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.
Umpires: Goaland Greaves, Lennox Abraham.