Hope pro­pels Red Force to hand­some win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): OPENER KYLE Hope stroked his sec­ond half-cen­tury of the game to fire Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a con­vinc­ing nine-wicket vic­tory over Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes inside three days, in their open­ing round of the Re­gional Four­Day Cham­pi­onship here Sun­day night.

Set a mere 155 for vic­tory, Red Force sped to their tar­get just af­ter the fi­nal drinks break of the night at Queen’s Park Oval, with the right-handed Hope fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 79 to fol­low up his first in­nings 56.

He dom­i­nated a 61-run open­ing stand with Jeremy Solozano who made 19, and added a fur­ther 96 for the sec­ond wicket with Yan­nic Cariah who was un­beaten on 52 at the end.

The vic­tory gave Red Force 18 points, while Vol­ca­noes took four from the heavy de­feat.

Ear­lier, the vis­i­tors had fallen for 254 in their sec­ond in­nings, af­ter re­sum­ing the penul­ti­mate day on 135 for four.

Tail-en­der Shane Shilling­ford whacked an at­tack­ing top score of 65 off 99 de­liv­er­ies, while Su­nil Am­bris, un­beaten on 16 overnight, made 43.

Vol­ca­noes’ start was a good one as Am­bris and Kavem Hodge (16) ex­tended their fifth wicket stand to 53 be­fore be­ing sep­a­rated.

The right-handed Am­bris faced 72 balls and struck four fours and a six be­fore he was one of two wick­ets to fall in the space of three de­liv­er­ies from leg-spin­ner Im­ran Khan.

He went caught at the wicket by Steven Kat­wa­roo, and cap­tain Liam Se­bastien fol­lowed two de­liv­er­ies later in iden­ti­cal man­ner, with­out scor­ing.

VOL­CA­NOES’ DIS­MISSAL

Shilling­ford, who belted three fours and five sixes, then ral­lied the in­nings by adding 21 with Hodge for the sev­enth wicket and 49 for the eighth with Mervin Matthew (10), be­fore Vol­ca­noes were dis­missed in the third over af­ter lunch.

Im­ran Khan was the best bowler with five for 81.

Bar­ba­dian Hope then took cen­tre stage in an in­nings laced with eight fours and a six, which came from 122 balls in a shade over 2-3/4 hours.

When the left-handed Solozano was lbw to Shilling­ford, Cariah ar­rived to fur­ther the stand by strik­ing five fours in a 102-ball knock.

Red Force host long-time ri­vals Bar­ba­dos Pride in the sec­ond round of the Re­gional Four-Day Cham­pi­onship start­ing Fri­day.

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