by David Harris
Barbados were 144 for 2, a lead of 34 in reply to Trinidad & Tobago first innings total of 110 all out at the close of play on the first day in the battle to decide who will be the champions of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Four-Day competition at Kensington Oval today.
Rashidi Boucher was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Imran Khan after scoring 46 off 51 balls with eight boundaries and one six in 66 minutes.
Captain Kirk Edwards was in sublime form until he was caught at first slip by Jason Mohammed off the bowling of part-time medium pacer Lendl Simmons for 48 made in 111 minutes. He faced 85 balls and struck five boundaries and one six. Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite is 49 not out and night-watchman Javon Searles is yet to score
Barbados won the toss and sent in the men from the Land of the Humming Bird to bat and it was almost immediately the Miguel Cummins show.
The highly promising fast bowler destroyed the Trinidad and Tobago top order with an outstanding display of fast bowling which had the visitors reeling at nine for 3 after five overs.
Two wickets fell in the third over, the struggling Adrian Barath was the first to be dismissed, he was caught by Brathwaite at fourth slip off the bowling of Cummins for 1, the next batman Yannic Cariah was out caught at the wicket by Shane Dowrich for a duck with the score on eight.
Jason Mohammed survived the hat-trick ball but was soon dismissed for nought caught at first slip by Ashley Nurse trying to defend a short ball from Cummins. West Indies player Lendl Simmons, perhaps hoping to send a positive message to selectors after being left off the squad for the imminent Champions Trophy in England, disappointed when he pushed tentatively outside the off stump and was caught by Dowrich off pacer Kemar Roach for five. This left Trinidad and Tobago in dire straits with Barbados exerting significant pressure on their opponents.
The visitors slipped further into the mire when skipper Denesh Ramdin was caught at third slip by Jonathan Carter pushing uncertainly at a short ball from Cummins that left him off the seam. This made the score 19 for 5 in the 10th over. Ramdin made just three.
Akeal Hosein, played forward uncertainly to off spinner Nurse and was caught by Dowrich for 17 to leave Trinidad and Tobago on 56 for 6 after 19.2 overs. Within the context of the debacle that had unfolded Hosein had added a valuable 32 runs with middle-order batsman Steven Katwaroo, a West Indies Under-19 player.
Earlier Hosein was dropped on 14 by Dowrich over his head off medium-fast bowler Javon Searles in his first over after he replaced Roach with the score 42 for five in the 15th over.†
Wickets continued to fall like ripe mangoes in season with the efficient stumping of Katwaroo down the leg-side by Dowrich off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn for 24 leaving the score at 64 for 7.
The eighth wicket fell with the dismissal of Imran Khan who was caught at cover by Carter off Benn’s bowling for 5.
All-rounder Rayad Emrit batting at number 9 played some lusty shots to top score with 34 before he guided a ball from Cummins into the hands of Brathwaite at fourth slip. Marlon Richards made one and Shannon Gabriel was unbeaten on seven when the innings finally ended.
Cummins was the leading bowler with the excellent figures of five wickets for 30 runs from 12.4 overs. Roach and Benn chipped in with 2 wickets each.
The match resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m.††