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Augustus strokes half-century in trial

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Saturday, January 11 2014

QUEEN’S Park batsman Jonathan Augustus stroked 85 yesterday to give the national selectors a timely reminder of his quality on day one of the second three-day trial match at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

Batting for Cooper XI, the right-hander took advantage of two dropped catches to compile the top score to propel his team to a respectable 240 for eight off 73 overs at the close of play. He faced 136 balls, batted 179 minutes and slammed 13 fours and a six. Earlier, left-arm orthodox Kavesh Kantasingh accounted for opener Jeremy Solozano (14) and Justin Guillen (0) in a double blow. But Nicholas Sookdeosingh (31) and Augustus repaired the damage before the former was caught by Yannick Ottley off Tevin Robertson. Jason Mohammed made 44 from 66 balls but became “leggie” Imran Khan’s first victim. He later removed Kevon Cooper (0) while Vikash Mohan (10) was dismissed by pacer Rayad Emrit in his return from injury. Augustus was unperturbed, and after getting past his 50, began to accelerate.

He almost lost his wicket through his aggression, dropped at long off off Yannick Ottley’s bowling.

Fortune certainly favoured the brave as he took back-to-back boundaries off the next two deliveries in an obvious counterattack.

He tore into off-spinner Sherwin Ganga too, hoisting him for six but was trapped lbw by the right-hander next over short of triple figures. Steven Katwaroo later edged Ancil Bhaggan to slip for 15 but Yannic Cariah (35 not out) and Derone Davis batted steadily to the close.

With 19 wickets falling on day one of the last trial, national coach Kelvin Williams would be pleased to see the batters show more fight this time around.



SUMMARISED SCORES:

COOPER XI — Jonathan Augustus 85, Jason Mohammed 44, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 31, Yannic Cariah 35 not out; Kavesh Kantasingh 2/26, Imran Khan 2/30, Sherwin Ganga 1/24, Rayad Emrit 1/22 vs OTTLEY XI.

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