West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph reiterated his return to full fitness by scything through Trinidad and Tobago Red Force as Leeward Islands Hurricanes claimed an emphatic 245-run victory in the third round of the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.
Resuming on yesterday’s final day on 26 without loss in pursuit of an improbable 342 for victory, Red Force crumbled meekly for 96 all out, 15 minutes into an extended first session at the Brian Lara Stadium.
Though they lost Kyle Hope and Amir Jangoo early in the day, they recovered somewhat to reach 72 for two before suffering an astonishing collapse that saw seven wickets crash for six runs in the space of 28 deliveries.
In fact at one stage, Red Force lost five wickets without adding a single run as Joseph, who snatched four for 22 and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, with four for 29, ruthlessly shredded the innings.
First innings top-scorer, opener Jeremy Solozano, again led Red Force with 42 but was one of only two batsmen in double figures — Hope the other with 17.
Joseph, who was limited to two one-dayers for West Indies last year as he struggled to recover from a back injury, finished the match with seven wickets and now has 15 in just three matches this season.