Regional Four Day Competition 2008-09, 6th round, 2nd day February 14, 2009

All-round Smith carries Barbados

Cricinfo staff


Dwayne Smith powered Barbados' innings © The Nation
 

Powered by Adrian Barath's 192 and five wickets from young left-arm slow bowler Imran Khan, Trinidad & Tobago took complete control over Leeward Islands at St Augustine. Leewards had done well to reduce T&T from 280 for 4 to 349, thanks to Gavin Tonge's six wickets, but their batsmen struggled to hand the home side a lead of 141 by stumps.

Barath resumed on 163 and looked set for a maiden double-century, but Tonge bowled him eight short. That sparked a collapse of six wickets for just 27 runs, with Tonge taking a career-best 6 for 86. Leewards were off to a shaky start, with Ravi Rampaul striking early blows. It was Imran, however, who did the most damage with his slow stuff. Having never picked up a first-class wicket in five previous appearances, Imran took five in 69 deliveries. His strikes included the only half-centurions, Montcin Hodge (55) and Omari Bankas (55).

The T&T openers added 13 in the remaining two overs of the day.

Dwayne Smith continued his excellent match in Crab Hill, hitting a century to almost single-handedly carry Barbados to 271 against Combined Colleges and Campuses. Barbados' bowlers backed up Smith's efforts by reducing CCC to 128 for 5, a lead of just 55.

Smith's four wickets had helped Barbados bundle out CCC for 198, but his batting proved far more crucial. There was only one half-century, Kevin Stoute's 50, in what was an otherwise disappointing batting card. From an overnight 53 for 2, Bardados found themselves 55 for 4 as Kevin McClean struck in the morning. Smith and Stoute added 160 there on, Smith being the dominant partner, but CCC again hit back to reduce Barbados from 215 for 5 to 271. Smith's 155 was an outstanding effort indeed.

With a 73-run lead, Barbados came out enthused. Their new-ball pairing of Pedro Collins and Corey Collymore, former West Indian fast bowlers alike, left CCC 8 for 3. Life was breathed back into the innings thanks to Chadwick Walton (46) and Romel Currency (56), but a double-strike by Nikolai Charles left Barbados in a strong position.

A century to Donovan Pagon and 97 from David Bernard carried Jamaica to 441, after which Andrew Richardson took a wicket before stumps at the Providence Stadium. Guyana's bowlers were made to work hard on the second day as Jamaica rallied from 149 for 3 to a large total. Pagon, who resumed on 39, lost the experience Wavell Hinds (42) early in the day but with Bernard, added 101 before he was run out for 105. Bernard found support from Keith Hibbert (37) and Nikita Miller (45) but was unlucky to miss a century bu a shave. Jamaica declared eight wickets down before Richardson bowled Shemroy Barrington for a duck in the four overs left in the day.