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Red Force blows away Volcanoes

The trinidad Guardian / T&T Red Force defeated the Windwards Volcanoes by 10 wickets on the third day of their CWI Digicel Regional Professional Cricket League (PCL) clash at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

Opener Devon Smith scored a wonderful defiant unbeaten century to save face for his team but couldn’t avoid defeat, as young Daniel St Clair with 4/25 led the Red Force to their first outright win of the season.

SCORES: T&T Red Force 402 & 24/0 vs Windwards Volcanoes 166 & 259.

Starting the day on three without loss after being asked to follow on the previous day, the Volcanoes got a century from Smith and half century from Shane Shillingford to reach 259. Set 24 runs to win from the remaining nine overs on the third evening, the T&T Red Force reached its target at 24 without loss from 4.3 overs.

The sprinkling of fans at the Oval were hoping for an early afternoon but Smith with his 25th regional hundred stalled the local team until way into the final session. The leading century maker in regional cricket finished 119 not out of 232 balls with 13 fours.

Shillingford, who added 96 runs for the eight wicket with Smith, made 52 off 100 balls with three fours and two sixes.

Windwards resumed on the bedtime position of three without loss in their second innings and the impressive St Clair was among them from very early. He had skipper Tyrone Theophille caught for five and the score on 13.

Smith then forged a useful second wicket partnership of 47 with former Test batsman Kirk Edwards to stunt the Red Force progress. Edwards looked good in parts and Smith was as solid as a rock. However, with the score on 60, Edwards fell to Tion Webster for 19 to keep T&T in control.

Smith all the while, was playing freely and gathering his runs at ease. It was as if he was playing on a different surface, as he reeled off a number of pleasant drives and delicate cuts.

He found another abled partner in the pint-sized Taryck Gabriel and they added 51 runs for the third wicket. However, after lunch the Red Force would come storming back. Leg spinner Imran Khan dismissed the promising Gabriel for 25 scored off 42 balls with four fours.

Smith kept on talking to his teammates and urging them on and he built yet another good partnership with Kaveem Hodge before St Clair in an inspired spell ripped out the middle order. The left arm pacer produced a beauty to remove Hodge for 20 with the score at 150. Soon after he was celebrating again as he found the edge of a tentative bat offered by Liam Sebastien – sending him back for one.

Kyle Mayers was next in and he received the ball of the day to leave the arena for a ‘duck’. St Clair got a delivery to straighten on him and breached his defence, only for the big man to hear the dreaded sound of timber falling.

SCOREBOARD

Red Force vs Volcanoes Red Force 1st inns 402 all out Volcanoes 1st inns 166 Volcanoes 2nd inns (overnight 3/0) D Smith not out 119 T Theophile c Jangoo b St. Clair 5 K Edwards c Solozano b Webster 19 T Gabriel c Ramdin b Khan 25 K Hodge b St Clair 20 L Sebastien c Jangoo b St Clair 1 K Mayers b St. Clair 0 G Benjamin c Mohammed b Pierre 5 S Shillingford c Hope b Khan 52 R Jordan c Ramdin b Khan 0 S Lewis lbw Khan 0 Extras 13 Total all out 259 Fall of wkts: 13, 60, 111, 150, 154, 154, 163, 259, 259, 259. Bowling: D St. Clair 13-3-29-4, R Primus 8-0-36-0, B Charles 17-8-39-0, T Webster 7-2-30-2, I Khan 22.5-5-66-4, J Mohammed 3-0-13-0, K Pierre 13-2-40-1. Red Force 2nd inns (target 24) K Hope not out 17 A Jangoo not out 1 Extras 6 Total without loss 24 Bowling: S Lewis 2-0-7-0. R Jordan 2-0-10-0, K Mayers 0.3-0-3-0. Result: T&T Red Force won by 10 wkts. OTHER SCORES: At Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts Guyana Jaguars vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes HURRICANES 412 for nine declared (Montcin Hodge 91, Keacy Carty 82, Jahmar Hamilton 56, Terrance Ward 52, Chesney Hughes 32; Sherfane Rutherford 3-92, Romario Shepherd 2-64, Veerasammy Permaul 2-104) JAGUARS 206 (Vishaul Singh 97 not out, Sherfane Rutherford 32, Chanderpaul Hemraj 23; Terrance Ward 4-48, Jeremiah Louis 2-52, Rahkeem Cornwall 2-62) and 53 for two (Leon Johnson 27 not out). Jaguars trails by 206 runs.

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