Red Force on the march against Scorpions

Senior staff reporter

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, powered by fast bowler Anderson Phillip's hat-trick, are well in charge of the fourth-round West Indies four-day cricket match against hosts Jamaica Scorpions heading into the third day of play at Sabina Park.

At the close yesterday, the Red Force were 62-2 in their second innings, giving them an overall lead of 153 runs with eight wickets intact. Left-hander Darren Bravo, watched by chairman of West Indies selectors Courtney Browne with the home Test series against England looming, is not out on 20. With him is nightwatchman Khary Pierre on two.

Before then, the visiting team had knocked off the Scorpions for a mere 112 in their first innings, in sunny conditions on a good batting pitch.

Scores: Red Force 203 (66 overs) & 62-2 (29 overs); Scorpions 112 (38.3 overs).

Aside from the impressive bowling of the 22-year-old Phillip and the Scorpions' shambolic batting display, the Red Force's 91-run first-innings lead had a lot to do with a determined partnership between Yannic Cariah and Pierre.

Yesterday morning the Red Force had picked up their first innings from an overnight score of 135-7 with the left-handed pair at the crease.

They batted solidly but both also found time to unfurl exquisite shots, underlining their credentials as capable batsmen.

They stretched their eighth-wicket stand to 78 runs before slow left-arm orthodox bowler Nikita Miller, who claimed 5-62 in the innings, struck for the Scorpions.

The crafty spinner pegged back Pierre's middle stump with a quicker delivery that flew through the batsman's defence. Pierre's contribution was a 97-ball 35, which included five fours and a six.

Cariah, 26, carried on to make his ninth first class half-century. But when he reached 61 he was trapped leg before wicket by the 36-year-old Miller. The batsman struck six fours and a six in his 116-ball effort.

Miller also had last man Phillip caught and bowled for one to capture his 33rd five-wicket haul in first class cricket.

In the Scorpions' reply, opener Oraine Williams, playing his first game of the season, went for two on the stroke of lunch when he edged a delivery from left-arm finger spinner Pierre to Kyle Hope at first slip.

After the break, Andre McCarthy went at a delivery from Jamaican-born seamer Odean Smith and chopped onto his stumps.

Walton was positive for a top score of 35, but facing Smith, he played away from his body to a pacey length delivery and nicked a chance to Darren Bravo, who held on well at first slip with the score on 43. Walton hit seven fours from 35 balls.

Only 20 runs were added to the total when Phillip triggered the Scorpions collapse with three wickets in as many deliveries.

Left-hander Assad Fudadin was lucky when a chance went wide of the lone slip, but in the same over Phillip hit the edge again, and this time the ball went straight into the hands of Bravo.

Barbadian-born Kenroy Williams followed immediately after, also edging behind the wicket for substitute fielder Amir Jangoo to do the rest at second slip.

The fast bowler completed the hat-trick when he produced a full and quick delivery that shattered the stumps of wicketkeeper/batsman Aldaine Thomas.

Reynard Leveridge (one) was run out, while left-arm pacer Daniel St Clair accounted for Oshane Thomas (six) as the Scorpions reeled on 87-9.

Captain Paul Palmer was joined by Rovman Powell, who batted in the unusual position of number 11 after nursing a groin injury he suffered earlier in the match.

The two brought the Scorpions past the 100-mark, but Palmer fell to St Clair for 26 to end the innings.

Batting a second time, the Red Force lost Jeremy Solozano (13) bowled by Miller. However, Kyle Hope and left-hander Bravo added 40 runs for the second wicket to fatten their side's lead, before Miller dismissed the former for 20 as close of play neared.

RED FORCE 1st Innings
(overnight 135 for seven)
K Hope c O Williams b O
Thomas 2
J Solozano c Fudadin b O
Thomas 11
D Bravo lbw b Powell 17
J Mohammed c Palmer b Miller 17
*+D Ramdin b Powell 6
Y Cariah lbw b Miller 61
O Smith b Powell 18
I Khan b Miller 7
K Pierre b Miller 35
D St Clair not out 9
A Phillip c and b Miller 1

Extras (b1, lb10, w1, nb7) 19

TOTAL (all out, 66 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-23, 3-57,
4-64, 5-64, 6-85, 7-94, 8-172,
9-201, 10-203.
Bowling: Thomas 13-4-30-2
(nb4), Leveridge 11-3-28-0 (nb1, w1), Powell 12-3-40-3 (nb1);
Miller 18-2-65-2; K Williams 12-1-32-0

SCORPIONS 1st Innings
C Walton c Bravo b Smith 35
O Williams c Hope b Pierre 2
A McCarthy b Smith 0
A Fudadin c Bravo b Phillip 12
*P Palmer c wkp Ramdin b St Clair 26
K Williams c (sub) Jangoo b Phillip 0
+A Thomas b Phillip 0
N Miller lbw b Pierre 1
R Leveridge run out 1
O Thomas c Phillip b St Clair 6
R Powell not out 19
Extras (lb5, w2, nb3) 10

TOTAL (all out, 38.3 overs)112

Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-29, 3-43,
4-63, 5-63, 6-63, 7-64, 8-65,
9-87, 10-112
Bowling: Philip 8-2-26-3, St
Clair 6.3-1-40-2, Pierre 5-2-7-2,
Smith 9-2-14-2, Mohammed
9-4-14-0, Imran Khan 1-0-6-0

RED FORCE 2nd Innings
K Hope c Thomas b Miller 20
J Solozano b Miller 13
D Bravo not out 20
K Pierre not out 2
Extras (lb6, nb1) 7
TOTAL (2 wkts, 29 overs) 62
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-59
Bowling: Thomas 6-1-18-0, Leveridge 6-4-2-0, Miller 11-3-24-2, K Williams 6-1-12-0
Position: Red Force lead by 153 runs with eight second-innings wickets intact.
Toss: Scorpions
Umpires: C Taylor, D Butler

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