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By Alan Harris
COMPOSURE was the name of the game for Barbados yesterday as the local side completed an emphatic come-from-behind victory over Trinidad & Tobago by five wickets on the final day of their third-round WICB four-day match at Kensington Oval.
On the bright side, albeit unrelated to the gentleman’s game, the visitors will at least be greeted by a two-day party in Port-of-Spain with which they can drown their sorrows when they return later today.
Was it on their minds? Maybe, maybe not. What’s certain is that it wasn’t an enjoyable fête for them at the Oval yesterday.
Resuming from an overnight position of 94-3, Barbados cantered to their victory mark of 179 just twenty minutes after the scheduled lunch break. They would have completed their victory march much earlier had it not been for persistent rains in the morning session which resulted in an hour’s play being lost.
Teenaged opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who started the day on 26, anchored the Barbados inning with typical equanimity and struck an unbeaten 48 off 142 balls.
The winning runs came from the bat of Shane Dowrich, who confidently clouted a short ball from off-spinner Sunil Narine to the extra cover boundary. Unable to bat after sustaining an injury to his left eye while wicket-keeping on day one, Dowrich batted with courage and ended the day unbeaten on 19.
Before the rains came, night-watchman Kemar Roach was bowled around his legs by Narine for a ‘duck’ off the fifth ball of the day’s first over.
Narine then had stylish left-hander Jonathan Carter caught at slip, driving at a ball well outside his off stump. Carter struck an attractive 36, one less than his score in the first inning.
Once again, Narine, playing in only his fifth first-class match, was the leading wicket-taker with three for 54 off 19.5 overs. By far the best bowler on display, he ended with match figures of eight for 132 from 51.9 overs.
Following consecutive five-wicket hauls against the Combined Campuses & Colleges (5-22 and 8-17), Narine now has 21 wickets from just two matches.
With scores of 70 and 45, Barbados captain Kirk Edwards was named Man-of-the-Match.
After suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of a rampant Jamaican squad in last week’s second-round, Barbados has moved from the bottom of the regional pecking order to a position of respectability in the mid-table of the points standings.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: 338 (Denesh Ramdin 88, Rayad Emrit 62 not out, Darren Bravo 54, Lendl Simmons 52; Fidel Edwards 5-64) and 119 (Denesh Ramdin 37, Darren Bravo 28; Tino Best 3-31, Sulieman Benn 2-38).
BARBADOS: 279 (Kirk Edwards 70, Ryan Hinds 46, Jonathan Carter 37; Sunil Narine 5-78, Reyad Emrit 2-60) and 180 for five (Kraigg Brathwaite 48 not out, Kirk Edwards 45, Jonathan Carter 36, Shane Dowrich 19; Sunil Narine 3-54).