Jaguars toil on day 2 after Mohammed’s unbeaten 79
2018-2019 CWI Regional 4-Day Tournament…
– Red Force lead by 222 with five wickets intact
By Brandon Corlette
An unbeaten 79 decorated with eight fours from Jason Mohammed, ensured Red Force ended the day on 264-5 enjoying a lead of 222. The defending champions, Guyana Jaguars toiled all day with only Rayon Reifer taking 2-32. Keemo Paul, spin twin Gudakesh Motie and Veerasammy Permaul collecting one wicket each. Mohammed featured in a 51-run partnership with Yanic Cariah and is currently involved in an unbroken 83-run partnership with Imran Khan who is on 40.
Resuming the day on 13-0, the Red Force openers, Jeremy Solozano and Joshua Da Silva continued to prosper, with level headed batting. The introduction of
Raymon Reifer saw the 84-run opening partnership broken. Left-arm seamer, Reifer trapped Solozano, out leg before for an attractive 45 from 89 balls, decorated with seven boundaries. Solozano was given out to a ball missing the leg-stump but was adjudged leg-before by umpire Jacqueline Williams.
After 27.1 overs, Jaguars tasted there first success in the 2nd innings; it took some 33 balls after the first wicket for Gudakesh Motie to bag the second wicket. Right-handed Tion Webster played a poor shot hitting one high into the off-side. He was out caught by Vishaul Singh off the bowling of Motie for eight from 33 balls, inclusive of one boundary.
Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin entered the batting crease at 95-2 in 31.4 overs. Da Silva and Ramdin negotiated well entering lunch at 107-2 in 37 overs. Da Silva was unbeaten on 27 while Ramdin was on nine. Eight balls later, into the afternoon session Ramdin was bowled behind his back off Keemo Paul for 10 from 19 balls including one four. After a solid start, Red Force then lost Da Silva when he was on 49, looking to pull a delivery and was out caught by Tagenarine Chanderpaul.
Da Silva, who was the best youth player in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018, faced 123 balls for his 49 decorated with seven fours. Red Force lost four wickets for 46
runs but Jason Mohammed and Yanic Cariah joined forces at 130-4 and batted until the tea interval. Red Force accumulated a lead of 121 runs at tea heading into the tea break on 163-4 in 63 overs; Mohammed was on 28 while Cariah was unbeaten on 11.
Nineteen balls into the final session the 51-run partnership between Cariah and Mohammed was broken; Red Force lost their fifth wicket when Cariah was trapped in front by Permaul for a painstaking 15 from 54 balls. At 181-5 Red Force had a lead of 139 runs with Mohammed still at the crease looking for a big score.
The Jaguars bowers were unable to stop Jason Mohammed from reaching his 12th First-class half-century as Imran Khan played some delightful strokes in the unbroken 83-run partnership. Mohammed ended the day on 79* while Khan remained unbeaten on 40 as Red Force acquired a 222-run lead. The penultimate day’s play will resume from 10:00h local time, with Jaguars looking to restrict the Red Force and preventing a likely Mohammed-century.