BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test batsman Shai Hope and left-hander Jonathan Carter both gathered attractive unbeaten hundreds to power Barbados Pride into a match-winning position against leaders Guyana Jaguars yesterday.The right-handed Hope struck 114 not out, while Carter finished on exactly 100 not out as Pride stormed to 320 for four declared in their second innings on the penultimate day of the seventh-round encounter at Kensington Oval.Set an improbable 405 for victory, Jaguars were making a fist of it heading into today’s final day, however, finishing on 52 without loss – still 353 runs adrift of what would be a remarkable run chase.Test opener Rajindra Chandrika was unbeaten on 28 and was partnered by Tagenarine Chanderpaul on 23.The day belonged to Pride, in particular, Hope and Carter, who dominated the Jaguars’ much-vaunted spin attack, to put the hosts in control of the contest.Hope faced 225 balls in a shade over 5 1/2 hours at the crease and counted six fours, while Carter was the aggressor, hammering eight fours and three sixes in an innings requiring only 104 deliveries.For Hope, it was his fourth first-class hundred and second triple figure score in as many games, following his 162 against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the last round.Carter, meanwhile, collected his third first class hundred and his first of the season.The pair put on 162 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand, which steadied the innings after Pride had lost two quick wickets for 16 runs to slip to 158 for four in the first hour after lunch.Brooks perished in the fifth over after lunch, caught at slip by Johnson, off pacer Keon Joseph and Roston Chase lasted just 11 balls before he edged a drive to Assad Fudadin at second slip, also off Joseph.The 24-year-old Keon Joseph was impressive in claiming two for 35, while Veerasammy Permaul finished with two for 108.Hurricanes poisedAt Addelita Cancryn Junior High School: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ 327 all out, reached 323 for six in their first innings at the close on the penultimate day of their seventh-round match in the WICB Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 327 (Rahkeem Cornwall 97, Orlando Peters 47, Jahmar Hamilton 46, Nkrumah Bonner 41, Montcin Hodge 31, Kyle Mayers 5-83, Kevin McClean 3-56); VOLCANOES 323 for six (Devon Smith 89, Kavem Hodge 71 not out, Sunil Ambris 56, Jerlani Robinson 47, Kyle Mayers 30 not out, Jacques Taylor 2-52).
Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis made a successful return to the ring after a break of nearly two years, when he defeated American boxer Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad, by technical knockout, one minute and 46 seconds into round four, of their Wray and Nephew Contender bout.The fight took place on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association audi-torium.It was a bruising affair, as neither man paid much attention to defence. Both boxers had periods of ascendancy but, Lewis, the bigger man, slowly gained the ascendancy and hit Muhammad at will after backing him to the ropes on several occasions.After one particularly hectic period, when Muhammad was backed into a corner and hit repeatedly to the head and body with powerful punches, his corner threw in the towel, calling a halt to the spirited battle.It was a punishing intro-duction to professional boxing for Muhammad, who has been engaged for some time in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).He showed speed and cunning, and did a lot of talking in an effort to upset his opponent. Referee Ransford Burton issued cease and desist orders to him to keep his mouth shut, but he was not entirely successful in that regard. Muhammad at 5’41/2″ tall, was a bundle of energy, and used his speed to make himself an elusive target.FOUGHT IN SPURTSHe fought in spurts and kept his head low, most of the time. There were several occasions when he bored in and seemed ready to grapple with his opponent in MMA style. That did not occur, however, and he was able to keep to the boxing script. Lewis was also able to back Muhammad into a corner, from time to time, and it was on these occasions that he scored most of his points.The American tried to intimidate Lewis in the early stages of the fight, and scored with a series of flurries. Lewis suffered a cut over his left eye during one of these exchanges, but it was not serious and never bothered him.For the next few rounds, Lewis fought a dogged battle against an opponent who was smart and moved very quickly. His power punches eventually took their toll, however, and gave him victory over a very game opponent.Lewis has now booked himself a place in the quarter-finals, where he will meet one of the other winners from the preliminary stage of the competition. They are vying for the Wray and Nephew 2016 Welterweight Contender title and the prize money of$2 million attached. read more