Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team proved yet again that they have little or no handle on Jamaica Scorpions 34-year-old left-arm spinner Nikita Miller as he claimed nine wickets in their regional four-day match which the Scorpions won by 87 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday, day three.
Miller took 12 including a second innings 9 for 41 when the Jamaicans defeated the Trinidadians by 132 runs on the third day of their first-round clash last December.
Yesterday, Miller scalped five for 45 in TT’s second innings chase of 229 which stopped at 141 all out.
It was Miller’s 26th five-wicket haul in first class cricket and he passed 450 wickets in first class cricket.
Just on Monday last TT Red Force lost to League leaders Guyana Jaguars by ten wickets in a match at the Oval venue that saw Jaguars left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul capture seven TT second innings wickets for 48 runs forcing TT to give Guyana just 56 runs to win.
Fifth loss in eighth matches for the fourth-placed Red Force who next face third-place title threat Barbados Pride in their second-to-last match in the six-team regional pro league tournament.
In the Red Force fruitless victory chase Marlon Richards, batting at number eight, top-scored with a cameo 47 including three fours and four sixes while captain and opener Kyle Hope chipped in with 35 and Isaiah Rajah, 23.
Red Force lost Jeremy Solozano for two but cruised to 60 for one courtesy of a 51-run, second wicket stand between Hope and the left-handed Rajah.
But Miller and Jacobs combined to trigger a collapse where five wickets tumbled for eight runs in the space of 53 deliveries.
Earlier, Scorpions were dismissed for 201 — the same score as their first innings — after resuming the day on 172 for seven.
Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell picked up two of the three wickets to fall to finish with three for 52 while seamer Rayad Emrit failed to add to his tally from Saturday, ending with three for 30.
Scorpions had lost both of their games since the restart of the competition earlier this month.
In Test match cricket both India and New Zealand have attained first innings advantage over Australia and South Africa respectively in third day’s play.
Australia, 300, failed to stop India getting by after India resumed at 248 for 6 to go 332 all out in the series-ending fourth Test, the series tied 1-1
New Zealand, beaten in the second Test after a drawn first, reached 321 for 4 in reply to South Africa’s 314 in what’s the series-closing third Test.