Leewards openers fight back vs T&T
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – New captain Montcin Hodge and fellow opener Chesney Hughes gave Leeward Islands Hurricanes a rollicking start following hundreds from Yannic Cariah and rookie Tion Webster that propelled Trinidad & Tobago Red Force to their biggest total for the season in the Regional 4-Day Tournament on Sunday.
Hughes was unbeaten on 59 and Hodge was not out on 49, as the Hurricanes reached 120 without loss, replying to Trinidad Tobago Red Force’s first innings total of 533, at the close on the second day of the 10th round match.
The Red Force bowlers found the Warner Park pitch typically unforgiving and the two Hs gave the hosts a strong belief that they could make a serious assault on the visitors’ challenging total with purposeful batting before stumps were drawn.
Hughes, the big left-hander, who has played several seasons in the English County Championship for Derbyshire, has so far smacked 10 fours and one six from 103 balls in 2 ½ hours of batting, the same time that it has taken Hodge to smash seven fours from 112 balls.
Red Force would have great appreciation for the batting of Hughes and Hodge, after Cariah collected his second first-class hundred, a career-best 196, and Webster, playing only his second match, hit his maiden hundred of 109 to extend the visitors’ innings late into the day.
Starting from their overnight total of 269 for six, the Red Force benefitted from strong lower-order resistance led by a 158-run stand for the seventh wicket between Cariah and Webster.
After Webster became the second of three wickets for Jason Campbell, Cariah featured in two other significant stands that broke the backs of the Hurricanes.
He shared 49 for the eighth wicket with his captain Marlon Richards and then dominated a stand of 59 for the ninth wicket with tail-ender Bryan Charles before he fell to Jeremiah Louis.
RED FORCE 1st Innings
(overnight 269 for six)
+A Jangoo b Taylor 46
I Khan lbw b Louis 0
I Rajah c Saunders b Tonge 40
E Nicholson c Campbell b Peters 45
Y Cariah c Hodge b Louis 196
A Cooper b Campbell 41
R Primus b Bonner 17
T Webster c Peters b Campbell 109
M Richards c Peters b Campbell 24
B Charles lbw b Tonge 15
S Cottrell not out 2
Extras (b8, lb2, w6, nb2) 18
TOTAL (all out, 135.4 overs) 553
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-75, 3-127, 4-137, 5-231, 6-268, 7-426, 8-475, 9-534
Bowling: Tonge 23-2-113-2 (nb2, w1); Louis 23.4-3-90-2 (w4); Peters 15-2-60-1; Taylor 28-3-103-1; Campbell 29-2-100-3; Bonner 17-1-77-1 (w1)
HURRICANES 1st Innings
*M Hodge not out 49
C Hughes not out 59
Extras (lb6, w1, nb5) 12
TOTAL (without loss, 35 overs) 120
N Bonner, K Carty, A Saunders, S Peters, J Otto, G Tonge, J Louis, +J Campbell, J Taylor to bat
Bowling: Cottrell 6-0-13-0 (nb2, w1); Richards 8-3-19-0; Primus 5-0-27-0; Webster 3-1-11-0; Khan 7-2-23-0; Charles 6-0-21-0
Position: Hurricanes trail by 433 with all first innings wickets standing
Umpires: C Tuckett, P Gustard