It was bound to happen, you put three stumps in the ground and down comes the rain. The opening day of the 2018 domestic season was spoilt by the elements as all four matches in the top flight of the Premiership were affected.
The most play took place at Felicity, where defending champions Queen’s Park came up against Central Sports. The game got off to a late start when after lunch when the players finally went out to play, it didn’t come back and they were able to play to the close. When stumps were drawn, Central Sports were battling on 186/7, as most of their batsmen got starts but failed to capitalise. Kamil Pooran who was recently called up by the T&T Red Force for the Regional Super50, topscored with 44, while former West Indies U-19 player Jyd Goolie on debut for the club made 36.
Al Small was also among the runs and got 27. Pacer Anderson Phillip grabbed 2/37 for the Parkites and was well supported by fellow Red Force players Yannic Carriah 2/29 and Khary Pierre.
Down South, there was only 30 minutes play at Syne Village in Penal and Merryboys batting first against PowerGen closed on 30 without loss. When play resumes this morning, Amir Jangoo and Mario Belcon will resume the fight for the Patna Boys.
Just a stone’s throw away at Wilson Road in Penal, the story was the same, as only 4.5 overs were possible in the Clarke Road versus Alescon Comets clash. Clarke Road batting first was 21/0.
At the Oval, where the drainage is excellent play was possible for a great part of the day and the home team batting first was struggling at the end of the day 127/7. The Parkites were handily placed at 75 for one but a collapse of six wickets for 52 runs, gave Victoria the upperhand. Joshua De Silva topscored
for Queen’s Park II with 35, while the man doing the damage for Victoria was off-spinner Farrell Jugmohan who claimed 5/25.
Play on the final day today in all matches begins at 9.30am.
PREMIERSHIP I SCORES
At Felicity: Central Sports 186/7 (Kamil Pooran 44, Jyd
Goolie 36, Al Small 27, Anderson Phillip 2/37, Yannic Carriah 2/29, Khary Pierre 2/33) vs QPCC.
At Syne Village: Merryboys 30/0 vs PowerGen.
At Wilson Rd: FC Clarke Road 21/0 vs Alescon Comets.
At the Oval: QPCC II 127/7 (Joshua DeSilva 35, Farrell
Jugmohan 5/25) vs Victoria United.
QUEEN’S Park captain Justin Guillen, right, and his Central Sports counterpart Kjorn Ottley before their clubs clashed in the opening match of the Premier I cricket competition on Saturday at Invaders Ground in Felicity. From left are Parkites manager Jeffrey Guillen, Ryerson Bhagoo of the National League, second vice-president of the TTCB Lalman Kowlessar and Dudnath Ramkessoon, chairman of the NL. Photo courtesy TTCB.