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Brathwaite hits first PCL ton


Brathwaite hits first PCL ton

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KRAIGG BRATHWAITE hit his ninth first-class century to guide Barbados Pride to a satisfying position on the opening day of the inaugural West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League today.

The 21-year-old Brathwaite batted through the entire day for an unbeaten 115 that lifted Barbados Pride to a total of 209 for four against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.

On a day cut short by eight overs because of rain, Brathwaite featured in useful partnerships with Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase after the home team took an early advantage by reducing Barbados Pride to 40 for three in the pre-lunch session.

Brathwaite and Dowrich, who ended the day on 50 not out, featured in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 124 after the captain and Roston Chase (24) added 45 for the fourth wicket.

Dowrich, who did not travel to Trinidad with the original squad because of illness, took his place in the starting line-up after Shai Hope was ruled out due to illness.

Barbados Pride were put under early pressure after Omar Phillips (9), Dwayne Smith (10) and Jonathan Carter (0) were removed by fast bowler Marlon Richards with the help of catches to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.

Barbados are also without the experienced Ryan Hinds because of illness. (HG)