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January 16, 2011
Johann Myburgh smashed half a dozen sixes in his half-century that boosted Hampshire to a match-winning total against Leeward Islands in Antigua. Myburgh, who shared an opening partnership of 63 in 7.3 overs with Jimmy Adams, scored 76 off 57 balls and batted nearly the whole innings. Hampshire's middle order failed, though, until Benny Howell came to the crease and provided an aggressive finishing touch to the innings, ransacking 29 off 12 balls at the death. They reached a total of 156 for 5, with offspinner Justin Athanaze taking 3 for 24 for Leeward.
Leeward made a steady start to the chase before Hamza Riazuddin struck in the fifth and seventh overs to reduce them to 38 for 2, after they had been 35 for 0. They then lost Kieran Powell for 29 before Simon Jones ripped out three more wickets, leaving Leeward in tatters at 67 for 6. Danny Briggs and Chris Wood also took two wickets apiece as Hampshire bowled out Leeward for 110 to secure a 46-run victory. It was Leeward's third consecutive defeat and they have only pride to play for in their final league game.
Trinidad & Tobago won a low-scoring contest against Canada off the final ball in Antigua. Chasing a target of 129, T&T had made a rapid start, passing 30 in just over three overs, when they lost Adrian Barath, who was bowled by Parth Desai. The run-rate dropped dramatically thereafter as Darren Bravo batted with a Test like strike-rate of 38 during his 8 off 21 balls. And after Lendl Simmons was dismissed for 29, Daren Ganga took charge of anchoring the innings and seeing T&T through to the finish. He too took 31 balls for his unbeaten 27 but ensured that wickets did not fall even though the scoring was slow. With the lower-order batsmen for company, Ganga secured T&T's five-wicket win.
Canada had also batted slowly after they lost opener Hiral Patel for 7 in their innings. Ruvindu Gunasekara made 39 off 40 balls, while Zubin Surkari contributed 42 off 49. They added 63 in ten overs for the second wicket, a sound platform but the innings desperately needed momentum. Sherwin Ganga dismissed two middle-order batsmen and ran out another to ensure that Canada would not be able to finish their innings on a strong note. They ended up with only 128 even though they had five wickets in hand.
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