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Charles bags 13 wickets to demolish Scorpions

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2024 | 12:09 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force spinner Bryan Charles (third left) celebrates after picking up the wicket of Jamaica Scorpions batsman Romaine Morris on yesterday’s third day of their West Indies Championship final-round game at Sabina Park.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force spinner Bryan Charles (third left) celebrates after picking up the wicket of Jamaica Scorpions batsman Romaine Morris on yesterday’s third day of their West Indies Championship final-round game at Sabina Park.

OFF-SPINNER BRYAN Charles completed a man-of-the-match performance, picking up 13 wickets to help the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to an emphatic innings and 125-run win over the Jamaica Scorpions on day three of their West Indies Championship match at Sabina Park yesterday.

Scores in the match, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 432 all out, Jamaica Scorpions 189 and 118.

The Scorpions were under pressure coming into the penultimate day as they resumed on 159 for nine, replying to 432 made by the visitors.

Overnight batsman Jeavor Royal added 13 runs to his overnight 33 to help the Scorpions get to 189 before Royal was bowled by Khary Pierre for 46. Andrae Dennis was left not out on 12.

Still trailing by 243 runs, the Scorpions were asked to follow on and they got a better start the second time around with openers Carlos Brown and Javaughn Buchanan adding 50 for the opening partnership.

Charles then got in on the act, removing Brown for 22. When the off-spinner picked up the wicket of Kirk McKenzie for six, at 60 for two, the Scorpions innings spiralled.

Wickets began to tumble with regularity as Charles had the Scorpion batters edging and chipping deliveries to close-in fielders to leave the home side in a tailspin – the last eight wickets falling for a mere 58.

Buchanan offered the only real resistance, producing a fighting 33 from 95 balls.

Charles finished with figures of 7-43 to add to his 6-86 in the first innings. Debutant Navin Bidaisee ended with 2-20.

Scorpions vice-captain, Abijai Mansingh, said his team allowed the Red Force to get away with a big first-innings score and failed to adapt to the visitors’ spinners.

“Conceding 400-plus runs was always going to be tough for us with the inexperienced batting that we have. We have to find a way to build partnerships and address that going forward.”

Winning captain Joshua Da Silva praised his team for a comprehensive victory.

“Coming back from a few games against Barbados where we had a terrible performance, we set out to win the next two and finish the season as positively as possible. We had a nail-biter against CCC but we came here and we were able to win the second one.”

Yesterday’s other scores

At the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua: Barbados Pride lead Cricket West Indies Academy by 138 runs with five second-innings wickets standing.

PRIDE 155 all out (Jonathan Drakes 35, Kevin Wickham 27, Shian Brathwaite 26, Demetrius Richards 21 not out; Johann Layne 3-23, McKenny Clarke 3-26, Joshua Bishop 2-25, Ramon Simmonds 2-43) and 228 for five (Kraigg Brathwaite 90, Raymon Reifer 43 not out, Kevin Wickham 35, Shian Brathwaite 21; Joshua Bishop 3-43).

CWI ACADEMY 243 all out (Ackeem Auguste 76, Carlon Tuckett-Bowen 49, Johan Layne 38, McKenny Clarke 30; Akeem Jordan 4-76, Raymon Reifer 2-32, Jair McAllister 2-40, Shaquille Cumberbatch 2-75).

At Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad: Windward Islands Volcanoes require 304 more to beat Leeward Islands Hurricanes with nine second-innings wickets standing.

HURRICANES 300 all out (Mikyle Louis 100, Jewel Andrew 68, Jeremiah Louis 43, Jahmar Hamilton 34; Ryan John 3-67, Gilon Tyson 2-33, Daren Cyrus 2-70) and 294 all out (Keacy Carty 65, Mikyle Louis 33, Kieran Powell 31, Justin Greaves 27, Jewel Andrew 26, Jahmar Hamilton 23, Oshane Thomas 21, Colin Archibald 20; Kavem Hodge 3-60, Gilon Tyson 3-91, Shamar Springer 2-32, Darel Cyrus 2-84).

VOLCANOES 179 all out (Johann Jeremiah 41, Shamar Springer 33, Kavem Hodge 29, Stephan Pascal 25; Daniel Doram 16-5-34-6, Hayden Walsh Jr 3-21) and 112 for one (Stephan Pascal 60 not out, Johann Jeremiah 23 not out).

At Frank Worrell Field Trinidad: Guyana Harpy Eagles beat Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners by eight wickets.

MAROONERS 200 all out (Demario Richards 43, Romario Greaves 36, Avinash Mahabirsingh 23, Amari Goodridge 22, Jediah Blades 22 not out, Jarion Hoyte 21; Nial Smith 3-45, Veerasammy Permaul 3-51, Gudakesh Motie 2-40, Isai Thorne 2-45) and 203 all out (Shamarh Brooks 59, Odaine McCatty 56, Jario Hoyte 22; Kevin Sinclair 2-29, Niall Smith 2-35, Gudakesh Motie 2-42, Veerasammy Permaul 2-44).

HARPY EAGLES 223 all out (Raymond Perez 62, Tevin Imlach 55, Kevin Sinclair 37, Kevlon Anderson 27; Avinash Mahabirsingh 17.4-2-51-8) and 182 for two (Raymond Perez 79 not out, Tevin Imlach 50, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42).