Saturday, February 24, 2018

T&T in control


IT’S A CELEBRATION: Trinidad and Tobago pacer Marlon Richards, right, celebrates the fall of a Jamaica wicket with skipper Rayad Emrit, second from right, Kieron Pollard, third from right, and Darren Bravo during the second day of the Regional Four-day match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain yesterday. —Photo: WICB MEDIA

Mark Fraser

The Trinidad and Tobago pacers put Jamaica on the ropes on the second day of the Regional Four-Day match at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, yesterday, dismissing the visitors for 180 to give the hosts a 64-run first innings lead.

T&T, who made 244 in their first innings on Friday, were 94 for one at stumps with Darren Bravo, 45 not out, and Evin Lewis, 43 not out, putting on an unbroken 88-run stand for the second wicket to put their team in control, giving the hosts an overall lead of  158 runs.

Jamaica, resuming from an overnight position of 24 without loss, were all out by the Tea interval with Shannon Gabriel grabbing three for 48, Marlon Richards taking two for 32, and Rayad Emrit snatching one for 24.

Gabriel put T&T in a good position in the first session, striking in the third over of the day to remove overnight batsman John Campbell for 18 with a delivery that just came into the left-hander and rocked back the off stump.

Emrit, who maintained his attacking field throughout the Jamaica innings, struck with the first ball of the next over, when Nkrumah Bonner edged a leg-side delivery to wicket-keeper Steven Katwaroo, who had to take a diving catch, as Jamaica slipped to 44 for two.

It got worst for the visitors two overs later with Gabriel again causing problems, this time knocking Jermaine Blackwood’s off stump out of the ground with a delivery that swung into the right hander.

Next ball, Gabriel had the Jamaican skipper Tamar Lambert caught by Kieron Pollard at first slip. The score was 59 for four at that stage. Richards struck with his fifth ball of the day to dismiss Jon Ross Campbell as the visitors went to lunch on 95 for five.

A few dropped catches after the break allowed a threatening 42-run stand between Carlton Baugh Jr and Andre McCarthy to develop before Richards got the breakthrough, removing  Baugh, caught by Imran Khan for 14, in the second over after the break.

Khan (two for 41) and left-arm orthodox spinner Ricky Jaipaul (one for 31) did the rest of the damage after  Gabriel walked off the field after tumbling over after delivering the final ball of the 51st over. T&T manager Manohar Ramsaran said the pacer came off as a precaution but will be fine to take the field for the remaining two days.

Khan sent back top scorer McCarthy, caught by Bravo at first slip for 45 before bowling Jerome Taylor for six. Jaipaul trapped Brian Buchanan lbw for one with the final delivery before Tea.

In the final session, Adrian Barath fell early again, this time lbw to Taylor in the third over of the second innings, before Bravo and Lewis came together to keep their team on top through to the end of play.

Bravo hit five fours in his knock, most through the off side and one pulled to mid-wicket off a short ball from Lambert. He also hit a six off the same bowler over long on. Lewis hit four fours. They will continue their innings today when the match resumes from 10 a.m.