Pollard's ton can't spare T&T's blushes

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Kieron Pollard's 4th First Class century couldn't paper over the cracks of a fragile T&T batting line-up as the hosts limped to a respectable - but seemingly insufficient - first innings total on Day 1 against Jamaica.

In recent times, Adrian Barath and Evin Lewis have given the hosts a start, but have failed to carry on the opening stand to anything significant. Barath has usually been the one in the partnership to get out and it was no different today.

Having put on 37 with Lewis, he was trapped Leg Before Wicket off Damion Jacobs' second ball. It started a slide for T&T as Darren Bravo and Jason Mohammed quickly followed, leaving the hosts reeling at 58/3.

It was then that Pollard met up with Lewis in the middle. Both cautiously went about repairing the innings. Pollard wasn't his usual aggressive self, and neither was Lewis.

They put on 84 runs together; Lewis in the process going past his third First Class half-century. But Jamaica bowled well on Day 1, while some of T&T's batsmen didn't bat well. Lewis seemed to lose concentration on 63.

He edged a low catch to John Campbell at slip but stood his ground. His stance signaled to the umpire that he wasn't convinced Campbell took the low catch but Peter Nero at square-leg was.

Captain Rayad Emrit helped Pollard take the score past 200, putting on 63 runs with his hard-hitting colleague. Pollard's innings was filled with a mixture of temperament and aggression. Emrit on the other hand seemed uncertain, a stark difference from the innings he played against the Combined Campuses & Colleges a week ago.

When Brian Buchanan pulled up with a hamstring problem, part-time medium-pacer Jermaine Blackwood replaced him and got the wicket of Emrit, feeling for the ball outside off-stump.

T&T once again endured another slide. They moved from 205/5 to 206/7, losing three wickets for one run. At that stage, Pollard entered the 90s. With Marlon Richards at the other end, Pollard cut hard one ball into the 72nd over to bring up his century with four runs.

When Richards was run out, Pollard felt he needed to go after the Jamaican bowling with only Shannon Gabriel and Ricky Jaipaul to come. His first shot of intent found Tamar Lambert at cover, who took a good catch.

T&T eventually folded for 244 all out. The Jamaicans had seven overs to see out which openers Ross Campbell (12*) and John Campbell (10*) saw out safely. Jamaica trail T&T's 1st Innings score by 202 runs. Day 2 starts at 10am Eastern Caribbean Time tomorrow.


Summary Scores:

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings: 244 All Out (80.1 Overs). Kieron Pollard 111, Evin Lewis 63, Adrian Barath 26, Rayad Emrit 18; Nikita Miller 21.1-5-78-4, Brian Buchanan 14.2-4-43-2, Damion Jacobs 20-4-61-2, Jermaine Blackwood 7.4-2-13-1.

Jamaica 1st Innings: 24/0 (7 Overs). Jon Ross Campbell 12*, John Campbell 10*; Ricky Jaipaul 1-0-1--0, Marlon Richards 2-0-4-0, Shannon Gabriel 4-0-19-0.

Stumps, Day 1


Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings

A Barath LBW Jacobs 26

E Lewis c John Campbell b Miller 63

D Bravo c John Campbell b Buchanan 10

J Mohammed LBW Buchanan 0

K Pollard c Lambert b Jacobs 111

R Emrit* c Baugh Jr b Blackwood 18

S Katwaroo+ LBW Miller 1

I Khan LBW Miller 0

M Richards run out(Jon Ross Campbell) 8

S Gabriel LBW Miller 2

R Jaipaul not out 2

Total: 244 All Out (80.1 Overs)

Extras: 0nb, 0w, 3lb, 0b) 3

Fall of Wickets: 1-37, 2-58, 3-58, 4-142, 5-205, 6-206, 7-206, 8-240, 9-240, 10-244.

Jamaica 1st Innings Bowling: J Taylor 17-4-46-0, B Buchanan 14.2-4-43-2, D Jacobs 20-4-61-2, N Miller 21.1-5-78-4, J Blackwood 7.4-2-13-1.

Jamaica 1st Innings

Jon Ross Campbell not out 

John Campbell not out 

Total: 24/0 (7 Overs)

Extras: (2nb, 0w, 0lb, 0b)

Still to Bat: N Bonner, J Blackwood, T Lambert*, A McCarthy, C Baugh Jr+, D Jacobs, N Miller, J Taylor.

Trinidad & Tobago 1st Innings Bowling: S Gabriel 4-0-19-0, M Richards 2-0-4-0, R Jaipaul 1-0-1--0.

State of Match: Jamaica trail T&T's 1st Innings score by 202 runs

Toss: Trinidad & Tobago won the toss and elected to bat

Umpires: Nigel Duguid & Peter Nero

Standby Umpire: Lyndon Rajkumar

Match Referee: Hayden Bruce

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:15