Sunday, February 25, 2018

Maiden century for Akeal Hosein

Trinidad and Tobago continued their domination of the Leeward Islands on the second day of the Regional Four-day  day/night fixture at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain yesterday with Akeal Hosein hitting his maiden first class century and Steven Katwaroo hitting his third first-class half century to put the hosts firmly in control up to the tea break.

The day started with T&T continuing from 263 for six overnight with Katwaroo on one off 15 balls and Hosein on zero from 12. 

By the tea interval, T&T had declared on 458 for seven off 153 overs, with Hosein making an unbeaten 102 off 185 balls and Katwaroo being lbw to Justin Athanaze for 91 off 202 balls on the stroke of the interval. The pair had put on 197 for the seventh wicket and they did not give the Leewards a chance to get back into the game.

They brought up the T&T 300 in the 110th over to ensure their team earned three batting points.

Hosein was at times more aggressive of the two as he swept Kieran Powell for four before hitting the spinner for a straight six before bringing up his half century, clipping Tonito Willett to fine-leg for four.

The left-hander faced 94 balls and hit six fours and one six to get to his 50.

After that, Katwaroo’s reached his third half century in his sixth game hitting pacer Gavin Tonge for four to reach the milestone off 125 balls with six fours.

But the pair had more in store for their opponents and the handful of spectators that came to see the game.

After the dinner break, they brought up a century stand for the seventh wicket and it kept growing as Hosein inched closer to triple figures.

The small crowd really got behind the Queen’s Park left-hander, clapping and chanting when he got to 99 and there was an uproar when he finally pushed Anthony Martin to mid-on to reach his century off 183 balls with nine fours and two sixes.

Katwaroo hit nine fours in his innings before he was out, but by then he and Hosein had put their team in the driver’s seat.