T&T Red Force, Leeward Hurricanes end in high-scoring draw

By February 24, 2019

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes and T&T Red Force played to a predictable draw in a high scoring West Indies Championship encounter at Warner Park.

Beginning the day with a 195-run lead, the Hurricanes eventually declared at 315 for 6 on the back of 94 off 109 balls from Devon Thomas.  Thomas began the day on 22, alongside Hamilton, who opened on 23, and went on to score 77 from 86 balls.  Odean Smith was the pick of the bowlers after claiming figures of 2 for 64.

In pursuit of an unlikely 351 to win, the T&T Red Force got off to a strong start before losing opener Jeremy Solozano for 30.  Solozano was caught by Cornwall off the bowling of Damion Jacobs.  His opening partner Joshua Da Silva added 75 from 124 balls before being caught by Keacy Carty off the bowling of Cornwall, with Lendl Simmons adding 59 from 55 before being bowled by Alzarri Josephs.

At the close of play, the Red Force were 236 for 4 in their second innings reply, still, some 116 runs short of the total. Jason Mohammed (10) and Denesh Ramdin (22) were the not out batsmen at the crease.

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