Hosein has career best figures as Red Force demolish the Hurricanes

By January 20, 2020

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein completed a career-best to propel home team Trinidad & Tobago Red Force to an innings and 168-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

Hosein took two of the last three Hurricanes wickets and ended with 6-62 from 25.4 overs for match figures of 10-113 to earn the Player of the Match award.

The Red Force needed a little under 40 minutes to complete victory and move to the top of the Championship table.

The Hurricanes, resuming from their overnight total of 162 for seven, lost Damion Jacobs with the final ball of first over of the day, when Hosein trapped him lbw for two.

Quinton Boatswain offered token resistance before he was run out for one and Sheeno Berridge became the last scalp for Hosein to bring the contest to a close.

West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph, batting at eight, gave evidence of his improving batting prowess with the top score of 47 not out for the Hurricanes but it was never going to be enough to prevent the inevitable.

Scores: TT Red Force 552 for 9 declared. Leeward Islands Hurricanes 186 and 198.

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