Veteran Red Force batsman Jason Mohammed

ROUNDING INTO FORM: Veteran Red Force batsman Jason Mohammed celebrates his century during the hosts’ Super50 match against USA at Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba on Friday night.

It rained sixes at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba Friday night as Jason Mohammed powered to his fifth regional 50-over century, leading the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to an emphatic 43-run victory over the USA in the Cricket West Indies Colonial Super50 Cup.

After a lengthy rain delay, the Red Force finally took the field with the match reduced to 30 overs each and, after a few setbacks, Mohammed put on an exhibition of power-hitting to score 101 not out, off just 62 balls, as the hosts posted 244 for four.

In reply, the USA could not match the Red Force’s power and were restricted to 201 for seven.

Named Player of the Match, Mohammed said scoring a century was not his initial goal when he walked to the middle at 66 for three in the 12th over but he was pleased to get to the milestone and help his team come out on top.

“Before the game I just had two opportunities to bat and, in a shortened 30 overs game, I was out there with about 18 overs to go, a century wasn’t really my goal. I wanted to get the team up to a good target and once I got a start, I wanted to bat as deep as possible and in the end, I ended up getting a hundred,” he said.

“I think the way we batted was really well and that was a big positive. To get to 240-odd in 30 overs was an excellent performance. All-round, we had a good game although they got to 200. I think the conditions were difficult with all the rain during the day. It was very difficult to grip the ball, so I think it was a good performance for us,” he added.

Mohammed struck nine sixes and two fours, including 16 runs in the final four balls of the innings to bring up his century.

The hosts were always looking for a big score with Darren Bravo hitting three sixes before he was caught down the leg-side off Steven Taylor.

Mohammed took some time to get himself set but with ten overs left, he started his onslaught.

He hit sixes off Ian Holland and Taylor and followed up with two each off Saurabh Netravalkar and Jasdeep Singh, in consecutive overs, as the score moved past the 200-run mark. Mohammed and Odean Smith put on 87 runs in the final five overs, with Smith hitting two sixes and three fours in an unbeaten 31, off just 17 balls.

After four matches, the Red Force are level on 12 points with the West Indies Emerging Players and Guyana Jaguars. The Emerging Players lead the standings with a superior net run rate while the hosts are second and the Jaguars, third.

Today the Red Force take on the

Windward Islands Volcanoes at Tarouba while the Jaguars are up against the Emerging Players at Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair.

With half of the group stage over, the hosts know that competition for the top two places will only get harder, going forward, and that they will have to shore up a few areas if they are to reach the knock-out round.“I think our batting has been good so far but our death bowling has been a bit off, in terms of finishing off the innings strong. We are going for a little too much runs at the death and we need to sharpen up on that, and we have also dropped some catches in the four games so our catching has to improve. And once we do that and we can have a good all-round performance, we can go far in this tournament,” Mohammed said.

Today’s Super50 Group B Fixtures

(All matches start at 1.30 p.m.)

Red Force vs Volcanoes, Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Jaguars vs Emerging Players, Queen’s Park Oval

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