Middle order batsman Jonathan Augustus hit a patient 85 to lead the Kevon Cooper XI to 240 for eight at the close of the first day of their three-day trial match against the Yannick Ottley XI at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain Couva yesterday.
The Queen’s Park Cricket Club batsman Augustus, faced 136 balls, hitting 13 fours and a six to steady his team’s innings after they slipped from 39 without loss after 13 overs to 45 for three in the 16th after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh struck first to remove left-handed batsman Jeremy Solozano for 14 (42 balls) before left-arm pacer Tevin Robertson sent back the other left-handed opener Nicholas Sookdeosingh for 31 off 43 balls. Both openers fell via the lbw route.
Kantasingh then had Justin Guillen out caught by Ottley (Y) for a seven-ball zero before the right-handed Augustus came to the crease.
The former West Indies Under-19 batsman got to his 50 off 89 balls as he and his skipper Mohammed put on 86 runs for the fourth wicket.
Mohammed hit 44 off 66 balls before he was trapped lbw by leg-spinner Imran Khan with the score on 131.
Another slide ensued with former T&T Under-19 skipper Vikash Mohan (10) and all-rounder Kevon Cooper (zero) falling in quick succession as Mohammed team’s slipped to 157 for six.
Yannic Cariah added a further 54 runs with Augustus for the seventh wickets before the Queen’s Park batsman was out lbw to Sherwin Ganga with the score on 211.
Cariah batted to the close, facing 79 balls to keep the innings alive.
He and Derone Davis, who was not out on two off 17 balls, will continue the fight for Mohammed’s team when the match resumes from 9.30 a.m. today.
Kevon Cooper XI 240-8 (73 overs) (Jonathan Augustus 85, Jason Mohammed 44, Yannic Cariah 35, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 31; Kavesh Kantasingh 2/26, Imran Khan 2/30, Rayad Emrit 1/22, Sherwin Ganga 1/24, Ancil Bhagan 1/28, Tevin Robertson 1/30) vs Yannick Ottley XI