Spinners secure 1st Innings points against Leewards
Leg-spinner Imran Khan grabbed four for 62 to help Trinidad and Tobago clinch first innings points against the Leeward Islands on the second day of their Regional four-day match at Warner Park, St Kitts, yesterday.
The spinners did the damage for T&T, taking all ten wickets as the visitors earned an 85-run first innings lead after dismissing the Leewards for 194, late yesterday.
T&T extended their lead to 125, reaching 40 for one at the close with Adrian Barath on 25 not out and Evin Lewis undefeated on 14.
Earlier, T&T, continuing from an overnight position for 254 for eight, were all out for 279.
Steven Katwaroo added one to his overnight score before he was run out for 55, while Ravi Rampaul (14 overnight) reached 27 before he was dismissed.
After that, the T&T spinners took centre stage, pegging the Leewards back after a budding opening stand between Austin Richards Junior and Montcin Hodge threatened to put the hosts on top.
Veteran off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth (three for 39) was the one to break the 58-run opening stand on the stroke of lunch as Richards was caught by skipper Rayad Emrit at cover for 28.
Khan got into the act right after the break, sending back Hodge, caught behind by Katwaroo for 24 with no change to the score.
Some tight bowling by Jaggernauth and Khan kept the Leewards on the defensive for the rest of the post lunch session as they slipped to 80 for four, with Khan trapping Orlando Peters lbw for seven before Devon Thomas was bowled by Jaggernauth for zero.
Leewards skipper Sylvester Joseph counterattacked T&T's spin with some aggressive strokes, but wickets kept going down at the other end.
Khan rattled the stumps of Jahmar Hamilton for three.
Another leg-spinner, Yannic Cariah (three for 35) was then introduced to the attack and had immediate success.
Cariah got good turn off the wicket. He trapped Tonito Willett lbw for 18 and sent back Larry Joseph for 13.
Cariah got his third wicket after the break, Gavin Tonge finding Emrit at mid-wicket.
However, the Leewards skipper continued his counterattacking style of play. He was joined by Anthony Martin, and they took the score close to the 200-run mark before both batsmen fell on the Leewards' final score.
With an hour to play in the final session, T&T lost Justin Guillen for zero as he found Joseph (S) at backward point off pacer Quinton Boatswain in the fourth over of the second innings.
But Barath and Lewis negotiated the remaining overs comfortably, and will be looking to score big when the match resumes today.
At Warner Park: T&T lead by 125 runs overall with nine second innings wickets intact
T&T 279 all out (Adrian Barath 58, Yannick Ottley 58, Steven Katwaroo 55, Ravi Rampaul 27; Quinton Boatswain 4-75, Gavin Tonge 2-52) and 40 for one (Adrian Barath 25 not out) vs LEEWARD ISLANDS 194 (Sylvester Joseph 68, Austin Richards Jr 28, Montcin Hodge 24; Imran Khan 4-62, Yannic Cariah 3-35, Amit Jaggernauth 3-39)
At 3W's Oval: Barbados lead by 256 runs with one first innings wicket in hand
COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES 109 all out (Kyle Corbin 26, Shacaya Thomas 21; Chris Jordan 7-43, Ashley Nurse 2-30) vs BARBADOS 365 for nine (Kirk Edwards 109, Kraigg Brathwaite 90, Shane Dowrich 51 not out, Rashidi Boucher 23, Jason Holder 20; Akeem Dewar 7-114 )
At Arnos Vale Complex: Guyana trail by 76 runs overall with eight second innings wickets intact
GUYANA 151 all out (Assad Fudadin 55, Rajindra Chandrika 25, Leon Johnson 23; Shane Shillingford 4-40, Liam Sebastien 3-21, Delorn Johnson 3-43) and 49 for two (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 29 not out) vs WINDWARD ISLANDS 276 (Keddy Lesporis 39, Devon Smith 38, Liam Sebastien 35, Lyndon James 31, Kenroy Peters 27, Dalton Polius 24; Devendra Bishoo 5-67, Leon Johnson 2-18)