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February 25, 2008
Trinidad and Tobago 94 for 1 (Perkins 50*) beat Jamaica 91 (Samuels 27, Mohammed 4-20)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
The final was a rather one-sided affair as a strangely subdued Jamaica never posted anything like enough runs to trouble a strong Trinidad team, and an already shaky innings was utterly undone by a spectacular collapse in which their last five wickets fell inside eight balls.
Put in to bat, they lost Shaun Findlay to the second ball when he fished at a delivery from seamer Rayad Emrit and was caught by Denesh Ramdin. Xavier Marshall and Marlon Samuels made steady progress but grew increasingly becalmed. Marshall dragged a delivery from legspinner Samuel Badree, who was opening the bowling, onto his stumps and five balls later, Samuels' attempted heave off Dwayne Bravo only resulted in an easy catch to Lendl Simmons at long-on.
From there they lost all momentum, and plunged to 63 for 5 when Mohammed dismissed the dangerous Chris Gayle and the in-form Danza Hyatt, who had been Jamaica's mainstay in their semi-final triumph over Guyana. Gayle managed to inside-edge a flick onto his stumps while Hyatt was deceived by a flighted delivery to be stumped.
At 88 for 5 with almost five overs left, Jamaica still harboured hopes a late onslaught might give them a half-decent score. Instead, to the delight of their vociferous supporters, Trinidad tore Jamaica's tail to shreds.
Mohammad started the rot when Baugh, who had just lofted a straight six, missed a sweep off one that pitched on middle and leg. A brilliant pick and throw from Bravo at mid-on, for which he won the Play of the Day, accounted for David Bernard before Taylor was bowled by Mohammed, who would go on to claim the Man-of-the-Match award. Emrit removed Nikita Miller's off stump to end of Jamaica's innings.
Chasing a modest 92, Trinidad lost Ramdin with their score on 19 when he edged Jerome Taylor to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh. But this brought together Simmons and William Perkins, who blitzed 74 runs off 47 balls to lead the victory charge. Perkins was especially severe on the bowlers, smashing six fours and a six on his way to an unbeaten 50 off 33 balls, while Simmons' 26 not out featured four fours and a towering six over long-on off Samuels.
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