Trinidad & Tobago reaches Regional Super50 Semifinal

 . Last updated on February 13, 2017, 11:31 AM
Trinidad & Tobago reaches Regional Super50 Semifinal
Ravi Rampaul had three wickets for 27 runs slacking Leeward Islands’ inning.
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In the Group A match between Trinidad & Tobago and Leeward Islands, the former ran over the latter by five wickets. Winning the match Trinidad & Tobago became the top Group A team of Regional Super50, which will campaign against Jamaica in the first semifinal match. In another semifinal venue, Group B winner Barbados will fight Leeward.

Opener Evin Lewis powered T&T’s chase in the beginning, and by the end, Denesh Ramdin and Imran Khan delivered an excellent partnership. The impetus cracked the target of 189 within 34.1 overs, the team venturing into the semis. It was in the previous inning, their bowlers set the platform for the easy win. Leeward’s batting line up exhausted in 48.1 overs being curtailed within a marginal score that could not even reach 200.

The first to attack was from Shannon Gabriel who took down Kieran Powell in the third over. The inning became sluggish right from the beginning with the first wicket. In the stretch, Gabriel knocked 3 wickets for 40 runs, while Ravi Rampaul had 3 for 27 runs. The bowlers dominated the inning, such that, only 38 by Jermaine Otto came up as the highest score.

Chasing the low target, opener Evin Lewis presented an aggressive start plundering 47 off 23 balls. In 7.4 overs, the team had a 57-run opening partnership forged by Lewis and Kyle Hope. After Lewis was removed, there was a slog in the chase. However, Ramdin and Imran Khan delivered their unbeaten 54-run partnership hauling the chase into the victory mark.

In another match, Kent beat West Indies Under-19 by six wickets. In the match at North Sound, West Indies posed 191 for 8 in 50 overs, which Kent chased down in 44.5 overs. Most of Indies’ runs came from Kirstan Kallicharan, the skipper who batted 6th down the line and Keemo Paul. The Captain scored 47 off 110 balls, adding 63 with Shamar Springer. Batsman Keemo Paul finished the inning striking a flashy 72 off 57 balls.

In reply, Kent openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Adam Bell gave out a 50-run stand. The chase was slackened in momentum only for some overs after the Power-play. Finally, Sean Dickson and Adam Rouse reached the target with a partnership of 104 runs. Dickson scored 53 and Rouse remained unbeaten with 61 off 105.


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