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Barbados have edge against T&T

Published: 
Sunday, December 17, 2017
T&T Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin attempts a run during his team’s first innings in their Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League Regional 4 Day match against Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba. Ramdin’s knock of 132 not out was his third century for the season. T&T made 213 in reply to Barbados’s first innings total of 316.

The T&T Red Force bowlers fought well, after a brilliant century from skipper Denesh Ramdin, prevented the follow-on against the Barbados Pride, but at the end of the third day’s play of the CWI, Digicel PCL clash at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, the home team were up against it.

Barbados batting a second time with a first innings lead of 102 runs, closed the day on 188 for seven, for an overall lead of 290 going into the final day today. Earlier, Ramdin scored his 15th First Class hundred to ensure that T&T got past the 167 run follow on mark, eventually dismissed for 213.

Following that, the local bowlers then went to battle and did well but having the comfort of a first innings lead of 102, the Barbadians are still out front.

Leg-spinner Bryan Charles was the man out front for the Red Force grabbing three wickets to add to the four he got in the first innings, keeping the Red Force interest in the match alive. Barbados could have found themselves in more problems but for a mature unbeaten 38 from former West Indies U-19 all rounder Shamarh Springer.

Pride skipper Shamarh Brooks controlled the early wobble and counted 37 before he was bowled by fellow Barbadian Roshon Primus.

Earlier, T&T Red Force resumed in the overnight position of 146 for eight, adding a further 67 runs for the last two wickets. Rain prevented play for the first 45 minutes and when they finally got going, Ramdin continued to dominate. Charles, Ramdin’s overnight partner, was intent on staying with him and together they pushed the score along. Charles did not get off the mark until 54 minutes into the day’s play but more importantly he stayed with Ramdin who displayed great skills in manoeuvring the ball and controlled proceedings to a great extent.

The experienced captain was able to take T&T past the follow-on mark of 167 and then pushed on to record his third century of the season. At lunch the score was 208 for eight, with T&T scoring 62 runs from 22.1 overs.

On the resumption however, pacer Justin Greaves ended the innings with two lovely deliveries, sending back Charles for one from 42 deliveries and the injured Rishi Jaipaul without scoring. Ramdin remained unbeaten on 132 off 224 balls with 13 fours.

When play resumes today, Barbados Pride will have to decide whether a target of 291 is sufficient on a wearing pitch, or whether, they need to continue batting.

SCOREBOARD

Red Force vs Pride
Pride 1st inns 316 all out
Red Force 1st inns
(overnight 146/8)
A Jangoo lbw Warrican 14
J Solozano c Alleyne b Warrican 40
I Rajah c & b Warrican 0
E Nicholson c Carter b Warrican 0
D Ramdin not out 132
A Cooper c & b Warrican 1
I Khan b Warrican 10
R Primus c Walsh b Williams 3
D St. Clair lbw Walsh 1
B Charles lbw Greaves 1
R Jaipaul b Greaves 0
Extras 3
Total all out 213
Fall of wkts: 37, 37, 39, 96, 98, 125, 134, 146, 213, 213.
Bowling: J Greaves 12.4-5-26-2, S Springer 2-0-3-0, K Williams 25-9-38-1, J Warrican 39-15-71-6, K Stoute 7-3-18-0, H Walsh 19-4-52-1.
Barbados Pride 2nd inns
A Alleyne b Khan 27
S Moseley lbw St Clair 3
S Brooks b Primus 37
J Carter lbw Charles 21
K Stoute b Charles 1
K Williams c Primus b Charles 26
J Greaves c Rajah b Khan 3
S Springer not out 38
M Rampersaud not out 8
Extras 26
Total for 7 wkts 188
Fall of wkts: 7, 60, 101, 102, 105, 122, 155.
Bowling: D St Clair 13-2-29-1, B Charles 23.1-8-56-2, I Khan 22-4-70-3, R Primus 4-1-13-1.

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