DIEGO MARTIN – West Indies wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva found himself among the runs at the Diego Martin Sports Complex, top-scoring with 65 but it was not enough to prevent hosts Red Force from conceding a significant first innings lead of 217 runs to Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the second day of the Regional First Class Championship, yesterday.
With the visitors eventually dismissed for 357, Red Force crashed to 140 all out, and were behind by 240 runs overall at the close, with Hurricanes on 23 without loss in their second innings.
Hurricanes were put in total command by Jeremiah Louis who first slammed 42 not out from 43 deliveries to energise the lower order after the visitors resumed on 308 for seven.
He then produced a deadly new ball burst to send Red Force tumbling to ten for four, going on to finish with figures of four for 32 while pacer Colin Archibald claimed four for 27.
Da Silva struck 11 fours in a 115-ball knock, posting 64 for the seventh wicket with Bryan Charles (25) to prop up the innings.
Test pacer Jayden Seales had earlier finished with five for 49 in the Hurricanes first innings.
Chanderpaul, Motie hundreds hurt Pride
In Port of spain, Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Gudakesh Motie struck contrasting hundreds to punish leader Barbados Pride.
Unbeaten overnight on 64, the left-hander Chanderpaul finished on 140 not out as Harpy Eagles piled up a massive 490 for seven declared in their first innings at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Motie, more known for his steady left-arm spin, then arrived at number nine to increase Pride’s misery, lashing a cavalier 110 from 118 balls, in a 143-run seventh wicket partnership with Chanderpaul.
In reply, Pride lost Test captain Kraigg Brathwaite (17) and Test batsman Shamarh Brooks (2) cheaply to slip to 48 for two, trailing by 442 runs heading into today’s day three.
Harpy Eagles, resuming the morning on 219 for four, steadily wore Pride down through the unflappable Chanderpaul, who carved out his third first class hundred.
All told, the 25-year-old son of Test legend Shiv Chanderpaul faced 434 balls in a marathon 10-3/4 hours and counted 14 fours.
He extended his fourth wicket stand with Anthony Bramble (38) to 68 before the wicketkeeper/batsman retired hurt, and then put on a further 53 for the sixth wicket with Veerasammy Permaul (34) and the key hundred-run stand with Motie.
When Permaul perished at 313 for six to the first ball after lunch, caught at second slip by Brooks off pacer Akeem Jordan (3-108), Pride were sensing a quick end to the Harpy Eagles innings.
But Motie arrived to blast 12 fours and four sixes to post his maiden first class century and scupper Pride’s hopes. His demise did nothing to ease Pride’s worries either, Chanderpaul combining with Nial Smith (28 not out) in a frustrating 34-run, eighth wicket stand as the tail continued to wag.
Brathwaite then clipped left-arm spinner Permaul into the hands of short leg before Brooks shouldered arms to seamer Keemo Paul and was adjudged lbw, to leave Harpy Eagles on top.
King hits glittering century
At the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, San Fernando, Brandon King slammed an impressive unbeaten 119 in only his second regional first class match in two seasons, propelling Jamaica Scorpions to 346 all out in their first innings and put his team in command against Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Jamie Merchant, batting at number 10, belted a robust 58 from 73 balls in an up tempo 109-run, ninth wicket stand to further deflate Volcanoes, who then reached 101 for three in their second innings at the close – still behind by 108 runs.
The 27-year-old King compiled his third first class hundred as Scorpions rallied after resuming on 118 for four, in reply to Volcanoes’ first innings of 137.
They lost three wickets for 30 runs to be in a hole at 161 for seven but King rescued the innings, adding 58 for the eighth wicket with Aldaine Thomas (20) before turning the game in his century stand with Merchant.
He hit 22 fours off 154 deliveries in nearly 3-1/2 hours at the crease while Merchant lashed half-dozen fours and three sixes.
Fast bowlers Preston McSween (4-96) and Josh Thomas (3-56) spearheaded the Volcanoes attack.
Trailing by 209 runs, Volcanoes got 34 from veteran opener Devon Smith and an unbeaten 30 from captain Kavem Hodge, to erase some of the deficit.
Leeward Islands vs T&T
Leeward Islands 357 all out (95.5 Overs)
T&T Red Force (1st Innings)
J Solozano c A Jangoo b J Louis*0
T Webster c H Walsh Jr b J Louis*0
D Bravo c T Warde b C Archibald*7
J Mohammed b J Louis*0
Y Cariah lbw b J Louis*18
J Da Silva*+ c K Carty b C Archibald* 65
A Hosein c K Carty b C Archibald*15
B Charles c R Cornwall b S Berridge*25
A Phillip lbw b H Walsh Jr *2
J Seales c H Walsh Jr b C Archibald*1
S Gabriel not out*1
Extras: 0b 2lb 0w 4nb 0pen*6
Total*140 all out
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-4, 3-4, 4-10, 5-44, 6-54, 7-128, 8-137, 9-137, 10-140
Bowling: S Berridge 13.0- 5-22-1; J Louis 10.0-3-32-4; C Archibald 12.0-5-27-4; R Cornwall 9.0-4-13-0; H Walsh Jr 11.0-3-33-1; K Carty 2.0-0-9-0; T Warde 1.0-0-2-0
Match status: Leeward Islands lead by 240 runs. Leeward Islands 2nd Inning 23 without loss (13 overs).
OTHER SUMMARISED SCORES
At Brian Lara Stadium: Volcanoes trail Scorpions by 108 runs with seven second innings wickets intact.
WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 137 (Kerron Cottoy 50, Kavem Hodge 23; Marquino Mindley 5-20) and 101/3 (Devon Smith 34, Kavem Hodge 30 not out; Derval Green 2-35) vs JAMAICA SCORPIONS 346 (Brandon King 119 not out, Jamie Merchant 58, John Campbell 48, Leroy Lugg 36, Jermaine Blackwood 26; Preston McSween 4-96, Josh Thomas 3-56).
At Queen’s Park Oval: Pride trail by 442 runs with eight second innings wickets intact.
GUYANA HARPY EAGLES 490-7 decl. (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 140 not out, Gudakesh Motie 110, Tevin Imlach 53, Leon Johnson 37; Akeem Jordan 3-108, Raymon Reifer 2-37) vs BARBADOS PRIDE 48/2.
LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian