Bajan batsmen stumble on Day 1
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Barbados squandered a great opportunity to make good progress on the opening day of their Regional Four-Day semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago here Friday, when their batting faltered badly at Queen’s Park Oval.
Winning the toss and batting, the visitors finished the day on 208 for eight, after slipping from a strong position of 116 for two.
Jonathan Carter top-scored with 47, West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite got 44 while captain Kirk Edwards hit 37.
However, fit-again pacer Ravi Rampaul claimed three for 44 and left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh picked up three for 49, to send the innings into decline.
Brathwaite and opening partner Omar Phillips survived a lively opening burst from pacers Rampaul and Shannon Gabriel to post 42 for the first wicket.
The right-handed Brathwaite, who has been short of runs this season, faced 147 balls and struck four fours in an innings that spanned three hours and 17 minutes.
Phillips, however, had no such success and departed for 16 after edging off-spinner Aneil Kanhai to Justin Guillen at second slip.
Brathwaite and Edwards then added 48 for the second wicket before Brathwaite’s long innings came to end when he was taken down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Gibran Mohammed off Rampaul.
Edwards looked accomplished in striking four fours in an innings that came from 120 balls in 178 minutes.
He lost Kyle Hope for 12 at 116 for three before he too departed lbw to give Gabriel his only wicket.
Carter resisted, playing freely to count eight fours in a breezy 47 off 55 balls before he was lbw to Rampaul, as Barbados lost five wickets for 57 runs.
BARBADOS 1st Innings
K Brathwaite c G Mohammed b Rampaul 44
O Phillip c Guillen b Kanhai 16
K Edwards lbw b Gabriel 37
K Hope lbw b Kantasingh 12
J Carter lbw b Rampaul 47
S Brooks c Barclay b Kantasingh 5
+S Dowrich b Kantasingh 7
C Brathwaite not out 12
J Searles c Ramdin b Rampaul 1
S Benn not out 8
Extras (b11, lb1, nb7) 19
TOTAL (8 wkts, 90 overs) 208
Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-90, 3-116, 4-132, 5-161, 6-175, 7-188, 8-189.
Bowling: Rampaul 19-5-44-3, Gabriel 13-2-39-1, Kantasingh 35-14-49-3, Kanhai 14-2-45-1, Emrit 9-1-19-0.
T&T – *D Ramdin, J Guillen, M Barclay, A Barath, D Bravo, R Emrit, +G Mohammed, A Kanhai, R Rampaul, S Gabriel, K Kantasingh.
Umpires: Goaland Greaves, Lennox Abraham.