Hosein leads rout but honours even
Port of Spain, Trinidad - The tide swung so many sides today, but at the end of the second day at the Queen's Park Oval, it was just about even.
It was always going to be a crucial day that would decide which way this Round 2 contest between Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands was heading. But even on a day that claimed 17 wickets, the match still hangs in the balance.
The Windwards started the second day on 12/0, trailing T&T's first innings score of 222 by 210 runs. Openers Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophile started the day slowly but they looked relatively comfortable.
They had edged up the score to 38 when T&T skipper, Rayad Emrit, celebrating his 33rd birthday today, broke through for the hosts. Theophile drove a wide ball straight to Adrian Barath at extra-cover.
The wicket seemed to shake up the Windwards. Seven runs later, Dalton Polius' attempted quick single was ended in misery when Evin Lewis ran in from point, picked up and threw down the striker's end wicket. He had chanced the NAGICO Super50's best fielder.
Suddenly, an avalanche came down, and it was caused by a 20-year old kid, playing in his third First Class match. Akeal Hosein was the hero T&T were looking for at the start of an uncertain Day 2.
His left-arm spin took 6-33 that helped his team skittle out the Leewards for 122 runs. Jason Mohammed provided good support for him at the other end. Mohammed took 2-17. T&T had gained a 100 run lead in the first innings.
The visitors had a dream first half of the day, but it seemed T&T didn't know what to do with the lead. Either that, or the Windwards' bowling was just superb. Either way, T&T were reduced to 59/6 in their second innings and hanging on by a thread, and that thread was Darren Bravo.
The West Indies batsman, who has been struggling for runs recently, seemed more focus at the wicket this time around. He started his innings slowly, as one would expect with T&T's loss of early wickets.
He built an innings that other batsmen could bat around him, but few took up the offer. Emrit joined him in the middle with T&T on 59/6. Both took the score to 106, putting on 47 runs together. Emrit made 18 runs from 57 balls, hitting a six and a four along the way.
Darren Bravo continued on strongly when his skipper was out. He finished the day on 57 not out, having struck nine boundaries. His knock has so far lasted for 148 balls. Yannic Cariah is a potent partner, who is with him, unbeaten on eight.
T&T closed Day 2 on 127/7. That's an overall lead of 227 runs with three wickets in hand. Day 3 promises to be the pivotal one, and that starts at 10am Eastern Caribbean Time tomorrow.
Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings: 222 All Out (85.4 Overs). Jason Mohammed 73, Adrian Barath 39, Rayad Emrit* 28, Yannic Cariah 24; Delorn Johnson 17.4-5-48-5, Alston Bobb 22-2-53-4, Nelon Pascal 9-1-27-1, Kenroy Peters 16-6-34-0.
Windward Islands 1st Innings: 122 All Out (41.5 Overs). Devon Smith 48*, Lindon James+ 22, Tyrone Theophile 17, Liam Sebastien* 9; Akeal Hosein 13.5-2-33-6, Jason Mohammed 7-2-17-2, Rayad Emrit 6-1-27-1, Marlon Richards 5-2-11-0.
Trinidad & Tobago 2nd Innings: 127/7 (48 Overs). Darren Bravo 57*, Imran Khan 25, Rayad Emrit 18, Adrian Barath 6; Delorn Johnson 5-3-16-2, Nascal Pascal 8-1-26-2, Kenroy Peters 7-2-23-2, Liam Sebastien 14-7-24-1.
Stumps, Day 2
Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings
A Barath c James b Johnson 39
E Lewis LBW Johnson 2
Darren Bravo c James b Pascal 1
J Mohammed c Currency b Bobb 73
S Katwaroo+ st James b Bobb 20
I khan c James b Bobb 4
A Hosein c Lesporis b Bobb 7
Y Cariah c James b Johnson 24
R Emrit* b Johnson 28
M Richards c James b Johnson 15
S Gabriel not out 2
Total: 222 All Out (85.4 Overs)
Extras: (3nb, 1w, 3lb, 0b) 7
Fall of Wickets: 1-8, 2-17, 3-85, 4-140, 5-141, 6-150, 7-153, 8-204, 9-207, 10-222.
Windward Islands 1st Innings Bowling: N Pascal 9-1-27-1, D Johnson 17.4-5-48-5, K Peters 16-6-34-0, A Bobb 22-2-53-4, L Sebastien 15-5-39-0, D Polius 6-1-18-0.
Windward Islands 1st Innings
D Smith not out 48
T Theophille c Barath b Emrit 17
D Polius run out (Lewis) 5
K Lesporis c & b Hosein 6
R Currency c Darren Bravo b Hosein 0
L Sebastien* c Darren Bravo b Mohammed 9
L James+ st Katwaroo b Hosein 22
A Bobb c Barath b Hosein 6
K Peters b Mohammed 0
D Johnson c Darren Bravo b Hosein 2
N Pascal LBW Hosein 4
Total: 122 All Out (41.5 Overs)
Extras: (2nb, 1w, 0lb, 0b) 3
Fall of Wickets: 1-38, 2-45, 3-60, 4-60, 5-73, 6-100, 7-108, 8-109, 9-114, 10-122.
Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings Bowling: S Gabriel 8-3-20-0, M Richards 5-2-11-0, R Emrit 6-1-27-1, A Hosein 13.5-2-33-6, J Mohammed 7-2-17-2, I khan 2-0-14-0.
Trinidad & Tobago 2nd Innings (Lead; 100)
A Barath c James b Pascal 6
E Lewis LBW Johnson 0
Darren Bravo not out 43
J Mohammed LBW Johnson 6
S Katwaroo+ b Sebastien 2
I khan LBW Peters 25
A Hosein LBW Peters 0
R Emrit* LBW Pascal 18
Total: 127/7 (48 Overs)
Extras: (2nb, 1w, 1lb, 1b) 5
Fall of Wickets: 1-2, 2-8, 3-28, 4-32, 5-59, 6-59, 7-106.
Still to Bat: S Gabriel, M Richards
Windward Islands 2nd Innings Bowling: N Pascal 8-1-26-2, D Johnson 5-3-16-2, A Bobb 8-3-22-0, L Sebastien 14-7-24-1, K Peters 7-2-23-2, D Polius 6-2-14-0.
State of Match: Trinidad & Tobago lead by 227 in their 2nd Innings
Toss: Windward Islands won the toss and elected to bowl
Umpires: David Millns & Danesh Ramdhanie
Standby Umpire: Lyndon Rajkumar
Match Referee: Hayden Bruce