Caribbean T20 January 13, 2012

T&T and Leewards win with ease

ESPNcricinfo staff

Trinidad and Tobago picked up their second win of the Caribbean T20, beating Guyana comfortably by seven wickets at North Sound. Medium-pacer Kevon Cooper picked up three wickets after T&T chose to field, and was supported in an economical spell from Dwayne Bravo, who grabbed two wickets for 10 runs in three overs. The pair helped keep Guyana to 101 for 9. Openers Sewnarine Chattergoon and Trevon Griffith got starts and were involved in a 35-run stand, and Narsingh Deronarine remained unbeaten on 26 but the persistent fall of wickets at the other end meant Guyana could not manage a competitive enough score.

Barring Adrian Barath, who fell early in the chase, the T&T batsmen batted steadily to overhaul the Guyana score with 17 balls to spare. Lendl Simmons made a quick 30, Darren Bravo made a patient 22, Dwayne Bravo managed 18 and Kieron Pollard finished it off with 21, striking two sixes in his unbeaten knock.

Canada slipped to their second straight defeat, losing to Leeward Islands, who opened their account this tournament, at North Sound. Canada's batsmen could not capitalise after opting to bat, though their openers, Hiral Patel and Zubin Sarkari, had laid a good foundation by adding 34. But wickets fell regularly after that, and they soon slipped to 60 for 5. Raza-ur-Rehman made 30 at No.6 and Hamza Tariq supported him in a 30-run stand, and Canada were able to limp to towards 108. Seamer Gavin Tonge took three wickets on his birthday, supported by Justin Athanaze and Larry Joseph, who picked up two each.

The chase was a breeze for Leewards. Opener Kieran Powell led the way with an unbeaten 42and No.3 batsman Javier Liburd made a quick 33, off 25 balls. The win was secured in just 13.4 overs.