THE Windward Islands Volcanoes held the upper-hand over the TT Red Force after the second day of their West Indies Championship second round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba yesterday.
The Red Force, resuming their first innings from their overnight score of 79 runs for one wicket, were dismissed for 225 with opening batsman Jeremy Solozano continuing his recent good form with a knock of 104.
A pair of past and present West Indies players did the damage for the Volcanoes, with veteran off-spinner Shane Shillingford taking six wickets for 74 runs and pacer Sherman Lewis, who played two Tests during the WI Test series against India and Bangladesh, collected 3/62.
The Volcanoes closed play yesterday on 167/1, for an overall lead of 148 runs, with two days to go. Roland Cato was unbeaten on 81 and the evergreen Devon Smith on 14; Taryck Gabriel was the only batsman to go for 58. The Red Force overnight pair of Solozano and fellow left-hander Amir Jangoo looked comfortable against the Volcanoes attack on Thursday afternoon, but it was a completely different scenario yesterday morning as Shillingford took centre stage. Shillingford had Jangoo stumped by wicketkeeper Denis Smith for 28 and ex-WI limited-overs player Jason Mohammed leg-before for 13.
Vice-captain Yannic Cariah (seven) and debutant wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Da Silva (24) were removed by Lewis. Tion Webster and captain Imran Khan were both dismissed for duck, to leave the hosts in trouble at 169/7.
Odean Smith joined Solozano and they featured in a 52-run stand for the eighth wicket, in 8.3 overs.
Solozano reached his second century at the First-Class level, but left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge ended his knock, which came off 178 balls and featured nine fours.
Shillingford then wrapped up proceedings, with Daniel St Clair (duck) and Odean Smith (29) falling shortly after. The Volcanoes openers had a brisk start, as they reached tea at 85 without loss in 20 overs. The scoring slowed down a bit, but both openers crossed the 50 mark and seemed set to end the day unbeaten before a lapse in concentration cost Gabriel his wicket.
Umpire Lyndon Rajkumar turned down an LBW appeal from Odean Smith and Gabriel, looking for a quick single, was run out by a throw from gully by an alert Bryan Charles.
Windward Islands Volcanoes 206 (Kirk Edwards 55, Kavem Hodge 37; Imran Khan 7/47) and 167/1 (Roland Cato 81 not out, Taryck Gabriel 58) vs TT Red Force 225 (Jeremy Solozano 104, Odean Smith 29; Shane Shillingford 6/74, Sherman Lewis 3/62)