Barbados beaten in warm-up
Barbados’ preparation for the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament starting January 6 had a wobble when they were easily beaten by the Combined Campuses & Colleges by eight wickets at the 3Ws Oval on Monday in a second practice match.
Batting first Barbados were stifled by the CCC spin-bowling attack with number eight batsman Javon Searles’ run-a-ball 24 being the best score in a disappointing batting display.
After an opening stand of 45 between captain Dwayne Smith and Carlos Brathwaite, left-arm orthodox spinner Derone Davis struck twice to dismiss them for 19 and 23 respectively. Davis also accounted for the talented Jonathan Carter for 2.
Barbados continued to lose wickets steadily, finding the leg-spin of Akeem Dewar equally as challenging as that of Davis (3-21). †
Dewar (1-21) and off-spinner Ryan Austin (2-23) combined to undermine Barbados’ middle order that has proven fragile previously in the T20 tournament.
At their turn to bat Jamaican-born wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton and the highly promising Raymon Reifer added 78 at the top of the order to virtually seal the deal.
Walton was at his belligerent best, slamming a 49-ball 61, while Reifer chipped in with a run-a-ball 26. Captain Kyle Corbin was there at the end to see his team to victory with a fluent 29 scored off 27 balls that included two sixes.
For Barbados, though he did not capture a wicket, West Indies fast bowler Tino Best looked the pick of the bowlers, conceding 19 runs off the 21 balls he sent down. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse had figures of one for 28 in his four overs.
The regional tournament begins on Sunday.††