Martin's strikes put pressure on T&T
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Leeward Islands leg-spinner Anthony Martin struck three lethal blows late in the day on Sunday to leave Trinidad and Tobago tottering in their pursuit of victory.
Set 183 to win, T&T slumped to 75-5 at the close at Queen’s Park Oval, still 108 runs adrift of their target. With Runako Morton taking no further part in the match, it means T&T are effectively six wickets down.
It has set up an enthralling finish on Monday’s final day of their fifth round West Indies Cricket Board’s First-Class matches.
Sherwin Ganga was carrying the fight for T&T with an unbeaten 35 and will resume with partner Rayad Emrit (one not out), with the hopes of carrying the hosts to victory.
Openers Justin Guillen and Lendl Simmons fell cheaply to off-spinner Justin Athanaze before the Ganga brothers, Sherwin and Daren, forged a useful partnership of 32 for the third wicket, to push T&T to 65-2.
Martin, who has claimed 3-19, then turned the game on its head. He had Daren Ganga caught at the wicket for 14 and two balls later, trapped Denesh Ramdin leg-before without scoring to leave T&T on 64-4.
With nine runs added, Martin struck again when he prised out Imran Khan via the LBW route as Leewards gave themselves more than a fighting chance of capturing their first win this season.
Earlier, sloppy Trinidad and Tobago fielding allowed the Leewards to post a competitive 201 all out in their second innings after they resumed the day on 30-2 – just 11 runs ahead on first innings.
Early morning hero, off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth (2-32), who snared two caught and bowled chances to reduce the Leewards to 48-4, put down three catches at first slip.
Jahmar Hamilton, however, who top-scored with 70, counter-attacked in a fifth wicket stand of 78 with Jason Peters who hit 33 off 64 balls with six fours.
Hamilton, a short stocky right-hander, played some audacious shots, counting six fours and two sixes off 114 balls in 153 minutes at the crease.
Peters fell to a catch at point off Rayad Emrit at 126-5 and Taylor departed to spinner Sherwin Ganga (2-23) but another solid stand between Hamilton and Justin Athanaze (23) worth 35 for the seventh wicket, pushed the score to respectability.