Kavesh Kantasingh grabbed five for 19, Amit Jaggernauth snatched three for 16, Imran Khan took four for 38 and Yannic Cariah had four for 13 as spin bowling dominated the opening day of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board three-day trial match at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva yesterday.
Kantasingh and Jaggernauth, playing for the Justin Guillen XI, joined to send the Jason Mohammed XI packing for 63 in 43.2 overs.
Then leg-spinner Cariah and Khan kept their team in the contest by restricting the Guillen XI to 77 for nine at the close of play yesterday.
Manager Manohar Ramsaran pointed out that while the scores were low, the players did show some fight in the face of a bowler-friendly pitch.
“The pitch was spinner friendly and the application was not as expected and the coaches have taken note of it, but there was some fight,” Ramsaran said.
“The bowlers were excellent and the batsmen were fighting but we are hoping for some improvement over the next two days.
“The pitch should be harder and we should get some better scores,” the manager added.
Jason Mohammed XI 63 all out (43.2 overs) (Jonathan Augustus 18, Kjorn Ottley 15; Kavesh Kantasingh 5/19, Amit Jaggernauth 3/16, Marlon Richards 2/18) vs Justin Guillen XI 77-9 (42 overs) (Marlon Richards 13 n.o.; Yannic Cariah 4/13, Imran Khan 4/38)