Carib Beer Cup 2004-05 February 4, 2005

Ramdin and Simmons fight back

Cricinfo staff

Trinidad & Tobago 217 for 5 (Ramdin 84, Simmons 76) trail Jamaica 316 (Pagon 104*, Emrit 5-55) by 99 runs

Trinidad & Tobago made a steady reply to Jamaica's first-innings score of 316 by reaching 217 for 5 at the end of the second day. Fifties by Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons - who added 115 for the third wicket - plucked Jamaica out of a precarious position at 43 for 2. Ramdin's 84 was his highest score in his fledgling first-class career. His dismissal, just before play ended, tilted the balance back towards Jamaica.

In the morning, Donovan Pagon reached his hundred (104 not out) in the company of the lower order. But Jamaica could add only 23 runs to their overnight total, as Reyad Emrit picked up the final wickets to end with 5 for 55 - his third five-wicket haul in only his ninth first-class game.

Personal tragedy struck Shazam Bawah, who had to withdraw from the Trinidad & Tobago side upon hearing about the demise of his father. His withdrawal came as a blow to T & T as they sought to win first-innings points.