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Forced to draw

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Forced to draw

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BARBADOS PRIDE didn’t proudly maintain their winning record against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval yesterday and had to settle for a stalemate.

A late declaration, unpenetrative bowling on a placid last day pitch, stout Red Force batting resistance and a 35-minute stoppage for rain were the main factors in the Pride’s failure to add to their 24 victories on home soil over their arch-rivals – six in the  last eight first-class matches.

Unlike the Jamaican Scorpions in the first round, the Red Force batsmen didn’t capitulate in both innings but buckled down to earn a respectable draw in the second series of the regional Professional Cricket League Four-Day Tournament.

Set an almost improbable victory target of 298 in 76 overs, the Red Force, who never accepted the challenge, ended on 182 for four off 68 overs when play was called off at 5:10 p.m. due to fading light. (EZS)

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