Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 4th 2014 Contents A68
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 4, 2014
An indifferent performance by the
Red Force led to the disappointment
of thousands of fans at the Queen s
Park Oval on Sunday, as they went
down to Barbados by 28 runs in their
first match of the Nagico Regional
Scores: Barbados 269/8 (45 overs)
vs T&T 241 all out (48.2 overs)
A sloppy bowling effort enabled the
visitors to tally an impressive 269 for
eight off 45 overs, the locals found the
going tough with the bat, as they were
unable to forge meaningful partnerships
to challenge the target. Lendl Simmons
with 37 and Darren Bravo with an
attractive 40 had the good crowd on
hand looking forward to something
special but it was not to be.
Darren Bravo fell to an injudicious
pull shot for 40 after slamming Sul-
lieman Benn for six. The tall, left arm
orthodox spinner would end as the top
bowler with 4/39.
With wickets falling at regular inter-
vals, the run rate kept climbing and
although Denesh Ramdin stroked 48
not out, the locals fell short. Pacer
Jason Holder claimed 3/28 to ensure
the Bajans record their win.
Earlier, Barbados won the toss and
decided to have first use of a good bat-
ting strip. With rain affecting the start,
the initial 45 minutes lost did not affect
the number of overs. However, after
the toss, rain came again and with the
game finally getting off at 3.45 pm---
it was reduced to 45 overs a side.
The Barbadians received a blow
before the start as Kirk Edwards, one
of their top batsmen, was sent home
for reasons other than injury. The Bajans
would not be able to replace him
because of the nature of the situation
involving his return to Barbados.
Dwayne Smith, a vastly improved
cricketer since joining the international
T20 caravan, lifted the spirits of his
countrymen earlier on and Jonathan
Carter would end brilliantly.
Smith lost fellow opener Kraigg
Brathwaite to a beauty from Dwayne
Bravo but took control to structure the
T&T skipper, Bravo, give the very
good crowd on hand their first cheer
when he spread-eagled Brathwaite s
stumps with the score on 26.
Smith found a good ally in Rashidi
Boucher and they took the score past
the 50-run mark. The right handed
Smith played a number of powerful
shots all around the park, which won
the approval of even the home fans.
Boucher, who played domestic crick-
et in Trinidad, was never known to be
a great player of spin bowling and with
this knowledge Bravo brought in leg-
spinner Imran Khan, who struck first
ball. Boucher, on 13, played forward to
a googly and was on his way.
Smith brought up his half century
off 39 balls with eight fours and two
sixes and Carter followed suit with his
off 67 balls with six fours and a six.
The pair added 103 runs for the third
wicket before Rayad Emrit, with a dou-
ble strike, brought T&T right back into
the game. He sent back Smith for 83
scored off 72 balls with and then
accounted for skipper Kevin Stoute for
Carter and the plucky Shane Dowrich
combined for a wonderful partnership
of 91 runs as the Barbadians continued
to count the runs.
Carter brought up his second regional
limited overs century in the process
off 106 balls with seven fours and five
sixes. He continued his impressive run
against T&T as he got 61 against them
Cooper finally got Carter for 109
and Dowrich 35 made as the Bajans
closed on a healthy 269 for eight. Emrit
ended with 4/50 off his nine overs.
Bajans humble hosts in
Nagico Regional opener
Kevon Cooper never looked confortable in his brief stay.
Ravi Rampaul looks back at his shattered stumps.
Lendl Simmons gave himself too much room and was bowled.
T&T vs Barbados
D Smith c DA Bravo b Emrit 83
K Brathwaite b Bravo
R Boucher lbw Khan
J Carter b Cooper
K Stoute b Emrit
S Dowrich c J Mohammed b
C Brathwaite not out
A Nurse c Rampaul b Emrit 4
J Holder c Rampaul b Emrit 0
Total for 8 wkts (45ovs) 269
Fall of wkts: 26, 57, 160, 160, 251,
260, 268, 269.
Bowling: R Rampaul 9-0-65-1, D
Bravo 8-0-31-1, I Khan 4-1-22-1, K
Cooper 9-0-55-1, R Emrit 9-0-50-4,
L Simmons 6-0-39-0.
Adrian Barath c R Boucher b J
Evin Lewis c S Dowrich b J Holder
Lendl Simmons b S Benn
Darren Bravo b S Benn
Dwayne Bravo lbw b S Benn 16
Jason Mohammed c R Boucher b J
Ravi Rampaul b S Benn
Denesh Ramdin+ not out
Kevon Cooper b C Brathwaite 2
Imran khan b D Smith
Rayad Emrit run out (D Smith) 6
Extras 0b 7lb 17w 3nb 0pen 27
Total all out
241 all out
Bowling: Fidel Edwards 6-0-42-0,
Jason Holder 8-1-29-3, Carlos
Brathwaite 7-0-35-1, Kevin Stoute
4-0-29-0, Sulieman Benn 9-1-39-4,
Ashley Nurse 7-0-46-0, Dwayne
Result: Barbados won by 28 runs.
T&T batsman Darren Bravo loses his leg stump to Suliemann Benn.
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