|Mohammed props up poor TT batting |
Saturday, February 16 2013
Jason Mohammed stroked a half-century yesterday but Trinidad and Tobago’s batsmen struggled against the Windward Islands bowling before being dismissed for just 179 on the opening day of the WICB Regional Four-Day match at Arnos Vale, St Vincent.
The hosts were 24 without loss at the close of play. It was not the way the “Red Force” would have wanted to start off their campaign after setting this title at the top of their agenda for 2013.
Not lifting the four-day crown since the 2005-2006 season, TT are keen on addressing this lack of success but their bowlers have a lot to do today to secure first innings points. The “Red Force’ have gone with three pacers including Ravi Rampaul, Shannon Gabriel and Rayad Emrit.
TT’s Jason Mohammed, coming into the crease after the Windwards had made inroads into the “Red Force” lineup, propped up a poor effort from the visitors with a knock of 57. Left-hander Justin Guillen, in sublime form this season, chipped in with 33. TT captain Denesh Ramdin added 20. With the absence of several of this country’s West Indies stars such as Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard, TT would have been looking to the experienced Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons to fill the void but both fell cheaply.
Medium pacer, Kenroy Peters, was the pick of the Windward Islands bowlers with a haul of three wickets for 28 runs. Liam Sebastian (2/21) and Delorn Johnson (2/32) were also among the wickets as the Windwards restricted TT’s much hyped batting lineup.
In reply, the Windwards had the in-form left-hander Devon Smith (16 not out) and Tyronne Theophile (six not out) at the crease.
WINDWARD ISLANDS: Liam Sebastien (captain), Andre Fletcher, Donwell Hector, Lindon James, Delorn Johnson Garey Mathurin, Nelon Pascal, Kenroy Peters, Dalton Polius, Devon Smith, Tyronne Theophile.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Adrian Barath, Yannic Cariah, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Justin Guillen, Amit Jaggernauth, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons.
Summarised Scores: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 179 - Jason Mohammed 57, Justin Guillen 33, Denesh Ramdin 20; Kenroy Peters 3-28, Liam Sebastien 2-21, Delorn Johnson 2-32 vs WINDWARDS 24/0 - Devon Smith 16 not out.