Now that the invocations of peace for the Easter season are behind us, there is something I’d like to say. To put it plainly, and in true Trini fashion, I vex, I real vex.
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Guyana batsmen frustrate T&T bowlers
Guyana fought back well on the second day of the Regional Four-Day clash against Trinidad and Tobago at Providence Stadium in Guyana, recovering from 60 for four to end on 247 for seven in reply to T&T’s first innings score of 294. T&T resuming in the morning session on 266 for eight was bowled out for 294, after mainstay Imran Khan fell for 44. Guyanese leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo collected both wickets to fall and ended with a career-best 9/78. Guyana, then took the crease was after a sedate opening stand of 23 runs, wickets started to fall. Pacer Shannon Gabriel got the first wicket and Guyana was reduced to 60 for four soon afterwards.
However, skipper Leon Johnson was still at the crease and he was able to join forces with Guyana Super50 captain Chris Barnwell to take the home team out of trouble. The two batted well and thwarted the Red Force spinners who were bowling a discipline line and length all day. Barnwell was aggressive as usual and raced to a half century but fell immediately, which allowed T&T a look in. The left handed Johnson was determined to bat late into the day and with 10 overs to go before play was called, he feathered one from off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth for wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo to complete the dismissal. Johnson looked a dejected man, walking off for 78, with his side reeling on 216 for seven. Bishoo with his confidence high after his bowling exploits came in and joined Zaid Mohammed and they continued the frustrate to T&T bowlers and when play was called at 5pm, they were still at the crease.
The right handed Mohammed played a very mature innings and was not out on 39 and Bishoo was on 18 not out. So far they have added 31 runs for the eight wicket. When play resumes at 10am this morning they will look to eat away at the 48 runs needed to pass T&T’s score. With second placed Barbados looking as if they would pull off an outright against the Leewards, T&T will have to win this clash outright as well, if they are to win their first Four-day title in eight years. In other matches, the Leewards were trailing Barbados by 178 runs with eight wickets standing. Barbados in reply to the Leewards paltry 94, made 326 all out with Kraigg Brathwaite getting 92 and Omar Phillips 79. The Leewards batting a second time closed on 54 for two. At the 3Ws Oval, Jamaica was 79 for two in their second innings after taking a slim 21-run lead over hosts CCC. The CCC replying to Jamaica’s first innings of 182, was bowled out for 161 as Nikita Miller 5/31 and Jerome Taylor 3/40 were excellent. In their second innings Jermaine Blackwood battled to 23 not out as they closed the day on 79 for two.
TT vs Guyana
TT 1st inns
L Simmons c Singh b Joseph 12
E Lewis lbw Bishoo 64
D Bravo lbw Bishoo 61
J Mohammed c Griffith b Bishoo 17
J Augustus c Johnson b Bishoo 15
R Emrit c Barnwell b Bishoo 26
S Katwaroo c Bramble b Bishoo 3
I Khan c Barnwell b Bishoo 44
M Richards lbw Bishoo 20
A Jaggernauth c Beaton b Bishoo 12
S Gabriel not out 4
Extras b5, lb9, nb2 16
Total all out 294
Fall of wkts: 35, 128, 147, 164, 187, 207, 220, 266, 285, 294.
Bowling: R Beaton 16-3-48-0, K Joseph 19-5-53-1, C Barnwell 12-2-47-0, M Shaddir 12-0-50-0, D Bishoo 38.4-15-78-9.
T Griffith c Katwaroo b Gabriel 23
T Chanderpaul run out 14
S Hetmyer c Richards b Jaggernauth 0
L Johnson c Katwaroo b Jaggernauth 78
V Singh c Katwaroo b Jaggernauth 2
A Bramble b Jaggernauth 2
C Barnwell lbe Emrit 50
M Shaddir not out 39
D Bishoo not out 18
Extras b4, lb2, nb1 7
Total for 7 wkts 247
Fall of wkts: 34, 37, 51, 59, 89, 169, 213.
Bowling: S Gabriel 15-4-29-1, M Richards 4-0-21-0, A Jaggernauth 24-5-78-4, J Mohammed 14-3-27-0, I Khan 19-2-56-0.
At 3Ws Oval: Jamaica lead by 100 runs.
JAMAICA 182 (Carlton Baugh 57, Jerome Taylor 39; Raymon Reifer 3-24, Akeem Dewar 2-24, Jomel Warrican 2-42, Ryan Austin 2-70) and 79 for two (Jermaine Blackwood 23 not out)
CCC 161 (Kevin McClean 36, Shacaya Thomas 33, Kyle Corbin 22; Nikita Miller 5-31, Jerome Taylor 3-40)
At Vivian Richards Cricket Ground: Leewards trail by 178 runs.
LEEWARD ISLANDS 94 (Devon Thomas 30; Ashley Nurse 4-24) and 54 for two (Kieran Powell 23 not out)
BARBADOS 326 (Kraigg Brathwaite 92, Omar Phillips 79, Jonathan Carter 39, Shai Hope 29; Anthony Martin 5-78, Jacques Taylor 2-42)