Brilliant Bravo hits top form with second ton of the match

TRINIDAD: Darren Bravo created history when he struck his second century of the match as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force drew their second round West Indies Championship first-class contest against Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

The left-hander made 100 not out to lift Red Force to 183-5 declared in their second innings on the final day at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Saturday. In the first innings Bravo made 100 – making him the first batsman to achieve twin century at the venue and the first time for Trinidad & Tobago against Leeward Islands.

Having been dismissed for 302 in their first innings, the declaration left Hurricanes with an improbable 300 for victory and they finished on 72-1. Earlier, Rahkeem Cornwall completed his 17th first class fifty when he made 67, carrying the Hurricanes innings after they resumed on 243-7, still 175 runs in arrears.

Unbeaten on 33 at the start, Cornwall struck seven fours and a two sixes off 95 balls and found an ally in Hayden Walsh Jr (33) to stretch the eighth wicket stand to 83.Off-spinner Bryan Charles grabbed two of the three wickets to fall to end with four for 84 while left-arm spinner Khary Pierre took the other wicket to end with three for 63.

Ahead by 116, Red Force had a less than ideal start when pacer Sheno Berridge bowled Keagan Simmons for one in the second over with as many runs on the board before captain Bravo took charge. He stroked 10 fours in an innings requiring 153 balls and just short of three hours at the crease, posting 85 for the second wicket with Jeremy Solozano (26), 28 for the third wicket with Jason Mohammed (12) and 28 for the fifth with Terrance Hinds (16).

With survival their only focus, Hurricanes comfortably denied Red Force thanks to opener Montcin Hodge who struck an unbeaten 33 in a 52-run, opening stand with Test batsman Kieran Powell (21). Hodge batted nearly 1-½ hours and counted half-dozen fours, finding support from Keacy Carty (11 not out) to further frustrate Red Force once Powell departed.

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