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Rain dominates at Queen’s Park Oval

Trinidad Express / The weather intervened in a significant way again yesterday to reduce the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s clash with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an academic exercise. Two full sessions were lost on day three of the four-day Digicel Regional 4-Day fixture yesterday after play was called off at 3 p.m. because of a wet outfield following afternoon showers. At that stage, the Red Force were yet to complete their first innings, and weather-permitting, they will resume this morning on 287 for eight. While only the first scheduled session of play was possible, it was time enough for the Red Force batsmen to miss further opportunities to find form and build confidence. Yannic Cariah and rookie Jyd Goolie resumed yesterday, with the Red Force on 173 for four, after their side had suffered a late evening collapse on Saturday, losing those four wickets for 11 runs. That was after Kyle Hope and debutant Isaiah Rajah had posted an impressive 162-run first wicket stand. Yesterday morning, the slump continued, as Cariah (bowled by Hurricanes skipper Kieran Powell (14-6-29-3)), wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo (run out without scoring) and Goolie (lbw to Quinton Boatswain) perished for the addition of 43 runs. However, some semblance of order was restored when Imran Khan got together with hard-hitting Roshon Primus to add 45 brisk runs in 39 minutes for the eighth wicket. Primus had some close calls, twice being missed at short mid-on off Rahkeem Cornwall’s bowling as he failed to get over the ball. But his muscular work has so far brought him 42 runs, including five fours. Before lunch and the rain came though, he lost Khan (18, who edged an attempted cut off Hayden Walsh Jr into wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton’s gloves. But Khary Pierre, making his Red Force debut in this match replacing Jon Russ Jaggesar, has so far kept Primus company for 25 minutes for his 15, managing the only six of the innings so far with a slog/swing over long-on off Walsh. Today he and Primus will both aim to enhance their reputations with more good work at the crease.

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