Youths rescue T&T from early collapse
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - Debutant Stephen Katwaroo was leading a rescue mission for Trinidad and Tobago against Leeward Islands at the close of play on the first day of their regional four day match at Warner Park on Wednesday.
Katwaroo, playing his first regional four-day match, was undefeated on 54 as he tried to revitalize a wobbly Trinidad and Tobago first innings which staggered to 254 for eight at stumps.
He was among three players who scored half centuries to help resurrect the Trinidadians who lost top order batsmen quickly to be reeling on 98 for the loss of four wickets.
Opener Adrian Barath and middle order batsman Yannick Ottley scored 58 runs each against impressive bowling spells from pacer Quinton Boatswain and Gavin Tonge.
Barath struck ten fours and a six and soldiered on long enough as top order partners collapsed around him while Yannick Ottley played a key role in stabilizing the innings.
Katwaroo has been drafted in for Denesh Ramdin who is representing the West Indies against Zimbabwe in their two-match T20 series this weekend.
The wicket keeper, one of five new players inserted into the squad, has already struck eight fours and is playing a responsible innings as Trinidad and Tobago head for a more respectable total.
Boatwain ended the day with leading figures of four for 75 while Tonge has already bagged two for 52.
T&T 1st Innings
A Barath c Peters b Boatswain 58
J Guillen c and b Boatswain 4
E Lewis c Martin b Boatswain 2
K Ottley c Liburd b Willett 13
I Khan run out 3
Y Ottley lbw b Tonge 58
*R Emrit c Boatswain b Tonge 17
Y Cariah c Joseph b Boatswain 8
+S Katwaroo not out 54
R Rampaul not out 14
Extras (b9, lb13, w1) 23
TOTAL (8 wkts, 94 overs) 254
To bat: A Jaggernauth.
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-20, 3-89, 4-98, 5-98, 6-124, 7-146, 8-236.
Bowling: Tonge 18-4-52-2, Boatswain 22-4-75-4, Willett 12-1-41-1, Martin 27-12-37-0, Joseph 14-3-21-0, Richards 1-0-6-0.
Umpires: L Reifer Jr, N Malcolm.