T&T fold for 179 in Four-day opener
Trinidad and Tobago's hopes for a strong start in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Tournament dangled by a thread yesterday after they were skittled for 179 by Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Only a fighting 57 from Jason Mohammed in their first four-day outing for 2013 helped T&T get that far, as the Windwards bowlers came good on home soil, before their batsman cruised to 24 without loss at stumps off six overs.
Left-arm medium pacer Kenroy Peters accounted for three T&T wickets, while another pacer Delorn Johnson and spinners Liam Sebastien and Dalton Polius had two wickets each and added to make sure the hosts put T&T on the back foot.
Openers Devon Smith (16 not out) and Tyrone Theophile (six not out) got to the close of play without any problems, Smith slapping off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth for a pair of fours, while Theophile cut Shannon Gabriel for another boundary to leave the hosts 155-runs adrift of first innings points.
In an opening session that was hit by rain, Adrian Barath was the first T&T wicket, caught by Theophile off Johnson for 17, while Evin Lewis, batting at number three, also got a start before he was sent by Peters for 13.
Justin Guillen, the other opener, also tried to build an innings, but he went for 38 offering a catch off Peters.
Lendl Simmons also went for a duck, caught behind off Peters, and T&T were soon 73 for four. Skipper Denesh Ramdin tried to revive the innings in partnership with Mohammed, but was Johnson's second victim, caught by Smith, and that triggered a slide.
Yannick Cariah (14) and Rayad Emrit (duck) were both victims of Sebastien in the space of two balls, before Mohammed was bowled off an inside edge after a well-played 50 to effectively end the T&T resistance.
Rampaul was also bowled by Polius playing an attacking shot, while Shannon Gabriel was last dismissed run out, leaving Jaggernauth not out on two, and T&T unable to reach stumps still at the wicket.
Ramdin and his men now need to early wickets to get themselves back in the match today, starting from 10 a.m., but T&T would like to forget yesterday's innings.
Also yesterday at Kensington Oval in Barbados, the hosts reached 267 for four versus Guyana at close of play.