Red Force bats their way to 70-run win over Windies B

By October 12, 2018
Jason Mohammed Jason Mohammed

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force became the first team in the 2018 Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival to score over 300 runs and in so doing, bat their way past a game Windies B in a game at the Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday night. 

Sent into bat, the Red Force racked up 318 for nine led by a return to form from Lendl Simmons, who stroked a handsome run-a-ball 75, inclusive of 13 boundaries. The Red Force would then go on to bowl out the Windies B for 248 in 43.2 overs.

Simmons lost Kyle Hope for just one, after Bryan Charles ran him out, but the loss left the opener unperturbed as Jason Mohammed made for a brilliant replacement.

Mohammed scored 83 from 90 deliveries, playing second fiddle to Simmons in an innings that had just six fours, though there were four sixes in the mix.

The partnership yielded 105 runs with Mohammed scoring 41 runs from 52 deliveries, while Simmons scored 59 from 59.

When Simmons went with the score 122-2, Denesh Ramdin and Mohammed combined for 102 runs from just 97 deliveries, with the former dominating the deliveries in the partnership though the latter had begun to push the issue..

Ramdin’s 55 came from 66 deliveries, but he scored 51 in the partnership from 59 deliveries while Mohammed smacked 42 from just 38.

Dwayne Bravo, 21 from 20, and Kieron Pollard, 30 from 12 had cameos that pushed the scoring rate, but the truth is, the damage was already done and the game, could probably have been called.

When the Windies B replied, Keagan Simmons, opening with 60 from 76 balls looked to keep things close but the regular wickets falling around him meant there was to be no doubt in the eventual winner.

It was not until, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach, batting at number four, came to the crease that there was to be any stability, and it wasn’t for long enough, the batsman going for 30 from so deliveries.

Forty-nine from Odean Smith and Alzarri Joseph’s 61 from 36 deliveries meant there were instances when the Red Force could have worried, but not really.

Sunil Narine’s 3-38 from 10 overs made sure of that, while Ravi Rampaul, 2-43, Dwayne bravo, 2-55, Rayad Emrit, 1-33, and Kieron Pollard 1-1 from two balls, made sure of that.

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