Contrasting half centuries from Omar Phillips and Shane Dowrich, led a resolute batting effort by Barbados that took them to a close of play score of 243 for five after they opted to bat on the opening day of the Regional Four-day Championship match against Trinidad and Tobago at Kensington Oval yesterday.
Recalled to the Barbados side to replace the out-of-form Rashidi Boucher, Phillips, a left handed opener, batted for almost two complete sessions to score a patient, disciplined 67 while Dowrich batted fluently in the final session to be unbeaten on 50.
Phillips, who benefitted from two chances on a day when Trinidad and Tobago dropped three, was involved in half-century partnerships with former captain Kirk Edwards and fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter.
Barbados lost their captain Kraigg Brathwaite before a run had been scored when he missed a full length delivery from pacer Shannon Gabriel and was adjudged lbw. Edwards and Phillips repaired the damage in a second wicket stand of 73, taking the side to lunch at 73 for one, with 27 overs bowled in the pre-lunch period.
Phillips went to the break on 27 and Edwards 41 but the West Indies middle order batsman failed to add on resumption when he was bowled by Gabriel, in the second over of the afternoon session as he drove at the first ball he received following the break.
Edwards counted three fours and one massive six in his innings of 41 made off 77 balls in 112 minutes. The six came from a powerful drive that easily cleared the long off boundary and struck the lower wall of the media centre off the bowling of leg-spinner Yannic Cariah.
His dismissal slowed the run rate considerably in the third hour of the innings when just 19 runs came in the first 16 overs after lunch. Carter and Phillips compensated for this in the hour prior to tea when Barbados scored 63 off 14 overs.
Imran Khan prised out Phillips just on the stroke of tea when Adrian Barath held on to a bat-pad catch at backward short leg with Phillips having struck 11 fours in an innings lasting 238 minutes during which time he faced 157 balls.
Phillips had given chances at 34 and 41 before completing his 50 off 133 balls in 199 minutes with eight boundaries. The former Combined Campuses and Colleges captain was put down by Jonathan Augustus at short mid-on off Gabriel and then at extra cover by Barath off T&T captain Rayad Emrit.
Carter, who went to tea on 42, having also been dropped by Augustus in the covers off Jason Mohammad when 13, followed Phillips back to the pavilion shortly after the break when he was lbw to the off spin of Mohammad for 45 made in 124 minutes, off 112 deliveries with five fours.
Dowrich joined Roston Chase and the pair started confidently, rotating the strike effectively in a partnership that produced 38 in little more than 13 overs. Khan removed Chase, clipping the edge of the batsman’s bat as he prodded forward for wicket keeper Stephen Katwaroo to take a smart catch.
Dowrich and Carlos Brathwaite then ensured Barbados did not lose the advantage in an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 41 to which Braithwaite has contributed 20, including a ferocious on drive that sped to the long on boundary.
Dowrich completed his half century in 105 minutes having faced 80 deliveries, an innings decorated with seven attractive boundaries.
Gabriel bowled impressively for figures of two for 33 from 15 overs while Khan was equally effective with his leg breaks to take two for 68 from 27 overs.
So far both teams have earned a solitary bonus point.