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Trinis snatch lead

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Trinis snatch lead

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PORT-OF-SPAIN – Trinidad and Tobago narrowly grabbed first innings points over Leeward Islands, tightening their grip on the match with two late strikes on the second day of their fifth-round match of the WICB regional first-class championship yesterday.
Struggling at 63 for five in their response to the Leewards’ 211 all out on the first day, Trinidad and Tobago showed great character to fight back and snatch a slender 19-run lead at Queen’s Park Oval.
Rookie pacer Shannon Gabriel then struck twice to reduce the luckless Leewards to 30 for two at the close.
Resuming the day on 47 for three and needing another 165 runs to take first innings points, Trinidad and Tobago found themselves in immediate bother as overnight batsmen Justin Guillen (32) and Sherwin Ganga (13) were back in the hut with only 16 runs added.
Vice-captain Denesh Ramdin (46) and all-rounder Imran Khan (59) rescued the hosts with a solid 90-run stand for the sixth wicket, denying the Leewards bowlers any further success before lunch.
Ramdin struck three fours in a knock that required 123 balls and lasted 148 minutes while Khan also counted three boundaries off 178 balls in 194 minutes.
The right-handed Ramdin was trapped lbw to leg-spinner Anthony Martin (three for 32) after the break at 153 for six but the Leewards’ hope of another quick breakthrough was foiled by a seventh-wicket partnership of 50 between Khan and Rayad Emrit (44).
After Khan’s departure with first innings lead in sight, Emrit ensured there were no hiccups, hitting two fours and a six off 79 balls before being the last man out. Martin was supported by seamer
Gavin Tonge (two for 27), captain Steve Liburd (two for 32) and Tonito Willett (two for 23). (CMC)