Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo boosted his reputation as a reliable batsman when he hit an unbeaten 145 to lead his club Alescon Comets to a respectable first innings total of 232 on the first day of their Premier Division seventh round match against First Citizens Clarke Road United at Wilson Road Recreation Ground, Penal yesterday.
Katwaroo, who stood in for regular T&T keeper Denesh Ramdin in two Regional Four-Day matches this season, batted through the innings for Comets yesterday after coming at number three in the second over of the innings.
The right-handed batsman batted for the remainder of the Comets innings-64 overs-to get his team to a good score.
But by the end of the first day, the hosts Clarke Road reached a comfortable 146 for two, with Ryan Ramdass and Ranga Latchana on 82 not out and 20 not out respectively.
The other national cricketers also did well for their respective clubs yesterday, with Ramdin (55), Jason Mohammed (59) and Sherwin Ganga (73) all scoring half centuries for PowerGen Penal who clinched first innings points against Caldrac at Syne Village in Penal.
PowerGen made 223 for six in reply to Caldrac’s first innings of 193. Ganga was also among the wickets, taking four for 79.
Elsewhere, Kjorn Ottley hit 59 as Moosai Sports reached 170 for five at the close after dismissing F&E Diamond United for 226 at Honeymoon Park in El Dorado.
T&T all-rounder Yannic Cariah was also at the forefront of his club’s battle.
Cariah, playing for Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports, snatched four for 30 to help dismiss Hafeez Karamath Limited Aranjuez Sport for 162 in their match at Aranjuez Ground.
The all-rounder returned with the bat to hit 53 as Bamboo clinched first innings points, reaching 171 for five at stumps.
In the other game yesterday, Teshawn Castro was unbeaten on 53 as Esmeralda closed the day on 143 for four in reply to Merry Boys’ 218 all out at Esmeralda Ground.
Merry Boys were helped along by 98 from Troy Cornelius and 60 from Mario Belcon.
Queen’s Park Cricket Club defeated Wanderers by default after Wanderers failed to turn up for their encounter at Gilbert Park, California.
All matches continue today from 9:30 a.m.
At Aranjuez Ground
HKL Aranjuez 162 (Safraz Lalloo 65, Vikash Mohan 38; Rishaad Harris 3/23, Yannic Cariah 4/30) vs Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports 171/5 (Yannic Cariah 53, Rishaad Harris 42; Deon Ferrier 2/37)
At Esmeralda Recreation Ground
Merry Boys 218 (Troy Cornelius 98, Mario Belcon 60; Kerwin Sirju 3/34, Ricky Jaipaul 4/65) vs Esmeralda 143/4 (Teshawn Castro 53 n.o., Gajanand Singh 48)
At Wilson Road Recreation Ground
Alescon Comets 232 (66 overs) (Steven Katwaroo 145 n.o., Zard Clarke 27; Derone Davis 4/50, Sanjiv Gooljar 3/73) vs First Citizens Clarke Road United 146/2 (42 overs) (Ryan Ramdass 82 n.o., Ranga Latchana 20 n.o.; Ancil Bhagan 2/51)
At Honeymoon Park
F&E Diamond United 226 (62.1 overs) (Emmanuel Lett 42, Nicholas Jagmohan 33, Farrel Jagmohan 38; Mervyn Dillon 3/45, Ken Hazel 3/48, Aneil Kanhai 2/52) vs Moosai 170/5 (37 overs) (Jeetendra Sookdeo 32, Kjorn Ottley 59; Farrel Jagmohan 3/68)
At Syne Village
Caldrac Club 193 (48 overs) (Royston Crandon 65, Robert Mahabir 49, Mark Deyal 45; Sherwin Ganga 4/79, Jason Mohammed 3/32, Vaaroon Samaroo 3/67) vs PowerGen Penal 223/6 (50.5 overs) (Sherwin Ganga 73, Jason Mohammed 59, Denesh Ramdin 55; Allen Laurent 336, Mark Deyal 2/35)