T&T v Barbados, Carib Beer Challenge final, 3rd day April 18, 2006

Barbados claw back after conceding lead

Cricinfo staff

Trinidad & Tobago 340 and 137 for 5 (Ganga 26) lead Barbados 270 (Edwards 64) by 207 runs

A fine performance in the field helped Barbados stage a fightback after conceding a first innings lead in the third day of the Carib Beer Challenge finals against Trinidad and Tobago at Guaracara Park. T&T held the upper hand with a first-innings lead of 70, but struggled in their effort to extend their advantage, losing half their side with 137 on board, with an overall lead of 207.

Lendl Simmons and Daren Ganga, the captain, got T&T off to a decent start, with an opening stand of 45. However, Barbados struck back with two sharp run-outs, sending back Simmons and Jason Mohammed. Brian Lara failed for the second time in the match, falling to a diving catch by Patrick Browne as the home side were in trouble at 99 for 5. However, Richard Kelly and Rayad Emrit consolidated with an unbeaten stand of 38 for the sixth wicket.

Resuming their overnight score of 137 for 5, Barbados were buoyed by a sixth-wicket stand of 94 between Keith Edwards and Browne. After Browne's dismissal shortly before lunch for 33, Barbados lost their way, as Edwards fell to a brilliant catch by Sherwin Ganga, the substitute, off Dave Mohammed for an impressive 64 on debut. Barbados were wrapped up for 270, as Mohammed finished with 3 for 56 in 24 overs to push his tally of wickets for the competition to 41, the most by any bowler.