Saturday, February 24, 2018

Red Force wickets keep tumbling

UP FOR THE CUT: Steven Katwaroo of the T&T Red Force shapes to cut during play before tea in the Regional Four-Day match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, yesterday. Photo: ROGER SEEPERSAD

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were in danger of being dismissed for under 200 on the first day of their Regional Four-Day match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain as the hosts slipped to 182 for eight at the tea interval.

A 50-run fourth wicket stand between skipper Denesh Ramdin and rookie batsman Ewart Nicholson took the score from 58 for three before lunch to 108 for three after the break before the latter was bowled by Mervin Mathew for 23.

Ramdin then took the long walk back to the pavilion after driving Jeremiah Louis to Devon Thomas at cover for 26.

A 58-run partnership between Tion Webster and Steven Katwaroo then took the score past 150 but both men perished 30 minutes before the tea interval, leaving the Red Force in serious trouble.

Webster made 38 while Katwaroo scored 21. Daniel St Clair and Khary Pierre are now at the wicket with a big task ahead of them to get the hosts past the 200-run mark.