Bajans bow out to Trinis
The?expectations of an entire nation and the dream of a squad of cricketers disintegrated at Kensington Oval on Saturday night.
Before a capacity crowd, Barbados bowed out of the Caribbean T20 following a sound beating by arch rivals Trinidad and Tobago.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Barbados limped to 90 all out off 19.5 overs to which the Trinidadians replied with 93 for five, completing the victory with six overs to spare after overcoming a scare at 45 for five.
Dwayne Smith has been the focal figure in the Barbados batting line-up this season and from the time he timidly lifted off-spinner Sunil Narine for an easy catch to Kieron Pollard in the fifth over, it was clear Barbados would be challenged to post a formidable score. But the mammoth crowd could hardly have foreseen the batting debacle that was about to unfold.
Kirk Edwards then played on to leg-spinner Samuel Badree and by the end of the six-over power play period, Barbados had crept to 23 for two.
The innings never gained momentum as the Trinidadian spinners put a complete stranglehold on the Barbados batsmen to such an extent that Man Of The Match Narine’s two wickets cost just ten runs from his four overs.
Badree was equally effective, taking two for 11 from four overs.
The pacers also picked up crucial wickets with Dwayne Bravo taking three for 23 and Kevon Cooper two for 18.
When Trinidad and Tobago batted, the left-arm spin of Ryan Hinds provided the initial breakthrough for Barbados, as Adrian Barath swept across the line and was lbw in the second over.
By the time the power play period had expired, Barbados had struck two more blows reducing Trinidad and Tobago to 33 for three.
Energized by the huge crowd, Barbados put their opponents in further strife with the wickets of Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin.
Bravo, seemingly rattled after taking a blow on the shoulder as he survived an appeal for a catch at the wicket and a chance to Kevin Stoute at mid wicket, hooked Edwards to Alcindo Holder at fine leg in the same over.
Wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich then pouched a spectacular catch diving acrobatically to his right to remove Ramdin off Best, and reduce Trinidad and Tobago to 45 for five in the ninth over.
Had Sulieman Benn held on to a return catch offered by Pollard shortly after, the pressure would have been sustained but the powerful West Indies batsman smashed two sixes and three fours in an undefeated 31 off 23 balls that booked Trinidad and Tobago’s place in last night’s final against Jamaica.