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Barbados win despite poor display

Barbados recovered from a poor batting display to beat Dominica by 26 runs in the latest Stanford 20/20 Round of 16 Match at Stanford Cricket Ground on Tuesday night.

Barbados, with the win, secured their place in the quarterfinals and will play Grenada on February 15.

Replying to Barbados' 103 for eight; Dominica were dismissed for 77 in 16 overs.

In a batting performance riddled with atrocious shot selections, Barbados, one of the traditionally strong regional teams, only Ryan Hinds (38 not out) and Jonathon Carter (30) reached double figures.

Hinds, however, was kept quiet for most part. He came to the crease after Ahmed Proverbs (one) was bowled by left-arm spinner Roy Marshall, who also removed captain and West Indies all rounder Dwayne Smith, caught and bowled for nine at 11 for two in the third over.

Barbados slipped further into trouble at 13 for three when the usually pugnacious Dale Richards (one) edged lively pacer Mervin Matthew behind for wicket-keeper Samuel Mitchel to take an easy catch. The fourth wicket fell at 30 when Alcindo Holder pulled straight into the hands of Kristen Casimir on the mid-wicket boundary. He only managed seven prior to his departure.

At this stage, with more than half the overs to bowl, many were wondering if an upset was on the cards or whether Barbados would get to the 100 mark. But in a slight turn-a-round, Hinds, the most experienced player in the Barbados team and Jonathan Carter, in his first match at this level, joined forces for a 49-run fifth wicket partnership.

In that partnership, the biggest of the match, the 20-year-old Carter out scored his senior partner throughout. He scored 30 off 36 balls, which included a solitary four and one six.

Carter's dismissal triggered another collapse as Barbados struggled to the end.

Mervin Matthew, whose last two deliveries accounted for Ryan Nurse (7) and Carlo Morris (0), finished with 3 for18 and Roy Marshall, who broke the back of Barbados' top-order with two wickets in the first three overs, ended with 2 for 12.

At their turn at bat, Dominica were in trouble from the second over. Tyrone Toussaint and Liam Sebastien were both dismissed with only a run on the board. Toussaint was run out while Sebastien was bowled by Sulieman Benn.

It did not get any better for Dominica, who slipped further into trouble when Kristen Casimir (11), Kevin James (7), and Shane Shillingford (0) fell at 29 for five. By this stage, Barbados' total seemed a very large one.

The wickets continued to tumble, but Dominica, who had the overwhelming majority of the crowd support, enjoyed a last wicket stand of 27, the biggest of the innings, between Samuel Mitchel (15 not out) and Raymond Casimir (15).

Marshall (11) and Kristen Casimir (11) were the only batsmen to reach double figures. Khalid Springer, who bowled Raymond Casimir to finish the match, was the chief wicket taker with 4-20.

Sulieman Benn supported with 3-11 and Smith 2-20.

Winning captain, Dwayne Smith of Barbados, said it was a disappointing total but hinted that it was due to the fact that the Dominicans bowled well. Despite the low total, Smith said he knew Dominica would not have gotten close. "The runs were on the board, so we just had to go out there and execute the task and make our country proud and that is what we did," he said.

"Our aim was to get some quick wickets and bowl tight. The aim was not to give them more than 60 runs ... they got beyond that, but we won and that is more important," he said.

Dominica's captain, Sebastien, blamed his batsmen for the tam's defeat."We bowled and fielded well, but obviously the batting did not come off. In any cricket, you have to put both together in order to win a game," Sebastien said.

"They bowled well, but irresponsibility from some of our batsmen let us down. Some of us played some shots that we shouldn't have played," he said.

Ryan Nurse picked up US$10,000 for the Play of the Match with a huge six over the boundary side Sticky Wicket Restaurant while Benn took home US$25,000 for his Man of the Match performance.

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