Ja grab innings points
Posted by Dresonic on February 7, 2007
Nain, St Elizabeth – Jamaica took first-innings points, but thanks to a sensational last-wicket partnership, Trinidad & Tobago fought back from the brink of disaster to a position of parity on day two of their final round Carib Beer Series clash at the Alpart Sports Club yesterday.
At 139-9 in mid afternoon, the Trinidadians replying to Jamaica’s 254 seemed doomed to a large first-innings deficit.
But No 10 batsman Dave Mohammed, who hit an unbeaten career-best 74, and last man Amit Jaggernauth (25), shared a last-wicket stand of 97 in 100 minutes to carry the visitors to 236 all out – within 19 of overhauling the Jamaican total.
Fastbowler Ravi Rampaul then removed Lorenzo Ingram (4) in late afternoon before the umpires offered bad light at 4:32 with 17 scheduled overs remaining and Jamaica 26-1.
That leaves the Jamaicans, who must win this game while denying the opposition any points in order to reach the Carib Beer Challenge Final, with a second-innings lead of 44 with nine wickets standing.
First-innings centurion Brenton Parchment, not out 19 – dropped at 0 by Kieron Pollard at second slip off Rampaul – will resume today on 19 with Danza Hyatt, three, on a pitch that was reasonably good yesterday, despite a cracked surface.
The Jamaicans should have been blaming themselves last night for the extent of the Trinidad & Tobago recovery as Mohammed was dropped three times, at 29, 59, and 65.
By the time the innings ended, the 27-year-old left-hander, who is a good enough batsman to average 32.14 in five Tests with a highest score of 52, had hit eight fours and two sixes off 89 balls.
Jaggernauth, 23, also left-handed and with a previous best of 47, showed a straight bat throughout to the utter frustration of the Jamaicans before falling to the off-spin of Tamar Lambert.
The first half of the day went very well for the Jamaicans. In the first over, 16-year-old sensation Adrian Barath (3,) on the back foot when he should have been forward, was adjudged leg-before to Taylor (3-64) at 10-1.
And in a jiffy, it was 18-4 as Jason Mohammed (0) hooking, top edged for first slip to take the catch trotting backwards, and another teenage sensation, Kieron Pollard (1), was bowled neck and crop by Lawson (3-66) as the batsman essayed a big drive.
Skipper Ganga, utilising good technique, set about repairing the damage in a stand of 42 in 58 minutes, with the aggressive Denesh Ramdin (24).
The latter, who had earlier hooked Taylor for a six and a four in the same over, eventually fell to the shot, brilliantly caught by Taylor diving forward at deep backward square off Powell.
The powerfully-built Richard Kelly (1) came and went in a hurry, run-out on Lawson’s throw from midwicket as the former hustled for a second run at 63-6.
But as lunch approached, Rayad Emrit (25) emphasised the depth of the Trinidad & Tobago batting by expertly dispatching Lawson through the off side for three boundaries in four balls.
Ganga (23), having battled 87 balls in 137 minutes, lost the plot after lunch, hitting a tame catch to square-leg as he miscued the pull shot against Powell (2-39) at 100-7.
And when without addition, Emrit was caught behind as he gloved an attempted hook against Taylor, Jamaica seemed set for a match-winning first-innings lead.
Ravi Rampaul (21) and Mohammed added another 39 runs for the ninth wicket, before the former gloved Lawson to Baugh, setting the stage for the last pair heroics.
Jamaica (first innings) 254
Trinidad & Tobago first innings (overnight 10-1)
A Barath LBW Taylor 3 D Ganga c Bernard b Powell 23
J Mohammed c Bernard b Taylor 0
K Pollard b Lawson 1
D Ramdin c Taylor b Powell 24
R Kelly run out 1
R Emrit c wk Baugh b Taylor 25
R Rampaul c wk Baugh b Lawson 21
D Mohammed not out 74
A Jaggernauth lbw Lambert 25
Extras (byes 7, lb10, nb 12, w2) 31
Total ( for 10 wickets in 65.2 overs) 236
FOW : 1-10, 2-13, 3-13, 4-18, 5-60, 6-63, 7-100, 8-100, 9-139
Bowling: Taylor 16-3-64-3(w1), Lawson 12-2-66-3 (nb10), Powell 17-3-39-2(w1), Bernard 3-0-11-0 (nb2), Miller 8-1-16-0, Lambert 9.2 -1- 23 – 1.
Jamaica (second innings)
L Ingram c wk Ramdin b Rampaul 4
B Parchment not out 19
D Hyatt not out 3
Total ( for one wicket) 26
Bowling: Kelly 2-1-6-0, Rampaul 4-0-20-1, Emrit 2-2-0-0, Mohammed 1-1-0-0.
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