Johnson, Bobb defy Mohammed to wreck T&T

Port of Spain, Trinidad - The Windward Islands, led by pacer, Delorn Johnson, dominated hosts Trinidad & Tobago on the opening day of their Round 2, Regional 4-Day match at the Queen's Park Oval.

The hosts managed to get past 200 on a slow day of scoring but are merely just hanging on to this match in the first innings. They were sent in to bat first when Liam Sebastien won the toss in the morning.

Their batting was always a bit suspicious. Within the first ten overs, it was confirmed. With just eight runs on the board, Evin Lewis' leave alone off Delorn Johnson, cost him his wicket. He had the sympathy of many watching. He was struck outside off-stump but the ball hit him above the knee-roll.

Next to follow was Darren Bravo, who has been struggling for runs. He stuck around for a little while but then nicked one to Lindon James and he was gone for just one. At the other end though, Adrian Barath, was looking solid.

He was one of the potential walking wickets for T&T. But he batted with purpose, seeing out the first session with the help of Jason Mohammed. They batted slowly, failing to turn over the strike frequently.

Things got a little bit easier for both batsmen after Lunch though. They started with a flurry of boundaries each. However, on 39, Barath went after a wide ball from Johnson and got a thin edge through to James.

Mohammed then linked up with wicket-keeper, Steven Katwaroo, as both put on 55 runs together. They too, batted quite slow. Katwaroo batted 67 balls for his 20 before he advanced down the track looking for a single, only to miss the ball and be stumped.

Mohammed had batted well for T&T. He struck ten fours during his 164-ball stay at the crease, and looked T&T's best batsman. However, he would be the first of Alston Bobb's four victims. He was out for 73.

At 141/5, T&T lost two more quick wickets. Skipper Rayad Emrit and leg-spinner, Yannic Cariah, combined in a 50-run partnership to add some steel to the hosts' innings. Both rotated the strike much better than their colleagues.

Emrit hit three fours and a six in his knock of 28 before he was beaten for pace by Johnson. Not long after, Cariah would follow his skipper back to pavilion, becoming Johnson's fourth victim.

Marlon Richards played a few shots in his knock of 15 but he would be Johnson's fifth and final victim as T&T were bowled out late on Day 1 for 222. It left the visitors with just two overs to see out and it was safely negotiated by both Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophile.

The Windwards finished Day 2 on 12/0, trailing T&T's 1st Innings score by 210 runs with all 10 wickets still in hand. Day 2 starts at 10am Eastern Caribbean Time tomorrow.


Summary Scores:

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: 12/0 (2 Overs). Devon Smith 8, Tyrone Theophile 4; Shannon Gabriel 1-0-8-0, Marlon Richards 1-0-4-0.

Stumps, Day 1


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 8

T Theophile not out 4

Total: 12/0 (2 Overs)

Extras: 0

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings Bowling: S Gabriel 1-0-8-0, M Richards 1-0-4-0.

State of Match: Windward Islands trail T&T by 210 runs

Toss: Windward Islands won the toss and elected to bowl

Umpires: David Millns & Danesh Ramdhanie

Standby Umpire: Lyndon Rajkumar

Match Referee: Hayden Bruce

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:03