Pooran, Narine de­liver sec­ond win for favourites Red Force

Stabroek News Sunday - - SPORT -

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Left­hander Ni­cholas Pooran con­tin­ued to ex­cite the senses with a sec­ond straight half-cen­tury as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force strolled to their sec­ond suc­ces­sive vic­tory of the Re­gional Su­per50, with a 35-run win over Guyana Jaguars here Fri­day night.

The 23-year-old, who played three Twenty20 In­ter­na­tion­als two years ago but has not been picked since, lashed a stroke-filled 75 off 81 de­liv­er­ies as Red Force marched to 242 all out in the 50th over.

In re­ply, Jaguars strug­gled to string to­gether any part­ner­ships of real sub­stance and were dis­missed for 207 in the 48th over, with Trevon Grif­fith top-scor­ing with 38 and cap­tain Leon John­son get­ting 32.

Off-spin­ner Su­nil Narine was the force for the hosts with the ball, snar­ing three for 28 from his 10 overs while seamer Dwayne Bravo (2-29), lef­t­arm spin­ner Khary Pierre (2-30) and leg-spin­ner Im­ran Khan (2-45) all claimed two wick­ets apiece.

The vic­tory fol­lowed Red Force’s im­pres­sive open­ing vic­tory over Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes on Wed­nes­day and fur­ther re­it­er­ated their la­bel as heavy favourites to lift the ti­tle. Ni­cholas Pooran

Sent in, they got a mea­sured start from open­ers Lendl Sim­mons (26) and Evin Lewis (22) who posted 51 from 59 balls.

When Lewis per­ished in the 10th over, Red Force suf­fered a slide where three wick­ets fell for 16 runs in the space of 31 balls af­ter seamer Chris Barn­well (219) knocked over both open­ers.

Pooran then ar­rived to re­pair the in­nings, an­chor­ing two suc­ces­sive strong part­ner­ships to see Red Force near the 200-run mark.

All told, Pooran struck six fours and two sixes, putting on 63 for the fourth wicket ith De­nesh Ramdin (28) and a fur­ther 43 for the fifth wicket with Kieron Pol­lard (20).

Bravo struck a pair of sixes in 23 from 28 balls late on to add mo­men­tum to the in­nings.

Seam­ers Clin­ton Pes­tano (3-45) and new­ball seamer Ro­mario Shep­herd (3-56) ended with three wick­ets apiece.

In re­ply, Jaguars looked in touch with the tar­get at 74 for one in the 17th over when the left-handed pair of Grif­fith and John­son were in­volved in a 60-run, sec­ond wicket part­ner­ship.

Grif­fith faced 65 balls and struck four fours while John­son lashed four bound­aries in a breezy 32ball knock.

Pierre got the break­through when he had Grif­fith caught at the wicket and when Im­ran Khan had Grif­fith stumped five overs later, Jaguars were los­ing their way at 92 for three in the 22nd over.

Narine’s in­tro­duc­tion then tilted the bal­ance de­ci­sively in Red Force’s favour. Cru­cially, he claimed the at­tack­ing pair of An­thony Bram­ble (11) and Sher­fane Ruther­ford


(18) – the two last recog­nised bats­men – as Jaguars’ scor­ing ground to a halt.


L Sim­mons run out 26 E Lewis c Ruther­ford b Barn­well 22 K Hope b Barn­well 2 *+D Ramdin c Barn­well b Lewis 28 N Pooran c Ruther­ford b Shep­herd 75 K Pol­lard c wkp Bram­ble b Pes­tano 20 DJ Bravo b Pes­tano 23 S Narine b Pes­tano 6 R Em­rit c Grif­fith b Shep­herd 3 I Khan c (sub) b Shep­herd 10 K Pierre not out 4 Ex­tras (lb11, w12) 23 TO­TAL (all out, 49.2 overs) 242 Fall of wick­ets: 1-51, 2-57, 3-67, 4-130, 5-173, 6-194, 7-203, 8-217, 9-227, 10-242. Bowl­ing: Shep­herd 9.2-0-56-3, Reifer 6-0-30-0, Pes­tano 10-0-45-3, Barn­well 7-0-19-2, Per­maul 10-1-42-0, Lewis 7-0-39-1.


T Grif­fith st Ramdin b Im­ran Khan 38 C Hem­raj c wkp Ramdin b DJ Bravo 6 *L John­son c wkp Ramdin b Pierre 32 R Reifer c wkp Ramdin b Pierre 12 C Barn­well c Pol­lard b Im­ran Khan 20 S Ruther­ford c Lewis b Narine 11 +A Bram­ble c DJ Bravo b Narine 18 R Shep­herd lbw b Narine 2 V Per­maul c Narine b Pol­lard 14 C Pes­tano b DJ Bravo 21 R Lewis, not out 4 Ex­tras (b5, lb7, w16, nb1) 29 TO­TAL (all out, 47.2 overs) 207 Fall of wick­ets: 1-14, 2-74, 3-92, 4-112, 5-128, 6-134, 7-149, 8-165, 9-188, 10-207 Bowl­ing: Em­rit 8-0-43-5, DJ Bravo 6.2-0-292, Narine 10-1-28-3, Pierre 10-0-30-2, Im­ran Khan 10-145-2, Pol­lard 3-0-20-1. Re­sult: Red Force won by 35 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Ni­cholas Pooran. Toss: Jaguars. Um­pires: C Tuck­ett, V Smith.

Su­nil Nar-ine

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