Brathwaite keeps Barbados on course
BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Out-of-favour Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite was closing on a century as Barbados trained their sights on first innings points on the second day of their sixth round clash with Leeward Islands here Sunday.
Responding to the Leewards’ 201 all out, Barbados recovered from a position of 88 for four to close on 184 for four, with the right-handed Brathwaite unbeaten on 86.
He was partnered by all-rounder Kevin Stoute on 54, with whom he has shared a stand of 96 for the fifth wicket.
Earlier, off-spinner Ashley Nurse took all four wickets to fall to finish with career-best figures of six for 89 as the Leewards collapsed from their overnight score of 161 for six.
Veteran left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn finished with two for 47 while Tonito Willett, unbeaten on 31 at the start, stroked 54 not out to ease the Leewards past the 200-run mark.
The right-hander counted seven fours in an innings lasting a shade over two hours and which consumed 95 deliveries.
Justin Athanaze failed to add to his overnight one, falling lbw at 173 for seven and Test opener Kieran Powell (18), forced to retire hurt on Saturday after being struck by a Tino Best bouncer, returned to add a further eight before driving to captain Kirk Edwards at cover.
Nurse then quickly wrapped up the innings with the scalps of Walters without scoring and Anthony Martin for three.
Barbados found themselves in trouble from as early as the third over when Rashidi Boucher drove a full toss from Walters to Devon Thomas at cover, with the score on one.
Brathwaite and Edwards then put on 73 for the second wicket to put Barbados in command of the game, after they were tentatively placed at 16 for one at lunch.
The unflappable Brathwaite has so far faced 254 balls in just under five hours of batting and struck seven fours, while Edwards struck four boundaries off 105 balls in 124 minutes at the crease.
Edwards was eventually prised out by Walters, lbw on the back foot sparking a slide where three wickets fell for 14 runs in the space of 32 deliveries.
Nineteen-year-old batsman Shai Hope suffered another single digit score when he was was caught behind off leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr for six, before left-hander Jonathan Carter was trapped lbw on the back foot to seamer Shane Burton without scoring.
Tottering on 100 for four at tea, Brathwaite and Stoute combined to haul Barbados back into the contest.
Stoute has so far faced 107 balls in two minutes and 40 minutes at the crease, and counted six fours.
Walters has been the leading bowler with two for 32.
LEEWARDS 201 all out (Sylvester Joseph 65, Tonito Willett 54 not out, Devon Thomas 34; Ashley Nurse 6-89, Sulieman Benn 2-47)
BARBADOS 184 for four (Kraigg Brathwaite 86 not out, Kevin Stoute 54 not out, Kirk Edwards 32; Kelbert Walters 2-32)
LEEWARD ISLANDS 1st innings
(overnight 161 for six)
K Powell c Edwards b Nurse 18
L Richardson c Brathwaite b Best 0
S Burton c Boucher b Cummins 6
*S Joseph st Dowrich b Benn 65
D Thomas c Brathwaite b Nurse 34
+J Hamilton c Carter b Nurse 7
T Willett not out 54
H Walsh c Boucher b Benn 2
J Athanaze lbw b Nurse 1
K Walters c Edwards b Nurse 0
A Martin lbw b Nurse 3
Extras (lb1, w3, nb7) 11
TOTAL (all out, 62.1 overs) 201
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-8, 3-100, 4-116,, 5-147, 6-149, 7-173, 8-189, 9-189, 10-201.
Bowling: Best 9-3-29-1 (w1, nb1), Cummins 13-3-35-1 (w2, nb4), Benn 16-5-47-2, Nurse 24.1-2-89-6 (nb2).
BARBADOS 1st innings
K Brathwaite not out 86
R Boucher c Thomas b Walters 0
*K Edwards lbw b Walters 32
S Hope c wkp Hamilton b Walsh 0
J Carter lbw b Burton 4
K Stoute not out 54
Extras (lb6, w1, nb1) 8
TOTAL (4 wkts, 80 overs) 184
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-74, 3-83, 4-88.
To bat: +S Dowrich, A Nurse, S Benn, T Best, M Cummins.
Bowling: Walters 17-4-32-2 (w1), Willett 14-5-20-0 (nb1), Martin 18-6-30-0, Walsh 12-1-45-1, Athanaze 13-1-43-0, Burton 6-0-8-1.
Position: Barbados trail by 17 runs with six wickets standing.
Umpires: J Wilson, M Mikul (Bangladesh)