Hur­ri­canes in con­trol but Solozano re­sists

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

– Opener Montcin Hodge con­verted his overnight hun­dred into a ca­reer-best but rookie Solozano was eye­ing three fig­ures of his own, lead­ing a Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fight­back on day two of their third round clash here yes­ter­day.

Un­beaten on 112 at the start of the day at the Brian

TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC

Lara Sta­dium, the 31-year-old Hodge made 158 as Lee­ward Is­lands Hur­ri­canes were dis­missed for a sat­is­fy­ing 425 in their first in­nings.

Jeremiah Louis, bat­ting at num­ber nine, made a breezy un­beaten 51 while Ter­rance Warde chipped in with 26.

Test speed­ster Shan­non Gabriel failed to add to his tally and fin­ished with three for 54 while new-ball part­ner Daniel St Clair picked up three for 61.

Twenty-three year-old Solozano then held the in­nings to­gether as wick­ets fell around him, stroking an un­beaten 78 to guide Red Force to 149 for four at the close.

Cap­tain De­nesh Ramdin made 31 and Amir Jan­goo, 21, but Red Force lost wick­ets at crit­i­cal mo­ments to hand Hur­ri­canes the ad­van­tage.

Test dis­card Kyle Hope per­ished cheaply for three in the sec­ond over of the in­nings with just 11 on the board but Solozano com­bined with Jan­goo in a 65-run, sec­ond wicket stand to re­store or­der.

The left-handed Solozano has so far counted 16 fours in an in­nings span­ning 166 de­liv­er­ies and nearly 3-¼ hours.

Off-spin­ner Rah­keem Corn­wall, who has claimed two for 36, then ac­counted for Jan­goo and Ja­son Mo­hammed (6), to leave the hosts stum­bling on 95 for three.

Ramdin, how­ever, played pos­i­tively, ham­mer­ing five fours in a 45-ball knock and help­ing to post 53 for the fourth wicket with Solozano.

But seamer Jeremiah Louis (2-31) got his sec­ond vic­tim when he re­moved Ramdin – flick­ing a sim­ple catch to Akeem Saun­ders at mid-wicket – to leave Hur­ri­canes firmly in con­trol.

Hodge had ear­lier ex­tended his sev­enth wicket stand with Warde to 70 and then posted an­other 40 for the eighth wicket with Louis be­fore he was eighth out, bowled by off-spin­ner Bryan Charles.

Louis punched six fours and a six off 61 balls to en­sure the tail wagged fur­ther. HUR­RI­CANES 1st In­nings (overnight 291 for six) M Hodge b Charles *K Pow­ell b St Clair K Carty c & b Im­ran Khan D Thomas c Hope b Im­ran Khan A Saun­ders c Mo­hammed b Gabriel +J Hamil­ton lbw b Gabriel R Corn­wall c Jan­goo b Gabriel T Warde c wkp Da Silva b Cariah J Louis not out A Joseph c wkp Da Silva b St Clair S Ber­ridge b St Clair Ex­tras (b10, lb15, w1) TO­TAL (all out, 126.4 overs) Fall of wick­ets: 1-17, 2-61, 3-111, 4-168, 5-168, 6-269, 7-339, 8-379, 9-403, 10-425. Bowl­ing: Gabriel 21-8-53-3, St Clair 19.4-4-61-1, Charles 26-3-93-1, Im­ran Khan 48-7-146-2, Cariah 12-1-46-1. 158 6 25 11 41 0 65 26 51 12 4 26 425

Red Force opener Jeremy Solozano.

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