POINTE-A-PIERRE, Trinidad, CMC – Ryan Hinds and Kirk Edwards narrowly missed hundreds to help Barbados post a challenging first innings total against Trinidad & Tobago in the WICB Regional first-class championship on Saturday.
Hinds hit the top score of 94, and Kirk Edwards gathered 93, as Barbados were dismissed for 395 in their first innings about an hour after tea.
Consistent batting right down the order helped beef-up the Barbadians total – Shamarh Brooks was unbeaten on 61, Kevin Stoute made 34, Tino Best got 31, and Kyle Hope 20.
Chinaman bowler Dave Mohammed was the most successful T&T bowler with four wickets for 90 runs from 20.3 overs, Shannon Gabriel captured three for 64 from 20 overs, and Imran Khan snared two for 115 from 35 overs.
T&T, led by 45 not out from Runako Morton, then confidently reached 55 for one at the close on the second day of their first round match at Guaracara Park.
The Nevis-born Morton stamped his authority with some elegant shots, punishing anything wayward, and struck eight fours from 56 balls.
Lendl Simmons played an uncharacteristic sheet anchor role, and finished with four not out off 35 balls.
T&T lost Justin Guillen, when he fended a short ball from Pedro Collins onto his stumps without scoring.
Earlier, Barbados continued from their overnight 133 for two, and batted themselves into a favourable position, with Hinds and Edwards leading the way, and putting on 88 for the third wicket.
Edwards, resuming on 75, was eyeing his second regional first-class hundred, but he was lbw to Mohammed. He batted for 3 ¾ hours, faced 188 balls, and struck 13 fours and a six.
After his departure, Hinds rode his luck. In between two chances, he was solid, and with little fanfare, he rallied his side.
The left-hander became the leading scorer for Barbados in the regional first-class championship, when he reached 55. He now has 4,966 runs, overtaking Philo Wallace's aggregate of 4,926.
He added 47 for the fourth wicket with Kyle Hope, and put on 65 for the fifth wicket with his clubmate Kevin Stoute.
With a century looming however, Hinds was bowled behind his legs by a delivery from Mohammed. The left-hander batted for 4 ½ hours, faced 214 balls, and struck 10 fours and one six.
Following his dismissal, the T&T bowlers found it difficult to finish off the Barbadians, as Brooks and the tail-enders rallied against the weary T&T attack on the slow, low pitch.
Just after a short break for rain in mid-afternoon, Gabriel scalped Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder cheaply, but the home team were stonewalled, when Best joined Brooks.
The pair added a valuable 63 for the ninth wicket Mohammed wrapped-up the innings removing Best and Pedro Collins off successive deliveries.
BARBADOS 1st Innings (overnight 133 for two)
D. Richards c Jaggernauth b Gabriel 14
K. Brathwaite b Kanhai 33
K. Edwards lbw b D. Mohammed 93
*R. Hinds b D. Mohammed 94
K. Hope c Emrit b Khan 20
K. Stoute c Guillen b Khan 34
S. Brooks not out 61
+S. Dowrich b Gabriel 5
J. Holder c wkpr Ramdin b Gabriel 8
T. Best b D. Mohammed 31
P. Collins b D. Mohammed 0
Extras (b3, nb5) 8
TOTAL (all out, 134.3 overs) 395
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-81, 3-169, 4-216, 5-281, 6-308, 7-314, 8-332, 9-395
Bowling: Gabriel 20-3-64-3 (nb5); Emrit 14-5-19-0; Jaggernauth 30-9-66-0; Khan 35-4-115-2; D. Mohammed 20.3-0-90-4; Kanhai 15-4-38-1
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 1st Innings
J. Guillen b Collins 0
L. Simmons not out 4
R. Morton not out 45
Extras (b2, nb4) 6
TOTAL (1 wkt, 15 overs) 55
Fall of wickets: 1-2
Bowling: Best 4-2-24-0 (nb2); Collins 6-0-15-1 (nb2); *Hinds 3-2-7-0; Holder 2-0-7-0
Position: T&T trail by 340 runs with nine first innings wickets standing
Umpires: N. Duguid, J. Wilson
Match referee: H. Bruce
Reserve umpire: K. Barrasingha