Without the players who have become world-known for their first-class abilities, a Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team has arguably quietly gone about the business of defending its hold on the West Indies Cricket Board’s regional 50-overs champions title.
Captained by Jason Mohammed and buoyed by brilliant performances from all-rounder Marlon Richards, batsmen Kjorn Ottley, Evin Lewis and Barbadian Kyle Hope and new spinners on the block, Jon Ros Jagessar, Guyanese Narsingh Deonarine and Akeal Hosein, the Red Force have beaten Jamaica Scorpions twice, Barbados Pride and must have thought that minnows ICC Americas got off the hook when their match was abandoned because of unfit ground conditions in Tobago.
Today the Red Force play their penultimate preliminary round match versus the Americas from 1.30 pm at the Queen’s Park Oval before concluding their preliminary-round Group ampaign against Barbados Pride on Sunday afternoon back at the Oval.
Red Force captain Mohammed had no qualms about what his team have in store for the AMericas today
The Red Force are assured of a place in the semifinal no matter what the outcome of today’s and Sunday’s match but Mohammed was cautious
Today’s other match pits current third-placed in the Group Barbados Pride against the Scorpions at the National Cricket centre in Balmain Central Trinidad starting at 9 am but Mohammed preferred to concentrate on the Red Force march into the semifianl
And such has been the dominant performance by the top order in the recent mtches that Mohammed I aware that should the middle order be called upon, they will be ready
There’s also action in St Ktts today with the Leeward Islands Hurrucanes versus the Guyana Jaguars and the Group-leading Windwrad Islands Volcanoes versus the struggling CCC Marooners.
Semifianals and final of the tournament take place in Trinidad at the Oval next week.