Red Force fight back late on Day 1 vs Barbados Pride

Red Force batsman Amir Jangoo plays a shot against Barbados Pride during the West Indies Four-Day Championship match, on March 20, at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair. - Photo by Ayanna Kinsale
Red Force batsman Amir Jangoo plays a shot against Barbados Pride during the West Indies Four-Day Championship match, on March 20, at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair. - Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

A spirited knock of 93 by Amir Jangoo and a flurry of wickets in the final session saw Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fighting back on day one of their West Indies Four-day Championships match against Barbados Pride at the Queen's Park Oval, St Clair on March 20.

Opting to bat first, the Red Force batsmen struggled against the Barbados attack and they were bowled out for just 172, with the left-handed Jangoo being the only player to get past 20. Jangoo, who returned to the Red Force playing XI due to the injury to Jyd Goolie, came in at number three after opening batsman Vikash Mohan was dismissed with the very first ball of the match by Jason Holder (four for 47).

Jangoo defied the opposition bowling attack and hit 14 boundaries in his innings and he increased his tempo with style while batting with the tail. As he approached what would have been a maiden First Class hundred, though, Jangoo was left stranded seven runs short of the landmark when last man Jayden Seales gifted Chaim Holder his third wicket of the innings to wrap up the home team's stay at the crease.

The Barbados opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite (30) and Zachary McCaskie (46) saw off an initial early burst by the Red Force seamers, with the former surviving a strong lbw shout by Seales in the third over of the innings.

The Barbados skipper was then dropped on 30 by Bryan Charles off Khary Pierre's bowling, but his luck ran out when he was dismissed by Seales as he edged a ball through to wicket-keeper Joshua Da Silva. Barbados were 55 for one at that stage.

McCaskie and new batsman Raymon Reifer then put on 29 runs for the second wicket as Barbados cut into TT's lead, but the hosts struck back with three late wickets to leave the opposition on 99 for four at the end of the day's play.

First, Reifer was trapped lbw by Pierre for 12, before the left-arm spinner induced an edge from McCaskie in his very next over as Barbados slipped to 91 for three.

With night watchman Jomel Warrican in the middle with new batsman Jonathan Drakes, Da Silva brought seamer Anderson Phillip back into the attack and the move paid immediate dividends as the speedster bowled Warrican to bring an end to the day's play promptly.

Barbados trail TT by 73 runs and still have work to do to knock off the hosts' first-innings score.

Pierre has been the pick of the bowlers so far with figures of two for 18.

Red Force batsman Khary Pierre is bowled during the West Indies Four-Day Championship match against Barbados Pride at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair, on March 20. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

Earlier, former West Indies skipper Jason Holder tore through Red Force's top order as the hosts were reduced to 58 for six at the lunch break after the lanky bowler took four wickets in the opening session.

Mohan (duck), Kjorn Ottley (five), Jason Mohammed (two), Da Silva (duck), Tion Webster (11) and Imran Khan (duck) all went back cheaply as Red Force ended the first session in great danger.

After the lunch break, Jangoo soldiered on and had decent partnerships with Pierre (11), Charles (12), Phillip (15) and Seales before he eventually ended up stranded on the non-striker's end just short of a deserved ton.

Shaquille Cumberbatch (three for 50) and Chaim Holder (three for 28) chipped in nicely with the ball for the visitors.

Day two starts at 10 am on Thursday and the TT bowlers will hope to restrict Barbados under their modest first-innings score.


TT RED FORCE: 172 (Amir Jangoo 93 not out, Anderson Phillip 15; Jason Holder 4/47, Chaim Holder 3/28) vs BARBADOS PRIDE: 99/4: Zachary McCaskie 46, Kraigg Brathwaite 30; Khary Pierre 2/18, Jayden Seales 1/15).

WEST INDIES ACADEMY: 300 (Carlton Bowen-Tuckett 76 not out, Johann Layne 63; Yannick Ottley 5/47, Jonathan Blades 3/59) vs CCC: 11/1.

GUYANA HARPY EAGLES 308: Kevin Sinclair 74, Gudakesh Motie 46; Darel Cyrus 5/67, Darius Martin 2/63 vs WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES: 12/0.

JAMAICA SCORPIONS: 173/6 (Carlos Brown 68 not out, Romaine Morris 42; Jeremiah Louis 3/34, Colin Archibald 2/23 vs LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES.


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