T&T lead thanks to Solozano's 84
Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – A solid responsible half-century from opener Jeremy Solozano enabled Trinidad and Tobago to take a narrow first innings lead over defending champions Jamaica in their opening round match of the Regional Under-19 three-day Championship on Sunday.
Resuming the day on 55 without loss, T&T were dismissed for 203 with Solozano hitting a top score of 84. Off-spinner Oshane Walters was the pick of the Jamaica bowlers, taking five for 49 while Brian Gayle picked up four for 29 to provide admirable support.
At the close on the second day, Jamaica had crept to 18 for one, a lead of two runs heading into Monday's final day at the Yorkshire Sports Club.
The left-handed Solozano, who resumed on 25, steadied the T&T innings after Jamaica threatened to run through the middle order.On a day when 113 minutes were lost to several rain interruptions, T&T moved quietly along to 77 before losing Brian Christmas after he added four to his overnight 20. He was caught behind off pacer James McDonald, driving outside off-stump.
Solozano found an able partner in Andy Gobin and they posted a second wicket stand of 62 to see T&T to lunch at 116 for no further loss. After the interval, Gobin caught and bowled by Walters for 23 after facing 92 balls in 98 minutes at the crease and striking two fours.
In the meantime, Solozano continued to stroke the ball well and brought up his fifty in 140 minutes with seven fours. After lunch, he continued to play enterprisingly before he was deceived by the wily Walters who had him caught and bowled, driving. His knock including 11 fours, lasted 233 minutes from 187 balls.
After he fell, wickets tumbled steadily as Walters and fellow off-spinner Gayle tore through the lower order. Only captain Vikash Mohan with 23 showed any real resistance against the combined spin attack.
JAMAICA 1st Innings 187
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 1st Innings
(overnight 55 without loss)
J Solozano c and b Walters 84
B Christmas c wkp Thomas b McDonald 24
A Gobin b Walters 23
E Nicholson c and b Walters 1
*V Mohan lbw b Gayle 23
+N Pooran c Coleman b Walters 5
A Simmons c Powell b Gayle 5
A Small c McCatty b Gayle 15
J Ali lbw b Walters 4
T Robertson c Walters b Gayle 6
N Motilal not out 0
Extras (w8, nb5) 13
TOTAL (all out, 87.2 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-77, 2-139, 3-141, 4-148, 5-170, 6-176, 7-189, 8-193, 9-201, 10-203
Bowling: McDonald 16.2-2-64-1, Powell 10-2-17-0, Johnson 3-1-14-0, Francis 16-7-25-2, Gayle 16.4-5-29-4, Walters 23.2-7-49-5, Creary 2-1-5-0.
JAMAICA 2nd Innings
*O Walters not out 1
O McCatty c wkp Pooran b Robertson 0
T Coleman not out 14
Extras (b1, w2) 3
TOTAL (1 wkt, 10 overs) 18
Fall of wicket: 1-2.
Bowling: Robertson 5-2-10-1, Ali 2-1-2-0, Mohan 3-1-5-0.
Position: Jamaica lead by two runs overall.
Umpires: L Reifer Jr, N Shivsankar.