A BEEFED-UP Barbados Cricket Association President's XI, led by established left-handers Jonathan Carter and Ryan Hinds, and wily off-spinner Ashley Nurse, gained a consolation win over Trinidad and Tobago in the final match of their three-match goodwill series, at Pine Basin on Friday.
Carter's topscore of 53 off 44 deliveries and Hinds' measured 49 off 46 set up a Barbados total of 150 for 6 off 20 overs, before Nurse grabbed 4 for 27 to restrict T&T to 137 for 8 and seal a 13-run victory.
T&T had won the first two matches under lights at Kensington Oval as the Barbados selectors tried out a number of emerging players.
But it was the sure-picks that made the biggest impact in the hosts' sole victory.
For the third straight time, the President's XI batted on winning the toss, but were in early trouble as Rashidi Boucher and Kirk Gibson failed to grasp the opportunity to shine.
Both fell to Yannick Ottley's left-arm spin, Gibson for a duck in the second over and Boucher for nine at 16 for 2 in the fourth over, both batsmen caught in the deep.
Carter and Hinds rebuilt sensibly, and their partnership of 86 in 12.1 overs laid a sound foundation for a competitive total.
The 24-year-old Carter cracked three fours and three sixes, one a sensational reverse sweep cum switch hit which sailed over the large square boundary.
Carter, already a fixture in West Indies "A" teams, is undoubtedly international class, and hopefully his development continues apace.
A decade ago, Hinds was the great Bajan hope, but he let his opportunities at the highest level slip. However, the 31-year-old remains a valuable allrounder at regional level, and his busy innings, spiced with two fours and a six, provided the perfect complement to Carter's enterprise.
When Carter lost his middle stump to Navin Stewart at 102 for 3 in the 16th over, Kyle Mayers, yet another allrounder with realistic international ambitions, kept the impetus with 16 off six balls with two fours and a six.
Hinds was eventually run out, one short of a half century, in the final over.
Adrian Barath launched T&T's pursuit with a flurry of boundaries, and the visitors raced to 50 without loss in the six-over Powerplay.
But the introduction of Hinds' left-arm spin slowed their progress, and the medium-paced Mayers, whose reputation grows with each outing, removed left-handers Justin Guillen, caught off a huge skier, and Evin Lewis, bowled on the back foot, to shift the balance.
Carter, too, made a telling intervention with his zippy medium pace, Barath slapping his first ball to cover at 66 for 3 off 11.1 overs.
Jason Mohammed compiled 21 off 13 balls, but the lower order could not rally as it did in the opening match, Nurse's thoughtful variations sealing the win. He removed Daren Ganga to a fine swirling catch by Gibson at extra cover, and Mohammed and Stewart off sliced edges to third man. The 23-year-old fittingly ended the visitors' resistance by claiming Ottley, who lofted to deep midwicket, and running out Sherwin Ganga from long-off.