Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 5th 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 5, 2014
National batsman Kieron Pollard struck
his fourth first class hundred yesterday
on the opening day of T&T's match against
Jamaica at the Queen's Park Oval in St
Clair, in the four-day regional tournament
but Nikita Miller's four wickets gave the
visitors the edge.
Miller was Jamaica's top bowler, grabbing
4/78 with his off spin to dismiss T&T for
244 in the first innings. Right-handed Pol-
lard seems to be back to full fitness, as he
rallied T&T with a knock of 111 (169 balls).
The West Indies allrounder, who recently
returned to action after suffering a knee
injury, spent almost four hours at the crease,
hitting eight fours and six sixes.
T&T was in need of a partnership when
Pollard joined opening batsman Evin Lewis
with the score on 58/3. The pair survived
the remainder of the morning session, going
for lunch on 73/3 with left-handed Lewis
on 29 and Pollard on eight. After lunch,
the pair progressed to 129/3 at the drinks
break with Lewis on 51 and Pollard on 41.
In the second over after the drinks break,
Lewis was put down at gully off Jerome
Taylor's bowling. Lewis' luck ran out shortly
after, as he was caught at first slip for 63
to give Miller his first scalp, ending the 84-
run partnership. Lewis hit nine fours in his
Captain Rayad Emrit, who made an even
100 in the last round against the Combined
Colleges and Campuses, joined Pollard.
Emrit also rode his luck, dropped at mid-
on on three. Right after, Pollard got to his
50 with a shot through mid-on. Pollard
and Emrit took T&T to 176/4 at tea, ending
a great session for the home team. In the
second session, T&T added 103 runs with
the loss of one wicket.
Pollard switched to T20 mode after tea,
hitting Miller for three straight sixes, the
third one getting T&T to 205/4. Pollard
had now raced to 85.
Unfortunately for the home team, the
score quickly became 206/7 as Emrit (18),
Stephen Katwaroo (1) and Imran Khan (0)
all followed each other back to the pavilion.
Miller led the Jamaican fight, dimissing
Katwaroo and Khan in consecutive deliv-
Pollard remained unfazed, getting into
the 90s with another six off Miller, his
sixth of the innings. Pollard got to his cen-
tury (101) with a loose four through the
Pollard found an able partner in Marlon
Richards as the pair led a minor recovery.
But as soon as the partnership began to
look solid, Richards was run out by a direct
hit from Jon Ross Campbell for eight. Pollard
was eventually the second to last man dis-
missed with the score on 240.
Jamaica faced seven overs before the
close, closing on 24/0.
DHAKA---Head coach Ottis Gibson believes if
the weather had not intervened, West Indies
would have pulled off another sensational victory
to beat Sri Lanka in the first semifinal of the
World Twenty20 on Thursday.
In pursuit of 161 for victory and a place in tomor-
row's final, West Indies were struggling at 80 for
four off in the 14th over when a furious rain and
hail storm arrived to end play prematurely, with
the Caribbean side trailing by 27 runs on Duck-
And though the Windies required nearly 13 per
over in order to win, Gibson said the confidence
in the dressing room suggested this was definitely
"Looking back at the journey that we set out
on, all the way from Jamaica when we got together
against Ireland to play a couple of games there.
We lost a game and we decided there and then if
we were to retain the World Cup we would have
to improve with every game we played," Gibson
said in Bangladesh yesterday.
"We won the next game against Ireland and then
we played really well in Barbados against England,
we came here and won the two warm-up games,
we lost the first game against India in the tour-
nament proper and then after that we played really
well to get to the semifinals, winning and improving
all the time."
He continued: "(On Thursday night), the weather
came and brought an end to the journey but I'm
really proud of how the guys committed themselves
to the cause, committed themselves to the journey
and the way they went about their business. I have
no doubt that had the rain not come last night
that we would have gone on and won that game,
such was the confidence within the group."
In the end, West Indies were let down by their
sluggish start with the usually aggressive Chris
Gayle managing just three runs from 13 balls before
dragging on to Lasith Malinga, and Lendl Simmons
getting just four from eight deliveries.
This meant that the Windies were only 40 for
three after eight overs and therefore way behind
the Duckworth/Lewis par score of 108 when the
rains finally came.
"A lot has been said about how slowly we started
but you have to give credit to the Sri Lankans. We
got 17 off the first over and they went straightaway
to their trump card, to Malinga and he got two
wickets that set us back a little bit and we had to
re-group," Gibson explained.
"I'm sure the game was heading towards another
grandstand finish but it wasn't to be. Now we're
on our way home, disappointed obviously for it to
finish the way it did but also pleased with the way
we went about our business in the tournament.
"Retaining the title was never going to be easy.
It was going to take a huge effort and everybody
was up for that."
Despite the disappointing end to the campaign,
Gibson said there had been several positives over
that last few weeks, the chief of which was the
exceptional unity in the team.
He said every player had backed each other and
it had led to a gelling of the side in a way that
made the unit cohesive.
"The coming together of men for one cause,
that was the biggest thing. It's not always easy to
get us to come together for one cause," he pointed
out. "In 2012 we did and again here---guys getting
together, guys putting their heads together, guys
coming up with solid plans, backing each other
and supporting each other was absolutely out-
standing. If we can harness that and continue to
do that, not just for tournaments but consistently,
I think that is where our true potential as a team
will be measured." (CMC)
Leaders Merry Boys will look
for its fifth consecutive win of
the National league two-day
season today and tomorrow
against fifth placed Alescon
Comets at the latter's home
ground in round five.`
Merry Boys, which won the
UWI T20 tournament in January,
has also shown its skill in the
longer version. In the last round,
Merry Boys escaped with a four-
wicket win over Caldrac.
The leaders required 139 to
win from 21 overs. Aneil Kanhai
and Aaron Alfred both struck 28
to help Merry Boys get to the
target with 11 balls to spare.
Comets will hope for an outright
win this time around, after draw-
ing with Powergen in round four.
In another key match, second
placed Queen's Park will travel
to Wilson Road to battle fourth
placed Clarke Road. All matches
bowl off at 10 am.
Merry Boys aim for 5 straight in National League
FIXTURES & STANDINGS
FCB Clarke Road vs QPCC at
Moosai vs Esmeralda at
Clico Preysal vs Caldrac at Preysal
Bamboo vs Munroe Road at
Alescon Comets vs Merry Boys at
Powergen vs Jenexcon Tableland
at Syne Village
Jamaica holds edge
...despite blistering century from Pollard
T&T batsman Evin Lewis ducks under a Jerome Taylor bouncer on the opening day of their
Regional Four-Day Championship match at the Queen's Park Oval in St Clair, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: ASHLEY ALLEN
T&T 1st Inns
ELewiscCampbellbNMiller . . . . . . . .63
DBravoc Campbell b B Buchanan . . . .10
JMohammedlbwbBBuchanan . . . . . .0
KPollardcTLambertbDJacobs. . . .111
SKatwaroo+lbwbNMiller. . . . . . . . . . . .1
M Richards run out (JR Campbell) . . . . .8
Bowling: J Taylor 17-4-46-0, B Buchanan
14.2-4-43-2, D Jacobs 20-4-61-2, N Miller
21.1-5-78-4, J Blackwood 7.4-2-13-1
Fall of Wkts: 37, 58, 58, 142, 205, 206,
206, 240, 240, 244
JAMAICA 1st inns
JonRossCampbellnotout. . . . . . . . . . .12
Still to bat: N Bonner, J Blackwood, T
Lambert, A McCarthy, C Baugh Jr+, D
Jacobs, N Miller, J Taylor, B Buchanan
Bowling: S Gabriel 4-0-19-0, M Richards
2-0-4-0, R Jaipaul 1-0-1-0
Guyana vs Leeward Islands
At Vivian Richards Cricket Ground:
Guyana batted all day.
GUYANA 238 for nine (Leon Johnson
110, Anthony Bramble 28; Anthony
Martin 4-48, Gavin Tonge 2-43, Yannick
Leonard 2-51) vs LEEWARD ISLANDS.
CCC vs Windward Islands
At Arnos Vale: Windwards trail by 208
COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES
225 (Kyle Corbin 71, Chadwick Walton
58) vs WINDWARD ISLANDS 17
SCOREBOARD & OTHER SCORES
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