Mohammed's unbeaten 87 steers Red Force to 338 for 5 at Brian Lara Academy

By March 14, 2019

An unbeaten knock of 89 from Jason Mohammed and half centuries from Kyle Hope and Jeremy Solozano saw the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force close on 338 for 5 at stumps on Day One of their West Indies Championships match against the Jamaica Scorpions at the Briana Lara Cricket Academy on Thursday.

Mohammed defied a destructive spell of 4-49 off 17 overs from Nicholson Gordon and was eyeing his second hundred of the season when stumps were drawn.

The WINDIES international shared three successive partnerships of 50 runs or more to lead the Red Force’s domination after they chose to bat.

Test batsman Kyle Hope and left-handed, fellow opener Jeremy Solozano gave the home team a rollicking start of 127 for the first wicket before Gordon removed both of them and Joshua Da Silva in three successive overs to leave Red Force at 136 for three.

Hope hit 64 and Solozano made 63 to cross the 500-run threshold for the season before the Red Force entered into a purple patch in the second half of the day.

Lendl Simmons, whose 30 carried him into the 4,000-run club for Red Force, alongside former captain Daren Ganga (5,955 runs) and his uncle, former WINDIES all-rounder and head coach Phil Simmons (4,532 runs), shared 51 for the fourth wicket with Mohammed to stabilize the innings.

After Nkrumah Bonner bowled Simmons, there was further agony for the Scorpions, when Mohammed and Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin put on 87 for the fifth wicket either side of tea to ensure the hosts claimed two batting points.

Gordon removed Ramdin in the first half-hour after tea and Khary Pierre came to the crease to bat through the final 75 minutes hours with Mohammed before bad light stopped play.

They have so far put on 64 for the sixth wicket and ensuring Red Force collect a third batting point.

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