The trinidad Guardian / A gritty hundred by skipper Denesh Ramdin and half centuries by Jeremy Solozano (54) and Ewart Nicholson (74) helped put the Redforce into a strong first innings position in their Windies Professional Cricket League 4 Day fixture against Barbados at Kensington Oval.
At the tea interval of their Day/Night encounter last night the Redforce was 297 for 8, doing well to build a decent score after losing almost the entire first day to rain as only four balls were bowled.
T&T was asked to bat by the hosts and saw openers Solozano and Amir Jangoo share in a 62-run first wicket partnership before Jangoo was out on 26. Isiah Rajah was dismissed for a first ball duck before Solozano and Nicholson came together for a 38-run third wicket stand. Solozano eventually departed for 54 from 50 deliveries with the Redforce on 100 for the loss of three wickets.
Then Ramdin joined Nicholson and ushered his junior past the milestone as the pair consolidated in a 125-run partnership for the fourth wicket; Ramdin contributing 60 and Nicholson adding 58.
Nicholson’s eventual innings of 73 included eight fours and three sixes and took 140 balls to construct.
Tion Webster (2), Roshon Primus (4) and Imran Khan (1) all failed to stick around with Ramdin as the Redforce slipped from 226 for four to 244 for 7.
Ramdin found a willing and able partner in his predecessor, former captain Marlon Richards and with that assurance at the other end, the wicket-keeper batsman powered to triple figures but gave it away on 101 from 162 deliveries. His knock included 14 boundaries.
Play was interrupted just before the scheduled tea break.
WPCL Regional 4 Day Tournament
A Jangoo c J Carter b K Stoute 26 J Solozano c Mario Rampersaud b Justin Greaves 54 I Rajah lbw K Stoute 0 E Nicholson c K Williams b J Warrican 73 D Ramdin *+ c A Nurse b J Warrican 101 T Webster c M Rampersaud b J Greaves 2 R Primus c M Rampersaud b J Greaves 4 I Khan c A Nurse b J Greaves 1 M Richards not out 20 D St Clair not out 0 Extras 12 (b 7, lb 2, w 3, nb 0) 297/8 (79.3 Overs) at tea. OTHER SCORES: Guyana Jaguars 266 allout & 106/4 vs Jamaica Scorpions 99 allout Windward Islands Volcanoes 232 all out vs L