Friday, February 23, 2018


T&T whipped by Barbados in Super50 opener


IN VAIN: Trinidad and Tobago’s Denesh Ramdin attacks during the T&T/Barbados NAGICO Super50 showdown at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, late on Sunday. Ramdin top-scored for T&T with an unbeaten 48. T&T, chasing 270 for victory in 45 overs, were dismissed for 241 in 43.3 overs, losing the match by 28 runs. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

Mark Fraser

That was the sobering assessment of Trinidad and Tobago coach Kelvin Williams after his team lost to Barbados by 28 runs in their first NAGICO Super50 tournament Group B match, on Sunday night at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

According to Williams, his team’s consistency simply wasn’t there.

“The Bajans played well. The partnership between Carter and Smith took it away from us; in batting we didn’t really get off. Some kind of application was there, but it wasn’t good enough. We were totally outplayed in the two departments. Barbados are a very good bowling unit and they showed it.”

Asked about the fact that up to Sunday only teams batting first had won in the tournament, Williams said his team would still have bowled first, especially after the rains, which delayed the match by nearly two hours. Yet, he felt a winning chase was still possible.

Now, with his team heading to Shaw Park, Tobago for a campaign-saving encounter with Leeward Islands tomorrow, Williams will take nothing for granted, even against a side licking their wounds following a 160-run walloping at the hands of Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC).

“It’s a must-win game for us from now on if we want to put ourselves in a position to play the next round,” Williams stressed. “I’m not going to take anything away from the Leewards; despite (their) being destroyed by CCC, I think they could bounce back. But I expect my guys to bounce back and (we’ll) see how they react after the defeat.”

On Sunday night, T&T were looking for that good start from their opening batsmen, having been set 270 in their allotted 45 overs. Jonathan Carter’s classy 109 and Dwayne Smith’s attacking 83 ensured Barbados would have a big total.

There were a number of starts, particularly from Darren Bravo (40), Lendl Simmons (37), Jason Mohammed (32) and skipper Denesh Ramdin, who finished unbeaten on 48. But no one really kicked on. T&T were undone by the pace of Jason Holder and the guile of lanky left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who split seven wickets between them.

Openers Adrian Barath (ten) and Evin Lewis (13) got the hosts to 24, but perished a run apart, both to Holder.

Simmons and Darren Bravo took time to play themselves in before the latter turned up the heat starting in the 15th over, attacking Benn in particular. He hit the bowler for two fours in the 17th and escalated to a six in the 19th, but repeated the shot next ball to be bowled for a run-a-ball 40.

And after watching a brief cameo from the other Bravo, skipper Dwayne, end at 16, Simmons unleashed a flurry of fours before cutting at a straight ball, also to be bowled by Benn.

Ravi Rampaul (three) lasted six balls, but Ramdin came in to steady the ship with Mohammed and lend the chase some steam. The partnership yielded 37 runs before Mohammed (32, three fours) edged to cover going for a big hit in the 36th over.

Ramdin tried his best to aid a T&T revival with an attacking 40-ball 48 not out (four fours, one six), but the last three wickets of Kevon Cooper (two), Imran Khan (seven) and Rayad Emrit (six) could only manage 15 between them, leaving nine balls unused.

Barbados’ decision to bat was vindicated by a runaway start thanks to Smith, who took a shine to Ravi Rampaul from the first over. Six fours and a six Smith took off the West Indies pacer before he was withdrawn from the attack, 32 runs in all in that spell.

Smith didn’t even miss Kraigg Brathwaite (two), bowled by Dwayne Bravo in the fourth over, or Rashidi Boucher (lbw Khan for 13).

He and Carter built a handsome partnership of 103 that knocked T&T flat, aided by sometimes wayward bowling, as the home team were guilty of too many slower balls and too much width. But midway through the innings, Smith was out to a wild swing, caught at long off.

Carter (109) was given a life by Darren Bravo on 89, but eventually reached his maiden ton before a Cooper slower ball did him in, after which the innings tailed off.

That made little difference to the end result, though, and T&T will now have to beat both Leewards and CCC to ensure they reach the semi-finals.

In today’s game, Guyana and Windward Islands clash in Zone A, at the Oval, from two p.m.