Peters pleased with three-wicket haul
KINGSTOWN, ST VINCENT - Kenroy Peters became the latest Windward Islands hero, after breaking the back of the Trinidad and Tobago batting on Day 1 of the 2nd Round Regional 4 Day match at Arnos Vale.
Peters entered the attack with T&T recovering well after the loss of Adrian Barath. However, he quickly took to dismantling the Trinidadian middle-order. New look number three batsman, Evin Lewis, started well but with Peters' line and length, he soon edged to Devon Smith at slip.
Almost immediately after, a rare bad ball from Peters accounted for the wicket of Lendl Simmons, in at number four for T&T. Both the line and length was just outside Simmons' leg-stump; the batsman trying to flick down to fine-leg to get off the mark, got a thin edge through to wicket-keeper Lyndon James. Simmons though, stood at the crease, either left disappointed with the umpire's decision, or his own shot making.
Finally, Peters had got the big wicket of Justin Guillen. The experienced T&T opener started his innings solidly. He entered the match with plenty of runs under his belt in national cricket. He had looked relatively comfortable at the crease until he edged Peters to give Theophile his second catch at second slip and leave T&T in trouble.
Peters' bowling style, hitting a consistent line and length was ideal for the conditions, and he admitted it at stumps. He said, "The wicket was a bit slow at the top and our top two opening bowlers were a little bit struggling with the length because of the bit of damp overnight with the moisture. It's the type of wicket that suit my bowling, hitting the pitch and bowling the right areas, and things just happen."
He was the stand-out medium fast-bowler on the day in front of quicker bowlers such as Nelon Pascal and Delorn Johnson. This, he believed, was down to his strengths on such a wicket, "I think keeping a good line and length is one of my strengths in bowling, concentrating on what I want to do. Nine out of ten times I plan my over before I bowl so today I think everything just worked to plan."
He was left elated that the Windwards could dismiss T&T in one day, and is hoping his side can kick on on Day 2. He stated, "Well, 179 all out is not a good score for a team like Trinidad, one of the better teams in the Caribbean, and our main focus now is to get the runs on the board. Runs on the board is runs on the board. It's going to be hard but our batsmen are capable of doing the job."
Peters believes the traditional Arnos Vale pitch starts slow as it did on Day 1, and will flatten out for batsmen for the rest of the 4-Day game. If that is to be the case, while T&T need 20 wickets to force a comeback win, their opponents need only half of those.