TAROUBA – Captain Darren Bravo missed out on a third straight hundred as stellar left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul spearheaded Guyana Harpy Eagles’ charge to a 143-run win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
Resuming Saturday’s final day of the third round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, San Fernando, on 106 for three with their target of 412 of academic importance only, Red Force put up strong resistance before finally surrendering for 268 in their second innings on the stroke of tea.
Bravo, resuming the morning on 63, was dismissed for 95, an innings that required 170 balls, 249 balls and included 11 fours.
In the second round last month, the 34-year-old scored a hundred in each innings against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Wicketkeeper Amir Jangoo provided the resistance once Bravo was dismissed, finishing with an unbeaten 50 from 128 deliveries in three hours at the crease, while counting five fours and a six.
Tail-enders Uthman Muhammad (25) and Justin Mannick (22) frustrated Harpy Eagles in the second session, each providing support for Jangoo.
Permaul claimed three for 58 while Rosford Beaton (2-53) and Keemo Paul (2-73) finished with a brace of wickets to their credit.
The left-handed Bravo extended his overnight stand with Jyd Goolie (18) to 49 before the pair were separated when Goolie was run out after failing to regain his ground at the striker’s end, sent back by Bravo over a sharp single.
Bravo then stitched together small stands with Tion Webster (16) and Jangoo before finally departing with triple figures in sight, loosely driving Permaul high to straightish cover.
On 166 for eight at lunch, Red Force rallied in the second session through Jangoo who added 37 for the ninth wicket with Uthman and 57 for the last wicket with Mannick, before Harpy Eagles’ persistence paid off in the final over before the interval.
GUYANA HARPY EAGLES 324 (Kevin Sinclair 69, Leon Johnson 62, Anthony Bramble 56, Keemo Paul 46, Kemol Savory 44; Imran Khan 4-86, Bryan Charles 3-85, Uthman Muhammad 2-31) and 247 for six decl. (Kemol Savory 101 not out, Leon Johnson 74, Matthew Nandu 33; Darren Bravo 2-23, Bryan Charles 2-60).
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED FORCE 160 (Jason Mohammed 50, Jyd Goolie 22; Ronsford Beaton 4-31, Veerasammy Permaul 3-36, Keemo Paul 3-37) and 268 (Darren Bravo 95, Amir Jangoo 50 not out, Uthman Muhammad 25; Veerasammy Permaul 3-58, Ronsford Beaton 2-53, Keemo Paul 2-73)
Guyana Harpy Eagles won by 143 runs.