Wednesday 19th April, 2006

 

Carib Challenge Final

Kelly keeps T&T dream alive....home team holds the edge

 
 
 
 
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BY NAZ YACOOB

T&T cricketers under the astute captaincy of Daren Ganga, kept their hopes alive for the coveted double in the 2005/2006 Carib Beer Series with another scintillating performance against Barbados , yesterday at Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre.

Keeping the dream alive for the local team was talented allrounder Richard Kelly, who scored a fighting knock of 93 in T&T’s second innings and returned in late afternoon to grab two important Bajans wickets, when it seemed the visitors were gaining the ascendancy in the absorbing affair.

In another gripping fourth day’s play, the local team lifted their game in the final hour of the last session of the contest, to hold the advantage in the Carib Challenge Final.

Set a challenging total of 337 for victory in a minimum of 131 overs, the Bajans closed in shaky position of 110 for four, still needing a further 227 to win, with six wickets intact and one day remaining.

The Barbados openers — Dale Richards and Wayne Blackman began their run chase in a positive manner giving their team a flying start by posting 86 for the first wicket in 20.1 overs, before Kelly turned things around.

The fringe West Indies player gave his team the much needed breakthrough when he had the free-scoring Richards trapped in front for 58, and with the total on 89, Kelly uprooted the stumps of Blackman for 25.

Off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth joined in the dance, when he had former West Indies Test batsman Floyd Reifer (six) smartly caught by close-in fieldsman Lendl Simmons with the score on 97, and two runs later, Jaggernauth urged on by chanting and singing supporters claimed the scalp of another Test player— Dwayne Smith, who was deceived by the ‘Doosra” and gave mega-batman Brian Lara an easy catch at mid-off.

Skipper Ryan Hinds is not out on 14, and first innings top-scorer Kirk Edwards is unbeaten on one.

Kelly with two for 21 and Jaggernauth two for 29 are the wicket takers for the home team.

Things could have been much better for the local team, had West Indies Test wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin accepted two easy chances offered to him.

He dropped Blackman on 20 with the score on 80 off Jaggernauth, and mistumped Edwards on nought with the total on 103, with Jaggernauth being the unlucky bowler again.

Earlier, T&T resumed on 137 for five, with Kelly on 24 and Rayad Emrit on 15, an overall lead of 207.

The pair batted doggedly in adding 77 before they were separated when first innings batting hero Emrit was caught behind by wicketkeeper Patrick Browne off Pedro Collins for 28, with the score on 176.

Test batsman Dwayne Bravo (0) batting lower down in the order because of injury failed to trouble the scorers, caught by Hinds in the gully off Smith to leave T&T in a spot of bother on 177 for seven.

In between, Kelly reached his half-century with a double through point off Collins. His landmark came in 161 minutes, from 96 deliveries and contained eight fours.

T&T went to lunch on 199 for seven, with Kelly on 55 and Dave Mohammed 12.

On the resumption, Kelly with valuable assistance from Mohammed (14), Mervyn Dillon (nine) and Jaggernauth (14 not out) helped T&T to 266, before he was last to be dismissed just on the stroke of tea, caught by Smith off Collins.

He returned to a tumultous round of applause headed by his close relatives.

His important innings of 93 was scored in 313 minutes and 197 balls and contained 11 fours and one six.

The highest target set by T&T at Guaracara Park was 348 in 1986 against Guyana. T&T won the match by 254 runs.

Manager Omar Khan was very optimistic of a positive result.

“We are focused on the task ahead. We are going into the final day in the same positive manner. We are not going to let this history making occasion slip away from us,” Khan stated.

T&T captured the Carib Cup earlier this year after being barren for 21-years.

Today’s play starts at 10 am and patrons will be admitted free of charge.

SCOREBOARD

T&T v Barbados

T&T 1st Inns 340

BARBADOS 1st Inns 270

T&T 2nd Inns

(overnight 137-5)

L. Simmons run out 14

D. Ganga lbw b Bradshaw 26

D. Ramdin lbw b Collymore 8

J. Mohammed run out 6

B. Lara c wk Browne b Smith 20

R. Kelly c Smith b Collins 93

R. Emrit c wk Browne b Collins 28

D. Bravo c Hinds b Smith 0

D. Mohammed c wk Browne b Bradshaw 14

M. Dillon c wk Browne b Collymore 9

A. Jaggernauth not out 13

Extras: (b5, lb8, nb22) 35

TOTAL: (all out - 83.1 overs) 266

Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-52, 3-69, 4-77, 5-99, 6-176, 7-177, 8-214, 9-240, 10-266.

Bowling: Collins 19.1-2-61-2 (nb5), Bradshaw 21-3-60-2 (nb9), Collymore 15-3-57-2 (nb6), Smith 15-3-38-2 (nb2), Hinds 4-1-8-0, Austin 9-5-29-0.

BARBADOS 2nd Inns

D. Richards lbw b Kelly 58

W. Blackman b Kelly 25

F. Reifer c Simmons b Jaggernauth 6

R. Hinds not out 14

D. Smith c Lara b Jaggernauth 1

K. Edwards not out 1

Extras: (b5) 5

TOTAL: (4 wkts - 41 overs) 110

Fall of wickets: 1-86, 2-89, 3-97, 4-99.

Bowling: Dillon 4-0-18-0, Emrit 5-0-17-0, Mohammed 10-6-20-0, Jaggernauth 15-5-29-2, Kelly 7-2-21-2.

Position: Barbados need another 227 runs to win with six wickets in hand.

Umpires: Billy Doctrove, Norman Malcolm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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