BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended an otherwise disappointing Regional four-day campaign on a high when they crushed Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 17 runs here Tuesday.Starting the final day of their 10th round game at Warner Park needing a huge effort to pull off victory, Red Force found their inspiration in leg-spinner Imran Khan who finished with match figures of 11 for 140.He failed to add to his overnight five-wicket haul as Hurricanes, resuming on 273 for six, were dismissed for 299. Seamer Roshon Primus took two of the four wickets to fall to finish with two for 62.Following on by 254 runs, Hurricanes were dismissed for 237 in their second innings with Khan proving T&T’s trump card again with six for 74.Off-spinner Bryan Charles picked up three for 110.Opener and captain Montcin Hodge resisted with an unbeaten 96 while Kacey Carty carved out his second half-century of the game with 54 and Akeem Saunders got 41.Hurricanes were 188 for three at one stage inside the first hour after tea but suffered a swift collapse to lose their last seven wickets for 49 runs, and slide to their fifth defeat of the season.In their second turn at the crease, Chesney Hughes fell cheaply for 11 with just 25 runs on the board but Hodge and Carty combined in an 83-run second-wicket stand to steady the innings.Hodge faced 222 balls in just over 4-3/4 hours and struck 13 fours while Carty, in his eighth first class game, stroked five fours and two sixes in a handsome 79-ball knock.Charles claimed Carty – mistiming a drive to mid-on – and Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner (0) – caught at the wicket – in successive deliveries but Hurricanes found solace in another half-century stand, this time between Hodge and Saunders, which yielded 76 runs.Saunders was within touching distance of his half-century when he gloved one from Khan that bounced and was caught at forward short-leg, triggering a terminal decline.RED FORCE 1st innings 553HURRICANES 1st innings (o/n 273 for six)M. Hodge c Webster b Khan 64C. Hughes lbw b Charles 71K. Carty c Webster b Khan 53N. Bonner c Cooper b Khan 16A. Saunders lbw b Primus 27J. Otto lbw b Khan 0S. Peters c and b Khan 0J. Taylor b Cottrell 23J. Louis c Cariah b Richards 16J. Campbell b Primus 0G. Tonge not out 8Extras: (b-4, lb-8, w-2, nb-7) 21Total: (all out, 107.5 overs) 299Fall of wickets: 1-137, 2-175, 3-223, 4-223, 5-227, 6-237, 7-273, 8-275, 9-275.Bowling: Cottrell 15-2-37-1, Richards 14.5-4-39-1, Primus 18-2-62-2, Webster 3-1-11-0, Imran Khan 28-7-66-5, Charles 29-10-72-1.HURRICANES 2nd innings (following on)M. Hodge not out 96C. Hughes c Primus b Khan 11K. Carty c Primus b Charles 54N. Bonner c wkp. Jangoo b Charles 0A. Saunders c Nicholson b Khan 41J. Otto c Richards b Cariah 8S. Peters c Khan b Charles 8J. Taylor c Cottrell b Khan 1J. Louis b Khan 0G. Tonge c Cariah b Khan 0J. Campbell c Primus b Khan 1Extras: (b-12, lb-4, nb-1) 17Total: (all out, 79.5 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-112, 3-112, 4-188, 5-207, 6-230, 7-231, 8-231, 9-231.Bowling: Richards 5-1-4-0, Primus 4-0-7-0, Webster 2-0-12-0, Charles 31-6-110-3, Imran Khan 32.5-9-74-6, Cottrell 3-0-11-0, Cariah 2-0-3-1.Points: Red Force 20.8, Hurricanes 5.
The Wisconsin men and women’s cross country teams will take their national rankings to Columbus, Ohio, when they take part in the Big Ten Conference Championships Sunday.The men will be looking to capture their ninth straight Big Ten title. They finished 13th in the Blue Race at the Pre-NCAA Invitational and are currently ranked No. 6 in the country. Head coach Jerry Schumacher’s team is much younger this year than in the past, with eight freshmen on the roster. “They’re a talented group, and they’re learning a lot as we go, but there’s all these expectations, and I don’t want to say pressure put on them — we put the most pressure on ourselves,” Schumacher said. “But these expectations that have been going on for a few years now — we’re expecting to see them compete like [a top-ranked team], and they’re making mistakes every time we’re out trying to do our job.”Schumacher will run nine athletes Sunday, five of whom will be scored. Juniors Stuart Eagon and Matt Withrow will lead the way for the Badgers.“They’re definitely going to be our upfront runners,” Schumacher said. “They also have the most experience. … Those two young men, they should really provide the upfront power that we need on such a young team.”The Badgers will need the younger runners to step up as well and help Eagon and Withrow. Schumacher took some advice from another UW coach in dealing with the team’s youth.“I was talking with Coach (Bo) Ryan the other day and he was talking about his squad,” Schumacher said. “We were just kind of talking, and he said he needs some young guys to play like juniors and seniors. Well, we need some of our young distance runners to run like juniors and seniors.”Coming off its fourth-place finish at the NCAA tournament last season, the women’s team currently holds a No. 21 ranking after finishing ninth in the Pre-NCAA Invite. Head coach Jim Stintzi’s team might lack the experience of last year’s squad, which finished second at the Big Ten Championships, but he has seen continued improvement as the season has progressed.“We’re running not necessarily a young team but an inexperienced team, and that team has gotten progressively better each week,” Stintzi said. “And this weekend will really be the true test of whether we’re going to step into sort of a national-caliber team — (a) top 10, top-15 type team, or whether we’ve got some more work to do in the last couple weeks of the season.”Freshman Cassie Hintz and sophomore Hanna Grinaker have been the team’s most consistent runners throughout the season, but Stintzi said he would like to see more production from the more seasoned athletes on the team.“It’s tough to be led by freshmen and sophomores,” Stintzi said. “Last year, we had ‘A Havahla Haynes and Katrina Rundhaug, and they were sort of anchors for us. So, I think that’s one of the reasons we’re just not quite where we should be right now.”The meet for both teams will take place Sunday at Ohio State, with the men starting at 10:30 a.m. and the women following at 11 a.m.