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Imran Khan spins Trinidad and Tobago to innings win

Legspinner Imran Khan in his delivery stride WICB Media/Ashley Allen

Legspinner Imran Khan took seven wickets in the match and struck an important 84 unbeaten runs to lead Trinidad and Tobago's innings rout of Leeward Islands in North Sound. T&T's big win puts them more than five points clear of Jamaica for the second place, while Leeward, stuck with a solitary win after five matches, are on fifth position.

Imran took 3 for 26 in the first innings as Leewards buckled for 207 after opting to make first use of the surface. Devon Thomas held Leeward's innings together and tried to build it with 46. But Leeward lost wickets regularly at the other end to be brought down to 93 for 5. Thomas then finally found support in the form of Rahkeem Cornwall, the Leeward captain, who struck 43 and partnered Thomas for a sixth-wicket partnership of 66. The stand ended with the dismissal of Cornwall, while Thomas fell two overs later, having top-scored for his side. Shane Burton's 29 quick, unbeaten runs hauled Leeward past 200 before Imran mopped up the last two wickets to end Leeward's innings on 207. Medium-pacer Roshon Primus took wickets all across the line-up and finished with 4 for 57.

T&T made a dominant start to their reply, with their openers Kyle Hope and Amir Jangoo stitching together 187. Both batsmen fell short of centuries - Jangoo for 96 and Hope for 84 - in successive overs. That triggered a spectacular slide as T&T lost seven wickets for 48 runs. But Imran extended Leeway's stay on the field substantially by putting on an eight-wicket partnership of 79 with Khary Pierre (23). Imran stayed not out on 84 as T&T piled on 360 for a first-innings lead of 153. Terrence Warde took three wickets for Leeward.

Barring a first-wicket stand of 86, Leeward's second innings made for woeful reading. Montcin Hodge displayed oodles of patience in compiling 54 off 198 balls, while Chesney Hughes struck 42 off 96 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Apart from the two, only the No. 9 Jeremiah Louis moved to double figures as Imran and Pierre tore through Leeward with nine wickets between them. Pierre finished with his first-class best figures of 5 for 44, while Imran took 4 for 17.