Leeward Islands Hurricanes hold every chance of beating Trinidad and Tobago Red Force outright as both teams head into today’s fourth and last day of their regional Pro League cricket match with a win outcome certain barring rain forcing an abandonement of play at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, Central Trinidad.
The teams are fifth and sixth on the six-team standings, 23 points apart but if winning, Red Force will overtake current fourth=placed Jamaica who have 68 points to 60 by the TT side.
Barbados Pride were in control over the Jamaicans at Sabina Park, heading into today’s final day with a 250-run second innings lead in their match at Sabina Park.
Guyana who clinched the championship in the ninth round are also on top against the third-placed Windward Islands Volcanoes in their tie in Dominica.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force set the Leeward Islanders 241 for victory and at the close yesterday the visitors were reeling on 34 for two, still 207 runs adrift.
At one stage, the Hurricanes were two wickets down with just one run on the board off the first seven deliveries of the innings, before Montcin Hodge and Devon Thomas steered the innings to the safety of the close.
Hodge was unbeaten on 23 off 40 balls with five fours while Thomas was on nine.
Earlier, the Leewards were bowled out for 277 after resuming the day on 245 for nine, with Quinton Boatswain finishing on 30 not out, batting 1-1/2 hours to get the Leewards within 14 runs of the Red Force’s first innings total.
In their second turn at the crease, the hosts slumped to 17 for three before Kjorn Ottley top scored with a crucial 80 to rescue the innings.
Jason Mohammed who hit 143 not out in the first innings chipped in with 32, Akeal Hosein got 31 and captain Rayad Emrit hit 25.
Ottley struck 12 fours off 156 balls in 3-1/2 hours and put on 50 with Mohammed for the fourth wicket, 31 for the fifth wicket with Yannick Ottley (10) and 37 for the sixth wicket with Stephen Katwaroo (15).
When Ottley was seventh out with the score on 157, Hosein and Emrit added a further 42 precious runs for the eighth wicket.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed three for 77 while seamer Jeremiah Louis (2-22) and leg-spinner Anthony Martin (2-47) supported with two wickets apiece.
At Sabina Park Barbados Pride captain Kraigg Brathwaite was closing in on his 13th first class hundred as he was unbeaten on 78.
Earlier, Jamaica were bowled out for 228 to concede a first innings lead of 72. Resuming on 222 for nine, Jamaica lost Marquino Mindley for ten bowled by Jomel Warrican, to give the left-arm spinner figures of eight for 72.