T&T close in on second round victory

Controlled spells of slow bowling from Trinidad’s duo of left-arm spinners Derone Davis and Jovan Ali put the boys from the twin island republic on the verge of a morale boasting second-round victory over defending three-day champions Windward Islands, in their West Indies Under-19 encounter at Providence Stadium, yesterday.

Scores to date: Trinidad and Tobago 271 (Akeal Hosein 68, Ray Jordan 6-60) lead Windwards 121 (Kavem Hodge 50, Derone Davis 5 for 45) and 59 for 4 by 91 runs after enforcing follow-on.

Trinidad, the defending limited overs Under-19 champions and runners up in the three-day format last year, the coming of a disappointing 10 wicket victory defeat against Jamaica in their opening round clash.
Resumed the day on 219/6, soon lost skipper and West Indies under-19 player Steven Katwaroo, in the second over of  the day for 16 via the bowling of spinner Larry Edward.

Windwards captain Kavem Hodge in action during his first innings 50.(Orlando Charles Photo)

From then on Trinidad first innings stuttered along towards 271 all out, thanks an aggressive 31 from 39 deliveries from Indrees Mohammed, as bustling Windwards quick bowler Ray Jordan built on his overnight 4 wicket haul, to claim impressive figures of 19-2-60-6.

The Windwards in reply never got enough partnerships together except for a 52 run fourth wicket partnership between the Windwards captain Kavem Hodge and Sunil Ambris who scored 50 and 43 runs respectively. The other batsmen struggled to come to terms with the quartet Trinidad spinners, as they were eventually bundled out for 121 in 56 overs of insipid batting.

Left-arm spinner Derone Davis which the chief wicket taker for Trinidad with bowling figures of 22-6-45-5.
Batting a second time, the Windwards had crawled to 59 for 4 in 38 overs, still needing 91 more runs to make Trinidad bat again.

Captain Hodge was again the shining light with the bat with 33.
Left-arm spinner Ali so far has the metronomic figures of 13-8-8-3.

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