Volcanoes melt Red Force to stay in hunt

COUVA, Trinidad, CMC – Windward Islands kept up their pressure on second placed Barbados Pride with a resounding 175-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, on the final day of their eighth round WICB PCL contest here Monday.

Seamer Mervin Matthew grabbed five for 19 as Red Force, set 301 to win at the National Cricket Centre, were bundled out for 125 in their second innings.

Left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson supported with two for 41.

Only left-hander Yannick Cariah with 38 showed any resistance as Red Force crashed to 50 for six and never recovered, to post their fifth defeat of the season and remain fifth in the six-team standings.

He inspired the best partnership of the innings, 46 for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Stephen Katwaroo who made 19.

Cariah faced 108 and struck four fours, in 159 minutes at the crease before he was eighth out.

Earlier, Kieron Pollard took five for 19 with his slow medium pace as the Windwards were bowled out for 249 after resuming on 199 for five.

Romel Currency, unbeaten on 53 overnight, finished on 66 not out.

He pushed his sixth wicket partnership with Dennis Smith to 63 before the wicketkeeper was run out for 33 off 61 deliveries.

With the victory, the Windwards moved to 98 points, just two behind Barbados, with Guyana Jaguars out front on 123 points.


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