Red Force goes under to Emerging Youths

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 16:30

T&T Red Force tast­ed de­feat for the first time in the Colo­nial Med­ical In­sur­ance Su­per50 Cup Tour­na­ment when the West In­dies Emerg­ing play­ers de­feat­ed them by 10 runs on Wednes­day night at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.

Off-spin­ner Jon Russ Jagges­sar grabbed three wick­ets to re­strict the West In­dies Emerg­ing Play­ers to 243 all out in their 50 overs but for once their bats­men did not show up and fin­ished on 233/9 off their 50 overs.


The in­form Dar­ren Bra­vo struck a work­man­like half-cen­tu­ry and al­though all-rounder Yan­nick Ot­t­ley made 71 to­wards the end, as the West In­dies Emerg­ing Play­ers led by Bar­ba­di­an fast bowler Keon Hard­ing proved too much.

The dis­ci­plined bowl­ing by the young­sters was not catered to by the Red Force bats­men and their frail mid­dle or­der was ex­posed. In the pre­vi­ous games, the top or­der took them to glo­ry and this pro­tect­ed a soft un­der­bel­ly which was rue­ful­ly ex­posed against the Emerg­ing Play­ers.

Bra­vo's 50 of 72 balls was good but he need­ed oth­ers to step up to the plate. Ot­t­ley was will­ing but in the end, he ran out of part­ners who were will­ing to use the wil­low prop­er­ly and this left his team short.

Ot­t­ley's 71 off 80 balls with four six­es and two fours took them close but not over the line. His run out in the fi­nal over proved cru­cial.


Ear­li­er, Justin Greaves un­der­lined his cre­den­tials with a fight­ing 80 that took his team to 219/4 be­fore they lost their last six wick­ets for 24 runs.

Greaves and skip­per Yan­nic Car­ri­ah added 93 runs for the fourth-wick­et which was the back­bone of the ef­fort. The Bar­ba­di­an bat­ted well against the Red Force spin­ners, keep­ing them at bay af­ter two ear­ly strikes by skip­per Im­ran Khan re­duced them to 82/3.

He was able to take them to a po­si­tion of pow­er be­fore the ex­pe­ri­ence of the Red Force struck back. Greaves count­ed his 80 off 87 balls with sev­en fours and one six. Car­ri­ah was more sub­dued in get­ting 34 off 53 balls with one four.

To­wards the end of the in­nings, Jagges­sar and pac­er An­der­son Phillip proved too much and the slide en­sued. Jagges­sar end­ed with 3/33, while Phillip took 2/39 and Odean Smith 2/40. Khan end­ed with 2/43.

Gidron Pope fell in the sec­ond over when off-spin­ner Jon Russ Jagges­sar sent him back.

The ear­ly wick­et did not de­ter the Wind­wards ef­fort as Ki­mani Melius and Joshua Da Sil­va bat­tled man­ful­ly to bring them right back in­to the con­test. Da Sil­va looked good against the spin­ners and fol­lowed up his un­beat­en cen­tu­ry in the last game with 34 off 47 balls with three fours. He was able to carve a sec­ond-wick­et part­ner­ship with Melius worth 67 runs. He was, how­ev­er, out­foxed by the Red Force cap­tain Im­ran Khan, who al­so un­did his part­ner Melius who made 39 off 72 balls with five fours.


West In­dies Emerg­ing 243 all out (Justin Greaves 80, Ki­mani Melius 39, Joshua Da Sil­va 34, Yan­ick Car­ri­ah 34, Jon Russ Jagges­sar 3/33, An­der­son Phillip 2/39, Odean Smith 2/40, Im­ran Khan 2/43) vs T&T Red Force 233/9 (50) (Yan­nick Ot­t­ley 71, Dar­ren Bra­vo 50, Kyle Hope 34, Keon Hard­ing 4/56, Ash­mead Nedd 2/26) - West In­dies Emerg­ing Play­ers won by 10

Reporter: Vinode Mamchan