Simmons double puts T&T in charge

Georgetown, Guyana – Lendl Simmons made a superb double century for Trinidad and Tobago against Guyana on the second day of their seventh round WICB First-Class match on Saturday.

The 26-year-old right-hander was unbeaten on 204 as the visitors piled up 434-5 declared at the National Stadium at Providence.

Off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth then grabbed 3-30 to leave Guyana struggling on 137-5 at the close, still 297 runs behind. Opener Rajendra Chandrika has so far led the way with an unbeaten 77.

The day, however, belonged to Simmons who converted his overnight 134 into a third first-class double century. In a typically positive innings, he reeled off 12 fours and three sixes, and faced 354 balls in just over eight hours at the crease.

He anchored two key partnerships that helped T&T dominate the Guyanese attack, extending his fifth wicket stand with Denesh Ramdin (62) to 138 before posting a further 72 for the sixth wicket with Imran Khan, who finished on 37 not out.

With T&T resumed the day on 291-4 and Simmons moved quickly to his 150. Ramdin soon reached his third half-century of the season but fell soon afterward at 362-5, but fell, leg before to off-spinner Steven Jacobs after facing 112 balls in 163 minutes and striking five fours and a six.

Khan then joined Simmons to play a cameo, striking six fours off just 51 balls as T&T reached the lunch interval at 418-5, with Simmons unbeaten on 190. After the break, Simmons raised his landmark in style when he smashed off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine over long-on for six.

In the Guyana innings, Chandrika and Leon Johnson (25) then put on 52 for the first wicket as Guyana started soundly but they lost five wickets for 38 runs as Jaggernauth and leg-spinner Imran Khan (2-47) sliced through the top order.

Johnson was lbw to Jaggernauth after spending nearly two hours at the crease and when the experienced Deonarine went in similar fashion to debutant Imran Khan. Chandrika held his ground, though, and has so far stroked 10 fours off 177 balls in 222 minutes batting.

Trinidad & Tobago 1stinnnings
(overnight 291-4)
T Maraj c wk Christian b Bess 4
L Simmons not out 204                  
*D Ganga c Chandrika b Permaul 24
J Mohammed c sub (Barrington) b Beaton 67
S Ganga lbw b Jacobs 18
+D Ramdin lbw b Jacobs 62
I Khan not out 37
Extras (b6, lb2, w2, nb3) 13
Penalty runs 5                                
TOTAL (5 wkts, decl., 133 overs) 434                     
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-79, 3-191, 4-224, 5-362,
Did not bat: Y Cariah, R Emrit, S Gabriel, A Jaggernauth.
Bowling: Bess 6-1-14-1, Beaton 29-0-2-69-1, Fudadin 9-0-43-0, Permaul 34-6-97-1, Khan 17-0-53-0, Deonarine 9-0-45-0, Jacobs 27-5-96-2, Johnson 2-0-4-0.
Guyana 1st innings
R Chandrika not out 77
L Johnson lbw b Jaggernauth 25
N Deonarine lbw b Khan 5
*A Fudadin b Jaggernauth 6
V Singh lbw b Khan 4
S Jacobs c and b Jaggernauth 0
+D Christian not out 16
Extras (b1, lb1, nb2) 4
TOTAL (5 wkts, 58 overs) 137
To bat: R Beaton, B Bess, A Khan, V Permaul.
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-61, 3-82, 4-89, 5-90, 
Bowling: Gabriel 8-1-26-1, Emrit 9-4-10-0, S Ganga 8-4-10-0, Khan 15-4-47-2, Jaggernauth 14-3-30-3, Cariah 4-1-12-0.
Umpires: Clyde Duncan, Clancy Mack.
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