Narine, Khan, set T&T's victory path
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Not even a whirlwind knock by West Indies captain Darren Sammy could prevent a Windward Islands collapse as mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine bowled superbly to put Trinidad and Tobago on the brink of victory in their fourth round Regional 4Day match here Sunday.
Sammy smashed a scintillating 88 but the Windwards were reeling at the close of the third day on 232 for nine, ahead by just 71 runs going into Monday’s final day.
Narine destroyed the innings with a haul of five for 72, following up on his first innings heroics of five for 49 which sent the visitors tumbling to 203 all out after they resumed the day on 119 for two.
Trailing by 161 runs, the Windwards had the worse possible start to their second innings as they plunged to 15 for three in quick time.
Test batsman Devon Smith drove Narine to Jason Mohammed at mid-off off the third ball of the innings to fall without scoring and Andre Fletcher followed next ball, to collect a pair in the game.
Narine then had Johnson Charles caught at slip by Darren Bravo for 10, leaving the Windwards innings in strife.
Sammy then arrived to liven up Queen’s Park Oval with a stroke-filled innings that kept the Windwards afloat. The right-hander cracked seven fours and six sixes off just 109 balls in 137 minutes at the crease, dominating two partnerships and frustrating an eager T&T.
He put on 80 for the fourth wicket with Keddy Lesporis who made 21 before adding another 38 with Liam Sebastien who scored 29.
Sammy motored to his half-century off just 54 balls with four fours and four sixes and seemed en route to his second first class century when he was bowled by leg-spinner Imran Khan (3-48) at 133 for five.
His dismissal predictably sparked a decline as three wickets fell for 33 runs before Garey Mathurin (28 not out) and Shane Shillingford (22) defied T&T with a 39-run stand for the eighth wicket.
Earlier, the Windwards suffered yet another collapse after resuming the day in a strong position, in pursuit of T&T's 364 for nine declared.
Smith added just nine to his overnight 25 before falling lbw to seamer Reyad Emrit at 131 for three, triggering a decline that saw the last seven wickets fall for 56 runs.
Lesporis, unbeaten on an aggressive 71 overnight, fell for a top score of 84.
Pacer Shannon Gabriel supported Narine with three for 61.
T&T Innings 364 for nine decl.
WINDWARDS 1st innings
(overnight 119 for two)
J Charles c G Mohammed b Gabriel 15
D Smith lbw b Emrit 34
A Fletcher c J Mohammed b Gabriel 0
K Lesporis b Narine 84
*D Sammy c J Mohammed b Narine 13
L Sebastien c D Bravo b Narine 0
+L James c Ramdin b Narine 25
G Mathurin c J Mohammed b I Khan 0
S Shillingford b Gabriel 17
N Pascal lbw b Narine 0
D Johnson not out 2
Extras (lb5, w5, nb3) 13
TOTAL (all out, 61.1 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-30, 3-131, 4-147, 5-147, 6-162, 7-163, 8-196, 9-196, 10-203.
Bowling: Narine 28.1-10-49-5, Gabriel 13-0-61-3, Emrit 13-4-43-1, Rajah 3-1-11-0, Khan 9-1-34-1.
WINDWARDS 2nd Innings (following on)
D Smith c J Mohammed b Narine 0
J Charles c Bravo b Narine 10
A Fletcher c Ganga b Narine 0
K Lesporis c Guillen b Narine 21
*D Sammy b Khan 88
L Sebastien c Bravo b Khan 29
+L James lbw b Khan 3
G Mathurin not out 28
S Shillingford c Emrit b Rajah 22
N Pascal c Ramdin b Narine 1
D Johnson not out 19
Extras (b6, w1, nb4) 11
TOTAL (9 wkts, 57 overs) 232
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-15, 4-95, 5-133, 6-141, 7-166, 8-205, 9-211.
Bowling: Narine 25-7-72-5, Gabriel 8-0-45-0 (1w, nb4), Rajah 7-2-38-1, Emrit 8-2-23-0, Khan 9-1-48-3.
Position: Windwards lead by 71 runs.
Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Joel Wilson.