Trinidad and Tobago were a bowler short but still had the fire power to roll over most of the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) batsman late on day two of their Regional Four-Day Championship day-night match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Saturday night.
T&T skipper Rayad Emrit, who usually shares the new ball with Shannon Gabriel, did not take the field due to back spasms but the hosts still dominated with the ball, reducing CCC to 142 for eight at stumps after Jason Mohammed’s 220 led the hosts to 451 for eight declared in their first innings.
It was a bitter-sweet moment for Mohammed when he finally reached his maiden first-class double century as he remembered his friend and former PowerGen club teammate Tevin Robertson, who died in a car accident early on Saturday morning.
“It was very special feeling to score a double hundred. It was my second double but my first in first-class cricket and it really means a lot to me,” he said.
“It was also very heartbreaking when we heard the news about Tevin,” Mohammed added.
“Tevin and I were very close and I really wanted to score that double hundred and I dedicate that to him. It is a tough time for his family and I hope and pray they can get through this time. I dedicate this innings to him and hope his soul rests in peace,” said the T&T batsman.
It was also a bitter-sweet feeling for Emrit, who was happy to see his players do well but was also disappointed not to be on the field with them.
Speaking about his injury, Emrit said he got it while batting on day one of the contest, when he hit an even hundred to set up his team’s big score.
“I actually felt it when I played the first ball but it is easing up now. I did some work with the physio for the entire day (Saturday) and it feels a lot better. It is serious, and that is why I did not take the risk to take the field (on Saturday) but hopefully it is not that serious to miss a couple games,” Emrit explained.
Darren Bravo took charge of the team in Emrit’s absence and relished the opportunity to captain the national squad and to use the new ball.
Bowling medium pace, Bravo came close to Kyle Corbin’s off-stump on a few occasions but went without a wicket in his six overs.
However, he enjoyed every minute of it and was happy for the chance to lead.
“It was a good experience and the support from all the guys was tremendous. Rayad was not able to bowl due to a slight injury so I just went out there and tried to express myself,” he said.
However it was the “main bowlers” who did the damage for T&T.
Gabriel grabbed two early wickets (Shacaya Thomas and Kyle Corbin) with the new ball, and then leg-spinner Imran Khan took three in five balls late in the night to ensure the home team ended the day strong.
With the third ball of the 48th over, the experienced leg spinner trapped Kavem Hodge, lbw for six, and three balls later sent back Akeem Dewar, caught by Ricky Jaipaul for zero.
Dawayne Sealy was lbw with the first ball of Khan’s next over as the “Students” slipped to 130 for eight.
Before that, only Raymon Reifer (49 not out off 138 balls) and Steven Jacobs (26 off 50) resisted for a while, but when Kieron Pollard found the edge of Jacobs’ bat in the 43rd over, the CCC innings began to unravel.
CCC were eventually dismissed for 144 in the first two overs of day three yesterday and were forced to follow-on.
T&T vs CCC
T&T 1st Inns (Overnight: 328-4)
A Barath c wkp Walton b Reifer 12
E Lewis c Thomas b Sealy 26
DM Bravo b Reifer 10
J Mohammed c Alleyne b Jacobs 220
K Pollard c wkp Walton b Dewar 4
R Emrit c Corbin b Jacobs 100
S Katwaroo c Alleyne b Reifer 10
I Khan lbw Hodge 4
A Jaggernauth not out 1
Extras (nb 29, w 6, lb 10, b 19) 64
TOTAL (for eight wickets dec; 116.5 overs) 451
Did not bat: Jaipaul, Gabriel
Wickets at: 43 (Barath), 56 (Bravo), 80 (Pollard), 306 (Emrit), 343 (Katwaroo), 397 (Lewis), 447 (Khan), 451 (Mohammed)
BOWLING: Sealy 18-0-91-1 (4w, 23nb); Levy 11-1-42-0 (1w, 5nb); Austin 27-5-64-0; Reifer 20-4-65-3 (1w, 1nb); Dewar 15-1-73-1; Jacobs 11.5-2-52-2; Thomas 5-2-11-0; Hodge 9-2-24-1
CCC 1st Inns
S Thomas c wkp Katwaroo b Gabriel 5
A Alleyne run out 16
K Corbin lbw Gabriel 14
R Reifer not out 49
C Walton c sub b Jaggernauth 12
S Jacobs c wkp Katwaroo b Pollard 26
K Hodge lbw Khan 6
A Dewar c Jaipaul b Khan 0
D Sealy lbw Khan 0
R Austin not out 5
Extras (1 nb, 2 w, 1 lb, 5 b) 9
TOTAL: (for eight wickets; 56 overs) 142
To bat: Levy
Wickets at: 7 (Thomas), 29 (Corbin), 59 (Alleyne), 79 (Walton), 119 (Jacobs), 130 (Hodge), 130 (Dewar), 130 (Sealy)
BOWLING: Gabriel 13-6-25-2 (1w); Bravo 6-1-18-0 (1w); Jaggernauth 12-2-29-1; Jaipaul 12-3-27-0; Khan 10-2-24-3; Pollard 3-1-13-1 (1nb)
Toss: Won by CCC, who elected to bowl first
Umpires: J Wilson, T Ahmed