SUPER50: Centurions Bravo, Solozano crush Volcanoes

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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. (Trinidad Guardian)

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