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Kirton strokes century; Barbados gains upper hand
By Alan Harris
A WELL-TEMPERED century from the bat of Nicholas Kirton ensured Barbados secured first innings points against Trinidad & Tobago at stumps on day two, when their 13 and under three-day contest continued at the Empire Cricket Club yesterday.
Resuming from an overnight position of 82-2, Barbados was eventually bowled out for 259 in reply to Trinidad & Tobago’s first innings score of 119 all out – a 140 run lead for the hosts.
By the close of play yesterday, the visitors were in the process of steadying their ship after the loss of two early wickets at 55-2, still some 88 runs in arrears.
Still, the day entirely belonged to Kirton, a third form student of Queen’s College.
Resuming the day on 31, the defiant left-hander showed composure beyond his years as he went about gathering his runs. Timing the ball sweetly, Kirton was content with working the ball around the ground for singles and twos. It was a ploy which worked handsomely.
Together with Hasani Newton, who resumed from an overnight 44, the pair added 144 runs for a pivotal third wicket partnership.
Newton, an aggressive and imposing batsman, would be the first depart yesterday, caught and bowled by Emilio Gopaul for a well-played 80.
Kirton continued, and joined by captain Deswin Currency, added 48 runs for the fourth wicket before he was sharply caught at point for 109, his first national century.
Facing 211 balls, Kirton struck nine boundaries and was at the crease for a mammoth 381 minutes.
“It was hard work,” he told the Barbados Advocate.
“The spinners were bowling really well and the ball was getting good bounce, so I had to keep my eye on the ball for every delivery”.
Currency, who was out leg before wicket for a solid 29, was the only other local batsman to record a score in the double digits.
From an all-conquering position of 235-5, Barbados subsequently lost wickets at 243, 243, 251, 259 and 259. Adding just 24 runs for the last five wickets, the Barbados score could have easily surpassed 300.
Keron Persaud was the pick of the Trinidadian bowlers with three for 57 off 28 overs, inclusive of two maidens.
Despite the hiccup with the bat, the hosts made immediate inroads with the ball.
Pacer Jadeja Edwards, who picked up three wickets in the first innings, removed opener Daniel Williams for a duck with the visitors yet to get off the mark.
Fellow quick Shamar Springer then immediately got a break through at the other end when he removed Jonathan Bootan for a duck with the visitors’ score on just five.
Kegan Simmons and nightwatchman Siaba Batoosign brought back some semblance to the Trinidad & Tobago innings with a crucial 50-run partnership for the third wicket.
Simmons resumes today on 22, while Batoosign resumes on 25.
Play starts at 10 a.m.