From a position of dominance, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are now behind the eight-ball as the Barbados Pride continued their fightback, on the second day of their fifth-round West Indies Championship match at Kensington Oval, in Barbados, yesterday.
After restricting the Pride for 209 and closing day one of the contest on Thursday at 52 for one, the Red Force slipped up on day two yesterday, being dismissed for 175 in 56.3 overs to give the hosts a first innings lead of 34 runs.
By the close yesterday, the lead was up to 161 as the Pride wrested the advantage from the Red Force to position themselves to push for an outright victory with two days left in the contest.
Keon Harding was the game changer for the hosts, grabbing five wickets for 57 runs to rip the heart out of the Red Force batting.
The game changed in the 23rd over of the Red Force innings when skipper Yannick Ottley was caught behind by wicket keeper Shane Dowrich off Harding for just 12 runs.
The fast-bowler then took a fantastic low return catch to get rid of the other overnight batsman Jeremy Solozano for 50 and that started the Red Force slide that saw four senior batsmen depart without change to the score.
Solozano departed with the score on 88 and he was quickly followed by Jason Mohammed, who was bowled by Kemar Roach for 11, Denesh Ramdin, who was caught behind off Harding for zero, and Yannic Cariah, who was also caught behind off Harding for ‘duck’ as the hosts slipped to 88 for six.
The Red Force went to lunch at 92 for six and after the break their lower order battled to get the score past 100 with Akeal Hosein hitting 28, Uthman Muhammad scoring 27 and Terrance Hinds hitting 17 but the damage was already done by Harding, who returned after lunch to complete his five-wicket haul and put his team ahead.
Batting a second time, Kraigg Brathwaite scored a half-century while Sheyne Moseley hit an unbeaten 49 as the Pride closed the day on 127 for two with an overall lead of 161 runs.
Brathwaite, who made four in the first innings, struck a six and five fours for his 58 off 104 balls while Moseley faced 118 balls and struck five boundaries.
The opening pair put on 106 before Hinds finally made the breakthrough for the Red Force, trapping Brathwaite lbw late in the final session.
Left-arm spinner Hosein then stepped up to send back Justin Greaves lbw just before the close but despite those late wickets, the hosts will enter the penultimate day of the contest with the advantage.