Trinidad & Tobago prevail in tense finish
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 169 for 6 (Dwayne Bravo 46, Barath 38) beat Antigua Hawksbills 132 for 8 (Charles 46, Bravo 2-14) by 1 run (D/L method)
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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel prevailed in a tense last-over victory against Antigua Hawksbills in Port-of-Spain to move to fourth place in the points table after their second successive win. Antigua needed 33 off the last two overs and 19 off the last but they fell short by a run despite hitting three fours and two sixes in the last two overs in the rain-affected match.
After T&T scored 169, Antigua's innings was interrupted by rain in their first over and the revised target was 134 from 15 overs. They lost two wickets, of Kieran Powell and Rahkeem Cornwall, within six overs but Johnson Charles smashed three consecutive sixes in the fourth over off Samuel Badree to hoist their run-rate to 10. However, Dwayne Bravo counterattacked with a slower delivery and dismissed Charles for 46 in the eighth over which conceded only three runs. Sulieman Benn followed it with another parsimonious over by giving two runs in the next and Antigua now needed 66 from 36.
Benn then removed Marlon Samuels and Devon Thomas in three balls in the 11th over despite being hit for a six in the same over. Out walked Ricky Ponting at No. 7 but he was soon caught and bowled for 1 by Kevon Cooper in the 12th over at the end of which Antigua needed 45 from 18. A six from Ben Rohrer and a few singles helped them score 12 in the next over. Cooper started the penultimate over with a wide and a four but struck with Kemar Roach's wicket on the third ball. But Roher and Sheldon Cotterrell struck a four each to still keep them in the game.
Now needing 19 form six, Cotterrell smashed a six on the first ball and took three byes on the next but Rohrer fell for 28 on the third ball. Ten required from three and Delorn Johnson gave only two runs in the next two balls to seal another thrilling win for T&T despite being hit for a six on the last ball.
When T&T chose to bat earlier, they lost Kevin O'Brien in the second over but Adrian Barath and Ross Taylor put on 54 from 45 before Taylor departed for 25, and Barath was run-out in the 12th over for a quick 38. The Bravo brothers took on the Antigua bowlers from there, Dwayne being more aggressive hitting two fours and four sixes during his 25-ball 46. Darren scored 38 from 30 in the 73-run stand which they put on in 44 balls. Three wickets and only five runs in the last over gave some consolation to Antigua, but T&T had amassed 101 runs in the last 10 overs by then.