44 from 48 deliveries including six fours and two sixes in a score of 199 for five off 52 overs.

The partnership was broken when Richards, trying to drive through the covers, was bowled off the inside edge by Chaim Holder, the 27-year-old Spartan off-spinner, who has played five first-class matches.

Stoute was dismissed shortly afterwards, leg before wicket, pushing forward, by the impressive 22-year-old Empire left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce, whose only first-class match so far brought him match figures of seven for 111 including five for 65 in the first innings for Barbados in a resounding win by an innings and 81 runs against Leeward Islands at Warner Park in St. Kitts in 2020 (February).

Boyce has been the leading wicket-taker with four for 61 off 12 overs.

Among his scalps was veteran Carter, who was the first after scoring 53 off 104 balls in 133 minutes with five fours and two sixes before, in essaying a drive, was caught at backward point by Shamar Springer, to be fourth out with the score 99.

Boyce had former West Indies Under-19 team player Antonio Morris leg before wicket without scoring as he pushed forward in his next over. His other victim was fast bowling all-rounder Akeem Jordan, who was bowled for six, as he too, pushed forward.

In the first session, big Wanderers fast bowler Jair McAllister was impressive in a five-over spell during which he accounted for openers Shian Brathwaite and Kyle Hope in conceding only three runs.

Brathwaite, hooking, was caught at deep square-leg by Shayne Moseley for one in the second over of the match, while Hope was snapped up at second slip by Leniko Boucher for three in the sixth over.

Chaim Holder sustained the early pressure by having Rashawn Worrell leg before wicket as he played back for eight off 57 balls, before Carter and Richards consolidated with a fourth-wicket partnership of 64.

At the close, the not out batsmen were experienced off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse on 21 and left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop, who is no slouch with the bat, on 15.

McAllister has two for 21 off nine overs and Chaim Holder, two for 66 off 19 overs.

SCORECARD

JONATHAN CARTER’S X1 1st innings

Kyle Hope c Boucher b McAllister                     3     (15 balls, 26 mins)

Shian Brathwaite c Moseley b McAllister         1     (5 balls, 8 mins)

Rashawn Worrell lbw b Chaim Holder             8     (57 balls, 78 mins, 1×4)

*Jonathan Carter c Springer b Boyce               53    (104 balls, 133 mins, 5×4, 2×6)

+Demetrius Richards b Chaim Holder          105    (149 balls, 227 mins, 14×4)

Antonio Morris lbw b Boyce                                0    (2 balls, 6 mins)

Kevin Stoute lbw b Boyce                                  96    (100 balls, 159 mins, 13×4, 2×6)

Akeem Jordan b Boyce                                        6    (19 balls, 27 mins)

Ashley Nurse not out                                         21    (33 balls, 38 mins, 2×4, 1×6)

Joshua Bishop not out                                      15    (14 balls, 21 mins, 1×4)

Extras (b10, lb7, w6, nb12)                              35

TOTAL (8 wks, 81 overs)                                343

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Brathwaite, 1.5 ov), 2-14 (Hope, 5.3), 3-35 (Worrell, 19.4), 4-99 (Carter, 36), 5-109 (Morris, 37.2), 6-298 (Richards, 69), 7-302 (Stoute, 71.1), 8-315 (Jordan, 75.2).

To bat: Kemar Roach, Jarion Hoyte, Javed Leacock, Ramon Simmonds.

Bowling: Chemar Holder 11-1-53-0 (w5, nb8), Jair McAllister 9-4-21-2 (nb1), Matthew Forde 6-1-23-0, Shamar Springer 13-2-56-0, Chaim Holder 19-2-66-2, Camarie Boyce 12-1-61-4 (nb3), Nyeem Young 11-1-46-0 (w1).

Kraigg Brathwaite’s X1 – Kraigg Brathwaite, Shayne Moseley, Leniko Boucher, Zachary McCaskie, Kadeem Alleyne, Jonathan Drakes, Raymon Reifer, +Tevyn Walcott, Shamar Springer, Matthew Forde, Nyeem Young, Chaim Holder, Chemar Holder, Camarie Boyce, Jair McAllister.

Toss: Carter’s X1.

Umpires: Tremaine Prescod, Shamar Boyce.

Scorer: Ashtyn Forde-Reifer.