BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A superb display of power-hitting by Barbados Pride all-rounder Roshon Primus almost took Wanderers Club to a remarkable victory over touring Ireland in a one-day warm-up match here Thursday.The strongly-built 24-year-old blasted seven huge sixes and seven fours in a scintillating 83 off 36 balls as the home team came up 45 runs short of their target of 339 at the Dayrell’s Road ground, just outside of the city.Primus, a member of the Barbados Tridents franchise which won the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) last year, entered with Wanderers on 165 for four in the 37th over and immediately went into over-drive in a superb solo effort.The right-hander raced to his half-century off 25 balls with five fours and four sixes, reaching the landmark with a thunderous cover-driven boundary off seamer Barry McCarthy.While he was at the crease Wanderers added 114 runs in 10 overs to threaten the target and put the Irish under severe pressure.Primus, who has represented Trinidad and Tobago in the past, but is now under contract to the Pride, finally perished in the 47th over, bowled missing a heave at pacer Craig Young.The run chase was set up by a century-opening stand between Test batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and Pride left-hander Shayne Moseley.The pair, who will open for Barbados next week in the Regional Four-day Championship, posted 109 but at a pedestrian rate of just four runs per over, leaving the asking rate close to nine runs per over.Brathwaite made 45 off 59 balls before he was stumped off off-spinner Simi Singh attempting a big hit while Moseley made a cultured 79 off 119 with 12 boundaries. He was bowled by seamer Boy Rankin, paving the way for Primus’s arrival.Earlier, Ireland made great use of the perfect batting conditions to reach 338 for five off their 50 overs, with three batsmen reaching half-centuries. Wicketkeeper Gary Wilson slammed 76 off 35 balls batting at number eight, with 60 of his runs coming in boundaries as the visitors managed 100 runs off the last 10 overs.The pair of Paul Stirling and James McCollom both made 64 in an opening stand of 133 in 20 overs before retiring to allow other batsmen the opportunity to bat.In the middle overs Ireland were stymied by off-spinner Jamar Trotman who was impressive with figures of five for 50 from his 10 overs.A club cricket journeyman and wholehearted performer, Trotman, was not introduced until the 27th over and was the sixth bowler used. He stemmed the flow of runs with immaculate control.Ireland used the match as part of their preparations for the upcoming three-match One-Day International series against West Indies, starting next Tuesday at Kensington Oval here.Wanderers is one of the most storied clubs on the island having produced several West Indies players including Test captain Jason Holder, Brathwaite, West Indies left-arm seamers Ian Bradshaw and Pedro Collins, along with Keith Boyce and brothers Denis and Eric Atkinson.
TOMORROW’s race meet at Caymanas Park has a competitive look about it, the Pick 9 embracing all nine races on the card.The first Super-6 gets under way in race number two, the late Super-6 from race four to nine. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over the straight to be contested by nine starters, including the recent winner PERFECT ASSET, FLYING MAGIC, OCEAN SEEKER, GLYDER and MISS MYRTLE, all effective over the straight.Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson is down to ride the speedy 4-y-o filly MISS MYRTLE, who though disappointing behind the front running LUNAR ROCKET over 1200 metres when highly fancied on December 24, ran better than her final placing indicated (12th).She actually chased LUNAR ROCKET into the straight before weakening and with Nelson riding so well since returning from an eight-month stint in Canada, MISS MYRTLE from the Patrick Fong stables is worth another chance, especially over the straight.Race number three, a maiden special weight for four-year-olds and up over 1400 metres, will be contested by eight starters and from all indications it should come down to a straight fight between the lightly raced four-year-old colt JON MARSHALL, to be ridden by in-form Jevanne Erwin for 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and the Gary Griffiths trained CONCLUSION, who failed by three-quarter length to catch KIMALI STAR over 1300 metres last Saturday.The promising 2.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger has retained the ride aboard CONCLUSION who, despite a tardy habit, could well go one better. Preference, however, is for JON MARSHALL, who finished eight lengths fourth to easy winner SEEKING THE DAWN over the straight on Monday and with less to do in present company, will now prove hard to beat.One of the more competitive races on the card is the fourth, a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance over 1200 metres in which 11 starters have been declared.Horses such as the DaCosta-trained LOTTERY TICKET (working well) under newly-crowned champion jockey Omar Walker, stable-companion GOLD MINER (Jermone Innis), the recent post to post course winner LUNAR ROCKET (Javaneil Patterson), the very fit BOLD SYMPHONY (Aaron Chatrie) and MISTER BONES, with Nelson aboard should make it close.LOTTERY TICKET ran on strongly over 1100 metres some weeks ago to beat subsequent winner LUNAR ROCKET in a fast 1:05.4 and is sure to fight it out. But if they go too fast, with much speed present, the Gordon Lewis-trained MISTER BONES will more than likely catch them in deep stretch, having finished two lengths fourth (closing fast) to SIMPLY THE BEST in the fast run War Zone Sprint recently.The fifth race for maiden three-year-olds over 1100 metres looks tailored for the Carl Anderson-trained TWILIGHT STORM, who caught the eye when finishing third last time out, while SERIOUS BUSINESS (Oneil Mullings up) could turn up at a good price in the sixth over 1300m for $180,000 claimers, and close the six with Walker’s mount FIERY PATH in the seventh over 1820 metres.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) MISSMYRTLE/GLYDER(3) JON MARSHALL/CONCLUSION(4) MISTER BONES/LOTTERY TICKET(5) TWILIGHT STORM(6) SERIOUS BUSINESS/LIGHT BRIGADE(7) FIERY PATH/STERRI’S CHOICE