TRINIDAD AND Tobago Red Force batsman Ewart Nicholson struck 110 as PowerGen held the upper-hand over Central Sports, on the opening day of their Round Three clash at Syne Village in Penal, in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) National League Premiership Division.
PowerGen declared their first innings on 315 runs for nine wickets, with Mark Deyal chipping in with 62 and Akeil Cooper hitting 48.
Christopher Vincent took five wickets for 86 runs while Alex Antoine got 2/44.
Central Sports closed the day on 25 without loss.
Both Queen’s Park clubs were in some trouble on the close of the first day of their respective matches, against Alescon Comets and Merry Boys.
Comets held a first innings lead of 27 over Queen’s Park I in their battle at Pierre Road, Charlieville.
Queen’s Park I, the reigning National League champs, were bowled out for 154 with veteran Red Force leg-spinner Imran Khan taking 4/21 while Derone Davis had 2/31, Khastri Singh 2/32 and Bryan Charles 2/43.
The Red Force duo of Tion Webster and Yannic Cariah made 74 and 27 respectively for Queen’s Park I.
Comets ended the day on 181/8 with Vikash Mohan scoring 47, Shemron Barrington 46 and Rayad Emrit 20 not out. Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre took 3/74 and off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar 2/51 for the visitors.
At the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, Merry Boys held a lead of 83 over hosts Queen’s Park II.
The Parkites II were bundled out for 123, despite Joshua De Silva’s knock of 46. Ex-national pacers Atiba Allert (5/22) and Uthman Muhammad (3/45) did the damage for Merry Boys.
When stumps were drawn, Merry Boys were on 216/8 with Red Force left-handers Isaiah Rajah and Amir Jangoo notching 82 and 39 respectively. Sherwin Peters grabbed 3/31 for the Parkites II.
And, at Barrackpore, Raw Fitness Victoria United reached 242/7 against First Citizens Clarke Road, with Andre Bryce hitting 102 and Satrohan Rambarran 45.
Round Three matches will conclude today.