Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Skipper Smith in form in warm-up

A fine all-round performance by skipper Dwayne Smith led Barbados to a comprehensive 67-run win over Trinidad and Tobago "B" in a Caribbean Twenty20 warm-up match at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain Couva yesterday.

Smith starred with the bat first, going through the innings to top-score with 71 off 66 balls to lead the Bajans to 144 for three after they won the toss and elected to bat first.

The all-rounder followed up with figures of three for three off three overs, which included one maiden, to help dismiss the hosts for 77 in 19 overs.

Smith smacked one six and seven fours and put on 72 runs for the second wicket with the second highest run-scorer Shamarh Brooks who smashed three sixes in a 29-ball 35.

Brooks was going guns when he mistimed his shot against spinner Imran Khan, sending a difficult chance to Justin Guillen who took a good running catch at mid-off.

Barbados opener Justin Brathwaite also looked to be in good form, hitting three fours in an eight-ball 14 before skying a delivery from pacer Uthman Mohammed to T&T "B" wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran.

In reply, T&T "B" got off to a decent start with Guillen and Kjorn Ottley putting on 32 before Ottley was bowled by Javon Searles for eight in the fifth over of the chase.

The hosts lost the next four wickets for the addition of just 11 runs. Searles followed up with the wicket of Marlon Barclay for two before Tino Best sent back Guillen for 23 and Sulieman Benn bowled Ewart Nicholson for three.

Barbados did not let up the pressure, with Smith returning with the ball to snatch his three wickets to seal the win.

Barbados will be in action again today in their second and final warm-up game against the Windward Islands at UTT in O'Meara.

The Windwards were scheduled to face the T&T senior team in their first warm-up fixture at O'Meara from 7 p.m. last night.

Summarised scores

Barbados 144/3 (20 overs) (Dwayne Smith 71 not out, Shamarh Brooks 35; Uthman Mohammed 1/25, Imran Khan 1/20, Khary Pierre 1/28) vs T&T "B" 77 (19 overs) (Justin Guillen 23, Vikash Mohan 18; Dwayne Smith 3/3, Sulieman Benn 2/12, Ryan Hinds 2/20, Javon Searles 2/22)

Barbados won by 67 runs

óRoger Seepersad