Darren Bravo

MORE RUNS: T&T Red Force skipper Darren Bravo during his knock of 66 in his team’s first innings score of 460-4 declared against the Jamaica Scorpions, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, in Tarouba, last week Friday, on the second day of their West Indies Four-Day Championship match, which ended in a draw.

A year ago, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force endured arguably their worst defeat in the West Indies professional league era, at the hands of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

Today, the Red Force return to the same venue at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba hoping to turn defeat into victory.

Last season in the Four-Day Championship, the Denesh Ramdin-led Red Force were thrashed by 245 runs, being dismissed before lunch on the last day for 96. It was a defeat that contributed to the eventual departure of Kelvin Williams as coach.

Today, former skipper Ramdin will also be missing as he completes a two-game suspension. And only four of the starting XI from that match -- Jeremy Solozano, Jason Mohammed, Yannic Cariah, Joshua Da Silva remain in the side.

The Hurricanes, however, are also a changed team, with Jahmar Hamilton now leading them, although former skipper Kieran Powell remains a key member of the unit. They will also be missing Rahkeem Cornwall, who also missed the opening 10-wicket defeat to defending champions Guyana Jaguars in Antigua through injury.

Last season the off-spinning all-rounder made a first innings 65 at Tarouba and took four wickets in the Red Force second innings to engineer the victory, along with pacer Alzarri Joseph, so his absence could prove to be significant, especially on a pitch on which the slow bowlers are expected to do the brunt of the work.

However, the visitors will be boosted by the return of Joseph from West Indies duty. He will have good memories of his last match on this ground when he and Cornwall embarrassed the Red Force.

But new home team skipper Darren Bravo will not be thinking of the past today, especially since the Red Force batsmen put up a formidable 460 for four against the Jamaica Scorpions last week which allowed their bowlers to keep applying the pressure for the rest of the match. The Scorpions eventually survived following-on to draw the game, but the result might have been different had the home side held their chances.

The missed catches were a cause of concern to Bravo and coach Mervyn Dillon, and the Red Force could be frustrated again in this match should the trend continue. Apart from more secure fielding, Bravo will also be keen for his bowlers to be more patient in trying to dismiss the opposition.

The pitch today is expected to be flat once more, so leg-spinner Kissoondath Magram should make his debut at the expense of one of the two slow left-armers, Yannick Ottley and Akeal Hosein, in the search for more penetration. With the seasoned Jason Mohammed also returning to the middle order, Bravo will be hoping that change brings a positive result.


Red Force from: Darren Bravo (Captain), Yannick Ottley (Vice-Captain), Jeremy Solozano, Keagan Simmons, Jason Mohammed, Joshua Da Silva, Yannic Cariah, Terrance Hinds, Bryan Charles, Kissoondath Magram, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Uthman Muhammad.

Hurricanes from: Jahmar Hamilton (Captain), Colin Archibald, Sheeno Berridge, Quinton Boatswain, Keacy Carty, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Amir Jangoo, Jaison Peters, Kieran Powell, Jacques Taylor, Devon Thomas, Alzarri Joesph.


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