Monthly Archives: May 2013

Barbados Regional Champions

11th May 2013

Behind the Bowler’s Arm – match reports

Regional 4-Day Tournament Final: Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 3: Barbados 369 (Brathwaite 122) beat Trinidad & Tobago 110 (Cummins 5-30) & 237 (Simmons 140) by an innings and 22 runs

Heavy overnight rain awoke me about 2am. It continued until about 7am. In England it would not have been worth getting up.

When I arrived at the ground at 9am both sides were gleefully kicking a football around. Such is the power of the sun in the Caribbean.

It was still very overcast. If the tropical temperature and heady, heavy atmosphere were not English in character then the skyline was. This was a cloud covered morning that would have had the likes of Don or John Shepherd licking their lips, and fingers. Would Trinidad & Tobago be meek lambs to the slaughter, herded back to the pavilion in time for lunch? Continue reading

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Brathwaite Builds Big Lead Before Simmons Goes Beserk

10th May 2013

Behind the Bowler’s Arm – match reports

Regional 4-Day Tournament Final: Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 2: Barbados 369 (Brathwaite 122) lead Trinidad & Tobago 110 (Cummins 5-30) & 140-4 (Simmons 111no) by 119 runs

Back in February I went to spend the day at my favourite cricket ground in Barbados: The 3Ws Oval on the UWI campus. Surrounded by attractive green trees, and with an open, welcoming feel it is less the concrete and bucket seats of modern stadia (a persona Kensington Oval has adopted in recent years), but more the friendly, rural atmosphere of quaint English out-grounds. Think Tunbridge Wells, or Southgate.

That Thursday was the second day of Combined Colleges and Campuses’ home fixture with Barbados. The scores after Day 1 (which I’d missed – the demands of having a job) were: CCC 109; Barbados 170-0, the students having been blown away by Chris Jordan (7-43), and with Brathwaite and Edwards not out respectively 55 and 93. Continue reading

T&T Capitulate to Cummins

9th May 2013

Behind the Bowler’s Arm – match reports

Regional 4-Day Tournament Final: Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 1: Barbados 144-2 (Brathwaite 49no, Edwards 48, Boucher 46) lead Trinidad & Tobago 110 (Cummins 5-30) by 34 runsĀ 

Putting Trinidad & Tobago into bat on a beautiful, cloudless day was not a brave decision. It was less a case of captain Kirk Edwards wanting his team to bowl, than not wanting it to bat. On the radio, Roland Butcher observed:

“The pitch is patchy with some holes in certain areas. I hope inserting the opposition doesn’t backfire on Barbados.”

It was evident after the first couple of looseners from Roach that this was a pitch with pace, bounce and carry. Continue reading

Barbados Prepared For Glory

8th May 2013

Prospects of Play – match previews

Regional 4-Day Tournament Final: Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

There are some people in life who cannot resist name dropping. Others are more reticent to advertise by whom they are vaguely acknowledged as a half-remembered nodding acquaintance. As an unredeemed star-struck cricket fan, I confess I fall into the initial category.

Earlier this week I bumped into the BCA Chairman, the great Joel Garner. The last time I’d seen him he’d just come second in the two-horse race for the WICB vice-presidency. This time, shaking hands (and noticing that barely concealed look of faint recognition flicker across his face), I commented that we now met in happier times – a day after the semi-final outcomes which meant Bridgetown would be hosting the four-day regional final this coming Thursday. He didn’t appear that thrilled at the prospect.

“Urgh. Plenty to do. But we’ve been preparing… just in case”. Continue reading

Jamaica’s House Blown Down by T&T Underdogs

6th May 2013

When the Sawdust SettlesĀ – match reviews

Regional 4-Day Tournament Semi-Final: Jamaica v Trinidad & Tobago at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Trinidad & Tobago 170 (Simmons 79, Miller 5-41) & 179-7 (Khan 50no, Bernard 6-39) beat Jamaica 246 (Baugh 88no, Richards 5-46) & 102 by 3 wickets

Nothing lasts forever. Even the longest, most glittering reign must come to an end someday.

So said Francis Urquhart, loyal Tory chief-whip in the opening moments of the BBC’s 1990 television drama ‘House of Cards’, laying face down upon his desk a framed picture of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In a remarkable piece of TV scheduling synchronicity the programme aired within a week of her unexpected resignation as leader of the Conservative party (and thus The United Kingdom) after over eleven years in office.

Yesterday, less than a month after The Iron Lady’s death, another curtain came down suddenly and unexpectedly. Against almost every expectation the underdogs from Trinidad & Tobago overcame the near-invincible Jamaica, and ended their record-breaking run as the Caribbean’s first-class Champions. Continue reading