T&T made to work for win over Windwards
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago beat Windward Islands by four wickets in their fourth round Regional 4Day match here Monday but not before suffering a massive scare, after their batting collapsed spectacularly.
Chasing a paltry 98 for victory after needing 31 balls on the final day to bowl the visitors out for 258, T&T made a strong start with a stand of 79 between openers Justin Guillen and Imran Khan, that appeared to put them on course for an uncomplicated victory.
Guillen smashed four fours and two sixes off 46 balls while Khan scored 29 from 36 balls with three fours.
There was no sign of what was to unfold when Guillen clipped off-spinner Liam Sebastien to Garey Mathurin at cover but the hosts then shockingly lost their next six wickets for five runs, to plunge to a precarious 84 for six.
The panic was engineered by Sebastien who claimed three for 25 and Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford who finished with three for 30.
With a possible defeat on the cards, captain Denesh Ramdin strode to the wicket to guide his side home with an unbeaten 12 and ease the widespread tension at Queen’s Park Oval.
The slide began when Khan followed his opening partner with just two runs added, driving Shillingford to Mathurin at mid off.
Elegant left-handed Darren Bravo edged Sebastien to Darren Sammy at slip without scoring and T&T were in further strife when Jason Mohammed missed a pull at Sebastien and was bowled.
With the score still on 84, Daren Ganga completed an inauspicious return to first class cricket when he popped Shillingford to Andre Fletcher at short leg to fall for five.
When Reyad Emrit was trapped lbw to Shillingford without a run added, the Windwards were scenting a dramatic victory but Ramdin quickly quelled any such notion, by finishing not out for the second time in the game.
Earlier, the Windwards got an unbeaten 40 from tail-ender Delorn Johnson and 32 from Mathurin, to stretch their overnight 232 for nine to their eventual total.
T&T Innings 364 for nine decl.
WINDWARDS 1st innings 203
WINDWARDS 2nd Innings (following on)
(overnight 232 for nine)
D Smith c J Mohammed b Narine 0
J Charles c Bravo b Narine 10
A Fletcher c Ganga b Narine 0
K Lesporis c Guillen b Narine 21
*D Sammy b Khan 88
L Sebastien c Bravo b Khan 29
+L James lbw b Khan 3
G Mathurin c Bravo b Emrit 32
S Shillingford c Emrit b Rajah 22
N Pascal c Ramdin b Narine 1
D Johnson not out 40
Extras (b7, w1, nb4) 12
TOTAL (all out, 62.1 overs) 258
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-15, 4-95, 5-133, 6-141, 7-166, 8-205, 9-211, 10-258
Bowling: Narine 28-8-78-5, Gabriel 8-0-45-0, Rajah 8-2-54-1, Emrit 9.1-2-26-1, Khan 9-1-48-3.
T&T 2nd Innings (Target: 98 runs)
J Guillen c Mathurin b Sebastien 41
I Khan c Mathurin b Shillingford 29
D Ganga c Fletcher b Shillingford 5
D Bravo c Sammy b Sebastien 0
J Mohammed b Sebastien 0
+G Mohammed not out 2
R Emrit lbw Shillingford 0
*D Ramdin not out 12
Extras (lb6, nb3) 9
TOTAL (6 wkts, 20.3 overs) 98
Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-81, 3-82, 4-84, 5-84, 6-84.
Bowling: Pascal 5-0-23-0, Mathurin 3-1-14-0, Shillingford 7-0-30-3, Sebastien 5.3-1-25-3.
Result: T&T won by four wickets.
Points: T&T 12, Windwards 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Denesh Ramdin.
Umpires: Michael Gough, Joel Wilson.