Jamaica set T&T 305 to win
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Spinners Aneil Kanhai and Imran Khan undermined Jamaica’s batting on Sunday, leaving Trinidad & Tobago to chase 305 for their second victory this season in the Regional 4-Day Tournament.
Off-spinner Kanhai captured four wickets for 17 runs from 10 overs and leg-spinner Imran Khan collected four for 34 from 11.3 overs, as Jamaica were dismissed for 157 in their second innings on the third day of their fifth round match at Queen’s Park Oval.
Donovan Pagon top-scored for the Jamaicans, the reigning four-time defending champions and only unbeaten side in the tournament, with 51 and West Indies left-hander Brendan Nash got 30, adding a precious 65 for the third wicket.
T&T had conceded a first innings lead of 147 after they were bowled out for 143 in the opening session.
Jamaica were in trouble early, when Danza Hyatt was trapped lbw to T&T captain Rayad Emrit, sending the visitors to lunch at one for one.
After the break, the visitors lost opener Brenton Parchment bowled by Shannon Gabriel, essaying an expansive drive at one that nipped back slightly.
Pagon and Nash seemed to be hauling Jamaica back into the fray, when Nash fell lbw to Khan, offering no shot.
Jamaica’s innings went into terminal decline as they lost their last eight wickets for 69 runs, only David Bernard showing any resistance with 27.
Jamaica’s batting was weakened by the departure of wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh Jr.
Coincidentally, he was named early on Sunday to replace regular T&T captain and fellow wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin in the West Indies squad for the first three One-day Internationals this coming week in St. Vincent.
Ramdin suffered a broken finger and will be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks.
Under tournament rules, Horace Miller replaced Baugh and is allowed to take full part in the match, but he failed to score, falling to Kanhai.
Earlier, T&T suffered a setback at the start of the day, when Kevon Cooper, unbeaten on 17 overnight, top-edged a sweep at left-arm spinner Nikita Miller after he had added just two runs, leaving T&T 94 for six.
Kanhai battled to add eight to his overnight 20 before he too departed, caught by Horace Miller at slip off Bernard.
Nikita Miller, who finished with four for 40 from 31 overs, then snared two of the last three wickets to fall, as Gibran Mohammed, unbeaten on 23 at the end, eked out crucial runs for T&T.
JAMAICA 1st Innings 290
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 1st Innings
(overnight 89 for five)
J. Guillen c Brown b Richardson 0
I. Khan c Brown b N. Miller 14
M. Barclay c wkpr Baugh b Richardson 6
J. Mohammed c wkpr Baugh b Cotterrell 22
A. Kanhai c H. Miller b Bernard 28
S. Ganga c Hyatt b Cotterrell 1
K. Cooper c Cotterrell b N. Miller 19
*R. Emrit c Lambert b N. Miller 9
+G. Mohammed not out 23
K. Kantasingh lbw b N. Miller 2
S. Gabriel c *Lambert b Brown 3
Extras (b7, w1, nb8) 16
TOTAL (all out, 69 overs) 143
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-11, 3-49, 4-49, 5-52, 6-94, 7-114, 8-124, 9-128
Bowling: Richardson 7.2-1-19-2, Cotterell 10.4-2-35-2, N. Miller 31-13-40-4, Brown 12-4-26-1, Bernard 8-2-16-1
JAMAICA 2nd Innings
B. Parchment b Gabriel 11
D. Hyatt lbw b *Emrit 0
D. Pagon b Khan 51
B. Nash lbw b Khan 30
*T. Lambert c Cooper b Kanhai 14
H. Miller c Kantasingh b Kanhai 0
D. Bernard c Cooper b Kanhai 27
N. Miller c and b Kanhai 8
A. Richardson c Barclay b Khan 12
O. Brown lbw b Khan 0
S. Cotterrell not out 2
Extras (nb2) 2
TOTAL (all out, 54.3 overs) 157
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-23, 3-88, 4-103, 5-112, 6-114, 7-138, 8-147, 9-154
Bowling: Gabriel 7-0-26-1, *Emrit 9-0-33-1, Kantasingh 17-8-34-0, Khan 11.3-1-34-4, Kanhai 10-4-17-4
Note: H. Miller replaced C. Baugh in Jamaica XI
Position: T&T need 305 to win.
Umpires: G. Greaves, P. Nero