Tuesday, January 16, 2018

T&T rolled over at Kensington

IT TOOK a little more than three hours yesterday for Barbados to complete the demolition job over Trinidad and Tobago that started the previous day as Ashley Nurse put in another impactful performance to help his team thrash their opponents by an innings and 160 runs at Kensington Oval.

Left arm spinner Sulieman Benn again tormented T&T with figures of four for 66, but the all-round contribution of Nurse in this match, was phenomenal.

The win came comfortably inside three days and with very little resistance from a Trinidad and Tobago team that was totally outplayed and outclassed in every department of the game.

Already with a maiden unbeaten century, a couple catches and two wickets in the first innings, off-spinner Nurse capped a sensational performance with figures of four for 64 as T&T limped to 199 all out, 75 minutes after lunch, having started the third morning of the scheduled four-day contest on 44 without loss.

It was a marginally better performance than the first innings 120 made in reply to Barbadosí 479 for eight declared. So feeble was the batting effort of the visitors that they were dismissed twice in a period equivalent to a little more than a day.

In the first hour T&T threatened to put up a fight through an opening partnership of 68 between an obdurate Adrian Barath and an enterprising Evin Lewis. Barath took 48 minutes to add to his overnight score of six, facing 32 balls in the process. At The other end, Lewis sought every scoring opportunity from as early as the first over when he pulled a short delivery from left-arm spinner Benn square for six. He later repeated the stroke but on the second occasion cleared the Greenidge and Haynes stand, depositing the ball out of the ground.

The left-handed opener brought up his half century in 57 minutes off 57 balls with two sixes and nine fours. He survived a sharp chance to Kirk Edwards at short cover off pacer Carlos Brathwaite when on 52 and the score 59 but it did not prove costly for the Bajans as he soon fell lbw to Benn for 61, made in 68 minutes off 68 balls with three sixes and nine fours.

The first hourís play produced 55 runs in 16 overs for the loss of Lewis but the second hour was dominated by Barbados.

Darren Bravo, after playing a couple of attractive strokes, especially an extra cover drive that sped to the boundary, cut pacer Jason Holder straight but low to Omar Phillips at backward point. Barathís patient vigil ended on 26 when he edged Benn to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and Jason Mohammad, top scorer in the first innings, turned Nurse straight to Jonathan Carter at backward short leg. T&T went to lunch at 138 for four.

The end came swiftly on resumption as the last six wickets tumbled for 61 runs. Captain Rayad Emrit, with a good batting record against Barbados, promoted himself from number ten to number six, but although he scored a breezy 30 off 34 balls, it made little difference to the outcome and there was a steady procession as none of the batsmen apart from the openers were able to occupy the crease for as long as an hour.

Barbados picked up 19 points to move well ahead of T&T with 46 points while Emritís side, who came into the match with 34 points, only added two. T&T have played three matches so far in the competition while Barbados have completed four.


Barbados vs T&T

BARBADOS 1st Inns 479

T&T 1st Inns 120

T&T 2ND INNS (following-on)

(O/N 44-0)

A Barath c wkpr Dowrich b Benn 26

E Lewis lbw b Benn 61

D Bravo c Phillips b Holder 19

J Mohammed c Carter b Nurse 2

J Augustus c wkpr Dowrich b Nurse 14

R Emrit c Phillips b C Brathwaite 30

S Katwaroo c Benn b Nurse 25

D Cruikshank c Phillips b Benn 0

Y Cariah lbw b Nurse 1

I Khan c Nurse b Benn 11

S Gabriel not out 3

Extras (B5, nNB2) 7

TOTAL (all out, 67.5 overs) 199

Wickets at: 68, 104, 112, 114, 154, 158, 170, 184, 191, 199.

Bowling: Benn 30.5-13-66-4, Cummins 3-0-14-0, Nurse 19-4-64-4, Chase 1-0-1-0, Brathwaite 9-3-38-1, Holder 5-1-11-1.

Result: Barbados won by an innings and 160 runs.

Points: Barbados 19, T&T 2.

Toss: Barbados.

Umpires: G Brathwaite, V Smith.