Opener Justin Guillen led the way with 55, but his innings was not enough to stop Team B going under to Team A by seven wickets in the second Trinidad and Tobago trial match at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.
Guillen struck eight fours in his knock, which lasted 65 balls and 92 minutes. During that period, he lost PowerGen players Nicholas Sookdeosingh (four) and Evin Lewis (seven) and Guillen’s fellow Parkite Petrock Nicholas (duck).
Queen’s Park batsman Guillen departed with the score on 87, and Team B wickets kept tumbling with regularity. Rearguard action from Yannic Cariah (30 runs, 33 balls, 32 minutes)—who hit two fours and two sixes—along with wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo (17) and Daron Cruickshank (16) helped Team B produce a fighting total that proved not enough.
In reply Team A made light work of the total, with Cooper (42 not out) and Jonathan Augustus (52 not out) posting a 71-run partnership to see Team A home comfortably in 31.2 overs.
Team A openers Nicholas Pooran and Kjorn Ottley scored 19 each, and Vikash Mohan 22.
Team B 168 all out in 46.1 overs (Justin Guillen 55, Ranga Lachana 21, Yannic Cariah 30; Kevon Cooper 2/22, Imran Khan 2/24, Samuel Badree 2/26, Ricky Jaipaul 2/34) vs Team A 169/3 in 31.2 overs (Jonathan Augustus 52, Kevon Cooper 42 n.o., Vikash Mohan 22; Vishal Naipaul 1/15, Marlon Richards 1/22, Yannic Cariah 1/27)