Late wickets fall but T&T dominate Day 1
 

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Three half-centuries propelled Trinidad & Tobago to a solid start in their Round 3, Regional 4-Day match against the Leeward Islands at the Queen's Park Oval.

There was a mighty tussle to win the toss at the start of the day and both captains knew what the other would be doing. Both admitted they wanted to bat first ahead of the game, but it wasn't for the sole reason of the conditions.

The Oval pitch is expected to crack up to the latter part of the game and no team wants to be the one batting last. It turned out that Rayad Emrit won the toss and of course, batted first.

The pitch was fantastic for batting and T&T made every bit of it count. Openers Adrian Barath and Evin Lewis started cautiously but they looked solid and confident. Both batsmen put on 56 runs for the opening stand.

They had done all the hard work, seeing out the crucial first hour. However, as spin took full effect, Barath tried sweeping Justin Athanaze and was caught behind as he got a thin edge down the leg-side.

But the real story of the day was at the other end. Lewis, who scored two runs in his first match against the Windward Islands last round, seemed to have revised his technique. He played a lot straighter. He put away his flicks and his Twenty20 slogs. He looked composed and solid.

Together with Darren Bravo, T&T put on another big stand. This one was worth 105 runs. Both batsmen batted with flourish. The pitch was good to play a few shots on. Lewis looked in fine nick and as though no one could get him out... and no one did. He got himself out.

When on 78, as a ball beat him and hit his pads, he handled the ball as it ran back onto his wicket. A moment of absent-mindedness had cost him his wicket and a potential century in only his third First Class innings.

Bravo, too, was the recipient of a bizarre dismissal. The Leewards were once again struggling for a wicket and captain Kieran Powell decided to chance his arm, and it actually paid off. Bravo could hardly believe it when he missed a straight ball from the less than part-timer. He was out Leg Before Wicket for 60.

It brought debutant Jonathan Augustus to the middle. At 28 years old, he's been a name constantly appearing in Trinidad's sports pages. He got his chance and he seemed determine to make the most of it.

He started quickly and his innings had quite a momentum. Playing on his home ground, a player of Queen's Park Cricket Club, he hit 12 fours in his knock of 61 from 66 balls. He one of two late wickets to fall for T&T, who ended Day 1 on 263/6.

The second day's play starts at 10am Eastern Caribbean Time tomorrow.

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Summary Scores:

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings: 263/6 (93 Overs). Evin Lewis 78, Jonathan Augustus 61, Darren Bravo 60, Adrian Barath 24; Tonito Willett 19-4-51-2, Justin Athanaze 21-8-30-1, Gavin Tonge 19-6-42-1, Kieran Powell 5-1-20-1.

Stumps, Day 1

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Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings

A Barath c Hamilton b Athanaze 24

E Lewis handled ball 78

D Bravo LBW Powell 60

J Mohammed c Hamilton b Willett 22

J Augustus LBW Tonge 61

I khan c Thomas b Willett 2

S Katwaroo+ not out 1

A Hosein not out 0

Total: 263/6 (93 Overs)

Extras: (6nb, 0w, 5lb, 4b) 14

Still to Bat: Y Cariah, R Emrit*, S Gabriel.

Fall of Wickets: 1-56, 2-161, 3-178, 4-243, 5-261, 6-261.

Windward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: G Tonge 19-6-42-1, T Willett 19-4-51-2, A Martin 14-1-47-0, J Athanaze 21-8-30-1, H Walsh Jr 15-0-64-0, K Powell 5-1-20-1.

State of Match: Trinidad & Tobago are 263/6 in their 1st Innings

Toss: Trinidad & Tobago won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires: Zahid Bassarath & Verdayne Smith

Standby Umpire: Anthony Sanowar

Reserve Umpire: Michael Ragoonath

Date: 
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:47