Debutant wicketkeeper Stephen Katwaroo and bowling all-rounder Yannick Ottley made the most of their selections yesterday, to leave Trinidad and Tobago in a respectable position on the opening day of their third round match against the Leeward Islands in the Regional Four-Day Championship at Warner Park.
Slumping to 146 for seven after stand-in captain Rayad Emrit had won the toss and chosen to bat, the T&T innings was set right by Katwaroo, playing in his first first-class match for the national team and Ottley, also playing his first four-day match for T&T.
Ottley made 58 before falling late in the day, an lbw victim to Leewards pacer Gavin Tonge. Ravi Rampaul (14 not out) replaced him and accompanied Katwaroo (54 not out) to the close.
Earlier, Ottley and Katwaroo added 90 for the eighth wicket to pull their side out of a whole following a middle order slump.
Only four runs were on the board when Justin Guillen (four) gave a return catch to Tonge's new ball partner Quinton Boatswain. Sixteen runs later, No.3 Evin Lewis became another Boatswain victim before opener Adrian Barath was joined by Kjorn Ottley, also making his T&T four-day debut.
The pair added a valuable 69 for the fourth wicket before they were parted. Lewis (13) fell to seamer Tonito Willett, while out-of-favour West Indies opener Barath got to his first half-century of the season, 58, before he became the third of Boatswain's four victims so far.
But from 88 for four, T&T lost three wickets for just 48 runs before Katwaroo and Ottley saved face.
Katwaroo will come back this morning hoping that his partnership with Rampaul can blossom and push T&T past the 300-run mark.
Leeward Islands vs
Trinidad and Tobago
T&T 1st Inns
A Barath c Peters b Boatswain 58
J Guillen c and b Boatswain 4
E Lewis c Martin b Boatswain 2
K Ottley c Liburd b Willett 13
I Khan run out 3
Y Ottley lbw Tonge 58
R Emrit c Boatswain b Tonge 17
Y Cariah c Joseph b Boatswain 8
S Katwaroo not out 54
R Rampaul not out 14
EXTRAS: (B9, LB13, W1) 23
TOTAL: (for eight wickets, 94 overs) 254
To bat: A Jaggernauth.
Wickets at: 1-4, 2-20, 3-89, 4-98, 5-98,
6-124, 7-146, 8-236.
BOWLING: Tonge 18-4-52-2, Boatswain
22-4-75-4, Willett 12-1-41-1, Martin 27-12-37-0, Joseph 14-3-21-0, Richards 1-0-6-0.
Summarised regional scores:
At 3W's Oval: Barbados lead CCC by 61 runs with all ten wickets intact.
COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES 109 all out (Kyle Corbin 26, Shacaya Thomas 21; Chris Jordan 7-43, Ashley Nurse 2-30)
BARBADOS 170 without loss (Kirk Edwards 93 not out, Kraigg Brathwaite 55 not out)
At Arnos Vale Complex: Windwards trail Guyana by 27 runs with six wickets
GUYANA 151 all out (Assad Fudadin 55, Rajindra Chandrika 25, Leon Johnson 23; Shane Shillingford 4-40, Liam Sebastien 3-21, Delorn Johnson 3-43)
WINDWARD ISLANDS 124 for four (Keddy Lesporis 39, Devon Smith 38; Devendra Bishoo 2-24)