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T&T make 2nd innings inroads

By Roger Seepersad

Trinidad and Tobago were closing in on their second win of the Regional Four-day Championships yesterday, dismissing the Leeward Islands for 113 and enforcing the follow-on as the visitors reached 106 for four at the tea interval, still trailing by 240 runs.
Yesterday, after a delayed start due to rain, the Leewards resumed their innings from an overnight position of 86 for nine with wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton on 34 not out off 61 balls and Anthony Martin on zero from three balls.
Hamilton hit eight fours and a six to bring up his 50 off 68 balls before leg-spinner Imran Khan came into the attack to take the final wicket of the first innings, 4.1 overs into the third day’s play.
With a deficit of 345, the Leewards were very cautious in their second innings but T&T were still able to dismiss three of their batsmen with Shannon Gabriel making the first breakthrough in the fifth over of the second innings as Lyndel Richardson for three.
The T&T bowling did not seem to trouble the Leewards after that and the hosts had to wait a long time for their second wicket, which eventually came in the 30th over when Mali Richards edged leg-spinner Khan to Darren Bravo at first slip. Richards faced 73 balls for his 14.
Khan also accounted for Sylvester Joseph, caught by substitute fielder Marlon Richards who was on the field for centurion Akeal Hosein.
The Leewards lost one more wicket before the break as Sylvester Joseph was run out for eight but Hamilton (12 not out) and skipper Kieran Powell (42 not out) ensured they were still in the fight.
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