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Beaten for pace

cummins snares seven as bajans take day one honours over t&t

On a day that saw 17 wickets tumble, Barbados led Trinidad and Tobago by 34 runs on first innings at the close of play on the opening day of their seventh and final round WICB four-day encounter at the Queen’s Park Oval today.

After being inserted to bat by Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago were undermined by a career best bowling performance by right-arm fast bowler Miguel Cummins who snared 7 for 45 in 16 overs as the home team were dismissed for a paltry 109 on a pitch that proved helpful to the bowlers.

Barbados then batted equally poorly but reached 143 for 7 at the end of the day with Javon Searles on 20 and Sulieman Benn on 19 having stitched together a 32-run partnership with Benn the aggressor.

Trinidad and Tobago were in early trouble despite the brisk start by West Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath. The two had rushed to 32 in the sixth over when Simmons was leg before wicket for 18 while playing on the back foot to a ball that cut back from Cummins. Barath looked scratchy against Cummins who was getting movement both ways. It came as no surprise when with the score on 49 in the 16th over an indecisive shot from the diminutive opener ended in the hands of captain Kirk Edwards at short extra-cover with Barath on 16.

Cummins picked up his third wicket in the same over when Jason Mohammed edged to second slip where Ashley Nurse took the catch to send Mohammed back to the pavilion without scoring.Home fans would have been expecting any recovery to start with skipper Denesh Ramdin, fresh from his century against the visitors in their Super50 clash. But this was not to be. Fast bowler Tino Best broke the Cummins’ sequence of wickets when he delivered a swift, short delivery which Ramdin (4) awkwardly fended to second slip where Jonathan Carter accepted the chance gleefully.

Trinidad and Tobago’s 54 for 4 quickly became 54 for 5 when in the first ball of Cummins’ next over Kjorn Ottley (11) edged to wicket-keeper Shai Hope, entrusted with the gloves ahead of regular keeper Shane Dowrich.

Dowrich would soon show that that the absence of gloves wasn’t a hindrance when with Trinidad and Tobago’s score on 76 and Yannic Cariah on eight, he took an excellent catch at backward point to send the left-hander back to the pavilion off Cummins for eight.

The rest of the home side’s batting gave token resistance. Rayad Emrit, flicking, was leg before wicket by Searles for 12 with the score on 97 in the 33rd over. Medium-fast bowler Marlon Richards (one) fended a lifter from Cummins to forward short-leg. Kavesh Kantasingh (0) got similar treatment from Cummins and Searles wrapped up the innings when he bowled West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel for a duck to bring the innings to a close after 37 overs.

Only all-rounder Imran Khan showed any stomach for the fight. Batting at number six, he top-scored with an unbeaten 30 after resisting for 104 minutes, where he faced 62 balls and struck six fours.†In their turn at bat Barbados also lost wickets rather steadily with two going with the score on 23.

First, Rashidi Boucher, cutting at Richards, was caught at first slip by Simmons for seven in the eighth over and in the following over his opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite was leg before wicket on the back foot by Kantasingh’s left-arm spin for 15. Barbados tried to consolidate after their poor start but lost Carter for seven when he was adjudged to have edged Emrit to Ramdin behind the stumps attempting a flick. Dowrich, who had looked quite assured in moving to 24, provided Gabriel with his first wicket when he found Richards fielding at mid-on with Barbados on 77 for 4.

The talented Hope has had a rough initiation into first-class cricket, already counting two ducks, and he would manage only two before he was caught at slip by Richards off Simmons’ medium-pace in the 29th over with Barbados on 81 for 5. Captain Edwards was next to go after battling to 29. He was caught by Ramdin off Emrit to leave Barbados on 91 for 6 and in danger of conceding first innings points. But Nurse and Searles would see Barbados past Trinidad’s score before Nurse was leg before wicket to leg-spinner Khan for 12 with the score on 111 for 7.

Emrit has so far taken 2 for 40.††

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