The Queen's Park Oval pitch was definitely "bowler friendly", but it was Trinidad and Tobago's poor first innings batting that cost them the match, according to captain Denesh Ramdin.
Ramdin, returning from injury after suffering a broken finger, bagged a pair during the match, in which T&T's biggest contribution with the bat of 33 came from their least experienced batsman, Marlon Barclay.
The West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman said he was not fully fit despite returning to the national line up, but said that was no excuse for the way his team performed.
"We should have adapted to the conditions," Ramdin told the media yesterday after Trinidad and Tobago's 227-run loss to Barbados in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Tournament semi-final, "and we didn't bat the way we wanted to. The first innings was quite poor and that's where the game was changed. Young (Carlos) Brathwaite came and bowled well, and from there it was an uphill task."
Ramdin said the pitch did not help, but his team should still have done better.
"It's a semi-final, and in first class (good) pitches (are needed) for the batsmen to perform. When you look at it, only one batter got a half-century. Nobody really sat down there to bat and applied themselves. But on a first day when balls are keeping low, it's difficult and plays a part in the batsman's mind. I think that was part of it. Some kept low and you couldn't play through the line of the ball. It was a bowler-friendly pitch."
Ramdin stressed how important first innings was and felt his team should have dismissed the visitors more cheaply in the first innings.
"I think Jonathan Carter, he batted well," Ramdin admitted. "We could have contained him and restricted them to under 200. Probably 180 would have been good. But it's ourselves to blame. We should have that lead down lower, probably to about 75 if we didn't get first innings. But first innings was very important and we didn't come up trumps there."
ľKern De Freitas