Trinidad and Tobago completed their second innings rally against Windward Islands with the bat yesterday, and then skittled the visitors with the ball once more to win their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day tournament opener by 186 runs in three days, at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.
Yannic Cariah fell one run short of a half-century in guiding T&T to 210 all out, setting the Windwards a 311 victory target thanks to a 100-run first innings advantage.
Then first innings tormenter Akeal Hosein proceeded to once again wreck the innings with figures of five for 34 in his ten overs, aided by legspinner Imran Khan (three wickets) and Shannon Gabriel (two), who started the rout. Hosein had 11 wickets in the match.
Resuming the final session of the day on 60 for two, the Windwards would have had optimism that they could return today and continue the battle for survival.
Perhaps it was the sight of Hosein, though, who had picked up six wickets when they first batted, that had the Windwards panicking. The left-armer had Keddy Lesporis (nine) fishing for a ball outside off that looped up for Darren Bravo to take a wonderfully-timed leaping catch with one hand.
The next three wickets were all Hosein’s as well. He bamboozled Romel Currency (two) and Liam Sebastien (duck), lbw and bowled respectively, before grabbing his tenth scalp of the match as a frustrated Lyndon James (five), unable to score, slapped one straight to Jason Mohammed at backward point.
Khan then grabbed the prized wicket of Devon Smith (55), a defensive shot that was brilliantly snapped up by Adrian Barath at bat-pad, only just off the ground.
Alston Bobb (14) and Kenroy Peters (seven) only delayed the inevitable for one ball short of six overs, but Khan accounted for him Bobb and last man Nelon Pascal (11) either side of Hosein’s fifth in Delorn Johnson (duck).
The only bright spark in the match for the Windwards was that wicket-keeper Lyndon James equaled the Windwards’ record for the number of dismissals behind the stumps in an innings with six for the second time. He first equaled Junior Murray’s (2004) original mark in 2012 against Guyana. It was also one short of Courtney Browne’s overall seven, achieved in 2004.
By tea T&T were in firm control of the match, but Windwards, with Smith unbeaten on 37 and Lesporis, five not out, were showing their fight at 60 for two after 19 overs. Again Smith was leading the charge as he had done in the first innings, but his innings was streaky.
T&T would have been the happier team though, having dismissed two batsmen before the Windwards’ 50.
Gabriel proved at times wayward, spraying a few deliveries wide of the stumps, but he was responsible for T&T’s first two breakthroughs. His searing pace was too much for Tyrone Theophille, disturbing the stumps with the visitors on 22. Dalton Polius was more wasteful. He seemed to be getting the pace of the wicket, but hung his bat out at a delivery outside off, and Cariah pouched the low catch.
Lesporis came to the crease and calmly helped Smith see their team to the break without further loss.
T&T’s second innings score of 210 may not have been a great one, but their first innings lead of 100 runs ensured a stiff chase for the Windwards. The home team put on 83 runs more runs before being dismissed just after lunch, having resumed on 127 for seven.
Cariah was the star of the morning, his patient 49 driving the latter part of the innings, before he offered a catch to Currency off Bobb with the score on 209 to miss out on a deserved half century.
Before that, he and Bravo (69) took the score up to 167, but the latter was tempted by a ball outside off stump and became Peters’ third victim.
Cariah and Marlon Richards (21) shared in a 42-run stand that put T&T firmly in the driver’s seat, but the latter followed Cariah back to the pavilion one run later, leaving Shannon Gabriel the last man standing with no chance to score a run.
In the end, that did not matter, as T&T polished off the opposition with a day to spare.
T&T 1st Innings 222
Windwards 1st Innings 122
T&T 2nd Innings (overnight 127/7)
A Barath c James b Pascal 6
E Lewis lbw Johnson 0
DM Bravo c Theophille b Peters 69
J Mohammed lbw D Johnson 6
S Katwaroo b Sebastien 2
I Khan lbw K Peters 25
A Hosein lbw K Peters 0
R Emrit lbw Pascal 18
Y Cariah c Currency b Bobb 49
M Richards c Theophille b Pascal 21
S Gabriel not out 0
Extras (1b, 8lb, 1w, 4nb) 14
Total (all out; 79 overs) 210
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Lewis), 2-8 (Barath), 3-28 (Mohammed), 4-32 (Katwaroo), 5-59 (Khan), 6-59 (Hosein), 7-106 (Emrit), 8-167 (Bravo), 9-209 (Cariah), 10-210 (Richards).
Bowling: Pascal 14-1-40-3 (1w, 4nb); Johnson 11-6-24-2; Bobb 13-4-31-1; Sebastien 21-7-54-1; Peters 13-4-37-3; Polius 7-2-15-0
Windwards 2nd Innings
D Smith c Barath b Khan 55
T Theophille b Gabriel 8
D Polius c Cariah b Gabriel 10
K Lesporis c Bravo b Hosein 9
R Currency lbw Hosein 2
L Sebastien b Hosein 0
L James c Mohammed b Hosein 5
A Bobb c b Khan 14
K Peters not out 7
D Johnson c Cariah b Hosein 0
N Pascal b Khan 11
Extras (2lb, 1w) 3
Total (all out; 37 overs) 124
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Theophille), 2-47 (Polius), 3-60 (Lesporis), 4-68 (Currency), 5-70 (Sebastien), 5-80 (James), 7-101 (Smith), 8-112 (Bobb), 9-113 (Johnson), 10-124 (Pascal)
Bowling: Gabriel 8-4-19-2; Richards 3-0-13-0; Emrit 5-1-14-0 (1w); 10-1-34-5; Mohammed 7-3-16-0; Cariah 4-0-10-0