A maiden First-Class century for Fabian Allen and a destructive top-order burst by pace bowler Derval Green gave Jamaica Scorpions the upper-hand over hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the end of the second day of their Digicel Regional Four-Day Championship Second Round fixture at the Brian Lara Academy, Tarouba, yesterday.
The 22-year-old right-handed Allen, in only his sixth First-Class match, struck a workmanlike 169 as the Scorpions, who resumed the day on 246 runs for four wickets, were dismissed for 432 midway into the second session.
And the 28-year-old Green claimed figures of 3/36 as the Red Force replied with 133/4.
The Red Force were reeling at 38/4 before Yannic Cariah, who was unused throughout the West Indies “A” team’s 2-1 defeat to Sri Lanka “A” in the three-“Test” series, and the promising Tion Webster embarked on an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 95.
Cariah was on 52 at the close (107 balls, eight fours) and Webster was on 49 (88 balls, eight fours)
The Scorpions began play yesterday with Allen on 80 and Brandon King on 91, but King fell two runs short of a deserved hundred as he was trapped LBW by pacer Marlon Richards.
Allen shepherded the middle order, with Green (29), Dennis Bulli (28) and Romaine Morris (12) all offering useful support. Allen was at the other end when the last wicket to fall, as Paul Harrison skied off-spinner Bryan Charles to Roshon Primus at deep midwicket for 13.
Allen’s knock was decorated with 16 fours, off 279 balls.
Charles collected 3/65, while Barbadian-born pacer Primus had 2/69 and leg-spinner Imran Khan 2/127.
The left-handed opening pair of Jeremy Solozano and Amir Jangoo both fell cutting to Allen at backward point.
Green had Ewart Nicholson and Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin edging behind the stumps, before the tandem of Cariah and Webster averted any more damage.
Play will resume today at 9.50 am.