Devendra Bishoo’s brilliance once again proved to be Trinidad and Tobago’s undoing, as he undermined the visitors and left Guyana with a chance of winning their Regional Four-Day match here yesterday.
The out-of-favour West Indies leg-spinner snared six for 71 as Trinidad and Tobago, with a slim first innings lead of just 12 runs, folded for 212 in their second innings, setting the Guyanese 225 for victory.
They closed the third day on 17 for one, losing Trevon Griffith lbw to off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth, as they sought the safety of the close at the Guyana National Stadium.
Bishoo finished with match figures of 15 for 149, following on from his first innings haul of nine for 78.
Earlier, Guyana were dismissed in their first innings for 282, after resuming the day on 247 for seven. Mohammed Shadir, unbeaten on 39 overnight, gathered his fourth first class half-century with 58 while Bishoo converted his 18 not out into 27.
The pair stretched their eighth wicket partnership to 62, with Shadir playing positively in a knock that contained eight fours and a six, and required just 88 deliveries.
T&T, looking to build a substantial lead at which to bowl at on the final day today, were then let down by their batsmen in the second innings.
Jason Mohammed top scored with 33, Steven Katwaroo got 32 opening the batting, while Imran Khan chipped in with 29 and Lendl Simmons and Marlon Richards, 25 each.
Bishoo was the chief destroyer but found great support from 22-year-old fast bowler Keon Joseph who picked up four for 55.
Simmons played freely, counting three boundaries off 30 balls in posting 37 for the first wicket with Katwaroo, before he was bowled leg stump by Joseph about ten minutes before the lunch break.
Darren Bravo (eight) and Katwaroo carried T&T to the interval at 49 for one and moved their partnership to 34, before Bravo mis-read a googly to provide Bishoo with his first wicket.
Two overs later, Katwaroo followed lbw to Joseph at 77 for three and T&T were tottering at 99 for four when Evin Lewis swung Bishoo to Vishal Singh at mid-wicket.
Bishoo continued to slice through the T&T middle order and it took an eighth-wicket rearguard stand of 37 between Richards and Khan, to push T&T up to the 200-run mark.
Trinidad and Tobago
T&T 1st Inns 294
Guyana 1st Inns (O/N 247-7)
T Griffith c wkpr Katwaroo b Gabriel 23
T Chanderpaul run out 14
S Hetmyer c Richards b Jaggernauth 0
L Johnson c wkpr Katwaroo b Jaggernauth 78
V Singh c wkpr Katwaroo b Jaggernauth 2
A Bramble b Jaggernauth 16
C Barnwell lbw b Emrit 50
M Shadir c Jaggernauth b Emrit 58
D Bishoo b Gabriel 27
R Beaton c Jaggernauth b Emrit 1
K Joseph not out 5
Extras: (B4, LB2, W1, NB1) 8
TOTAL: (all out, 92.3 overs) 282
Wickets at: 34, 37, 51, 59, 89, 169, 213, 275, 275, 282.
Bowling: Gabriel 20-4-44-2, Richards 4-0-21-0, Jaggernauth 24-5-78-4, Jason Mohammed 14-3-27-0, Imran Khan 21-3-67-0, Emrit 9.3-2-39-3.
T&T 2nd Inns
L Simmons b Joseph 25
S Katwaroo lbw Joseph 32
D Bravo lbwBishoo 8
J Mohammed c Shadir b Bishoo 33
E Lewis c Singh b Bishoo 12
J Augustus lbw Bishoo 2
R Emrit b Bishoo 20
I Khan c Shadir b Joseph 29
M Richards lbw Joseph 25
A Jaggernauth lbw Bishoo 13
S Gabriel not out 0
Extras: (B8, LB2, NB3) 13
TOTAL: (all out off, 59.4 overs) 212
Wickets at: 37, 71, 77, 99, 110, 139, 146, 183, 212, 212.
Bowling: Beaton 4-1-7-0, Joseph 14-4-55-4, Barnwell 2-0-11-0, Griffith 2-0-13-0, Bishoo 22.4-5-71-6, Shadir 15-1-45-0.
Guyana 2nd Inns (target: 225 runs)
T Griffith lbw Jaggernauth 13
T Chanderpaul not out 3
D Bishoo not out 0
Extras: (LB1) 1
TOTAL: (for one wicket, 11 overs) 17
Wicket at: 17
Bowling: Gabriel 3-1-2-0, Emrit 2-1-5-0, Jaggernauth 3-1-3-1, Mohammed 3-1-6-0.
Position: Guyana require a further 208 runs for victory.