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Mohammed leads T&T fightback

By Roger Seepersad

Trinidad and Tobago middle order batsman Jason Mohammed slammed his seventh first class half century and his second of the season to lead the T&T fight-back on the on the first day of the Regional  Four-Day championship day/night match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain yesterday.

Even with some wayward bowling from the CCC pacers early in the innings, T&T still found themselves in some trouble at 79 for three in the 20th over with Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard all back in the pavilion.

T&T opener Evin Lewis was also back in the pavilion retired hurt at the end of the second over of the game when he was hit by pacer Jermaine Levy on the inside of his leg.

Mohammed however showed some fight, hitting six fours and one six to bring up his 50 off 73 balls, sharing an 83-run stand with skipper Rayad Emrit to take T&T to 162 for three after 41 overs.

Mohammed was 64 not out off 102 balls as they approached the tea interval.

Emrit also came good on day one. Coming out to bat before wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo and Imran Khan, the T&T skipper hit three sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 39 off 61 balls.

Also in the T&T starting line-up were Ricky Jaipaul, Amit Jaggernauth, and Shannon Gabriel.

Both Levy and Dwayne Sealy were getting the ball to swing but were too off target with the new ball to threaten the T&T batsmen.

Left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer held a much better line and got the breakthrough as Barath edged a leg-side ball to wicketkeeper Walton with the score on 43. Barath made 12.

The first session ended early after just 10.1 overs due to rain and after the break Reifer struck again as Bravo played one onto his stumps for ten. Leg-spinner Akeem Dewar then struck with his second ball of the match, sending back Pollard, caught behind for four playing a defensive shot as T&T slipped to 79 for three.

In between the wickets,  Mohammed played some attractive shots all over the ground keep the home team competitive heading into the break. By that time, extras amounted to 33, with Sealy bowling 12 no-balls and two wides while Levy had three no-balls and one wide. Yesterday’s Regional-Four-day scores:


Yesterday’s other regional scores

At Sabina Park: Jamaica won toss and fielded.

BARBADOS 275-6 (Kirk Edwards 105, Shane Dowrich 40, Carlos Brathwaite 34, Kraigg Brathwaite 29) vs JAMAICA


At Queen’s Park Stadium: Leewards trail Windwards by 256 runs with nine wickets standing.

WINDWARD ISLANDS 292 (Romel Currency 76, Devon Smith 47, Sunil Ambris 53, Keddy Lesporis 30, Mervin Matthew 30, Tyrone Theophile 27; Kieran Powell 3-38, Gavin Tonge 2-46, Anthony Martin 2-62, Yannick Leonard 2-74) vs LEEWARD ISLANDS 36-1.



T20 SCOREBOARD


AUSTRALIA vs WEST INDIES


Australia Inns


A Finch b Samuels.......................16

D Warner b Badree......................20

S Watson st Ramdin b Narine........2

G Maxwell c Bravo b Badree.......45

G Bailey c Sammy b Samuels.....12

B Hodge b Narine........................35

J Faulkner c Bravo b Santokie.....13

B Haddin not out..........................15

M Starc c Russell b Bravo..............4

J Muirhead not out.........................1

Extras (b2, w7, nb6)...................15

TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs)...........178

Did not bat: D Bollinger

Wkts at: 33 (Finch), 41 (Warner), 41 (Watson), 77 (Bailey), 100 (Maxwell), 152 (Hodge), 154 (Faulkner), 171 (Starc)

Bowling: Santokie 4-0-30-1, Badree 4-0-37-2, Samuels 2-0-20-2, Narine 4-1-19-2, Sammy 1-0-16-0, Bravo 4-0-39-1, Russell 1-0-15-0


West Indies Inns


D Smith c wkp Haddin b Starc.....17

C Gayle c Maxwell b Muirhead....53

L Simmons c Maxwell b 

Bollinger.......................................26

M Samuels c Haddin b Starc.......12

DJ Bravo not out..........................27

D Sammy not out.........................34

Extras (b2, lb6, w2)...................10

TOTAL (4 wkts, 19.4 overs)........179

Did not bat: D Ramdin, A Russell, S Narine, S Badree, K Santokie.

Wkts at: 50 (Smith), 101 (Gayle), 107 (Simmons), 130 (Samuels)

Bowling: Watson 2-1-11-0, Starc 4-0-50-2, Bollinger 4-0-34-1, Maxwell 3-0-28-0, Faulkner 3.4-0-27-0, Muirhead 3-0-21-1.


Result: West Indies won by six wickets.

Points: West Indies 2, Australia 0

Man-of-the-Match: Darren Sammy (West Indies).

Umpires: M Erasmus, I Gould; TV – R Kettleborough.

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