ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Jason Mohammed followed up a career-best spell from Anderson Phillip with his ninth first-class hundred on Saturday, to prop up Trinidad & Tobago Red Force’s second innings batting and set up an intriguing final day against Jamaica Scorpions in the final match of the 2018-19 West Indies Championship.
Mohammed was undefeated on 108 to follow up his first innings 94 and lead the Red Force to 282 for nine in their second innings at the close on the third day of their rescheduled first round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, for an overall lead of 324.
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Prior to this, Phillip had ended with 5-74 from 14.4 overs and WINDIES strike bowler Shannon Gabriel finished with 3-51 from 20 overs, as the Scorpions were bowled out for 347 to earn Red Force a 42-run, first innings lead.
Red Force then made a steady start batting a second time before they stumbled to 86 for five and Mohammed led the recovery, sharing half-century stands with Odean Smith, Khary Pierre and Phillip to extend the home team’s lead, as they chase a season sweep against the visitors.
Smith made 31 in a stand of 53 with Mohammed for the sixth wicket, Pierre got 21 in a seventh-wicket partnership of exactly 50 with the former Red Force captain, and Phillip further frustrated the Scorpions with 16 in putting on 56 for the ninth wicket with the WINDIES international.
Test star Jermaine Blackwood was the pick of the Scorpions’ bowlers, taking 3-39 from 12 overs with his part-time medium pace, and rookie off-spinner Akim Frazer supported with 3-56 from 16 overs.
Earlier, starting the day on 282 for six, the Scorpions were bowled out in the final half-hour before lunch.
Nkrumah Bonner was dismissed for 61 – after resuming on 42 – and there was token resistance from the rest of the batting, as Phillip grabbed three of the last four Scorpions scalps and Gabriel bagged the other.
RESULTS OF MATCHES
Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9
Volcanoes lost to Jaguars by 125 runs – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Pride lost to Hurricanes by 34 runs – Three Ws Oval, Barbados
Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16
Pride beat Scorpions by 41 runs – Three Ws Oval
Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by 9 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Red Force lost to Volcanoes by 76 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7
Scorpions lost to Volcanoes by 5 wickets – Sabina Park, Jamaica
Red Force lost to Hurricanes by 245 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Pride lost to Jaguars by 6 wickets – Kensington Oval, Barbados
Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13
Scorpions lost to Red Force by 157 runs – Sabina Park
Jaguars beat Volcanoes by 8 wickets – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17
Hurricanes lost to Pride by an innings and 18 runs – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20
Jaguars lost to Hurricanes by 2 wickets – Guyana National Stadium
Red Force lost to Pride by 7 wickets – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Volcanoes lost to Scorpions by 4 wickets – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3
Hurricanes lost to Scorpions by 1 wicket – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Red Force beat Jaguars by 93 runs – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Pride lost Volcanoes by 8 wickets – Kensington Oval
Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10
Jaguars beat Scorpions by 7 wickets – Guyana National Stadium
Pride beat Red Force by 4 wickets – Kensington Oval
Volcanoes lost to Hurricanes by 12 runs – Windsor Park, Dominica
Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24
Hurricanes drew with Red Force – Warner Park
Scorpions beat Jaguars by 8 wickets – Sabina Park
Volcanoes lost Pride by 23 runs – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent
Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3
Scorpions lost to Hurricanes by 134 runs – Sabina Park
Jaguars beat Pride by 7 wickets – Guyana National Stadium
Volcanoes lost to Red Force by 190 runs – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10
Scorpions lost to Pride by 2 wickets – Sabina Park
Jaguars beat Red Force by 6 wickets – Guyana National Stadium
Hurricanes beat Volcanoes by 6 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)
Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17
Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad