Caribbean T20 2011-12, semi-finals January 21, 2012

T&T and Jamaica set up final clash

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jamaica sealed their place in the final of the Caribbean T20 with a comfortable win over Windward Islands at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Windwards had won four games on the trot in the lead-up to the semis but lost their way with the bat in a crunch game. Opting to bat, they failed to capitalise and soon found themselves struggling at 36 for 4. Only opener Johnson Charles and wicketkeeper Lindon James made any significant contributions with a run-a-ball 29 and a steady, unbeaten 37 respectively.

The pair added 40 for the fifth wicket but tight bowling prevented the surge that Windwards would have desired in the late overs. In the end, they had to settle for 98 for 8 in 20 overs. Seamer Krishmar Santokie followed up on his hat-trick in the previous game with two wickets, supported by Sheldon Cotterrell and Odean Brown who also picked up two each.

Jamaica suffered a setback in their chase when they lost three wickets for three runs, slipping from 33 for no loss to 36 for 3. But Marlon Samuels and captain David Bernard steadied the innings with a 37-run stand. Both fell in quick succession, within a space of five runs, but Carlton Baugh, the wicketkeeper, and Andre Russell batted calmly in an unbeaten 21-run stand to see their team through with two overs to spare.

Trinidad and Tobago hammered Barbados at the Kensington Oval to book a final clash with Jamaica. On a day where a three-digit score wasn't reached, Barbados, after choosing to bat, were skittled out for 90. After a 17-run opening-wicket stand, their innings never really got going and persistent strikes kept them to a below-par score. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich top-scored with 21 but the T&T bowlers cut through the rest of the line-up. Dwayne Bravo led the way with three wickets, and was assisted by Kevon Cooper, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree, each of whom picked up two wickets in miserly spells.

Early strikes by Ryan Hinds and Fidel Edwards left T&T in some trouble in the chase, reducing them to 45 for 5 at one stage. But Kieron Pollard came to his team's rescue, making an unbeaten 31 off 23 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes, and adding a match-winning 48 with Jason Mohammed. T&T won with six overs to spare.

The final between Jamaica and T&T will be played on January 22. Barbados play Windwards for the third-place play-off on the same day.

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  • the on January 24, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    its funny how Indar Ted Singh give Pollard praises for bringing home the game and criticize the others for poor shots, if my memory is correct pollard also played a bad shot and was dropped by benn with more than 40 runs needed at that time tino best had 2 overs left and edwards had 1 over left , it would have been quite interesting had that catch been taken , trinidad is a very good 20 20 side and barbados isn't very far behind , well bowled barbados and congrats to trinidad

  • Girik on January 23, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    T&T just know how to step it up at the right time. I saw some of Barbados' early impressive performances and thought this might be their year. Tino Best and Fidel Edwards were looking like an ominous combination. But T&T with the Bravo brothers, Pollard, Rampaul, Narine, etc have too much class. I don't know how Jamaica can cause an upset. I don't think Gayle is playing for his actual domestic T20 side (slightly ironic lol)! It would have to be more of a T&T choke than anything. Anyway, with regards to the whole tournament the Netherlands and Sussex were a tad disappointing on my part. Would have also liked better performances from the Leeward Islands.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    I have confidence that my home team will win..go TT,you all are victors all the way,yayyyyyyyyyy!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I like the level of competition between Barbados and T&T, it is atmospheres like this that produces winners. Australia does it all the time. Pollard and Bravo were exceptional, it shows up a docile Sammy who shows a need to win as opposed to an urgency to win by the T&T boys and some extent Barbados. Sammy's defensive techniques are a hindrance to WI. Put Bravo or even Ramdin at the helm, you'll see a difference.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Terrible batting by T&T openers and the Bravos. They tried to bat Barbados out of the game in the first 6 overs. That was a very bad game plan coach. Chasing 90 runs against a strong Barbados bowling line up should have required more responsibility and caution in the first six overs especially with big hitters to come. Barbados would have bowl themselves out of the game with wides, no balls and bad line. Edwards and Best usually give 4 great balls and two bad ones. There is something call hitting 4's and making singles. Simmons (you are not in Tacarigua Savannah anymore), Barath and Darren Bravo were reckless. They were batting like they wanted to give the tail a chance to bat. Great bowling and fieldling guys and congratulation on a very convincing win. Pollard you are the best, thanks for saving the day! Go T&T.

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