T&T send Leewards plummeting to earth

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Hosts Trinidad & Tobago sent the Leeward Islands plummeting back to earth in just one session on the night of Day 2.

Up until now, the Leewards have enjoyed a bit of revival from their poor performances in previous seasons. A win against the Combined Campuses & Colleges in Round 1 and a near defeat against Jamaica in Round 2 raised hopes for the islanders.

However, after Akeal Hosein and Stephen Katwaroo batted out the first two sessions of Day 2, it seemed to knock the wind out of the visitors, who finished the day clinging on at 86/9.

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T&T's youths, Hosein and Katwaroo, added 195 runs on Day 2 before Katwaroo was the last man to out for T&T as the hosts declared at Tea on 458/7.

Up until then, the wicket seemed unchanged from the batting paradise it looked like for the first five sessions of this match, or perhaps the Leewards weren't bowling right.

Within the first ten overs, the Leewards were three wickets down with 35 runs on the board. One run later and they lost another two wickets, reeling at 36/5. It only got worst as the night wore on.

Tonito Willett followed back three runs later. Jahmar Hamilton was the lone fighter in the team, counter-attacking the T&T spin with cuts and pulls for four. At the other end though, wickets were walking in and out.

Gabriel had removed three Leewards batsmen while Emrit had taken two wickets. T&T were outstanding in the field to back up their bowlers. Jason Mohammed ran out Sylvester Joseph with an accurate throw from mid-on, while Imran Khan snatched a blinder at backward-point, diving full-length to his left to remove Mali Richards.

T&T smelled blood, and they were ruthless. Their roar may have been much owed to the platform that Hosein and Katwaroo set earlier in the day, and dare say, was outshined in the final session.

However, T&T started Day 2 in an uncertain position at 263/6. Had they lost early wickets, who knows what would have happened? But that wasn't the case. Instead, the two T&T youngsters batted solidly and took no risks. They safely negotiated the first hour without much alarms.

Together, they grew stronger as pair, talking to each other and frequently turning over the strike. They saw out Dinner and continued to bat solidly for much of the second session. Both batsmen past 50 and seemed focus to continue on for as long they liked.

Close to tea, Hosein brought up his maiden First Class ton and following right behind was Katwaroo. But it wasn't to be. On 91, he played down the wrong line and was adjudged Leg Before Wicket off Justin Athanaze. He looked to the heavens, as the agony hit him.

He had played brilliantly though, hitting nine boundaries in his 202-ball knock. Hosein hit the same number of boundaries, but he got to his century. He finished on 102 not out. Both batsmen put on 197 runs together, a figure that could well become T&T's margin of victory.


Summary Scores:

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings: 458/7 Declared (153 Overs). Akeal Hosein 102*, Stephen Katwaroo 92, Evin Lewis 78, Jonathan Augustus 61; Justin Athanaze 37-13-76-2, Tonito Willett 27-7-73-2, Gavin Tonge 28-10-70-1, Kieran Powell 8-1-42-1.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings: 86/9 (30 Overs). Jahmar Hamilton+ 34*, Kieran Powell* 19, Mali Richards 9, Hayden Walsh Jr 6; Shannon Gabriel 9-3-21-3, Rayad Emrit 9-1-27-2, Akeal Hosein 6-1-15-1, Imran Khan 2-1-7-1.

Stumps, Day 2


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+ LBW Athanaze 91

A Hosein not out 102

Total: 458/7 (153 Overs)

Extras: (6nb, 1w, 6lb, 5b) 18

Did not Bat: Y Cariah, R Emrit*, S Gabriel.

Fall of Wickets: 1-56, 2-161, 3-178, 4-243, 5-261, 6-261, 7-458.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: G Tonge 28-10-70-1, T Willett 27-7-73-2, A Martin 33-4-91-0, J Athanaze 37-13-76-2, H Walsh Jr 20-0-95-0, K Powell 8-1-42-1.

Leeward Islands 1st Innings

K Powell* c Hosein b Emrit 19

Lyndell Richardson b Gabriel 5

Mali Richards c Khan b Emrit 9

S Joseph run out(Mohammed) 1

D Thomas b Gabriel 1

J Hamilton+ not out 34

T Willett b Gabriel 0

H Walsh Jr c & b Hosein 6

J Athanaze LBW Cariah 4

G Tonge LBW Khan 6

A Martin not out 0

Total: 86/9 (30 Overs)

Extras: (0nb, 0w, 0lb, 1b) 1

Fall of Wickets: 1-18, 2-34, 3-35, 4-36, 5-36, 6-39, 7-60, 8-65, 9-85.

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings Bowling: R Emrit 9-1-27-2, S Gabriel 9-3-21-3, A Hosein 6-1-15-1, Y Cariah 4-0-15-1, I Khan 2-1-7-1.

State of Match: Leeward Islands trail T&T's 1st Innings score by 372 runs

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

Umpires: Zahid Bassarath & Verdayne Smith

Standby Umpire: Anthony Sanowar

Reserve Umpire: Michael Ragoonath

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 16:43