Barbados Pride held the advantage over the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the close of play on the third day of their second round WICB Professional Cricket League encounter at Kensington Oval today.
When stumps were drawn the Pride were 171 for 3, a lead of 225 with batsmen Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase not out with scores of 51 and 4 respectively.
At the start of the day Trinidad and Tobago Red Force resumed from their overnight position of 153 for 5. The visitors added a further 93 runs to their tally before they were finally dismissed for 246, half-hour after the lunch break.
Steven Katwaroo who started the day on 27 was the top-scorer with 64.
He batted for 193 minutes, faced 166 balls and hit nine boundaries before he was bowled by a beauty from medium-pacer Kevin Stoute to be the ninth wicket down in the 95th over.
The other main contributor today was Yanick Ottley who made 45 before he became one of Stoute’s four victims, caught at the wicket by Shane Dowrich as he groped at an out-swinger.
Stoute returned the best figures of 4 for 54 off 23 probing overs.
With a lead of 54 and a declaration needed to press for victory sometime tomorrow, Barbados needed to show some urgency in their second innings and they batted somewhat more enterprisingly than they had done in their first.
However, they still scored at fewer than four runs per over.
In their second innings opener Kyle Corbin was an early casualty when he was lbw to leg-spinner Imran Khan for 16 with the score on 38 in the 12th over.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was joined by Shai Hope and these two took the score to 82 before Hope was caught by wicketkeeper Katwaroo off left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh for 25 in the 26th over.
Brooks filled the breach and gave the innings much impetus with positive stroke-play and running between the wickets. At the other end Brathwaite continued serenely on to his half-century.
He would eventually be dismissed late in the day in the 49th over with the score on 166 when he attempted to sweep off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine, missed, and was given out lbw for 72.
He batted for 169 minutes, faced 151 deliveries and counted six boundaries. Brathwaite and Brooks added 84 runs in their partnership.
Brooks would bring up his half-century just before the close of play, having batted for 98 minutes, faced 77 balls and hit six fours. (WG)
Barbados Pride 1st innings 300
Trinidad & Tobago Red Force 1st innings (overnight 153-5)
E. Lewis lbw b Stoute 24
K. Ottley c Nurse b Warrican 18
K. Hope lbw b Cummins 45
N. Deonarine c Nurse b Stoute 5
Y. Cariah c Cummins b Roach 5
Y. Ottley c wk Dowrich b Stoute 45
+S. Katwaroo b Stoute 64
I. Khan c Nurse b Cummins 8
*R. Emrit lbw b Cummins 20
K. Kantasingh not out 4
S. Gabriel c wk Dowrich b Roach 1
Extras (lb3, nb4) 7
TOTAL (all out, 97.2 overs) 246
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Lewis), 2-76 (K. Ottley), 3-82 (Deonarine), 4-97 (Hope), 5-99 (Cariah), 6-191 (Y. Ottley), 7-207 (Khan), 8-240 (Emrit), 9-240 (Katwaroo), 10-246 (Gabriel).
Bowling: Roach 18.2-9-38-2, Cummins 25-9-65-3 (nb2), Stoute 23-7-54-4, Warrican 20-8-38-1, Chase 2-0-9-0, Nurse 6-1-37-0 (nb2), Brathwaite 3-2-2-0.
Barbados Pride 2nd innings
*K. Brathwaite lbw b Deonarine 72
K. Corbin lbw b Khan 16
S. Hope c wk Katwaroo b Kantasingh 25
S. Brooks not out 51
R. Chase not out 4
Extras (lb1, w1, nb1) 3
TOTAL (3 wks, 52 overs) 171
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Corbin, 11.3 ov), 2-82 (Hope, 25.1), 3-166 (Brathwaite, 48.3).
Bowling: Gabriel 9-1-35-0 (w1, nb1), Emrit 7-1-12-0, Khan 11-0-57-1, Deonarine 15-1-36-1, Kantasingh 10-2-30-1.