T&T take 324 lead over Jamaica into Final Day

    T&T Red Force batsman Jason Mohammed

    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.

    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.