Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will be without injured Darren Bravo for their final-round West Indies Championship match against Guyana Harpy Eagles, bowling off today at the Queen’s Park Oval. Tion Webster will return to the Red Force’s 15-man squad for the final game of the four-day tournament.
Head coach David Furlonge confirmed the change yesterday, noting that the left-handed Bravo picked up an injury to his right index finger in their third-round loss against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex last month.
Despite the discomfort, Bravo played in T&T’s penultimate round match against Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy last week. But Furlonge said the injury has gotten “progressively worse over the period” forcing the player to sit out the final game.
Webster also played against the Hurricanes but failed to make an impact, falling for zero and six at the top of the innings.
In the two games he played this season, Bravo had scores of eight and four against the Pride and seven and two against the Hurricanes.
There were no other major changes to the Red Force line-up for the four-day season finale.
The match will be the final opportunity for the players to impress the West Indies selectors ahead of the regional team’s red-ball engagement against Bangladesh later this month. Pride will be on the line for the T&T in their final game of the season after poor performances with the bat in their previous matches which saw them bow out of the race for the Headley/Weekes Trophy.
T&T started the second phase of the first-class season well-positioned in second with three home matches to go. However, consecutive losses have seen them drop to fourth behind Guyana, the Leewards, and Barbados.
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