Exciting final day in the making
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Sixteen wickets tumbled dramatically on the penultimate day of the Regional Four-Day semi-final between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago here Saturday, to set up an exciting finish to the match on Sunday’s last day.
At the close at Sabina Park, T&T were 54 for two, in pursuit of a victory target of 179 and a place in next week’s final against Barbados.
They had earlier conceded a first innings lead of 76 runs when they were bowled out for 170 in their first innings after resuming the day on 162 for six.
Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller claimed five for 41.
However, T&T got a big effort from their fast bowlers Marlon Richards (3-21) and Rayad Emrit (3-25), as they bundled out the five-time defending champions for a paltry 102.
West Indies opener Lendl Simmons then took the attack to the Jamaicans, striking a breezy 31 from 33 balls before becoming the last wicket of the day, lbw to medium pacer David Bernard Jr (2-8) at 43 for two.
Left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano had earlier flashed at a wide ball from Bernard and edged behind to substitute wicketkeeper Brenton Parchment, to depart for four.
The drama, however, unfolded at the start of the Jamaica second innings. Yet again, Richards produced a top spell up front to knock over the top order and reduce the hosts to 26 for five.
For the second time in the match, Carlton Baugh Jr came to Jamaica’s rescue, following up his first innings 88 not out with an unbeaten 38, to prop up the innings.
He put on a vital 49 for the sixth wicket with Bernard who hit four fours in 23 off 70 balls before falling lbw to Imran Khan.
Baugh, who faced 94 balls in nearly 2-1/2 hours at the crease and counted five fours, quickly ran out of partners and was left stranded at the end.
The final twist in the day came when persistent rain washed out the final hour of play.
JAMAICA 246 all out (Carlton Baugh 88 not out, Sheldon Cotterell 44, Tamar Lambert 38, Nikita Miller 21; Marlon Richards 5-46, Imran Khan 2-53) and 102 (Carlton Baugh Jr 38 not out; Marlon Richards 3-21, Rayad Emrit 3-25)
T&T 170 (Lendl Simmons 79, Yannick Cariah 26; Nikita Miller 5-41, Sheldon Cotterell 2-34) and 54 for two (Lendl Simmons 31; David Bernard Jr 2-8)
JAMAICA 1st Innings 246
T&T 1st Innings
(overnight 162 for six)
L Simmons lbw b Miller 79
J Solozano run out 1
Y Cariah c Parchment b Brown 26
S Katwaroo lbw b Miller 2
J Mohammed b Richardson 0
*+D Ramdin b Miller 8
A Hosein b Miller 24
I Khan lbw b Cotterell 9
R Emrit b Cotterell 3
M Richards c and b Miller 0
S Gabriel not out 0
Extras (b9, lb5, w1, nb3) 18
TOTAL (all out, 70.4 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-73, 3-86, 4-91, 5-118, 6-145, 7-162, 8-166, 9-168, 10-170.
Bowling: Richardson 10-2-47-1, Cotterell 17.4-4-34-2, Bernard 7-2-9-0, Brown 13-4-25-1, Miller 23-6-41-5.
JAMAICA 2nd Innings
B Parchment lbw b Richards 4
D Hyatt c Khan b Richards 9
N Bonner c Simmons b Richards 0
A McCarthy c wkp Katwaroo b Gabriel 1
*T Lambert run out 5
D Bernard Jr lbw b Khan 23
+C Baugh Jr not out 38
N Miller lbw b Emrit 5
A Richardson c Hosein b Emrit 7
O Brown c Ramdin b Emrit 2
S Cotterell run out 2
Extras (lb2, nb4) 6
TOTAL (all out, 43.5 overs) 102
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-11, 3-12, 4-16, 5-26, 6-75, 7-82, 8-92, 9-94, 10-102.
Bowling: Gabriel 11-3-29-1, Richards 7-0-21-3, Emrit 14.5-7-25-3, Khan 11-2-25-1.
T&T 2nd Innnings (target: 179 runs)
L Simmons lbw b Bernard 31
J Solozano c wkp Parchment b Bernard 4
Y Cariah not out 6
S Katwaroo not out 7
Extras (b5, lb1) 6
TOTAL (2 wkts, 13 overs) 54
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-43.
Bowling: Richardson 3-0-16-0, Cotterell 4-2-10-0, Bernard 4-0-8-2, Brown 2-0-14-0.
Position: T&T require a further 125 runs for victory.
Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid.