Monday 14th August, 2006


Bajans batter T&T

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T&T bowlers were put to the sword by the Barbados batsmen on the second day of second round action in the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 Cricket Challenge, yesterday, at the Enmore Cricket Ground in East Coast Demerara.

At the end of another frustrating day for the defending champions, the Bajans,who resumed on 35 without loss chasing 192 for first innings lead,were 311 for 7.

They were led by half-centuries from teenagers, 17-year-old Carlos Braithwaite (92) and Jed Yearwood (62) against an attack which lacked penetration.

Barbados leads by 120 with three wickets intact going in today’s final day.

It seemed that T&T’s skipper Sunil Narine lacked the drive and motivation to lift the team at crucial times.

In another good day for cricket at the Sugar Estate Ground 30 miles away from the capital Georgetown, Barbados, led by openers Roger Williams (12) and Yearwood added 12 before before being separated.

Williams was smartly stumped by wicketkeeper Somant Maraj off the bowling of debutant leg-spinner Gareth Boodhai.

The tall, right-handed Braithwaithe joined Yearwood and the pair added 61 in 73 minutes for the second wicket, before Yearwood went for a well played 62, caught by wicketkeeper Maraj off part-time off-spinner Marlon Barclay.

The right-handed batsman, who scored 186 in the opening round of the tournament, batted for 144 minutes, faced 113 balls and struck nine fours.

Barbados went to lunch on 127 for two.

On the resumption, Braithwaite in tandem with skipper Shamarh Brooks (27) added a further 47, before the latter was trapped in front to off-spinner Narine, with the total on 165 for three.

Braithwaite then found another useful partner in Kyle Hope (27) and they added an important 71 runs in 69 minutes for the fourth wicket before being parted.

Braithwaite was caught and bowled by part-time medium pacer Darren Bravo with the total 236 for four.

After tea Barbados lost three wickets in its onslaught on the bowling, with Jonathan Carter hitting a quickfire 44 before stumps were drawn.

Carter has so far batted for 105 minutes and 78 ball and struck three fours and one six.

A Herculean effort is needed from the T&T team if the Bajans are to be denied a second straight outright win in the tournament.

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