Brathwaite, Best deal Red Force heavy defeat

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados Pride produced an incisive display after lunch to cripple Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, and seal a massive 222-run victory on the final day of their sixth round WICB Professional Cricket League contest here yesterday.

Shai Hope
Shai Hope

Resuming the day on 17 without loss in search of 336 for victory, T&T made it to 91 for three at lunch but collapsed thereafter, to be bowled out for 113 in their second innings, nearly 40 minutes before the scheduled tea break at Kensington Oval.

They were stunned by seamers Carlos Brathwaite (3-17) and Tino Best (3-19) who finished with three wickets apiece, while off-spinner Ashley Nurse picked up two for 34.

Evin Lewis top scored with 38, with Imran Khan and Marlon Richards both hitting 22. Opener Jeremy Solozano was unable to bat because of injury.

Carlos Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite

The victory put Barbados on 77 points in second spot while Red Force continued to languish one from the bottom of the six-team table on 30 points.

There was no sign of a collapse when overnight batsmen Imran Khan and nightwatchman Richards pushed the first wicket stand to 55.

Imran Khan struck three fours and faced 62 balls in nearly an hour-and-a-half at the crease while Richards, who started the day on one, also hit three fours and a six off 41 balls.

Nurse eventually got the breakthrough, having Richards caught by Carlos Brathwaite at leg slip and two balls later in the next over, Imran Khan followed to a catch at second slip by Nurse off Carlos Brathwaite, at 59 for two.

When Yannick Ottley top-edged a sweep at Nurse to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for two, Red Force were sliding at 72 for three but Lewis and Yannic Cariah, who made 13, steadied the innings with a stand of 28 for the fourth wicket.

The left-handed Lewis, who had retired hurt on four the previous evening, stroked seven fours off 72 balls in 98 minutes at the crease and appeared to be leading a T&T fightback.

After lunch, however, T&T collapsed, losing their last six wickets for 22 runs. Lewis fell in the seventh over after the break, edging Best behind at 100 for four and two balls later in the same over, captain Jason Mohammed

Tino Best
Tino Best

missed one and was lbw without scoring.

Carlos Brathwaite delivered the death sentence when he struck twice in one over. He ended Cariah’s 76-minute vigil by gaining an lbw verdict and then trapped wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo lbw next ball, as the innings tailed away quickly.

BARBADOS PRIDE 1st Innings 275
BARBADOS PRIDE 2nd Innings 278 for five decl.
T&T RED FORCE 2nd Innings (target: 336)
(overnight 17 without loss)
E Lewis c wkp Dowrich b Best            38
Imran Khan c Nurse b C Brathwaite     22
M Richards c C Brathwaite b Nurse      22
Y Ottley c wkp Dowrich b Nurse            2
Y Cariah lbw b C Brathwaite                 13
*J Mohammed lbw b Best                       0
A Hosein lbw b Warrican                        4
+S Katwaroo lbw b C Brathwaite            0
D Davis c Nurse b Best                              1
S Gabriel not out                                        2
J Solozano injured out
Extras (b4, w2, nb3)                                    9
TOTAL (all out, 50.3 overs)                113
Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-59, 3-72, 4-100, 5-100, 6-109, 7-109, 8-110, 9-113, 10-113.
Bowling: Cummins 10-1-28-0, Warrican 3.3-2-1-1, Nurse 14-2-34-2, Chase 3-0-10-0, Best 9-4-19-3, C Brathwaite 11-5-17-3.
Result: Barbados Pride won by 222 runs.
Points: Barbados Pride 17, T&T Red Force 4.
Man-of-the-match: Shai Hope.
Toss: T&T Red Force.
Umpires: L. Reifer Jr, C. Taylor.

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