The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force made a solid start to their second round West Indies Championship four-day match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba yesterday, with the visitors being dismissed for 186 before the hosts closed the opening day on 74 for one, still trailing by 112 runs.
Red Force skipper Darren Bravo and rookie Keagan Simmons took the hosts to stumps with Bravo unbeaten on 36 and Simmons on 32.
The pair came together following the early dismissal of Jeremy Solozano and stayed to the end with both men playing some attractive shots round the ground.
Bravo was especially eye-catching when he smacked seamer Sheeno Berridge for a straight six. He also struck five fours, a few of them through the cover region.
At the other end, Simmons, playing in only his second first-class match, looked solid against Test bowler Alzarri Joseph and even struck the fast bowler for a four through the covers.
Left-hander Simmons has so far collected four fours in all, with two coming off leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, and one timed to perfection off medium pacer Quinton Boatswain that also reached the cover boundary.
Earlier, Odean Smith’s best first-class figures of four wickets for 50 runs, coupled with good support from spinners Akeal Hosein, Bryan Charles and debutant Kissoondath Magram saw the hosts dismiss the Hurricanes on the stroke of tea after the visitors had won the toss and elected to bat first.
In overcast conditions, Smith struck early to remove the dangerous Kieran Powell in the fourth over via the lbw route before Charles took a low catch at first slip off the same bowler to send Devon Thomas back to the dugout without scoring.
Terrance Hinds then got into stride, trapping Montcin Hodge lbw for five. His dismissal brought Jahmar Hamilton and Keacy Carty together for a 50-run fourth-wicket stand.
The pair took on Magram in the leg-spinner’s first two overs, with skipper Bravo maintaining an attacking field. Hamilton struck “Maggie” for a six and a four while Carty also slapped the leggie for a boundary as his first two overs went for 21 runs.
Left-arm orthodox bowler Hosein then came to the fore before the break, getting Carty out to another low catch by Charles at first slip as the visitors went to lunch at 98 for four.
After the resumption, Magram came back with a solid second spell, conceding just 15 runs in his next 8.4 overs and getting his first wicket at regional level when he trapped Quinton Boatswain lbw for six.
At the other end, Hamilton was bowled by Hosein for a top score of 55, while Amir Jangoo also had his stumps disturbed by Charles for 17 before Smith came back to remove Jacobs, caught by wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva for four, and Jacques Taylor – well caught by Solozano at gully for 14 – before Joseph started to dish out some punishment against his former Windies Under-19 teammate, Smith.
Joseph struck five fours off Smith while his lone six was taken off Magram before the innings concluded with the run out of Berridge for zero. That late flurry however, did little to boost the overall health of the Hurricanes innings. And the composed approach of Bravo and Simmons did not offer the visitors much hope of better to come today when from resumes from 10 a.m.
At Kensington Oval
Guyana Jaguars 209-8, 87 overs (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 66 n.o., Kevin Sinclair 43, Nial Smith 17 n.o.; Kemar Roach 4/28, Jonathan Carter 2/31, Jomel Warrican 2/17)
vs Barbados Pride
At Sabina Park
Windward Islands Volcanoes 314-5, 90 overs (Kavem Hodge 88, Devon Smith 77, Emmanuel Stuart 46 n.o., Keron Cottoy 29 n.o.; Derval Green 3/58)
vs Jamaica Scorpions
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