Pacers rock T&T after JA record score

St Augustine, Trinidad, CMC – Jason Dawes and Andre Russell enhanced Jamaica’s chances of reaching the Final of the WICB First-class championship, after their batsmen, led by Wavell Hinds, piled-up the runs against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday.

Pacers Dawes (2-28 runs from 11 overs) and Russell (2-49 from 10 overs) rocked T&T as they replied to Jamaica’s record first innings total of 664. The home side reached 198-4 at the close on the third day of their semi-final at the Sir Frank Worrell Ground at the UWI Sports & Physical Education Complex.

The Jamaicans have not had it all their way, with T&T captain Daren Ganga striking seven fours in an unbeaten 69 from 141 balls in a little over 3 ½ hours. Wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin was not out on 49, and Daren’s younger brother, Sherwin, supported with 42.

Jamaica, starting the day on 574-7, chose to bat until they were dismissed for their highest total in the modern regional first-class championship (1966 onwards) about half-hour after lunch. Jamaica’s previous highest total in this competition was 563-9 declared against the same opponents 34 years ago at Jarrett Park in their homeland.

Hinds anchored them to the landmark with resolute batting to finish with 165. He struck 15 fours and one six from 280 balls in just over 6 ½ hours.

Unimaginative batting from the tail-enders ensured that the T&T bowlers would hardly finish with flattering figures, but off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth was the most successful with 3-115 from 47.4 overs. Hinds added 75 for the eighth wicket with Andre Russell, who was bowled by Ravi Rampaul for 27. But neither Odean Brown nor Dawes passed 20, as the Jamaicans continued to rub salt into T&T’s wounds.

The home team then ran into early trouble on a dusty pitch, after spending the best part of 2 ½ days in the field.
Dawes bowled Lendl Simmons for five, and then had West Indies batsman Darren Bravo caught at slip for a “duck”. Russell tightened Jamaica’s grip, when he trapped Imran Khan lbw for 17 to leave T&T on 28-3.

But the Jamaicans were stalled when the Ganga brothers got together, and gave the T&T innings some backbone with a stand of 83 for the fourth wicket, mixing enterprise with solid defence. Brought back for a second spell, Russell made the breakthrough, when he had Sherwin caught behind to leave T&T 111-4.

The Jamaican bowlers again failed to make headway, as Ramdin joined the elder Ganga, and they continued the fight for T&T. They have so far added 87 – unbroken – for the fifth wicket.

The most successful side in the match will contest the Final against the Combined Campuses & Colleges, who beat Windward Islands by 157 on Sunday at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados.

JAMAICA 1st innings
(overnight 574-7)
S. Jackson c S. Ganga b Rampaul 1
D. Hyatt lbw b Jaggernauth 41
M. Samuels c wk Ramdin b Emrit 80
B. Nash c wk Ramdin b Pollard 207
T. Lambert lbw b Emrit 41
W. Hinds c D Ganga b Gabriel 165
D. Bernard c wk Ramdin b Gabriel 16
C. Walton c wk Ramdin c Jaggernauth 30
A. Russell b Rampaul 27
O. Brown not out 10
J. Dawes c Simmons b Jaggernauth 13
Extras (lb7, w4, nb22) 33
TOTAL (all out, 201.4 overs) 664
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-57, 3-198, 4-302, 5-468, 6-501, 7-564, 8-639, 9-639
Bowling: Rampaul 42-7-155-2 (nb7, w2); Gabriel 30-4-114-2 (nb13); Emrit 23-3-68-2; Jaggernauth 47.4-15-115-3 (w1); Pollard 12-0-36-1 (nb2, w1); Khan 29-6-110-0, S. Ganga 13-1-41-0; Simmons 5-0-18-0
Trinidad & Tobago 1st innings
L. Simmons b Dawes 5
I. Khan lbw b Russell 17
D.M. Bravo c Jackson b Dawes 0
D. Ganga not out 69
S. Ganga c wk Walton b Russell 42
D. Ramdin not out 49
Extras (b1, lb7, nb8) 16
TOTAL (4 wickets, 53 overs) 198
To bat: K. Pollard, R. Emrit, A. Jaggernauth, S. Gabriel, R. Rampaul
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-28, 3-28, 4-111
Bowling: Russell 10-1-49-2; Dawes 11-2-28-2; Hyatt 1-0-5-0; Bernard 11-2-42-0 (nb6); O. Brown 14-2-48-0; Lambert 6-0-18-0
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Goaland Greaves

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