Rain thwarts TT

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Trinidad and Tobago and the England Lions finished a premature end to Day two both with the chance of still grabbing first innings points at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. Even the slightest of points could prove significant for both teams in the third round West Indies Cricket Board Regional 4 Day Tournament as both are locked on 18 points at the top of the table.

Resuming the second day on 311/9, the last pair of English Lions batted 7.3 overs, and added 14 runs to their overnight score as they were dismissed for 325 runs. Rayad Emrit struck with his second ball upon taking the new ball as he finished with figures of 18.3-5-48-4. It meant that T&T required 326 runs to take first innings points against the team that other regional teams have had trouble batting against.

Through Lendl Simmons and Justin Guillen, the hosts got off to the perfect start as they went about knocking off the first innings score of the England Lions in positive fashion. Guillen took the attack to England’s promising talent, Adil Rashid, not allowing him to settle down into the attack. Attacking Rashid however, would lead to Guillen’s demise, as he held out to Liam Plunkett at mid-off, trying to go over the top of mid-on, for 39. Runako Morton entered the crease and in his usual attacking nature, took on the English bowlers. He survived some very confident appeals from Rashid but terrifically countered as he took on the Lions’ spinner.

Lendl Simmons patient knock of 37 ended when he was adjudged lbw of spinner Danny Briggs. Daren Ganga entered the fray with T&T desperately needing a longer partnership than those that went before him. Together, he and Morton saw off pacers Jade Dernbach and Nathan Buck, who both were striking up some very good pace, Buck hitting Morton twice on the chest. After tea, the T&T batsmen enjoyed the fruits of their hard labour as the England Lions brought on spin from both ends. Ganga and Morton rarely looked troubled and put away the bad balls when it was presented.

Rain stopped play for the day at 61 overs, leaving T&T with 153 more runs to gain first inning points while the England Lions require eight wickets. Briggs was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists, as he finished the day with 12-4-30-1.

Play will resume at 9:30am tomorrow morning making up for lost time.

- By Ryan Bachoo

(overnight 311 for nine)
J. Adams c wkpr Ramdin b Emrit 14
A. Lyth c wkpr Ramdin b S. Ganga 34
A. Gale lbw b Emrit 110
*J. Hildreth b Jaggernauth 40
J. Taylor lbw b Gabriel 66
+C. Kieswetter c Jaggernauth b Emrit 5
A. Rashid c Guillen b Gabriel 7
L. Plunkett c and b Khan 17
D. Briggs lbw b Gabriel 4
N. Buck not out 11
J. Dernbach c Guillen b Emrit 9
Extras (b1, lb5, w1, nb1) 8
TOTAL (all out, 97.4 overs) 325

Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-66, 3-160, 4-244, 5-268, 6-272, 7-281, 8-285, 9-311

Bowling: Gabriel 17-1-79-3 (nb1); Emrit 18.4-5-48-4; Jaggernauth 25-8-54-1; S Ganga 12-1-41-1; D. Mohammed 8-0-34-0; Khan 13-4-43-1; Simmons 4-0-20-0 (w1)

L. Simmons lbw b Briggs 37
J. Guillen c Plunkett b Rashid 39
R. Morton not out 46
D. Ganga not out 34
Extras (b4, lb7, w1, nb5) 17
TOTAL (2 wkts, 61 overs) 173

Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-124

Bowling: Dernbach 10-3-14-0 (nb1, w1); Plunkett 12-4-34-0 (nb1); Buck 9-1-26-0 (nb1); Rashid 18-4-58-1 (nb2); Briggs 12-4-30-1

Position: T&T trail by 152 runs with eight first innings wickets standing
Umpires: N. Duguid, N. Malcolm
Matchreferee: H. Bruce
Reserve umpire: K. Barrasingha