B/dos build big lead

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Barbados were grinding themselves into a strong position against Trinidad and Tobago as 17 wickets fell on the second day of the Regional Four-Day semi-final here yesterday.

Starting the day on 208 for eight, Barbados added only 15 before being dismissed but hit back strongly to bowl out T&T for a measly 84. With a lead of 139 runs, Barbados then rallied to 116 for five at the close, an overall lead of 255 runs at Queen’s Park Oval.

Jonathan Carter was leading Barbados’ charge with an unbeaten 38 while Kyle Hope got 30 and teenaged Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite, 22.

T&T were clinical at the start of the day as left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh (4-52) and fast bowler Ravi Rampaul (4-55) shared the two wickets to fall.

However, their batsmen then faltered in the face of incisive bowling from left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn who claimed five for 28 and medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite, who finished with four for 12.

Only Test opener Adrian Barath with 21 got a decent start but he was third to fall, caught by Carlos Brathwaite at mid-off attempting to clear the in-field with Benn.

BARBADOS 1st Innings
(overnight 208 for eight)
K Brathwaite c wkp G Mohammed b Rampaul        44
O Phillip c Guillen b Kanhai                                             16
*K Edwards lbw b Gabriel                                              37
K Hope lbw b Kantasingh                                               12
J Carter lbw b Rampaul                                                 47
S Brooks c Barclay b Kantasingh                                   5
+S Dowrich b Kantasingh                                                7
C Brathwaite not out                                                        15
J Searles c Ramdin b Rampaul                                      1
S Benn b Rampaul                                                            17
T Best b Kantasingh                                                            2
Extras (b11, lb2, nb7)                                                     20
TOTAL (all out, 95.2 overs)                                    223
Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-90, 3-116, 4-132, 5-161, 6-175, 7-188, 8-189, 9-220, 10-223.
Bowling: Rampaul 22-5-55-4, Gabriel 13-2-39-1, Kantasingh 37.2-15-52-4, Kanhai 14-2-45-1, Emrit 9-1-19-0.

T&T 1st Innings
A Barath c Brathwaite b Benn                                   21
J Guillen lbw b Benn                                                     10
M Barclay c wkp Dowrich b Best                               5
D Bravo b C Brathwaite                                               13
A Kanhai lbw b Benn                                                    12
*D Ramdin b C Brathwaite                                          0
+G Mohammed b C Brathwaite                                  1
R Emrit lbw C Brathwaite                                            0
R Rampaul b Benn                                                          1
K Kantasingh not out                                                    6
S Gabriel c Brooks b Benn                                           0
Extras (b12, lb1, nb2)                                                  15
TOTAL (all out, 33.5 overs)                                     84
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-20, 3-47, 4-63, 5-63, 6-73, 7-73, 8-77, 9-84, 10-84.
Bowling: Best 4-0-14-1, Benn 16.5-8-28-5, J Searles 7-3-17-0, C Brathwaite 6-1-12-4.

BARBADOS 2nd Innings
K Brathwaite c Barclay b Kantasingh                         22
O Phillips c Barclay b Gabriel                                          8
*K Edwards b Gabriel                                                         4
K Hope lbw b Emrit                                                           30
J Carter not out                                                                   38
S Brooks lbw b Kantasingh                                               3
Extras (b4, lb1, w1, nb5)                                                 11
TOTAL (5 wkts, 45.2 overs)                                     116
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-16, 3-54, 4-79, 5-116.
Bowling: Rampaul 10-1-38-0, Gabriel 8-0-35-2, Kantasingh 13.2-6-19-2, Kanhai 5-2-7-0, Emrit 9-4-12-1.
Position: Barbados lead by 255 runs.
Toss: Barbados.
Umpires: Goaland Greaves, Lennox Abraham.

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