The dark clouds looked ominous at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday, but it was the Barbados Pride that first made good on their threats, condemning the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to 89 for seven, still 271 runs behind on first innings at the end of Day 2 of their WICB Professional Cricket League four-day encounter.
The few fans on hand at the Tragarete Road, Port of Spain venue could only watch in horror as yet another embarrassing top-order collapse effectively put the home side out of the contest, barring a miraculous fightback today.
First, Barbados Pride captain Kraigg Brathwaite returned to defy Trinidad and Tobago with a towering 182, leading the Bajans to a healthy total of 360. Then pacers Carlos Brathwaite and Kemar Roach put the Red Force batting to the sword, the first five wickets falling in the space of 20 runs.
The rain finally showed up briefly, and only a gritty top score of 26 (81 balls) from Yannic Cariah took the first innings into another day.
Red Force began their reply confidently, with the experience of Lendl Simmons and the good form of Evin Lewis leading them off. Yet the hosts went from 22 without loss to 42 for five on either side of tea.
Simmons survived a dropped catch by Omar Phillips at square leg, as well as a confident shout for lbw off Jason Holder. His streaky edges also failed to go to hand.
Instead, Lewis was first out after a couple of fours, he and Yannick Ottley edging Carlos Brathwaite to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off back-to-back deliveries.
Jason Mohammed’s departure for three hurt, too, as that short period all but put the hosts out of the game.
Simmons rode his luck to be 25 not out (five fours) off 47 balls, but slapped the first one after tea from Roach to Dwayne Smith at slip. Roach also accounted for Denesh Ramdin second ball.
Cariah was the second of two wickets in the final session to go down, falling to Jomel Warrican late on after hitting the spinner for the innings’ first six.
The morning session was a handy one for Barbados despite four wickets falling. Brathwaite, overnight on 115, kept the innings together, refusing to give a chance while adding a further 67 runs before throwing his hand away.
He lost his overnight partner, wicketkeeper/batsman Dowrich (76) and Brathwaite (nought) in the space of three balls, both offering catches off Khan with the score on 261.
Holder (17) also had a useful knock, and Ashley Nurse helped the visitors comfortably past 300, smashing two sixes off Red Force skipper Rayad Emrit and Akeal Hosein.