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by David Harris

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite on the attack during his century today.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite on the attack during his century today.

Barbados’ opener Kraigg Brathwaite and his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart Lendl Simmons made contrasting centuries on the second day of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Four-Day final at Kensington Oval today.

But Barbados remained in a position of dominance at the close of play.

Brathwaite batted patiently to assist in giving Barbados a commanding lead of 259 while Simmons set the Oval on fire with a swashbucking innings of 111 in 104 minutes off 71 balls that included 10 fours and 7 sixes.

He hammered the Barbados bowlers to all parts of the field, hitting the ball out of the ground on three occasions.Trinidad and Tobago finished the day on 140 for 4, needing to score a further 119 runs to make Barbados bat again.Simmons is 111 not out and captain Denesh Ramdin 13, the batsmen dismissed were Adrian Barath (2), Yannick Cariah (2), Jason Mohammed (4) and Akeal Hosein (8).

Fast bowler Miguel Cummins one again created problems for the Trinidad and Tobago batsmen with 3 wickets for 41 runs from 6 overs. Sulieman Benn has taken the other wicket.Barbados started the day on 144 for two, with Brathwaite on 49 and nightwatchman Javon Searles yet to open his account.Brathwaite, as usual, was resolute in his batting reaching a half-century in 193 minutes, off 151 balls with eight boundaries.Searles was lbw for 10 trying to play through the on-side with the score on 169.

Jonathan Carter, who scored a century in the semi finals against the Windward Islands in Dominica last week, played several attacking shots and looked untroubled against the visitors’ attack.

Lunch was taken 18 minutes early because of rain by which time Barbados had accumulated 222 for three off 74.4, Carter was 30 and the obstinate Brathwaite had compiled 82 in 296 minutes off 224 balls with four boundaries.

After play resumed Denesh Ramdin the Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper and captain gave up the gloves to young Steven Katwaroo.

Carter was then yorked by West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel for 47 and Kevin Stoute edged an out-swinger from Marlon Richards and was caught behind by Katwaroo for 6.

At 1:15 p.m. rain interrupted play for half hour, with Brathwaite in the 90s and progressing slowly but surely toward his century.He had some good fortune when he was dropped on 96 at gully by Jason Mohammed. However, he reached the landmark with a quick single to short midwicket. His ton was compiled in 348 minutes, off 260 balls.

Barbados middle order stuttered somewhat as Richards bowled impressively after being giving the ball belatedly.

He bowled ten overs on the trot taking the wickets of Stoute, Shane Dowrich, Ashley Nurse and Benn.

Stoute was caught by Katwaroo for 6, and Dowrich, Nurse and Benn quickly followed.

Brathwaite was the ninth wicket to fall bowled by leg-spinner Imran Khan for 122 with the score on 329. Kemar Roach and Cummins then shared an entertaining partnership of 40.

Cummins was the last wicket to fall for 18 leaving Roach not out on 29.

Richards was the leading bowler with 4 wickets for 55 runs from 21 overs, Gabriel was somewhat disappointing conceding 99 runs from 23 overs. Leg-spinner Imran Khan took 2 wickets.††

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