Friday, February 23, 2018


T&T fold tamely to Barbados in regional semi-final


STRIKE BOWLER: Barbados pacer Tino Best jumps as he gets into his delivery stride on the third day of the Regional Four-Day Tournament semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain yesterday. Best took one for 36 as T&T were dismissed for 128 in their second innings and Barbados won by 227 runs. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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COLLAPSE: Barbados players celebrate the fall of a Trinidad and Tobago wicket on the third day of the Regional Four-Day Tournament semi-final at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain yesterday. T&T were dismissed for 128 in their second innings after the visitors had set them a victory target of 356. Barbados won by 227 runs. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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Trinidad and Tobago's batting line-up resembled dominoes yesterday--they tumbled one after the other to be dismissed for 123, chasing 356 for victory, handing Barbados an easy 227-run victory at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain.

Again it was uninspired batting and a middle order collapse that ended their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Tournament campaign, sending Barbados to the final in the process.

T&T had already conceded a first innings deficit of 139 and reduced the visitors to 216 in their second innings to set themselves an unlikely victory target.

By tea, the hosts were 86 for eight, with a mountain left to climb if they were to upset the Barbadians, but they never looked like getting there.

Marlon Barclay top-scored for Trinidad and Tobago with 33 and Rayad Emrit was unbeaten for 31, but Sulieman Benn's four wickets and a three-wicket burst by medium pacer Javon Searles ensured Barbados' progress to the final.

Emrit and wicket-keeper/batsman Gibran Mohammed tried to avoid the inevitable with a partnership of 28 on either side of tea. But Mohammed feathered one behind to Shane Dowrich off man-of-the-match Carlos Brathwaite to leave T&T 112 for seven.

Ravi Rampaul and Shannon Gabriel were victims of Benn, in between which pacer Tino Best accounted for Kavesh Kantasingh, caught at second slip for a duck, to wrap up the tail in quick order.

Trinidad and Tobago emerged from lunch to begin their innings with a clean slate and a positive start from Adrian Barath, who punished fast bowler Best for three fours in one over. But Barath was first out to the spin of Benn's long left arm with T&T on 35, an outside edge to a ball that turned landing in the lap of Shamarh Brooks at slip.

Barath's opening partner Justin Guillen followed him to the Brian Lara Pavilion to leave Trinidad and Tobago 42 for two. Guillen also made 18, offering a steepling top edge that gave Kyle Hope time to settle and take the catch.

Barclay and Darren Bravo looked to recover and they put on 37, of which Bravo contributed only seven before Searles, with his trundling medium pace, jagged one back at the left-hander that went right through him to send the off-stump cartwheeling.

That was the first of three quick wickets as skipper Denesh Ramdin--T&T's most reliable batsman this season before his West Indies call-up and subsequent broken finger at training camp--offered a catch to mid-wicket to bag a pair and Aneil Kanhai was caught behind, as the home team limped to tea.

Barbados resumed their second innings first thing in the morning, with wicket-keeper Dowrich joining overnight batsman Jonathan Carter. But after Carter got to his deserved half-century in 66 balls, including seven fours and a six, he was the first of three quick wickets, Rampaul's only victim of the innings, trapped lbw.

Rampaul struggled with his rhythm, which showed in his figures as he sent down eight no-balls.

Dowrich (13) followed soon after and next man in, Javon Searles (9), wer both victims of Kantasingh, lbw and bowled, respectively.

Brathwaite helped push Barbados' lead past 350 with partnerships of 28 with Benn and 30 with last man Best, Brathwaite roughing up fast bowler Shannon Gabriel for two massive sixes. But Gabriel ended the innings with the wickets of Benn and Best.

But their fightback with the ball was not mirrored with the bat when it counted, putting an early wrap on Trinidad and Tobago's 2012 regional four-day campaign.