National coach Kelvin Williams has credited the Red Force batting for yesterday’s emphatic 10-wicket win against the Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair. The victory was the first for the Red Force after starting the season with two straight draws and earned the hosts 22 points, while the Volcanoes got just five.
The Red Force had posted a massive 402 all out in their first innings before bowling out the Windwards for 166 on day two and 259 on day three, to leave a winning target of just 24 runs for TT to make.
Williams, speaking to Newsday yesterday, praised captain Denesh Ramdin (116), Jason Mohammed (113) and Kyle Hope (68) for putting TT in command early in the match.
“I think it is something that we actually planned.
“We came here for that (victory) and the guys delivered. I thought the batting set us up for what happened today. In every game, we need to get 20 wickets, getting 402 and getting 20 wickets, it is a good feeling,” he said.
Williams, who replaced Gus Logie at the helm, explained it was an automatic decision to bring Mohammed and Hope into the team at the expense of Marlon Richards and Ewart Nicholson.
“They are senior players, one is a Test player (Hope) and one is West Indies vice captain (Mohammed) as far as ODI is concerned. When they came back, automatically two guys will have to go. They came back and I’m glad they performed. The two guys that were left off, they didn’t do anything wrong but they (Mohammed and Hope) justified their selection,” he said..
Yesterday, the Red Force overcame Devon Smith’s second hundred of the season to dismiss the Windwards and win the match inside three days. The left-handed opener, with over 12,000 first class runs, carried his bat but eventually ran out of partners.
The discarded West Indies batsman was undefeated on 119 – his 31st first-class hundred – as the Volcanoes were bowled out for 259 in their second innings about 45 minutes before the close on the third day of the third-round match at Queen’s Park Oval. Smith smashed 13 fours and one six from 240 balls in close to 5 ½ hours of batting, sharing half-century stands with Tarryck Gabriel for the third wicket and Shane Shillingford for the eighth wicket to beef-up the Volcanoes’ total.
Shillingford made 52, Gabriel scored 25 and Kavem Hodge added 20, as the visitors’ batting was undermined by left-arm fast-medium bowler Daniel St. Clair with 4-29 from 13 overs and leg-spinner Imran Khan with 4-67 from 22.2 overs.
Needing 24 for victory, Red Force knocked them off with little trouble just prior to scheduled close with West Indies batsman Kyle Hope not out on 17 and left-handed opener Amir Jangoo not out on one.
Williams was full of praise for Khan who has been among the wickets in each match this season.
“Imran Khan is a seasoned campaigner, we expect him to carry the bulk of the bowling for us and he’s been producing the goods,” he said.
Red Force host three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground in the next round, when the Volcanoes welcome Barbados Pride to Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St. Vincent.