Monday blues yesterday for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team yet again as after losing to Jamaica last Monday on home turf at the Queen’s Park Oval by 37 runs, TT tumbled to an innings and 60 run defeat against Guyana Jaguars… and again at the Oval.
The TT Red Force, dropped to one from last in fifth on the six-team standings, after four rounds in the ten-round West Indies Cricket Board’s new Professional League, take the competition break for Christmas and the New Year, hoping for happier times, starting against the Windward islands Volcanoes in St Lucia February 6.
Needing a match-saving second innings partnership yesterday, one to bat through what was the fourth and last day’s play in rain-free conditions at the Oval, TT Red Force found none, losing their last six wickets to the spin combination of Veerasammy Persaul (four for 51) and Devindra Bishoo (three for 82).
Guyana Jaguars’ lone innings of 492 for 8 declared in reply to the Red Force198 first innings had left the TT franchise 294 in arrears.
Akeal Hosein, 64 from 133 balls, dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran, a run-a-ball 47, fast-bowling allrounder Daniel St Clair, 25, versatile Imran Khan with a 75-ball 24 and captain Reyad Emrit with just one wilted from a start-of-play score of 58 for 4 to 234 all out in the mid-afternoon heat.
Last Monday the Red Force virtually saw red when Jamaica bowled them out for 201 on a rain-intrrupted fourth and last day that had them needing a match-winning partnership in pursuit of 239.
The Jaguars yesterday not only celebrated captain and left-handed batsman Vishaul Singh’s Player Of The Match award for his 141 score but 18 points to TT’s one to stay top of the table with 57, TT with 24 in fifth.
The Jamaica franchise second with 50 after beating the Leeward islands in Jamaica yesterday, Barbados Pride with 44 in third after also defeating Windward Islands Volcanoes in St Vincent, the Windwards in fourth with 26 points and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes with ten in sixth complete the pre-Christmas standings break.
Fifth round matches start February 6th.