After yesterday, Jamaica will remember the name Marlon Richards.
Or it just might be a name they try to forget, after Trinidad and Tobago pacer sliced through their top order to leave the visitors nursing their wounds after a 145-run defeat yesterday on Day Three of their Regional Four-day tournament fixture at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.
The victory gave T&T--third before the start of the sixth round--16 points which moved them to the top of the table on 72 points, seven ahead of defending champions Barbados (65)--who had a bye in this round--and Combined Campuses and Colleges (65) who drew level with the Bajans after beating the Windward Islands yesterday.
Before the Richards-inspired Jamaican collapse, T&T had earlier slid into trouble after their top and middle order collapsed dramatically. But allrounder Imran Khan’s (56 not out) attacking rearguard innings ensured T&T a competitive total to defend.
All of T&T’s pacers then dug in to ensure there would not be too much for the spinners to tackle, and the slower bowlers finished the match, as Jamaica crashed to 98 all out chasing 244 for victory.
Three of the visitors’ top five went without scoring, sharing 12 balls between them, and that meant a pair for outgoing captain Tamar Lambert, who is set to retire at the end this season.
T&T skipper Rayad Emrit started the destruction, following up Shannon Gabriel’s opening maiden by having opener John Campbell (zero) to whip the ball to Gabriel down the leg side, where the latter took a brilliant catch.
Richards soon had the ball in hand, and wielded it like a wrecking ball. With his first delivery, he had the other opening bat, Jon Ross Campbell (11) nicking one behind his back for wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo to snatch easily.
The rain that had been threatening, stole in and delayed play for two hours, a respite Jamaica might have welcomed, given that they still had a full day’s play today to reach their target.
Two balls after Richards returned, he had Jermaine Blackwood (zero) edging to Evin Lewis at third slip.
Lambert lasted six balls and three edges, and was the third Richards victim to fall with the score at 20. Eight runs later, it was 28 for five, No.3 Nkrumah Bonner—who was probably mortified at the carnage around him--edging Gabriel to gully.
Leg-spinner Khan intervened once more with a pair of quick wickets to quell the attempted fightback by Andre McCarthy and Carlton Baugh Jr (14), trapping Baugh in front before he prised an edge from Nikita Miller’s (two) bat.
Only McCarthy showed any fight with the bat, slamming three fours and a six before he was Khan’s third victim, again adjudged caught behind.
Jason Mohammed and Richards then mopped up the tail, Richards running out Damion Jacobs for a change.
Any thoughts T&T had of hammering home their advantage at the beginning of the day, after pausing overnight on 94 for one with a lead of 158, seemed to have dissipated when they lost Darren Bravo (45) and opener Evin Lewis (43) for the addition of just four runs.
Neither batsman added to his score in the morning session.
Next man in, first innings hero and centurion Kieron Pollard was then trapped lbw for a two-ball duck with not another run added to the score, and a run later, Emrit went by the same route off Buchanan as T&T sank to 99 for five. Emrit faced three balls.
T&T’s next 20 runs cost two wickets—Mohammed (nine) and Katwaroo (12)—and the hosts needed someone to rescue the innings, with only Khan and the tail left under the pressure of a menacing Jamaica.
Khan answered the call in partnerships of 36 with Richards (five) and 19 with Gabriel (one), needing just 63 balls and 80 minutes for his unbeaten 56, during which he spanked seven fours and a six.
T&T’s last two wickets went in quick succession, but by then, they had set their opponents a competitive target of 244. Then entered “Wrecking Ball” Richards and Company.
Yesterday’s other regional score:
At the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground: Leewards require a further 178 runs for victory.
GUYANA 240 (Leon Johnson 110, Anthony Bramble 28; Anthony Martin 4-48, Gavin Tonge 2-43, Yannick Leonard 2-51) and 212 (Trevon Griffith 58, Anthony Bramble 47, Chanderpaul Hemraj 34, Mohammed Shadir 28; Anthony Martin 5-49, Yannick Leonard 4-48) vs LEEWARD ISLANDS 174 (Devon Thomas 71, Tonito Willett 27; Keon Joseph 4-53, Zahir Mohamed 3-12) and 101 for three (Devon Thomas 38 not out, Jahmar Hamilton 34 not out; Keon Joseph 2-21)
T&T vs Jamaica
T&T 1st Inns 244
Jamaica 1st Inns 180
T&T 2nd Inns (O/N 94/1)
A Barath lbw Taylor 2
E Lewis Lbw Miller 43
D Bravo b Buchanan 45
J Mohammed c JR Campbell b Miller 9
K Pollard lbw Miller 0
R Emrit lbw Buchanan 0
S Katwaroo c Baugh b Buchanan 12
I Khan not out 56
M Richards b Taylor 5
S Gabriel lbw Miller 1
R Jaipaul c Baugh b Buchanan 0
Extras (LB1, B4) 5
Total (all out; 66.2 overs) 179
Wickets at: 6 (Barath), 94 (Bravo), 98 (Lewis), 98 (Pollard), 99 (Emrit), 111 (Mohammed), 119 (Katwaroo), 155 (Richards), 174 (Gabriel), 10-179 (Jaipaul).
Bowling: Taylor 13-2-50-3; Buchanan 12.2 3.34-3; Lambert 8-2-21-0; Miller 25-12-40-4; Jacobs 8-3-29-0.
Jamaica 2nd Inns
JR Campbell c Katwaroo b Richards 11
J Campbell c Gabriel B Emrit 0
N Bonner c Khan b Gabriel 10
J Blackwood c Lewis b Richards 0
T Lambert c Katwaroo b Richards 0
A McCarthy c Katwaroo b Khan 12
C Baugh lbw I Khan 14
N Miller c Katwaroo b Khan 2
D Jacobs run out Richards 7
J Taylor c Taylor b Mohammed 4
B Buchanan not out 0
Extras (W2, LB2, B4) 8
Total (all out; 33.3 overs) 68
Wickets at: 1 (J Campbell), 20 (JR Campbell), 20 (Blackwood), 20 (Lambert), 28 (Bonner), 52 (Baugh), 58 (Miller), 89 (McCarthy),94 (Taylor), 98 (Jacobs)
Bowling: Gabriel 8-1-23-1 (1w); Emrit 5-1-11-1 (1w); Richards 7-1-15-3; Khan 8.3-1-22-3; Jaipaul 4-0-18-0; Mohammed 1-0-3-1.
Result: T&T won by 145 runs