Three-day win puts Bajans in Final
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Ruthless Barbados crushed arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago by 227 runs inside three days on Sunday to storm into the Final of the Regional 4-Day Tournament.
For the second time in as many days, Barbados produced a clinical bowling performance to send T&T tumbling for 128 all out, after the hosts had been set a challenging 356 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval.
Discarded West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn claimed four for 35, while seamer Javon Searles picked up three for 22 to earn Barbados victory about an hour before the close.
Benn finished with match figures of nine for 63.
Earlier, Barbados added exactly 100 before being dismissed for 216 in their second innings, after resuming the day on 116 for five.
They were carried by Jonathan Carter, who converted his overnight 38 into 52, and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who stroked an exciting unbeaten 45 off 68 balls with three fours and two sixes.
Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh ended with four for 53, while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel took four for 78.
Unlike the first innings, T&T got a steady start from openers Adrian Barath (18) and Justin Guillen (18) who posted 34 for the first wicket.
The right-handed Barath, warming up for next week’s first Test against Australia, collected three boundaries in one over from fast bowler Tino Best before edging Benn to Shamarh Brooks at slip.
Eight runs later, Benn struck again removing Guillen to a catch at leg gully by Kyle Hope, as T&T slid to 42 for two.
Rookie Marlon Barclay and the out-of-form Darren Bravo then set about repairing the innings in a 37-run, third-wicket stand.
Barclay hit 33 off 63 balls with five fours, but fellow left-handed Bravo endured no such enterprise as his run of low scores continued.
He made just seven from 41 deliveries before he was bowled off-stump by Searles to be one of three wickets to fall to the tall pacer in the space of just five runs.
Searles also removed Aneil Kanhai caught behind by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for two with the score on 82 and then claimed captain Denesh Ramdin without scoring for the second time in the match to a diving catch at mid-wicket by captain Kirk Edwards at 84 for five.
When Barclay was lbw a run later, the writing was on the wall for T&T, but Rayad Emrit, who finished 31 not out, and wicketkeeper/batsman Gibran Mohammed (5) put on 28 for the seventh wicket to hold up Barbados’ rampage.
Once Man-of-the-Match Carlos Brathwaite found Mohammed’s outside edge at 112 for seven however, the last four wickets fell for 16 runs.
BARBADOS 1st Innings 223
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 1st Innings 84
BARBADOS 2nd Innings
(overnight 116 for five)
K. Brathwaite c Barclay b Kantasingh 22
O. Phillips c Barclay b Gabriel 8
*K. Edwards b Gabriel 4
K. Hope lbw b Emrit 30
J. Carter lbw b Rampaul 52
S. Brooks lbw b Kantasingh 3
+S. Dowrich lbw b Kantasingh 13
C. Brathwaite not out 45
J. Searles b Kantasingh 9
S. Benn b Gabriel 6
T. Best c wkpr Mohammed b Gabriel 6
Extras (b4, lb2, w1, nb11) 18
TOTAL (all out, 69 overs) 216
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-16, 3-54, 4-79, 5-116, 6-139, 7-146, 8-158, 9-186
Bowling: Rampaul 15-2-54-1, Gabriel 15-0-78-4, Kantasingh 24-7-53-4, Kanhai 6-2-13-0, Emrit 9-4-12-1
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2nd Innings (target: 356)
A. Barath c Brooks b Benn 18
J. Guillen c Hope b Benn 18
M. Barclay lbw b Carter 33
D.M. Bravo b Searles 7
A. Kanhai c wkpr Dowrich b Searles 2
*D. Ramdin c Edwards b Searles 0
+G. Mohammed c wkpr Dowrich b C. Brathwaite 5
R. Emrit not out 31
R. Rampaul c Best b Benn 2
K. Kantasingh c Brooks b Best 0
S. Gabriel c Best b Benn 0
Extras (b6, lb3, w1, nb2) 12
TOTAL (all out, 49.5 overs) 128
Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-42, 3-79, 4-82, 5-84, 6-84, 7-112, 8-123, 9-123
Bowling: Best 7-1-36-1, Benn 15.5-3-35-4, Searles 10-3-22-3, Carter 9-4-15-1, C. Brathwaite 8-3-11-1
Result: Barbados won by 227 runs
Series: Barbados qualify for the Final of the Regional 4-Day Tournament
Man-of-the-Match: C. Brathwaite (Barbados)
Umpires: G. Greaves, L. Abraham