Thursday, February 22, 2018

T&T thump Leewards

Man-of-the-Match Kantasingh grabs 10

Trinidad and Tobago's cricket team secured their place in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Tournament semi-finals, yesterday, with a nine-wicket victory over Leeward Islands, at Warner Park, in St Kitts.

Abetted by Kavesh Kantasingh's ten-wicket match-haul and then an unbeaten 47 from opener Justin Guillen, T&T completed their win over the cellar-placed team inside of five sessions.

Kantasingh's left-arm spin helped T&T skittle the hosts for 158. He took six for 77.

Guillen then sped T&T to 68 runs and victory. He was well assisted by Marlon Barclay, who scored 20 not out.

T&T resumed on 172 for nine, after bowling out the Leewards for 81 on the first day. Kantasingh finished on 18 not out after Shannon Gabriel was last out, caught behind for a duck off pacer Lionel Baker.

Once Gabriel got rid of West Indies opener Kieran Powell (9), Kantasingh spun into action, probing out the other opener, Javia Liburd (16) and top-scorer Austin Richards (44).

Kantasingh also removed Devon Thomas (27), Hayden Walsh Jr (16) and Gavin Tonge (33), while leg-spinner Imran Khan chipped in with three wickets.

T&T earned 12 points to move to 46 overall, but Barbados (48) beat Windward Islands to sew up second spot. Perfect Jamaica lead the standings, while Guyana (39) had their bye, and slipped to fourth.

T&T will face Barbados in the semi-finals, while Jamaica and Guyana will square off in the other final four match.