Friday, December 15, 2017

Mohammed’s maiden double century puts T&T on top

Jason Mohammed scored his maiden first-class double century to give Trinidad and Tobago maximum batting bonus points – five – against the Combined Campuses and Colleges on the second day of their Regional Four-Day championship day/night fixture at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain yesterday.

 Mohammed scored 220 off 344 balls with 24 fours and five sixes to lead the hosts to 451 for eight declared off 116.5 overs.

T&T pacer Shannon Gabriel then got a wicket his sixth ball, sending back Shacaya Thomas for five but T&T were effectively a bowler short after skipper Rayad Emrit stayed off the field with back spasms.

Gabriel had to share the new ball with Darren Bravo, and while both men troubled the batsmen, it was Gabriel who continued to take the wickets.

He had Kyle Corbin lbw for 14 with the score on 29, however that was all T&T would get as CCC went into the tea interval on 41 for two after 15 overs. Gabriel had two for 19 at that stage.

Earlier, Mohammed continuing from an overnight score of 149, got to his 150 with a push to the off-side but after that, his overnight partner Steven Katwaroo was caught at first slip by Anthony Alleyne for ten, making way for Evin Lewis to resume his innings.

Lewis, who left the field after just two overs on day one after he was hit on the inside of his leg, got going with a sweep for four off leg-spinner Akeem Dewar to take the score to 350 before pulling the spinner over the midwicket fence for six .

But the left-hander mistimed a drive off pacer Dawayne Sealy with ,Thomas taking a good catch running back at mid-on. He was out for 26, having shared a 54-run stand for the sixth wicket with Mohammed.

At the other end, Mohammed inched his way up to his double century, going into the early dinner break on 185 after rain cut short the opening session.

After the break, Mohammed got to 191 with a six over long-off before finally getting his maiden double hundred, calmly pushing Sealy into the off-side and taking off for a single to get the small crowd on their feet. 

His 200 came off 326 balls after he had batted for more than seven hours in the middle.

He struck 21 fours and four sixes when he got to the milestone and then started to play some more shots as T&T tried to press their advantage and get some quick runs.

Mohammed stepped into high gear with a pull for four to mid wicket off pacer Jermaine Levy before depositing Sealy over square leg for his fifth and final six as he and Khan put on 50 runs for the seventh wicket before Khan was lbw to Kavem Hodge with the score on 447.

The T&T declaration eventually came when Mohammed was caught by Alleyne running in from the point boundary off Steven Jacobs (two for 52).

Yesterday’s other regional scores:

At Sabina Park: Jamaica trail by 273 runs with six wickets standing

BARBADOS 423 (Kirk Edwards 105, Shane Dowrich 102, Jason Holder 46, Ashley Nurse 40, Carlos Brathwaite 34, Kraigg Brathwaite 29; Nikita Miller 4-95) vs JAMAICA 150-4 (Jermaine Blackwood 64, Nkrumah Bonner 31 not out, Jon-Ross Campbell 31; Jonathan Carter 2-4)

At Queen’s Park Stadium: Windwards lead by 256 runs

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) and 135 for three (Devon Smith 76 not out, Tyrone Theophile 27) vs LEEWARD ISLANDS 171-9 dec. (Devon Thomas 44, Orlando Peters 41, Tonito Willett 27, Kieran Powell 26; Shane Shillingford 5-60, Orlando Peters 2-19, Nelon Pascal 2-36)