Brathwaite rocks TT in tense battle

St Augustine, Trinidad - Trinidad and Tobago and the Combined Colleges and Campuses are heading for an exciting finish when play resumes on Monday morning at UWISPEC. In a day when the pendulum of advantage constantly swung both ways, in the end, it was balanced with neither team confident of victory.

Starting the day on 135 for five wickets, CCC got off to the perfect start as overnight batsmen Floyd Reifer (8 not out) and Carlos Brathwaite (13 not out) put on a post-lunch session partnership of 76 runs. Together, the pair put on 109 runs for the sixth wicket, effectively taking the game away from T&T.

When the new-ball was taken, some eighteen overs after it was available, Rayaad Emrit struck with his first ball to dismiss Reifer for 55. That wicket triggered a lower order collapse by the CCC, who lost their last four wickets for 22 runs. Brathwaite starred for the visitors with a neatly played 61. CCC was bowled out for 250, leaving T&T with 218 runs to win, having trailed on first innings by 33 runs.

It all seemed simple for Trinidad and Tobago, as opener Lendl Simmons and Justin Guillen patiently went about the victory target. A mixture of good shots, patient batting, and exquisite drives got the home side to seventy-four without loss in no time, as T&T went on to win the second session of the day.

All rounder Brathwaite, had other ideas though, as he single-handedly brought the CCC back into the match, first taking the wicket of Simmons for 28, then bowling Runako Morton for a duck in the same over. Brathwaite would continue an impressive spell off fast-bowling as he proceeded to have Guillen and Aneil Kanhai caught behind, and further trapping T&T vice-captain, Denesh Ramdin lbw for zero. Brathwaite ended the day with all five wickets. Guillen earlier scored 41 runs, but failed to carry on.

Through skipper Daren Ganga and middle order all-rounder, Imran Khan, T&T fought off a brave CCC fight back to scamper to stumps at 134 for five.

With the ball getting older, the pair found batting easier, but face a monumental task on the final morning of getting a further 84 runs to seal victory. T&T’s hopes will lie with the overnight pair who are 39 and 13 not out respectively, if they are to get the further 84 runs required for victory. CCC on the other hand, will hope Brathwaite can produce much of the same as they go in search of five more wickets to complete a second come-from-behind win in as many matches.

By Ryan Bachoo

COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES 1st Innings 131

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 1st Innings 164

COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES 2nd Innings

(overnight 135 for five)

R. Currency b Gabriel 5 

*O. Phillips run out 19

+K. Corbin c wkpr Ramdin b Jaggernauth 53

R. Reifer c wkpr Ramdin b Emrit 19

N. Bonner lbw b Gabriel 12

F. Reifer b Emrit 55
C. Brathwaite c Simmons b Emrit 61
K. McClean c D. Mohammed b Gabriel 4
R. Austin c *D. Ganga b Emrit 9
K. Kantasingh not out 7
G. Moore lbw b Gabriel 0
Extras (b4, lb1, nb1) 6

TOTAL (all out, 108.4 overs) 250

Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-37, 3-93, 4-109, 5-119, 6-228, 7-233, 8-234, 9-247

Bowling: Gabriel 19.4-7-53-4 (nb1); Emrit 26-13-32-4; Jaggernauth 27-9-70-1; Simmons 5-3-4-0; Khan 11-0-40-0; Kanhai 8-0-28-0; D. Mohammed 12-4-18-0

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2nd Innings(target: 218)

L. Simmons c Kantasingh b Brathwaite 28
J. Guillen c F. Reifer b Brathwaite 41
R. Morton b Brathwaite 0
*D. Ganga not out 39
A. Kanhai c R. Reifer b Brathwaite 5
+D. Ramdin lbw b Brathwaite 0
I. Khan not out 13

Extras(b5, w2, nb1) 8

TOTAL(5 wkts, 42 overs) 134

Fall of wkts:1-74, 2-74, 3-77, 4-85, 5-93

Bowling:Brathwaite 15-3-38-5 (w1); Moore 9-1-36-0 (w1); Kantasingh 1-0-12-0; R. Reifer 2-0-13-0; Austin 5-2-6-0 (nb1); McClean 10-3-24-0
Position: T&T need 84 more runs to win with five second innings wickets standing

Umpires: R. Illingworth, P. Nero

Matchreferee: H. Bruce

Reserve umpire: A. Sanowar