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Bajans poised for win

Philip Hackett

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Barbados are poised to complete a second successive victory in the WICB Regional Four-Day Competition.
Combined Campuses and Colleges faced an uphill task of avoiding a third defeat in four matches, having reached 16 for one at tea after being set 331 for victory when Barbados declared shortly before the interval on the penultimate day of their fourth round match at Kensington Oval last night.
At tea, taken at 8:10 p.m., Romel Currency was not out eight and Nkrumah Bonner undefeated on six. Yannick Ottley fell with the score on five, smartly caught at third slip by Sharmarh Brooks off Tino Best for one.
The Barbados declaration came amidst a half-century fifth wicket partnership between former captain Ryan Hinds and all rounder Kenroy Williams with Barbados reaching 238 for four before captain Kirk Edwards opted to call his batsmen in.
Resuming on 103 for one with Omar Phillips on 63 and Edwards 34, Barbados progressed to 134 before the Barbados captain was lbw to off spinner Ryan Austin just one run short of his half century. His innings of 49 was complied off 133 deliveries in187 minutes and included four boundaries.
Phillips, who looked his most elegant when driving straight, also unleashed a couple cover drives as Barbados sought to increase the tempo.
Jason Dawes struck the first of two crucial blows when he pinned Phillips on the back foot and won an lbw decision with the batsman 13 short of his second first-class century.
Phillips stroked 11 boundaries and faced 167 balls during his 259 minutes at the crease.
Jonathan Carter struck four boundaries in an entertaining cameo before edging a catch to wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton off Dawes for 17. Carter, who seemed surprised by the decision departed leaving Barbados 183 for four.
Kenroy Williams joined Ryan Hinds and the pair put on an unbroken 55 for the fifth wicket before the declaration came.
Williams, the more fluent of the two counted four boundaries in his unbeaten 33 off 62 balls in 86 minutes. Hinds, who was also not out on 33, batted for 162 minutes faced 96 balls and struck four boundaries.
Dawes was the most successful bowler with two for 42 off 13 overs.
In the post-tea session the previous night, captain Kirk Edwards and opener Omar Phillips put on a century stand after the early loss of Kraigg Brathwaite, lbw to Kevin McClean without scoring.
By the end of the day they had extended the lead to 195, with Phillips undefeated on 63 and Edwards on 34.
Edwards, a model of patience and concentration, allowed himself the luxury of two boundaries. Phillips, who struck eight fours, mixed dour defence with attractive stroke play, particularly when driving straight.