Red Force in monster battle to stay close to Hurricanes big first innings

By January 05, 2019
Montcin Hodge Montcin Hodge

A first innings total of 425 is proving a massive challenge for the batsmen from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force as their West Indies Championship battle against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy heads into day three. 

Choosing to bat, the Hurricanes, through a patient 158 from opener Montcin Hodge, speckled with half-centuries from Rahkeem Cornwall (65) and Jeremiah Louis (51), posted a formidable total, and had the Red Force 149-4 at stumps on day two, still some 276 runs in arrears.

The Red Force had a good start from Jeremy Solozano, who scored 78, but he only received support from skipper, Denesh Ramdin, who scored 31 from just 45 deliveries before Louis proved his undoing.

At the crease is Daniel St Clair, who has only faced one delivery and is yet to get off the mark, while either Imran Khan or Yannic Cariah will come out to face the music in the morning.

Earlier, Hodge ignored the early loss of skipper Kieran Powell for six to face 341 deliveries for his tally before he was bowled by Bryan Charles, while Akeem Saunders scored 41 to give some good support.

Hodge’s innings included 19 fours and a six.

That innings came against the bowling of Shannon Gabriel, 3-55 from 21 overs, and St Clair, 3-61 from 19.4.

Imran Khan bowled a marathon 48 overs with returns of 2-145, while Charles and Cariah took a wicket apiece to end with figures of 1-93 and 1-46 respectively.

Against the Red Force batting, Louis has so far taken 2-31 and Cornwall 2-36.

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