Narine, Mohammed key to title success - Emrit
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force skipper Rayad Emrit has hailed the performances of Sunil Narine and Jason Mohammed, following his side's capture of the NAGICO Super50 title on Sunday night.
Both players played critical roles as Red Force beat Guyana Jaguars by 135 runs at Queen's Park Oval in the final of the regional one-day tournament.
Mohammed struck a brilliant unbeaten 117, his maiden regional one-day hundred, to lift Red Force from the doldrums at 148 for eight and steer them to 200 without further loss.
six wickets for eight runs
Narine then produced a sensational spell, grabbing six wickets for eight runs, to stun Jaguars and send them crashing for 65 all out off 24 overs.
"Throughout the tournament, the batters haven't really given us the start that we've wanted, and (the final) was no different. I thought the difference in the game was the way Jason Mohammed batted, and I must say well done to him. It was a fantastic innings," said Emrit.
"Throughout the tournament there have been different batters, not just one person standing out, and it's good to see Jason getting some form in the latter part of the tournament.
"It was a brilliant knock and you can't stop praising him for the efforts that took us to the 200 mark, and we knew as long as we got 200 it was going to be game on."
Even with 200 runs on the board, the game remained open and when Jaguars raced to 36 without loss, the outcome tilted in their favour.
However, Narine struck in his first over and then scythed through the innings as 10 wickets tumbled for 29 runs.
"He's exceptional! He's different from every single bowler in the world, and he's someone good to have in your team. With him in your team, any (total) you can defend. I must say well done to him. He bowled exceptionally well," Emrit beamed.
best bowler in the world
"He's been the best bowler in the world for some while now, and with him in our team (defending) 200 runs, we definitely have a good chance. He himself said ... that as long as we get 200 runs, he's going to play his part, and he came up trumps."
He continued: "The plan was if they got off to a flyer, he definitely was going to come on because he's our trump bowler, and it happened to work for us this time."
The victory made up for Red Force's pain last year when they went down in the final at the same venue to arch-rivals Barbados.
"It's a feeling that I really can't explain, but it's really good to be on the winning side this year," Emrit said.
"I thought 200 runs on that wicket was not what we wanted, but with the bowling attack we have, we can defend anything that is there in front of us."