Following the example set by his Queen’s Park Cricket Club teammate Jonathan Augustus a day earlier, Petrock Nicholas, scored a patient 60 to put the Yannick Ottley XI in a good position at the close of the second day of their three-day trial match against the Jason Mohammed XI at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva yesterday.
Nicholas faced 115 balls and batted for almost two hours as the Ottley XI reached 228 for five at stumps in reply to the Mohammed XI first innings total of 276 all out.
Augustus top-scored with 85 on day one of the contest to set up the Mohammed XI innings. They were 240 for eight when their innings resumed yesterday, with Yannic Cariah batting with the tail to get the score up to 276 before he gave a return catch to Imran Khan (three for 31) for 45.
Adrian Barath and Evin Lewis then capitalised on the good batting track to put on 94 for the first wicket.
Barath hit 47 off 68 balls before he attacked a wide ball from left-arm spinner Derone Davis (one for 34) and edged to wicketkeeper Stephen Katwaroo shortly after lunch.
Lewis was on 43 off 53 balls before he was lbw to off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth (two for 25) with no change to the score.
Kjorn Ottley (29) and Nicholas then put on 41 for the third wicket before Jaggernauth struck again, this time hitting Ottley’s off-stump with the score on 135.
Nicholas shared a fourth wicket stand worth 73 with Sherwin Ganga before he was trapped lbw by Ricky Jaipaul (one for 20).
Ganga faced 81-balls during his hour and 45 minutes at the crease and was the last batsman to fall on the day, caught behind by Katwaroo to give pacer Shannon Gabriel (one for 45) his only wicket in the innings so far.
The Ottley XI start the final day today still trailing by 48 runs with their skipper and Imran Khan at the crease.
Jason Mohammed XI 276 (85.3 overs) (Jonathan Augustus 85, Yannic Cariah 45, Jason Mohammed 44; Imran Khan 3/31, Kavesh Kantasingh 2/26) vs Yannick Ottley XI 228-5 (63 overs) (Petrock Nicholas 60, Adrian Barath 47, Evin Lewis 43, Sherwin Ganga 30, Kjorn Ottley 29; Amit Jaggernauth 2/25)