Skipper Ganga leads T&T fightback

Kingston, Jamaica – Captain Daren Ganga fought hard for an unbeaten half-century to lead a strong Trinidad and Tobago response on the second day of their sixth round WICB First-Class Championship match against Jamaica on Saturday.

The right-handed Ganga, his side’s leading run-scorer this season, was unbeaten on a fine 75 at the close at Sabina Park as T&T reached 172-3 in reply to Jamaica’s 356 all out. Ganga hit nine fours in an innings that has so far lasted 167 balls and 232 minutes while Simmons stroked five fours and a six off 111 balls.

T&T lost Tishan Maraj early when he edged a drive to Simon Jackson at first slip of pacer Andrew Richardson (2-34). However, Ganga and Lendl Simmons (56) then shared an 84-run stand for the second wicket to deny Jamaica any further success.

Pacer Jerome Taylor returned in the first over of his second spell to trap Simmons lbw at 101 for two but Jason Mohammed (13) batted over an hour with Ganga to add another 43 for the for the third wicket. When Mohammed edged a cut behind off Richardson, Sherwin Ganga (11 not out) joined his older brother to carry T&T to the close without further loss.

Earlier in the day, Jamaica resumed at 297-5 but lost their last five wickets for 31 runs with Wavell Hinds extending his unbeaten 131 to 162 and Dave Bernard making 70. Seamer Rayad Emrit took 3-43 and leg-spinner Yannic Cariah 2-68.
Hinds and Bernard extended their sixth wicket stand to 149 before Bernard was lbw to slow bowler Imran Khan which sparked a slide.

Bernard, unbeaten on 55 overnight, struck five fours and two sixes off 144 balls in 171 minutes at the crease. Hinds remained unbeaten, however, counting 12 fours and eight sixes in an innings requiring 266 balls and 356 minutes.

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