The trinidad Guardian / Out of favour West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin scored his second century of the 2017/18 Digicel PCL season, when he scored an unbeaten 104 against the Windwards Volcanoes on the opening day of their clash at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.
The right hander who smacked a century in the first round against the Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval, finished the day unbeaten on 104 and shared in a record breaking fourth wicket partnership with fellow centurion Jason Mohammed of 194 unbeaten.
At the end of the day, the Red Force was 334 for three thanks to Ramdin’s 104 not out, Mohammed’s 100 not out, Kyle Hope’s 68 and Yannic Carriah’s 49. After good early work from Hope and Carriah took T&T past the 100-run mark for the loss of just one wicket, skipper Ramdin was paired with Mohammed with the score on 140 for three.
Ramdin took the attack to the bowlers immediately upon entering the arena and rushed to his half century. He was brutal on the cut and also drove beautifully all afternoon. He never looked in trouble and was able to inspire confidence in Mohammed, who also started to reel off some wonderful strokes.
When play was called both shook hands after a job well done, as they eclipsed the previous fourth-wicket record between T&T and Windwards of 172 between Dwayne Bravo and Richard Smith in 2002 at Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre.
Ramdin’s 104 has so far come of 155 balls with nine fours, while Mohammed has faced 165 balls for his hundred with eight fours and a six.
Earlier, Hope struck 68 off 108 balls with eight fours and a six and Carriah made his 49 of 109 balls with four fours and one six. The T&T Red Force will be looking to push on this morning for further runs, as they have another 20 overs to claim batting points. This means that both players resuming on hundreds will be looking to score quick runs to maximise the overs and to also get the Windwards a steep first innings score, to control the rest of the match.
Earlier, Windwards won the toss and decided to send T&T in to bat hoping to exploit the early morning conditions. The visitors started brightly when dashing opener Amir Jangoo fell for three, caught at slip by Devon Smith, after being dropped the previous ball.
Hope back from West Indies duty showed the benefits of playing Test match cricket, as he dominated the bowling. After weathering the initial storm, Hope and Carriah batted well and in the process, give the locals the first session. When the food van pulled up at the Oval, the T&T Red Force had reached 81 for one.
Hope in the meantime had gotten to his half century and was 57 not out at the break.
Carriah was unbeaten on 15, having played the sheet anchor role for the right handed Barbadian. Hope was languid in his strokeplay and took the session away from the visitors. The right hander fell across his stand on a few occasions but was able to put that flaw to rest and accumulate the runs. Play on the second day today gets off at 10am.