The US$1 billion ten-year bond successfully launched by the T&T Government in New York on Thursday is its first international bond issue in three years.
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T&T, CCC in tight battle
Although 29 extras were gifted to T&T by the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) on the first half of the opening day in their four-day regional match at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, the match was evenly poised with T&T on 81/3 at press time. It was an indisciplined bowling effort from CCC, giving away 15 no balls, four wides, six leg byes and four byes. Barbadian fast bowler Dwayne Sealy was the main culprit, bowling 12 no balls and two wides. The home team unfortunately lost Evin Lewis due to a leg injury with the score on 13/0 after two overs. Adrian Barath’s dismal season continued as he was dismissed for 12 by Raymon Reifer, leaving T&T on 43/1.
A shower then greeted the players forcing the umpires to take an early lunch at 4.45 pm, with Darren Bravo on eight and Jason Mohammed not off the mark. Reifer grabbed his second wicket shortly after lunch, as Bravo chopped a delivery onto his stumps for 10. Kieron Pollard, who recently returned to cricket after suffering a knee injury, emerged from the pavilion. Pollard looked determination to play himself in, but after facing 21 balls, Pollard was caught by wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton for a watchful four. Mohammed played his shots and was on 26 not out. Captain Rayad Emrit, who has shown some form with the bat in the tournament was on four. Left-arm fast bowler Raymon Reifer had figures of 6-2-14-2, while spin bowler Akeem Dewar got the wicket of Pollard.
T&T Red Force (1st Innings)
A Barath c C Walton b R Reifer 12
E Lewis retired hurt 0
D Bravo b R Reifer 10
J Mohammed not out 26
K Pollard c C Walton b A Dewar 4
R Emrit (not out) 4
Still to bat: S Katwaroo, I khan, S Gabriel, A Jaggernauth, R Jaipaul
Extras 15nb 4w 6lb 29
Total 85 for 3
Bowling: D Sealy 6-0-35-0, J Levy 8-1-23-0, R Austin 1-1-0-0, R Reifer 6-2-14-2, A Dewar 2.5-0-3-1
Fall of Wkts: 43, 56, 79
CCC SQUAD: Steven Jacobs (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Shacaya Thomas, Kyle Corbin, Raymon Reifer, Chadwick Walton, Kavem Hodge, Dwayne Sealy, Kevin McClean, Ryan Austin, Akeem Dewar, Jomel Warrican, Jermaine Levy.
Barbados vs Jamaica
At Sabina Park: Jamaica won toss and fielded.
BARBADOS 275 for six (Kirk Edwards 105, Shane Dowrich 40, Carlos Brathwaite 34, Kraigg Brathwaite 29) vs JAMAICA
Windwards Islands vs Leewards Islands
At Queen’s Park Stadium: Leewards trail Windwards by 256 runs with nine wickets standing.
WINDWARDS 292 (Romel Currency 76, Devon Smith 47, Sunil Ambris 53, Keddy Lesporis 30, Mervin Matthew 30, Tyrone Theophile 27; Kieran Powell 3-38, Gavin Tonge 2-46, Anthony Martin 2-62, Yannick Leonard 2-74) LEEWARDS 36 for one.