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January 12, 2013
Trinidad & Tobago 191 for 4 (Darren Bravo 82*, Pollard 44*) beat Guyana 111 for 6 (Chanderpaul 53, Emrit 2-18) by 80 runs
Darren Bravo hit his highest Twenty20 score as Trinidad & Tobago crushed Guyana in Port of Spain to move to the top of the table. Guyana asked T&T to bat and removed their openers Lendl Simmons and William Perkins cheaply. They even managed to restrict Dwayne Bravo to a run-a-ball 19 but Darren Bravo kept the runs coming for T&T. Guyana hadn't allowed T&T to blaze away, though, and when Denesh Ramdin became the fourth wicket to fall, the score was 127 in the 16th over.
Kieron Pollard came in, and took the game further away from Guyana. Pollard blitzed five sixes in making an unbeaten 44 off just 17 deliveries. Darren Bravo himself swung four sixes in his 51-ball stay, which also brought him eight fours.
An asking rate in the region of ten runs an over much was to prove much beyond Guyana, who failed to build any momentum during the chase. Most of the T&T bowlers were among the wickets, with Rayad Emrit taking two, and Sunil Narine returning 1 for 12 from four overs. Shivnarine Chanderpaul played a lone hand with a half-century at the top of the order, but the next highest score was 14 by Narsingh Deonarine. Guyana were left to reflect upon a heavy defeat, which hurt their net run-rate and sent T&T's soaring.
Windward Islands 111 for 8 (Bascombe 29, Hughes 2-8) beat Leeward Islands 101 for 9 (Athanaze 24, Sebastien 4-17) by ten runs
Liam Sebastien's four wickets helped Windward Islands beat Leeward Islands in a low-scoring game. Windwards batted first, but managed a highest individual score of 29, by Miles Bascombe, despite all their top five batsmen getting starts. Windwards did have a base of 50 for 1 after nine overs but lost regular wickets after that. Three Leewards bowlers had two wickets each, with Chesney Hughes returning 2 for 8 from three overs.
Leewards were to find scoring more difficult than Windwards had, with a slow opening stand of 33 between Lyndel Richardson and Kieran Powell. After Delorn Johnson made the initial breakthrough by dismissing Powell, Sebastien got four of the next five batsmen to fall, including Devon Thomas for 20. Leewards were soon reduced to 64 for 7 and even though Justin Athanaze tried with a 15-ball 24, it was too late.
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