RAIN HAMPERS COMBINED COLLEGES & CAMPUSES VICTORY CHARGE AT MONTEGO BAY
Trinidad and Tobago may yet manage a great escape after some key assistance from the weather. Rain poured down on Jarrett Park all day on Sunday forcing a total abandonment of the third day’s play as the Trinis find themselves 232 runs behind the impressive Combined Campuses and Colleges in the opening round of the WICB Four Day Regional Tournament.
CCC ended the second day on 105 for 4 in their second innings having scored 234 in their first innings and disposing the Trinidadians for a paltry 107 mainly through the outstanding efforts of left arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh and poor batting by the Trinidadians.
Umpires Melvin Noble and Patrick Gustard took the decision to officially abandon play at the end of the lunch interval after overnight and non-stop rain in the morning which made the outfield wet. The groundstaff could not remove the covers at any stage and there were concerns that sweating under the covers may have caused spots of wetness on the pitch.
The rains continued for the rest of the day, further soaking the outfield and this will make any lengthy period of play on the final day a major uncertainty. More rain is forecast for Sunday night and Monday as well and this will frustrate Floyd Reifer and his CCC squad who would have been keen on pressing for full points after thumping the Trinis and having them on the ropes.
Left handed opener Omar Phillips was outstanding with the bat for the CCC, stroking a dogged 88 in the first innings and an unbeaten 51 in the second and Reifer’s captaincy did not lapse at any stage, underscoring that the 37 year old veteran remains one of the better captains in regional cricket.