Caribbean T20 2010-11, Group B January 16, 2011

Hampshire win easily, T&T off the final ball

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    I agree with Exuma.....i have been watching Foo's batting he is a straight player not a slogger....Sarwan should have him bat at 3 or 4 and he will do better bcoz he is a player like Gill Ghrist.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Genius, couldnt agree with you more Satya

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    TT has no bowling. Need to consistantly make over 160. Mohammed and Cooper were the real heroes with the bat. The 2 Darrens couldn't put away bad balls or full tosses. And here Ganga is getting the glory when he almost threw away the game.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    i have been following the Carribbean 20/20 all week from is Sunday i am home and there is no game .....unbelievable.....but i am happy with the night schedule the 7pm really fit in when i come home watch a game and still make it to work the next day.

  • Robin on January 16, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Very good tournament, exciting matches so fars, so good to come home from work and can see these games on ESPN, good work WICB on getting these aired. Guyana cant score 115 vs Ja but can chase 175 vs ccc- J Foo need to be batting higher, he is worked out by the other teams, he is not a big hitter, but at good straight player, who can bat and other play the big shots around him. chanders need to open and bat through the innings, or dont play, this is a younger players tournament not test cricket. CCC and canada has been surprisingly competative, good showing by them. Exuma.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    No wonder cricket in on the wane in the West Indies, the genius powers that be schedule games in the middle of the week when no one can attend and leave Sunday blank when every one can attend, and when you have the biggest TV audience.

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