SUPER50: Centurions Bravo, Solozano crush Volcanoes

SUPER50: Centurions Bravo, Solozano crush Volcanoes
Darren Bravo and Jeremy Solozano batted the Volcanoes out of the game
Darren Bravo and Jeremy Solozano batted the Volcanoes out of the game

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Man-of-the-Match Dar­ren Bra­vo and Je­re­my Solozano scored bril­liant un­beat­en cen­turies to steer the T&T Red Force to a com­pre­hen­sive eight-wick­et vic­to­ry over the Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes in their open­ing Colo­nial Med­ical In­sur­ance Su­per-50 matchup at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, on Thurs­day night.

Bra­vo hit 115 not out, while open­er Solozano al­most matched him with 102 as the Red Force cruised to their 239 tar­get in just 33.2 overs.

Bra­vo’s knock last­ed 146 min­utes, came off 127 balls and in­clud­ed five fours and eight six­es, as he and Solozano, who hit nine fours and two six­es off 118 balls, hit the Vol­ca­noes bowlers to all parts of the Oval af­ter they had got­ten the Red Force open­ers cheap­ly and felt they were in with a chance to top­ple the home side.

Af­ter spin­ner Shane Shilling­ford dis­missed open­er Tion Web­ster for just five and Kyle Hope (5) fol­lowed him back in the pavil­ion with just 13 runs on the board, Bra­vo and Solozano shared in an un­bro­ken part­ner­ship of 226 runs which new skip­per Im­ran Khan his first vic­to­ry.

Ear­li­er, half-cen­turies from bats­men Kaveem Hodge and Desron Mal­oney en­sured that the Vol­ca­noes got to a re­spectable to­tal af­ter they fell away fol­low­ing a good start, in which they were 108-1 af­ter 27 overs.

Al­though they didn’t lose many wick­ets ear­ly, the Wind­wards scored slow­ly and when they de­cid­ed to ac­cel­er­ate to­wards the end they lost wick­ets in clus­ters.

Mal­oney fell to part-time spin­ner Ja­son Mo­hammed for 56 off 81 balls, in­clud­ing five fours and this sparked a Red Force re­vival. Yan­nick Ot­t­ley fol­lowed with the scalp of Hodge for 57 off 103 de­liv­er­ies and T&T took a grip af­ter­wards.

Skip­per Im­ran Khan took 2-28 off 10 overs and Ot­t­ley 2-34, al­so off 10, to sti­fle the vis­i­tors. They used the slow na­ture of the Oval track to good ef­fect and their com­bined 20 overs yield­ed on­ly 62 runs for the loss of four wick­ets.


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