Warrican trumps Ramdin to give Pride the edge
TAROUBA, Trinidad (CMC)
A brilliant spell of left-arm spin bowling from Jomel Warrican topped a defiant half-century from Denesh Ramdin to give Barbados Pride the upper hand over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday.
Warrican grabbed 6-52 from 30 overs, but Ramdin was unbeaten on 74, as Red Force reached 146 for eight, in reply to Pride's first innings total of 316, at the close on the second day of their seventh-round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.
The 25-year-old Warrican, who played the last of his four Tests for West Indies last January against Australia in Sydney, flattened the Red Force top order and only Ramdin with a knock that includes seven fours from 177 balls in 166 minutes has stood in the way of the Pride running through the home team.
Left-hander opener Jeremy Solozano made 41 and was the only other Red Force batsman to pass 20, after the hosts wrapped up the Pride's first innings about 40 minutes before lunch.
Pride, starting the day on 267 for five, lost their last five wickets for 38 in less than 100 balls with clubmates Kevin Stoute and Justin Greaves making 31 and 30 respectively.
Leg-spinner Imran Khan was the most successful Red Force bowler with 4-81 from 41.2 overs, left-arm fast medium bowler Daniel St Clair ended with 3-73 from 21 overs and off-spinner Bryan Charles finished with 2-58 from 20 overs.
Openers Amir Jangoo and Solozano then carried Red Force to four without loss in seven overs before lunch and found free scoring difficult after the interval.
Warrican replaced Greaves after the 16th over and quickly got into stride. He had Jangoo leg before wicket for 14 in his second over, held on to a return catch to dismiss Isaiah Rajah for a duck in his third over and had Ewart Nicholson caught at slip for the same score in his fifth over, as the home team slid from 37 without loss to 39 for three at the refreshment break.
Ramdin came to the crease and with Solozano batted through the remainder of the session to carry Red Force to 74 for three at tea.