Bishoo (4-49) Deonarine (3-24) claim 7 wickets for 55 runs in final session
By Sean Devers in Trinidad
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The Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force wasted the hard work from their top order in the first two
sessions of the opening day of their fourth round WICB Four-Day First-Class Cricket Franchise at the Queens Park Oval against leaders Guyana Jaguars when they slumped from 169-3 to 198 all out in the last session as the Jaguars clawed their way right back into the game.
The Jaguars, bowled out by Barbados for 67 chasing 69 to win in their last match, will go into today’s second day on 27-1 from 10 overs with Trevon Griffith (9) already back in the pavilion; caught behind off Skipper Rayed Emrit. Rajendra Chandrika (15) and Shemron Hetymer (4) with the Jaguars still 172 away from first innings lead are at the wicket.
The Red Force saw ‘Red’ as a confident 59 from Lendl Simmons, who reached the boundary 12 times, faced 101 balls and batted for 156 minutes in his 23rd fifty at this level, a well crafted 51 from Yannic Cariah, who faced 169 balls, batted for 120 balls with five fours and a six and an unbeaten 48 from 169 minutes, 130 balls, with six fours from Jason Mohammed all went to waste.
Simmons shared in useful partnerships with Yannick Ottley (14) and Cariah (51) before Mohammed (48*) and Cariah put together 71 for the fourth wicket, but none of the batsmen built on the their good starts as the epidemic of poor temperament and reckless shot-selection that spread throughout the region, combined to ensure the Red Force in were bowled out in their own back yard.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (4-49) off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (3-24) orchestrated a dramatic collapse by taking seven wickets for 55 runs in the final session yesterday.
The Red Force won the toss in ideal cricket conditions and elected to bat on a track with some pace and bounce and much better to bat on than the one at Providence. However they quickly lost Evin Lewis (2) in the second over, LBW to left-arm seamer Bajan Raymond Reifer with the score on 8-1.
Trinidad & Tobago has a population of 1.3 million people but yesterday not more than 40 spectators
watched as Simmons and Ottley joined forces in a 45-run partnership to repair the early damage for their side which has struggled with its batting this season.
With the Northern Range Mountains as a backdrop and a clear blue sky overhead, Ottley got going with a pugnacious pull off Chris Barnwell, who replaced fast bowler Ronsford Beaton. Beaton was forced to leave the field after bowling four overs in his opening spell due to a slight ankle injury.
Simmons smashed two full tosses from Reifer, who lacked control, for a couple of murderous boundaries in the same over as the pair brought up the 50 in the 17th over. Simmons played a ferocious straight drive that nearly took Barnwell’s hand with it to the boundary and he was already beginning to look ominous.
Simmons effortlessly eased Beaton for four past mid-off when the Essequibo pacer retuned from the Northern end and spin was introduced in the 20th over, 20 minutes before lunch.
Just when the second wicket pair seemed set to take their team to Lunch, Barnwell got one to leave Ottley, who touched it to Anthony Bramble behind the stumps after making 14 and the hosts were 53-2, 15 minutes before the break.
The left-handed Cariah dumped Permaul for six to get off the mark when the Berbician flighted before consecutive boundaries were cut away by Simmons when leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who captured 15-149 when these two teams met, bowled a succession of short balls in the last over of the session as Simmons galloped to 49.
By Lunch the Red Force, who drew with defending Champions Barbados Pride in a rain ruined encounter, beat the Windwards and lost to Jamaica, were 78-2 with Cariah on six, as the Jaguars used pace from the Southern end for all but one over of the first session.
After lunch Simmons rocked back and cut Permaul behind point for his 11th four to post his 50 from 83 balls and 122 minutes.
Permaul, the tournament’s leading wicket-taker and Beaton, Guyana’s quickest bowler, operated in tandem after the interval and the partnership flourished with Simmons using his feet to dance into Permaul and clobber him back over his head for a one-bounce boundary.
With the third wicket stand worth 45, Beaton induced Simmons to glove a pull for Bramble to take the leg-side offering as the Jaguars, who left out Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Keon Joseph from their starting X1, made the breakthrough at 98-3.
Cariah, back in the side after a toe injury kept him out of the last two matches, and Mohammed saw the 100 posted in 167 minutes with a magnificent square-driven boundary off Permaul to get Jason Mohammed off the mark in fine style.
By Tea, the stand had progressed to 45 with both batsmen looking well set and scoring freely on the lush green outfield. Cariah was unbeaten on 40 and Mohammed on 17 as the Jaguars bowlers, who have been a potent weapon this season, had to work much harder for success away from South American soil.
Mohammed greeted Bishoo with an audacious cover driven boundary in the first over after Tea as the Jaguars introduced the off-spin of Narsingh Deonarine in an all-spin attack.
Cariah reached his fifty with his fifth four from 153 minutes and 115 balls. His innings also included a six, but like the others who got starts, he failed to build on his and was bowled by Deonarine at 169-4 to trigger the dramatic collapse.
Nicholas Pooran (0) was stumped off Bishoo one run later when he charged down the track and missed an irresponsible drive. Akeal Hosein (1) was bowled by Deonarine, Emrit (3) was soon stumped off Bishoo and all of a sudden the Red Force had lost five wickets for 11 runs as Jaguars fought back.
Mohammed moved closer to his fifty with a spanking cover driven four off Deonarine while Imran Khan smashed Bishoo back over his head for a boundary
But Bishoo got rid of Imran Khan (8) and Daniel St Clair (0) in two balls before Deonarine bowled Marlon Richards (0) as Mohammed ran out of partners at the other end.
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