Bajans find going rough
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A cluster of wickets before the close gave Trinidad & Tobago the upper hand over Barbados after their batting crumbled against the left-arm spin of Chad Williams in the Regional Under-19 Championship, yesterday.
Strapping, if not fearsome fast bowler Anderson Phillips grabbed two for four from five overs and left-arm spinner Justin Joseph snared two for eight from six overs, as Barbados, replying to T&T’s first innings total of 199, crumbled to 21 for four at the close on the opening day of their second round match in the three-day competition.
Barbados captain Joshua Drakes was not out on nine and wicketkeeper/batsman Leniko Boucher was not out on eight, after Phillips and Joseph worked over their opponents’ top-order batting on a typically docile Guyana National Stadium pitch.
It was a total contrast to what had transpired over the first five hours, after Williams, the Barbados vice-captain, again distinguished himself with seven for 61 from 25.2 overs to follow up his seven scalps in the Jamaica first innings in the first round of matches.
Opener Amir Jangoo looked quite organised in hitting the top score of 79 for T&T with Jemeel Maniram’s 36, Brandon Jaggernauth with 23 and Brian Christmas with 22 further propping up the batting.
Joseph struck an early blow for T&T in the field, when he bowled opener Dikembe Wilson for a duck and Phillips could hardly believe his good fortune when Lee-Germon Gaskin was caught at gully from an ill-advised steer also for a duck.
Joseph then bamboozled Akil Greenidge to trap him lbw, also without scoring, and Jafari Toppin was bowled for four driving over the top of a delivery from Phillips, leaving the Barbadians wobbling on five runs for four wickets before Boucher joined Drakes and calmed their nerves.
Earlier, two wickets – both to Williams – in the second hour of the morning period set back T&T on 73 for three at lunch.
T&T suffered early, when their captain Jeremy Solozano, the West Under-19 batsman, was caught behind for four, gloving an awkward bouncer from Shamar Springer.
Christmas came early and settled things down for just over an hour with Jangoo in a stand of 48 for the second wicket.
But Williams put a check on the T&T scoring, when he trapped Christmas lbw for 22 and had Camillo Carimbocas caught at short mid-on for a duck to leave the twin-island republic’s side on 64 for three.
After the interval, Jangoo kept his composure while the rest of the batsmen lost their wickets to reach his 50 from 113 balls with a drive to mid-off for a single off left-arm spinner Matthew Jones.
Maniram provided Jangoo with stability for close to an hour-and-a-half before he was trapped lbw by fast bowler Keon Harding for 36, and he was followed by Justin Joseph stumped off Williams for a duck in the next over to leave T&T 126 for five.
Brandon Jaggernauth hit a cameo 23 in close to an hour with Jangoo in which they added 41 before he was bowled behind his back sweeping at Williams in the third-last over before tea which arrived with T&T on 168 for six.
After tea, there was the typical tail-end bravado, but Williams more or less kept a lid on the scoring to ensure T&T collected just two batting points, as the Barbadians claimed all three bowling points plus 0.3 for wickets taken by their pacers.
T&T brought Jaggernauth in to replace Jesse Bootan and Barbados swapped out Nicholas Kirton for Drakes.
Barbados entered the match in fifth place with 4.2 points and T&T were bottom of the table with 1.2.