Barbados Pride in control
Barbados Pride condemned Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to 89 for seven, still 271 runs behind on first innings at the end of Day Two of their WICB Professional Cricket League four-day encounter..
The few fans on hand at the Tragarete Road, Port of Spain venue could only watch on in horror as yet another embarrassing top order collapse effectively put the home side out of the contest, barring a miraculous fightback today.
First, captain Kraigg Brathwaite returned to defy T&T with a towering 182, leading the Bajans to a healthy total of 360, then pacers Carlos Brathwaite and Kemar Roach put the Red Force batting to the sword, the first five wickets falling in the space of 20 runs.
The rain finally showed up briefly, and only a gritty top score of 26 (81 balls) from Yannic Cariah allowed T&T to resume their first innings today.
T&T began their reply confidently, with the experience of Lendl Simmons and the good form of Evin Lewis leading them off.
Yet the hosts went from 22 without loss to 42 for five on either side of tea. Simmons in particular, survived a dropped catch by Omar Phillips at square leg, as well as a confident shout for lbw off Jason Holder. His streaky edges also failed to go to hand.
Instead, Lewis was first out after a couple of fours, both he and Yannick Ottley edging Carlos Brathwaite to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off back-to-back deliveries.
Jason Mohammed’s departure for three hurt too, as that short period all but put T&T out of the game.
Simmons rode his luck to be 25 not out (five fours) off 47 balls, but slapped the first one after tea from Roach to Dwayne Smith at slip. Roach also accounted for Denesh Ramdin second ball.
Cariah was the second of two wickets in the final session to go down, falling to Jomel Warrican late on after hitting the spinner for the innings’ first six.
Yesterday’s morning session was a very handy one for Barbados despite four wickets in that period, considering how slowly they progressed on Day One on Friday.
Kraigg Brathwaite, overnight on 115, kept the Barbados innings together, refusing to give a chance while adding a further 67 runs before throwing his hand away.
He lost his overnight partner, wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, for 76, and Brathwaite (zero) in the space of three balls, both offering catches off Khan with the score on 261.
Holder (17) also had a useful knock, and Ashley Nurse helped the visitors comfortably past 300, smashing two hefty sixes off T&T skipper Rayad Emrit and Akeal Hosein and roughing up leggie Cariah before Hosein got revenge.
Once Kraigg Brathwaite perished shortly after lunch, lobbing Hosein to Khan at mid-on in bleak conditions, T&T were soon ready to take their first knock of the tournament.
Further rain is forecast for today in Port of Spain, and based on yesterday’s display, Gus Logie’s Red Force might just need some of that bad weather to help them bring the match into a fourth day. (Trinidad Express)