Tense battle between TT & CCC

St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago - With a lead of 102 runs at the end of Day Two at UWISPEC, and with only five CCC wickets remaining, Trinidad and Tobago would normally feel confident. However, with a batting collapse earlier in the day, T&T would have felt relieved to be in such a strong position at stumps having been bowled out by the Combined Campuses and Colleges, for 164 runs.

Starting the day on 45 for two, T&T collapsed under a mixture of good CCC pressure, and poor shot selection. T&T would have started the day with the hope of batting once. That option was thrown out the window as the T&T batsmen played across the line, lost focus, and did everything to lose their wickets.

Rayad Emrit stood alone again as he followed up his great Guaracara Park innings of 97 with a patient and sobered 20 not out. It meant that the CCC had a deficit of 33 runs, and before wiping it off, they had already lost Romel Currency bowled by Shannon Gabriel with ten on the board.

Things would get worse as Emrit and Amit Jaggernauth would each take a wicket, constantly plugging back the tourists. Shannon Gabriel would return late in the day to trap Nkrumah Bonner leg before. A superb moment of fielding from Dave Mohammed earlier sent Omar Phillips back to the pavilion for 19.

Wicket-keeper Kyle Corbin held up the visitor’s inning with a patient and well-played 53. At stumps, Floyd Reifer was not out on eight while Carlos Brathwaite is with him on 13. Gabriel was the pick of the home side’s bowlers with figures of two for 31 in 11 overs.

With showers constantly interrupting the day, play will start at 9:30am tomorrow. Weather permitting; it could be the last day of this First Class match, with no side guaranteed a win overnight.

By Ryan Bachoo

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings         
Lendl Simmons c Currency b McLean 06    
Justin Guillen c Reifer b McLean 23  
Runako Morton b McLean 03   
Daren Ganga* lbw R Reifer 32
Aneil Kanhai c wkt Corbin b Brathwaite 15
Imran Khan b R Reifer 03
Denesh Ramdin+ c wkt Corbin b R Reifer 03
Rayad Emrit Not Out 20
Dave Mohammed c Currency b R Reifer 16
Amit Jaggernauth c Currency b Moore 03
Shannon Gabriel b McLean 05
Extras (10b, 5wd, 4nb, 6lb) 25
All out from 53.5 overs164

Bowling:  Moore 16-6-35-1 (1nb), McLean 15.5-2-41-4 (2nb 2 wd), Brathwaite 11-3-27-1 (2wd), Kantasingh 4-3-3-0, Raymon Reifer 7-0-42-4 (1wd 1nb)      
Combined Campuses & Colleges 2nd Innings       
Omar Phillips* Run Out Mohammed 19
Romel Currency  b Gabriel 05      
Kyle Corbin+ c wkt Ramdin b Jaggernauth 53
Raymon Reifer c Ramdin b Emrit 19
Nkrumah Bonner lbw Gabriel 12 
Floyd Reifer Not Out 08
Carlos Brathwaite Not Out 13*
Extras (4b, 1lb, 1nb) 6
For 5 wickets from 58 overs 135       
Still to bat: Kevin McLean, Ryan Austin, Kavesh Kantasingh, Gilford Moore. 
Bowling: Gabriel  11-2-31-2 (1nb), Emrit 11-6-15-1, Jaggernauth 18-7-31-1, Simmons 5-3-4-0, Khan 4-0-20-0, Kanhai 4-0-22-0, Mohammed 5-2-7-0
Toss: Trinidad & Tobago won and bowled.          
Umpires: Peter Nero (Trinidad & Tobago) & Richard Illingworth (England) 
Match Referee: Hayden Bruce (Trinidad and Tobago)          
Reserve Umpire: Anthony Sanowar                  
State of the game: CCC has a 2nd innings lead of 102 runs