Barbadians Roston Chase and Jofra Archer are set to clash against each other in the Test series between England and West Indies starting from July 8. But this won’t be the first time these two play against each other. Playing for Cuckfield in Sussex against Middleton on Sea in July 2015, Archer single-handedly reduced his opponents to eight for five. Roston Chase was one of his scalps, as he trapped him in front first ball. Archer then limped off with an injury, allowing Cuckfield to recover to 265 for eight, which eventually helped them ending up winning by a 100 runs.
Chase talked about that club game, as he said, “He always had some pace, but he wasn’t as rapid as he is now. He pulled up after the five wickets, and batting became so much easier for us.”
Chase hopes to inflict some damage with the ball himself in the upcoming Test series. The last time these two teams met in a Test series, Chase spun a web around the England batsmen in Barbados in January 2019, proceeding to take 8 wickets for 60.
But since then, he hasn’t been able to pick up another wicket in a series West Indies eventually won 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy. His 51 other Test victims have cost 47 apiece.
Chase reminisced memories of that spell, saying, “It’s a wonderful memory. It’s good to look back on it going into this series. Surely England will remember it too and have something to think about in the back of their minds. My lines and lengths and variation were spot on. I don’t want to say the England batsmen underestimated me, but they were a bit complacent in playing me. As the series went on, they really tried to knuckle down and cope with my bowling, and they did a good job.”
Chase believes that he will be West Indies’ second-choice spinner to Rahkeem Cornwall in the ‘biosecure’ 3 Test match series. Chase’s role with the bat will be much more vital, he will form an integral part of the tourists’ attempt to win their first series in England since 1988. He scored the most recent of his five Test hundreds in St Lucia last February, in a game Joe Root’s team won to narrow the margin of their series defeat, and now wants to add a century on English soil to his CV. “Once you do well in England, your stock as a cricketer goes up on the international scene. People take you more seriously,” he said.