Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean T20 final, St Lucia January 21, 2013

T&T hammer Guyana for third straight title


Trinidad & Tobago 120 for 1 (Simmons 52*, Pollard 25*) beat Guyana 116 for 6 (Barnwell 32, Gabriel 2-16, Emrit 2-18) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Trinidad & Tobago earned the unique honour of winning the Caribbean Twenty20 for the third successive year, and their fourth title overall, after they trampled over a hapless Guyana with a nine-wicket victory. Anointed the favourites from the moment this final edition of the tournament began on January 6, the defending champions lived up to their reputation with a resounding victory.

Kieron Pollard, promoted up the order, swept a massive six over wide long-on for the winning runs, threw his bat aside and stripped off his red Trinidad & Tobago shirt to display a white vest on which was written: "Congratulations T&T team. We have done it. I'm proud." His team-mate Dwayne Bravo, meanwhile, cut short the victory lap to join the DJ on the performing deck to sing and dance to the popular Soca numbers "Differentology" and "Bacchanalist", thus adding to the carnival preparations gathering back in Port of Spain and rest of the island.

Chasing a modest 117 for victory, T&T started in dominant fashion, racing to 25 after three overs as the opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis declared their positive intent. Guyana should have had Lewis early on, however, when he miscued a pull against a short delivery from Ronsford Beaton, one of the most impressive fast bowlers to have emerged from the last two weeks. Beaton charged forward to take the catch in his follow through but wicketkeeper Derwin Christian advanced simultaneously from behind the wicket and both men collided, allowing Lewis, who had run virtually to the other end, to return safely back to his crease.

Next ball, Lewis, playing his second match of the tournament, upper-cut Beaton for the first six of T&T's innings. Lewis meted out further punishment to Steven Jacobs as 20 runs came from the fifth over to bring up the T&T 50, but Beaton got his man when he sent down a short-pitched delivery that Lewis try to duck only to present an easy catch. The Guyana players flashed nervous smiles, perhaps realising the writing was already on the wall. Simmons and Pollard ensured that it was, wrapping up the chase with almost eight overs to spare.

Earlier, there had been a lot of emphasis placed on the toss, as only twice in eleven matches played on the St Lucia leg of this tournament had the team batting first won. Veerasammy Permaul, the Guyana captain, called heads, lost and was asked to bat. However, the way the evening panned out, such factors were unlikely to have made any difference to T&T, as they dominated the contest throughout.

T&T were coming into the match after a four-day break but they were not slow to regain their rhythm. Guyana's batsmen were completely at sea against the combination of aggressive fast bowling from Shannon Gabriel and Rayad Emrit, backed up by the wily spin of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine. It was Gabriel, with his bounding run-up, who clocked consistently blistering pace to put Guyana under the cosh straightaway.

After taking just a single from Gabriel's first over, Christian powerfully drove Badree for the first boundary off the seventh ball of the match. Two balls later, trying to hit straight and over the bowler's head, Christian mistimed to mid-off. Emrit was the catcher but in Badree's next over he made a mess of a simple chance from Trevon Griffith, the other Guyana opener, who had attempted a straight hoick.

Ramnaresh Sarwan continued his terrible form, falling prey to an familiar ploy. Prompted by Dwayne Bravo, Gabriel adjusted his lengths, pitching more back of length and short against Sarwan, who lost control of his stroke on the charge and top-edged to midwicket. In the same over, Gabriel attacked the ribs of new man Narsingh Deonarine with a lifting delivery, the batsman beaten by the pace to be caught behind.

By the time the fielding restrictions were removed after the sixth over, Guyana were 23 for 3. At the halfway mark, they had limped to 49 for 3, with just two fours coming from the bat. It was not the first time Guyana had started off in such sluggish fashion. Throughout the tournament their top order had failed to perform consistently. If anything short cameos and spirited partnerships had carried them to the summit clash.

In Guyana's play-off win over Jamaica, Griffith and Christopher Barnwell had raised a match-turning 79-run run partnership for the third wicket. Less than 24 hours later the pair were once again attempting another rescue act. On 19, Griffith attempted to slog Emrit down the ground but gave another chance to the bowler, who allowed the ball to bounce out of his hands once again. "This guy doesn't want to be here," was Ramdin's response to another life for Griffith and although the batsman slog-swept Narine for a six in the next over he was eventually run out by a Pollard direct hit from short midwicket while going for a tight single.

After that steadying, 61-run partnership, the onus was now entirely on Barnwell. However, he was finding it hard to connect and he departed for 32 in the 17th over, top-edging Emrit to point. Two balls later, Leon Johnson was caught in the deep by Simmons: Guyana had lost two wickets for just one run. Although 11 runs came off the final over, Guyana knew it was too little and too late.

Guyana, who won the tournament in 2006 and 2010, were playing their fourth match in as many days and were running low on fuel. Clearly they had not had enough time to chalk out a workable strategy, something T&T managed to do convincingly. Possessing as many as seven of West Indies' World Twenty20-winning squad, T&T had the experience, firepower, nous and balance to win the tournament. In the end they were the deserving winners.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Roy on January 21, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Trinidad was the best team in the tournament and rightfully so they won. Guyana was outclassed in every aspect of the game but kudos to them to beat Jamaica to make the final. However, some of the Trinidadian players are not playing in the spirit of the game, players such as Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, they like to get in the other players faces, sledging, etc. This is Australian style of cricket not the Caribbean style. Also, we all know that the likes of Pollard, Bravo and Narine will be playing for their IPL team and not Trinidad in the upcoming Championship Trophy.

  • michael on January 21, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @billyanalog. When Guyana was still fresh they got spanked by T&T for 191 / 4 and lost by 80 rune. These were the highest score and winning margin of the tournament.

  • michael on January 21, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @billyanalog. Whilst it was tough to play 4 nights straight, T&T beat every team except Jamaica (a rained out match) rather easily to go straight into the final. Jamaica was beaten the night before because other than Gayle, their players were not really performing with bat or ball. As a guide T&T beat CCC easily. CCC, one of the weaker batting sides hit over 150 off Jamaica. That same side came close to beating Guyana. A rested Guyana would not have made any difference to the end result as the overall strength of T&T in batting, bowling and fielding stood way above all of the other teams.

  • Billy on January 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I dont know if anyone agrees with me here, but for Guyana to have played the way they did against Trinidad clearly showed they were out of stamina and energy. I too had expected a better match as how Guyana shined against Jamaica and Barbados. They have won 3 of the last 4 matches, For them to have lost to Trinidad that "easily." Didnt seem like a real match that people long awaited for. On the contrary, Trinidad, full of energy and well rested did an outstanding job in hustling for the ball, very well bowling and excellent batting. The organization should have put at least a Day of rest before the big game starts, thats all im sayin'. I wanted to see a better match was quite dissapointed to see a powerhouse team like Guyana have such a bad game against another pro team. When we all know what there potential is, luck of the draw I Guess.

  • Dwayne on January 21, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Congratulations to the T&T team. This is undoubtedly the powerhouse for WI T20 cricket; it will not be too ambitious of me to say that this T&T team can overpower any international team including, of course, the rest of the WI team. However, I would love to see this same team compete in the champions league. Unfortunately, if the past repeats itself, then T&T as the West Indies representative will be 'watered down' with the absence of Pollard, Narine and a few others to their respective Indian franchise. What then is the point in these guys being allowed to ensure that T&T become the WI representative at the the champions league given that they will sell their services to other teams during the competition? We now run the risk of sending what may become one of the competitions worst teams as the best in the WI; this is not good for WI cricket. I love the T&T team but it upsets me to know that I will not be seeing this quality team compete at the champions league.

  • Duran on January 21, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    T&T have once again shown that clearly we are one of the region's strongest forces in cricket. I have one question though......Assuming the return of Kevon Cooper to the T&T team, lets say the current W.I. captain Mr. Darren Sammy was up for selection to play for T&T....Who would he replace from the T&T team?

    If I get a worthwhile answer for this question then I would say his selection not only as W.I. captain but even for the W.I. team is justified!

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    The islands can't separate. T&T hasn't won a first class or one day competition for a while. Reactiong to t2o is overblown. This happens to teams in cycles. I remember when it was the Leeward islands who had the best talent. Like the Viv and so forth.Should they have gone solo then? No. The islands each have their moment of dominance.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    You all are really getting carried away with this T20 thing. Please check the records and verify when last Trinidad & Tobago won the regional 4 day competition before you start to talk about T&T going on its own.

  • michael on January 21, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    T%T are dominant in regional T20 at this time but this goes in cycles. The countries of the region are too small to be represented individually at international level so I would not like to see separation. However the selection to WI teams must be more scientific, transparent and less insular. For instance the team chosen for Australia has Thomas as the keeper instead of Ramdin who keeps better, has higher SR, career average, recent average,etc. Sarwan is woefully out of shape and form for the short games. Very often the selectors do not select the best available team to the bewilderment of the supporters.

  • NAZ on January 21, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    and what will trinidad do when the so called stars will have abandoned them in pursuit of the overwhelming call for the dollar ?

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