Hinds rescues JA with 131 not out

Kingston, Jamaica – Veteran Wavell Hinds stroked a superb, unbeaten century to rescue leaders Jamaica against Trinidad and Tobago on the opening day of their sixth round WICB First-Class Tournament match on Friday.

The 34-year-old left-hander has so far made 131 not out as Jamaica finished on 297-5 at Sabina Park. He has so far been involved in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 121 with all-rounder Dave Bernard, who was unbeaten on 55 at the close.

The script could have read differently after T&T reduced Jamaica to 60-4, after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat first.
Pacer Rayad Emrit bowled Simon Jackson without scoring in the fourth over of the morning with the score on one and new ball partner Shannon Gabriel knocked over Danza Hyatt for seven, to leave Jamaica on 23-2 in the ninth over.

The in-form Marlon Samuels looked dangerous in 25 from 36 balls with five fours before edging a drive at off-spinner Sherwin Ganga at 59-3 and with one run added, captain Tamar Lambert (one) gave Imran Khan a catch at gully off medium pacer Lendl Simmons.

At 60-4, T&T were in charge but Test left-hander Brendan Nash and Hinds came together in a 116-run, fifth wicket stand to steer Jamaica out of trouble. Nash made 66 with seven fours off 136 balls in 175 minutes at the crease while Hinds cracked 11 fours and seven sixes in an innings that has spanned 201 balls and 143 minutes.

When Nash was leg-before, pushing forward tentatively at off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth, Hinds found an ally in Bernard to push the Jamaica score ahead.

SCOREBOARD JAMAICA 1st Innings S Jackson b Emrit 0 D Hyatt c Khan b Gabriel 7 M Samuels c Simmons b S Ganga 25 B Nash lbw b Jaggernauth 66 *T Lambert c Khan b Simmons 1 W Hinds not out 131 D Bernard not out 55 Extras (lb2, w5, nb5) 12 TOTAL (5 wkts, 90 overs) 297 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-23, 3-59, 4-60, 5-176. To bat: +C Walton, O Brown, A Richardson, J Taylor. Bowling: Gabriel 18-5-42-1, Emrit 9-0-34-1, Simmons 7-1-33-1, S Ganga 17-3-49-1, Jaggernauth 19-2-79-1, Imran Khan 8-2-22-0, Jason Mohammed 5-2-4-0, Cariah 7-1-32-0. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – D Ganga (captain), Y Cariah, R Emrit, S Gabriel, S Ganga, A Jaggernauth, Imran Khan, T Maraj, J Mohammed, D Ramdin, L Simmons. Toss: Jamaica. Umpires: Vincent Bullen, Vivian Johnson
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