Monday, February 19, 2018

Red Force strike late at Oval

EARLY ACTION: T&T Red Force opener Jeremy Solozano tries to control this cut shot during play yesterday, first day of the eighth round Regional Four-Day match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. Photo: ROGER SEEPERSAD

The first day of the eighth-round Regional Four-Day championship match between the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes was turning into a nightmare for Denesh Ramdin’s men; that is until the final 30 minutes of play.

At the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of the Spain, the hosts were dismissed for 221 in a first innings that only lasted until the final session thanks to some defiant batting from the hometown boys Tion Webster and Khary Pierre.

Webster hit 38 and Pierre made 30 as the Red Force rallied from 115 for five to go past 200. But it wasn’t until late in the final session that the hosts really began to smile.

After a couple of tough chances went down, left-arm pacer Daniel St Clair bowled the Hurricanes’ skipper Kieran Powell for15 before Webster had Montcin Hodge edging to wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo for 11.

Then, to top off a remarkable fightback, leg-spinner Imran Khan struck with the first ball of the final over, bowling Keacy Carty for zero as the visitors slipped to 36 for three at stumps, still trailing by 185 runs.