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Tough going for hosts

Philip Hackett

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Jonathan?Carter cracked 47 but it was another struggle for host country Barbados in the regional first-class cricket competition yesterday.
Headed deep into the final session, Barbados were 187 for eight after 65 overs on the opening day of their fourth-round WICB Regional Four-Day day/night fourth-round contest against the Combined Campuses and Colleges at Kensington Oval last night.
Sulieman Benn on nine and Kemar Roach, still to get off the mark, were at the crease. Tall off-spinner, Ryan Austin had two for 41 after 20 overs.
At tea, Barbados who won the toss, were 134 for five with the left-handed Carter the only one reaching 30.
From the outset the Barbadian batsmen were tested by the CCC pacers who maintained a consistent off stump line.
Omar Phillips (8) playing against his old team, survived a loud appeal for lbw to a ball that seemingly cut back from outside off, but next delivery he drove a simple catch to CCC captain Romel Currency at mid off to leave Barbados 11 for one after 22 minutes.
Jason Holder bowled one particularly impressive over to Kraigg Brathwaite, inducing an outside edge that squeezed through the slips for four and testing him with another which he played uncomfortably to gully. Brathwaite won the short-term battle, unleashing a well-timed off drive that found its way to the boundary.
Kirk Edwards (10) preceded Brathwaite to the pavilion, brilliantly caught by Nkrumah Bonner at gully from a lifting delivery bowled by left-arm medium pacer Raymon Reifer in the midst of a pre-lunch spell in which he took one for 13 from six overs.
Ryan Hinds started with two cracking extra covers drives for boundaries off Dawes but in between received a couple of well directed lifters from the same bowler, one of which flew off a thick edge into the third man boundary.
Dawes soon reaped reward for his effort when he bowled Brathwaite with a delivery that kept low.
Brathwaite’s defiant innings of 25 lasted 109 minutes during which time he faced 81 balls and struck three fours.
His dismissal left Barbados in some discomfort at 70 for three but Jonathan Carter and Hinds took the home team to lunch without further alarms at 77 for three.
After a shower caused a delay of 11 minutes immediately after lunch, Hinds started in positive fashion with a powerful drive to the extra cover boundary off Ryan Austin.
Dawes picked up the wicket of the former Barbados captain with a delivery that bounced sharply and Holder took a ow catch at gully as Hinds fell for 25 off 28 balls, a knock that lasted 55 minutes.  
The batsman stood his ground until umpire Peter Nero confirmed the catch had been taken cleanly.
Kenroy Williams and Carter added 38 for the fifth wicket, a partnership that ended when Williams cut at Austin and was neatly caught by wicketkeeper Walton for 12 as Barbados slumped to 129 for five.
Carter, Christopher Jordan (21) and wicket-keeper batsman Jamal Smith (4) fell after tea.