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For the most part, they didn't look much like a champion team in the batting department. Rash shot and two unforgivable and unnecessary run outs virtually stole victory from the grasps of a Barbados team that had done well to come back in contention in the game.
Set a target of 257 to win from 97 overs at a getatable run rate of 2.65 runs per over, the stage was set for an interesting showdown on the final day of the second round match of the Carib Beer series between Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago at the North Stars ground yesterday.
While the bowling was of acceptable standard, too many individual innings in the batting department and not enough innings centred around the need of the team attributed to the demise of the Barbados team.
It took the defending champs only 30 minutes in the early morning session yesterday to clean up the Trinidad & Tobago tail.
Pacers Corey Collymore and Jason Bennett were the only two bowlers required to bowl yesterday morning and the duo bowled brilliantly to limit the damage that could have been done by the Trinidad & Tobago lower order.
Bennett struck first, knocking back the middle stump of Dave Mohammed who did not add to his overnight total of four runs. Then the new kid on the block in the Barbados bowling pace attack, followed suit and removed the bail from the off-stump to send Amit Jaggernaut back to the pavilion without scoring. Wicket-keeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin was the only batsman to get the scoreboard ticking over, but he too was eventually out, bowled by Collymore for a well played innings of 48 runs.
Needing to chase a relatively comfortable total, openers Martin Nurse and Dale Richards took to the crease and looked confident as they complimented each other together in the middle.
The opening pair took Barbados score to 37 runs before Richards was unfortunately run out for 22 runs after Nurse was guilty of ball watching, it was a cardinal sin and Richards had to pay the price of his wicket.
The situation got even worse for the local boys as new batsman to the crease Kurt Wilkinson was caught behind by Ramdin for just one run and suddenly the air of confidence was slipping away from Barbados.
Skipper Sherwin Campbell joined Nurse in the middle and the two carried the lunch-time total to 59 for the loss of two. After lunch, the two batsmen continued to push along the score and for a while it appeared that Barbados were once again finding themselves in a position of control. However, with the score at 94 for the loss of two, Campbells innings came to an end at 29 caught by Ramdin off the bowling of Jaggernauth.
In came Dwayne Smith and along with Nurse the two delighted the spectators with some power shots and precision hitting as 74 runs came from the first hour after lunch.
Nurse brought up a patient and mature half-century, but the ball was judged to have struck him in the line of the stumps and he was given out leg before wicket to Jaggernauth for 55 runs. Nurse faced 102 balls while at the crease and smacked three sixes and two boundaries in his innings which for the most part was patient, but lined with moments of aggression.
Smith too was aggressive, but Lendl Simmons gave him a life while on 25.
But while Smith was lucky enough to live and tell a tale, Shawn Graham was not offered the same courtesy. Lightning struck twice and Barbados suffered the fate of a second sloppy run out. Graham the victim, Smith guilty of ball watching and Barbados were 143 for the loss of five.
Nevertheless, Smith continued with his stroke playing and eventually brought up his half-century; but his celebration was short lived. Smith played against the line of leg spinner Dave Mohammed and was caught at deep backward square by Richard Kelly and now the Trinidadians knew that the game was virtually theirs.
All-rounder Ryan Hurley came to the wicket and looked good running between the wicket, but the value of his speed was limited out for four runs after being trapped in front of middle and off to a Kyron Lynch delivery.
Wicket-keeper/batsman Patrick Browne and fast bowler Ryan Nurse put up some measure of resistance to the Trinidadians and perhaps Barbados was still in with a chance but Nurse was caught by Shazam Babwah and his fight was brought to an end. Out came Collymore, not known much for his batting exploits, and Browne decided that it was time to step up his level of aggression. Browne smashed two boundaries and a six on his way to 26 runs, but the situation got the better of him and he lofted a ball from Jaggernauth the off-spinner to the mid-off region where a sliding Tishan Maraj took the catch. With forty-nine runs still needed, it was simply too much to ask of Bennett and Collymore. Eventually Barbados were put out of their misery when Mohammed, fielding down at the mid-wicket boundary caught Bennett and gave Jaggernauth his fifth wicket of the innings.
Jaggernauth finished the innings with figures of five wickets for 40 runs from 18 overs and one ball.
For his heroic bowling exploits in the Barbados first innings, Trinidad
& Tobago leg spinner Dave Mohammed received the man of the match award
from adjudicator Philo Wallace. The loss to Trinidad & Tobago ended
a 21-game unbeaten streak by the Barbados team in the regional First Class
Compliments of the Barbados Advocate
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