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January 21, 2011
A blazing 70 by Darren Bravo at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown ensured Trinidad & Tobago topped Group B and moved into the semi-finals at the expense of Barbados. Bravo's innings came off just 35 balls and included five sixes and four boundaries, propelling T&T to a score of 166. He was supported by Lendl Simmons, who scored 53 off 45 in an 80-run partnership with Bravo. Barbados' chase got off to a quick start courtesy of a 14-ball 27 from Dwayne Smith, but once he fell the wickets kept tumbling and Barbados finished on 115 for 9 in their 20 overs. T&T offspinner Sunil Narine took three wickets while seamer Kevon Cooper finished with figures of 2 for 11 from his four overs. T&T will take on Jamaica in the second semi-final on Saturday.
Leeward Islands ended up winners by 19 runs in their dead rubber against Canada in the first match. Leewards reached 161 thanks to half-centuries from Chesney Hughes and Tonito Willett. Canada had some useful contributions from their top-order batsmen but were always behind the required rate. The pressure told as a flurry of wickets at the end meant they finished well short of Leewards' score. Opener Hiral Patel scored a half-century for Canada and Tyson Gordon did his best to lift the scoring rate with his 31 off 20 balls.
Hampshire, who had already played all their games, will face Windward Islands in the first semi-final.
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