TT Red Force continued their impressive start to the West Indies Championship after two matches with a mammoth win over Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 168 runs on Sunday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba. After Red Force responded to the Hurricanes' first innings score of 186 with an intimidating 552 for nine declared, the Leewards outfit didn't last long after an overnight score of 162 for seven. The visitors were skittled for 198 in the first session of the day's play.
After failing to press their advantage and bowl out Jamaica Scorpions at the same venue last week in an opening round draw, Darren Bravo's men showed great urgency in garnering the remaining three wickets needed with the game starting earlier.
With Leewards trailing by 204 runs, left-arm orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein continued to be the trump card for Red Force as he added two more scalps to end with figures of six for 62 to go with his two for 32 in the first innings demolition.
Resuming play, Hurricanes found resistance in the unlikeliest source with West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph (overnight on 14) trying to hold up Bravo's bowlers with a very calculated knock of 47 not out off 54 deliveries in just over an hour at the crease. He cracked three fours and four sixes to top score. Montcin Hodge (42), Kieran Powell (40) and Keacy Carty (35) all had starts on Saturday but failed to convert into a half-century.
Joseph's fightback delayed the inevitable as he found partners hard to come by in the tail as Damion Jacobs, overnight without scoring, could only add two to his tally before Hosein bamboozled him LBW with the score at 165. Quinton Boatswain entered and Joseph, recognising the demise of the innings, pushed hard to at least get his first First-Class fifty. However, with the score at 182, Boatswain was run out for one by Kissoondath Magram. Joseph and last man Sheeno Berridge would hold up celebrations with a 16-run partnership as Joseph eventually accumulated his career-best knock at this level. Hosein would ruin Joseph's plans for a half-century, removing Berridge without scoring, caught by Bryan Charles, to wrap a comprehensive victory.
Magram ended with two for 56 to complete a relatively decent integration into the team as the unbeaten Red Force claimed full points prior to Thursday's away match against Guyana Jaguars.
Skipper Bravo should be very confident with this performance as he was hoping his bowlers would come to the fore. Man-of-the-match Hosein has picked up 15 wickets so far in the tournament but the Red Force's strength is undoubtedly in their batting having just batted twice so far in the competition, making 460 for four declared against Jamaica. Bravo's amongst the runs again having made a century here on the heels of a fifty against Jamaica, while Terrance Hinds also cracked a blistering hundred, his maiden First Class century off just 76 balls. With Joshua Da Silva getting another half-century, along with Hosein's heroics, Queen's Park Cricket Club spine is proving to be the spine of a hopefully-successful season for the Red Force.
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Bajan-born Guyanese all-rounder Raymon Reifer holding his head after being floored by a bouncer from Chemar Holder. Non-striker Vishaul Singh and the Barbados Pride players show concern. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)
BARBADOS PRIDE’s rich legacy as the most successful team in regional cricket was revitalised yesterday with a resounding seven-wicket victory over the reigning kings, Guyana Jaguars, at Kensington Oval.
Not since the two-run win at Providence in Guyana in 2014 had the traditionally-strong Barbados beaten Guyana in first-class cricket. It was also seven years after they last tasted victory on home soil against their opponents in the Regional Four-day Cricket Championship.
Two of the country’s fledgling fast bowlers, Keon Harding and Chemar Holder, engineered the win, bowling with pace and passion on the final day to bruise and batter the usually indomitable Guyanese batsmen into submission.
Resuming from 141 for three overnight, still 39 runs in arrears, Guyana Jaguars, after some early resistance, were routed for 258 on the final day of the second round match on the grassy pitch with generous bounce.
Diminutive left-hander Vishaul Singh top-scored for the Jaguars with a resolute 79 which spanned 284 minutes and contained 14 fours off 169 balls.
John Campbell lead Scorpions fight back with timely ton against Volcanoes
West Indies opener John Campbell showed signs of form with his fourth first-class hundred of 101 to lead a fight-back for hosts Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park after they were forced to follow on against Windward Islands Volcanoes, 167 behind on first innings.
Campbell and Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood shared 155 for the second wicket to bring Scorpions back into the match in their second innings.
Blackwood made 76 before he was caught behind off pacer Josh Thomas, who had earlier bowled Campbell to end the day with 2-37 from 17 overs.
Nkrumah Bonner, not out on 40, and Paul Palmer Jr, not out on 36, batted through the final 90 minutes before the close to put the Scorpions ahead by 123 to set up an intriguing final day on Sunday.
Resuming from their overnight total of 203 for seven in their first innings, the Scorpions were bowled out inside the first hour with left-arm pacer Preston McSween taking two of the last three scalps to end with 3-41 from 15.2 overs.
Derval Green added 12 to his overnight score for the Scorpions top score of 62 before Preston McSween dismissed him to bring the innings to a close.