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Barbados in good position

Forgotten Test opener Omar Phillips marked a long overdue return to the Barbados side with a half-century, as the home side ended the first day of their fourth-round WICB first-class match against Trinidad and Tobago on 243 for 5 at Kensington Oval today.

Phillips, 27, who played two Tests against Bangladesh in 2009 but has strangely had limited opportunities for Barbados, batted for 238 minutes, faced 157 balls and hit 11 fours in making 67 before being caught at backward short-leg by Adrian Barath off leg-spinner Imran Khan. He shared a productive 82-run partnership with fellow left-handed batsman Jonathan Carter (45) before being third out at 155 for 3.

Earlier Barbados won the toss and decided to bat but lost an early wicket when captain Kraigg Brathwaite was leg before wicket to West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel without scoring. Former captain Kirk Edwards filled the void and together with Phillips batted solidly while taking the score to 73 before Gabriel struck once more. The big Trinidad and Tobago fast bowler breached Edwards’ defence to bowl him for 41 in the 29th over.

Barbados would lose both Phillips and Carter before reaching the 200-mark with the latter ending a worrying spate of low scores before being dismissed leg before wicket by part-time off-spinner Jason Mohammed in the 61st over.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, batting at number six, played fluently to bring up a half-century in 80 balls. Overall he has been at the wicket for 111 minutes, faced 88 balls and struck seven boundaries. He remained unbeaten at the close in a 41-run partnership with all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite who was on 20. Brathwaite had come to the crease when Barbados lost their fifth wicket when lanky right-hander Roston Chase was caught by wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo off Khan for 12 with the score on 202.

Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers snaring 2 for 33 in 15 lively overs. Khan had figures of 2 for 68 in 27 overs.

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