T&T crush CCC
Mystery?spinner Sunil Narine mesmerised the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) batsmen as Trinidad and Tobago romped to an emphatic 172-run victory with a day to spare in their first round Regional first-class cricket match at the 3Ws Oval, last night.
Set a challenging 287 for victory, the CCC went to lunch at 22 without loss but slumped to 76 for six, at tea and were dismissed for a paltry 114 around 9:43 p.m. inside three days of the day-night encounter.
Narine, 23, was the main wrecker with the amazing career-best figures of eight for 17 in 14.1 overs while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel took the other two wickets for 31 runs in 12 overs.
CCC lost captain Romel Currency (17), Yannic Ottley (13), Raymon Reifer (9), Nkrumah Bonner (8), player/coach Floyd Reifer (2) and Chadwick Walton (0) in the post-lunch session.
On resumption after tea, Kyle Corbin, who had retired hurt after being struck on the hand by Rayad Emrit, resumed his innings but was lbw to Narine for eight while Kevin McClean perished to the same bowler for three.
Jason Holder was the topscorer with 27 and Ryan Austin was the last man out as Narine ended with the impressive match figures of 30.1-13-39-13.
Earlier, six-footer Holder, in his first first-class match for CCC after representing Barbados last year, took five for 48 in an impressive display of medium fast bowling as the Trinidadians were dismissed for 168 in their second innings after they resumed from 106 for five overnight.
Holder started his torment of Trinidadians on the previous evening when he had Adrian Barath caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Walton for one.
Just after the luncheon interval, Holder bowled Darren Bravo for one as T&T slipped to 17 for two.
Off spinner Ryan Austin removed Dwayne Bravo for 13 while leg-spinner Bonner broke a 46-run fourth wicket stand between Jason Mohammed (31) and captain Denesh Ramdin when he trapped the former lbw.
Ramdin remained unbeaten on 36 at the close but Kieron Pollard perished shortly before stumps, caught at the wicket pushing forward at pacer Jason Dawes.
When play resumed yesterday at 3:30 p.m. with Trinidad and Tobago on 106 for five, Austin sent back Emrit early on the third day to complete a nine-wicket haul in the match. Holder added the wickets of Ramdin for a top score of 40 and opener Lendl Simmons, who resumed his innings after retiring hurt on Saturday evening, before sealing his five-wicket haul with a first ball lbw dismissal of Yannic Cariah.