Following yesterday’s outright victory by six wickets over the hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes in St Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force have pre-Christmas matches at home at the Queen’s Park Oval against Jamaica starting this Friday and against runaway standings leaders Guyana Jaguars beginning next Friday.
This pre-Christmas schedule in the new West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League which features six regional franchises in home and away two-round competition ending in March next year.
After drawing with Barbados Pride in their rain-affected opening match at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force recovered to get the victory over the Leewards and move into second place on the standings with 20 points, sandwiched between two-match winners Guayna Jaguars who have 34 points and Jamaica with 19.
Yesterday Yannick Ottley, a 23-year-old right-hander, hit a workmanlike 76 not out to carefully guide the TT Red Force to their chase of a 203-run victory target on what was the fourth and last day of the match played at Warner Park in St Kitts.
The Leewards who were plunging to their second loss in as many matches appeared to have held the upperhand when bowling out Trinidad and Tobago for 130 in reply to their first innings total of 202.
And the islanders would have been fancying their chances of beating TT when setting them 203 to win even after the Islanders’ low second innings total of 130.
But Ottley was the mainstay of useful partnerships with Jason Mohammed who contributed 56, Nicholas Pooran who made 23 and Man-Of-The Match Imran Khan who posted 21.
Khan who took four wickets for 83 runs in a marathon 30-over spell in Leeward Islands 1st Innings, deservedly earned the match’s top-performer award as he captured six Leeward islands second innings wickets for just 13 runs from 11 overs, six of which were maidens.
Following the TT-Guyana match, there will be a Christmas break until next year when TT will head out to St Lucia for Game five against the Windward Islands.