Caribbean T20 2011-12, final January 23, 2012

Clinical T&T defend Caribbean T20 title

ESPNcricinfo staff

Trinidad & Tobago put in a clinical performance against Jamaica in the final to win their second consecutive Caribbean T20 title, and once again qualify for the lucrative Champions League T20. Dwayne Bravo played a sensible innings to take T&T towards a decent total; Kieron Pollard, in one 26-run over, changed that from a decent total to a strong one; and then the miserly T&T spinners, along with Ravi Rampaul, choked Jamaica to make sure the victory was by a thumping margin.

Dwayne Bravo's innings was a crucial one, as it held together an innings that showed signs of falling apart. Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo had both been dismissed by the seventh over: Simmons was beaten in the flight by legspinner Odean Brown and edged to the keeper, and Darren Bravo also edged, while poking at an Andre Russell delivery.

Dwayne Bravo showed immediate intent by pulling Russell for four in the ninth over, but lost both Adrian Barath and Denesh Ramdin at the other end in quick succession. Barath was stumped, trying to loft Brown over long-off, and Ramdin, who replaced Daren Ganga as captain before the tournament, was bowled by a Brown flipper.

At that stage, T&T were 65 for 4 in 11.1 overs and in trouble. Dwayne Bravo reacted by lofting Brown for six and then hitting another six off Nikita Miller two overs later. He mixed caution and aggression, rotating the strike in between the big shots and was helped by the fact that Sunil Narine, at the other end, was scoring at a quick rate. Narine rushed to 22 off 15 balls, hitting two sixes, both heaves to the leg side off David Bernard's medium pace.

Pollard, who was later named Man of the Series, was initially happy to play second fiddle to Dwayne Bravo. He was dropped in the 18th over, by Marlon Samuels off Krishmar Santokie. It was the second catch Jamaica had dropped - Shawn Findlay put down a sitter to let Dwayne Bravo off the hook when he was on just 20 - and they would regret them both. Santokie, who should have had Pollard's wicket, was subjected to a mauling by him in the final over of the innings. The second ball was driven for four past cover, and the next three were bludgeoned for sixes: one over long-on, one over long-off and one to midwicket. By the end of it, Santokie, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, had gone for 42 from his four overs.

Chasing a big total, Jamaica had to get off to a quick start. Instead, they managed only five runs off the first two overs and lost a wicket in the most careless of manners in the third. Nkrumah Bonner, at the non-striker's end, wanted a single when Danza Hyatt played the ball to Pollard in the circle, and could not get back in time when Hyatt declined the run. The next over, bowled by Ravi Rampaul, was a maiden, and the required run-rate had already shot up above 10 runs per over.

Samuel Badree got rid of Marlon Samuels with a googly, he and Narine go through a few miserly overs, and when Dwayne Bravo had Hyatt caught in the deep in the eighth over, the match ended as a contest. Carlton Baugh played a few impressive strokes towards the end, including successive sixes off Rampaul to slightly spoil what would have been outstanding figures, but by that stage the required-rate had reached unachievable proportions.

The margin in the end was an emphatic 63 runs, giving T&T revenge for their loss to Jamaica in final of the Regional Super50 tournament in October last year, and reinforcing their reputation as the best Twenty20 side in the Caribbean.

"We have a great bunch of players in this team and a superb support staff and that is what did it for us. We are known as the Red Force and we showed we are a true force. We didn't get it right in the first match, the Windwards gave us a kick up the backside, but we came back as a good strong force against Leewards and against Guyana as we found our range," Denesh Ramdin said.

"After that it was smooth sailing because we know we have match-winners in all departments. We actually thought that Jamaica would have been stronger in the final but our bowlers did a fantastic job in the first six overs and that squeezed them. After that we knew we had the trophy in our hands."

In the third-place playoff, Windward Islands thumped Barbados by seven wickets, with 13 balls to spare. Barbados chose to bat and were dealt severe blows in the second over, as Delorn Johnson knocked over three of their top four to reduce them to 4 for 3. Jonathan Carter and Alcindo Holder attempted to rebuild the innings with a steady stand of 68 from just under 12 overs. However another collapse ensued after Holder was run out and Barbados were bowled out for 101.

Windward Islands lost Johnson Charles off the first ball of their chase, but Andre Fletcher and Devon Smith put them back on course with a 67-run partnership. After the pair was dismissed in quick succession, Miles Bascombe and Tade Carmichael steered them home without much drama.

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  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    krishmar santokie should have been player of the tournament. he has been leading wicket taker 3 tournaments in a row now and has never got! that is unfair they mainly give it to batsmen..

  • Michael on January 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Never expected Jamaica to get that far.Ther batting lineup was poor.Their capt. seem not to be in control on the field.not surprised therefore what Findlay and Russell said after.They like Bdos,must refrain from playing too much specialist bowlers.Guyana was disappointing, never really expected the pugnacious Windwards to be a serious contender.,and the Leewards looked like they didn't know what they were playing.The selectors need to look at finishing away with those rubbish teams,and the CCC(a Bdos 'B ' team),and include 'B' teams from Bdos,TnT,Jamaica ,ALL of whom can easily field ' B ' teams,and Guyana,together with a combined Windwards and Leewards 'B '. It was indeed a pity that Jamaica was without Gayle and Lambert ,Guyana ...,Sarwan, and that Carlos Brathwaite of Bdos,an exciting prospect got injured just before the TnT match.Baugh was brilliant .Santokie would never be the same again from the caning he got from Pollard,who by the way, would decimate you at this level.

  • Jack on January 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    This is a short analysis of players in the series: Dorwich must be on any touring team; Dwayne Smith remains the same - useless in pressured situations; Edwards and particularly Best were drained towards the end (?Edwards every other test match; Kirk Edwards must be picked on all teams. From T&T: Badre and Simmons for T20 and Narine, Rampaul, Daren Bravo and Pollard for all forms of the game . Barath needs work on his leg stump. JA. Samuels is over rated - can't make any team. Cotterrell is a great prospect while Santokie is a must in T20. Odean Brown should be given an opportunity. Windwards: Delon Johnson is a prospect; Charles needs to stop swiping to leg and play the ball on its merit; Shillingford was great but he competes with Narine; Maturin needs to slow his pace a little. Guyana has Bishoo but Leewards has no one. time.

  • Jack on January 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Pollard has great potential for Test cricket. If he takes his time and does not play for the crowd he has better than Clive Lloyd potential. He can replace Samuels who is a "look nice" cricketer with too many defects. Samuels has no defense; he is stuck on the crease and does not get forward enough. I hope the selectors had a good, analytical look at the players. Look at the quick left arm pacers of Jamaica and the Windwards.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    I think T&T should be thankful for Jamaica's sloppiness in the field, that is what put match in T & T favour. Catches win matches and that Jamaica do not seem to understand. Congrats T & T. Jamaica you need to play more T20.

  • Dean on January 23, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    It would be nice to see Pollard and Bravo forget about the big money on offer from their IPL franchises and play for T&T in the CL.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Congrats to WICB for coming through in flying colors. I hope they do get a sponsor for the tournaments. They deserve all the help because they are really trying to uplift our cricket. Congrats to T&T as well for a fine display of 20/20 team cricket!

  • joel on January 23, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Congratulations to TT... Well done guys. However , to put things into context, taking away the scores of the three significant batsmen (Bravo, Pollard and Baugh) It would read TT: 80/5 and Jamaica: 64/5. In others words TT were the better performing team with the bat, but perhaps not by as great a margin as the final score would suggest. I suspect it would have been a much closer game had a certain Mr. Gayle been available.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I totaly agree that the award should have been shared. i see no problems with that given the fact there are no awards handed out to most runs and most wickets.

  • mahendra on January 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    tremendous performance tnt!!!! team tnt's experience in playing in "big games" and in pressure situations was the difference between the two teams, tnt showed why they are widely regarded as one of the best all-round teams in the region, if not the world, in this format of the game. enjoy the celebrations, but we must now shift our focus on the impending four day tournament, tnt must show that they are as hungry and can be as consistent in the longer form of the game, as they have proven in the limited over versions.

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