WINDIES SUPER50 CUP: Strong batting keep Red Force unbeaten
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –Trinidad & Tobago Red Force followed up a strong batting performance led by Jason Mohammed with tidy bowling to log a 70-run victory over WINDIES “B” in the 2018-19 WINDIES Super50 Cup on Thursday here.
Mohammed, Lendl Simmons and their captain Denesh Ramdin all hit half-centuries before the bowling – led by Sunil Narine – formalised a fourth victory to allow the Red Force to maintain their unbeaten record in the Tournament.
In the other Group “A” contest, a career-best spell from Ramaal Lewis spurred Guyana Jaguars to their third win in four matches, as they brushed aside Windward Island Volcanoes by 93 runs.
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At Queen’s Park Oval:Red Force were given a solid foundation thanks to two century partnerships involving Mohammed, Simmons and Ramdin which helped to set the launching pad for their total of 318 for nine from their 50 overs.
Alzarri Joseph then hit an unbeaten half-century, as the WINDIES “B” put up a fighting effort on their way to folding for 248 in 43.2 overs.
After being put in to bat, Simmons and Mohammed joined forces to share 105 following the early run out of Kyle Hope for one.
Simmons struck 13 boundaries in a run-a-ball 75 before his dismissal in the 24th over brought Ramdin to the crease to form a third-wicket partnership of 102 with Mohammed.
Mohammed struck six fours and four sixes in 83 off 90 balls, and Ramdin collected four fours and one six in 55 from 66 balls, but they were dismissed within 12 deliveries of each other to leave Red Force 242 for four in the 42nd over.
Kieron Pollard hit a cameo 30 from 12 balls to keep the momentum going, but the Red Force were only able to muster 33 runs from the final five overs.
Apart from Keagan Simmons’ 60 and a stubborn, unbeaten 51 from Joseph, WINDIES “B” failed to mount a fierce challenge.
They found themselves in trouble at 118 for five and never recovered, as Narine ended with 3-38 from his allotted 10 overs.
At the Brian Lara Cricket Academy:Lewis produced a memorable spell of off-spin bowling to snare 4-25 from 7.3 overs, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul bagged 3-32 from 10 overs and Ricardo Adams took 2-22 from eight overs, as the Volcanoes never seriously threatened in their chase of 232 for victory, with only three batsmen scoring more than 20 runs.
The Jaguars fell away badly, after an enterprising, opening stand of 121 between new WINDIES selectee Sherfane Rutherford and left-hander Trevon Griffith and were dismissed for 231 in 49 overs.
Rutherford hit the top score of 69 from 61 balls that included 10 fours and one six, and Griffith supported with six fours and one six in 64 from 73 balls.
Left-arm spinner Larry Edward was the pick of the Volcanoes’ bowlers, taking 4-34, his captain Shane Shillingford grabbed 3-47 from 10 overs and Kesrick Williams took 2-40 from seven overs.