Barbados v T&T, Nagico Super50 final, Port of Spain February 15, 2014

Barbados take title after thrilling finish

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Barbados 252 (D Smith 83, Carter 49, Cooper 4-62) beat Trinidad & Tobago 235 (Ramdin 68, C Brathwaite 4-41) by 17 runs

A mid-innings stutter cost Trinidad & Tobago the Nagico Super50 title as they fell short of Barbados' total by 17 runs. The win ensured that Barbados finished the List A competition unbeaten.

Chasing 253, T&T were given a brisk start by their openers, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis, who added 57 in 8 overs. Lewis was the more aggressive of the two, hitting four fours off Fidel Edwards, but his dismissal in the eighth over triggered a slide that saw T&T go from 57 for 0 to 94 for 5.

Denesh Ramdin and Jason Mohammed then led T&T's recovery, with a cautious 48-run sixth-wicket stand that was broken by Suleiman Benn, who dismissed Mohammed for 26. Carlos Brathwaite then dismissed Sunil Narine and Kevon Cooper in a short span to hand Barbados a clear advantage.

Playing on their home ground, however, T&T were playing tenaciously, their chances of a win kept alive by Denesh Ramdin, who went after Carlos Brathwaite and Edwards. He struck successive fours off Carlos Brathwaite in the 40th over and then reached his fifty with a six off Edwards. Dwayne Smith's return to the attack was greeted with a four through backward square-leg and Ramdin smacked another hook off Smith before the bowler trapped him in front with a fuller-length ball. There was still some life left in the game as No. 10 Rayad Emrit struck a six and a four off Ashley Nurse an over after Ramdin's departure. An attempted third run in the 46th over turned out to be Emrit's undoing, sealing the win for Barbados.

Barbados' innings had a similar pattern after they won the toss and opted to bat. Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite shared an opening stand of 127, with Smith smacking 83 off those runs in 77 balls.The pair played the first few overs cautiously but began their charge on the T&T bowling in the fifth over when Smith hit Dwayne Bravo for successive fours. He was given a reprieve in the next over after Lewis at deep square leg failed to hold on to a chance.

T&T's bowlers, particularly, Narine, who was introduced in the 10th over, were able to keep Kraigg Brathwaite quiet but Smith capitalised on his reprieve, getting to a fifty in the 15th over.

Both openers were out in the space of three overs, but Jonathan Carter and Barbados captain Kevin Stoute kept the scoreboard moving with 63-run, third-wicket partnership. Carter was out lbw to Narine one short of his fifty and Barbados' position got shakier when Kevon Cooper dismissed Carlos Brathwaite two balls after the batsman had smacked him for a six. Cooper's next over produced two scalps - he had Stoute and Shane Dowrich out lbw off the first and last balls of the 41st over - and the 42nd over began with the dismissal of Kenroy Williams. Within five overs, Barbados had stumbled from 195 for 2 to 210 for 7.

The task of a competitive total was left to the tail-enders and Benn responded with an unbeaten 18-ball 22 that helped push the side's score to 252.

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  • joel on February 18, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Well done to Bim. They beat Trinidad twice on their way to the title, proving their superiority on the field. I hope that their matchwinner Smith gets back into the regional side, because he has the ability when needed to produce a solid top order. The bowling, however, has been ordinary medium pace for the most part, and I worry that his performances in the tournament will not stand up to the examinations given by Steyn or Johnson.

  • Justin on February 18, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Smith played the decisive innings to get Barbados over the line in the semi-final and he played the decisive innings once again in the final to get them home over T&T. In the rich vein of form he is in it would be a joke not to get recalled for the squads against Ireland and England. In any case in the cricketing world where the favourites win all too often and the outsiders are rarely even competitive, it was great to see the underdog win twice in a row and come away with the title.

  • Robin on February 17, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    The best team won, they played hard and was consistent. WIBC have to look at their selection policy, both Best and Gabriel are WI players and can't make their regional team. Some of the scores were so low, against non world class bowling, not holding well for the standard of cricket in the region. Overall I enjoyed though watching WI cricket, the flare, passion, atmosphere in the ground, no where else to enjoy watching cricket. Exuma.

  • Michael on February 17, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    @harold-N..." a match we should have won easily " ???? because of the well known names that TnT went into the match with ?? By now you should have realized that TnT plays their cricket with well known names on paper,while Bdos plays theirs' with little known reserves on the field.CONGRATS BARBADOS,this was another easy victory despite having only 13 players to called upon.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    The most deserving team won the final. The Barbadians came on a mission and they executed. Throughout the tournament, they always played with a plan- typified best by the approach of their opening batsmen. Braithwaithe must take as much kudos for the Bajan success as Smith. It is his obduracy which allowed Smith to blossom. Every Bajan played his part. Management must be complimented. Well done Barbados.

  • Harold on February 16, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Once again dwane bravo'scaptaicy comes into question. for the fourth time. not to mention his inability to apply some overall restraint. This is a match we should have won easily.

  • Clifford on February 16, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Good God! some of those T&T strokes were atrocious, to get out. How does one get to a final and feel compelled, in front of your home crowd, to produce such strokes. I must assume those players simply don't care about the consequences. They should be fined and flogged. Why do West Indians put up with these so obviously talented cricketers, being so unprofessional? Why haven't the press crucified these charlatans? How many times, over how many years now, this wafting ability, of WI batsmen must be endured? The player supply must be very limited to persevere with such bogus batsmen. A bowler celebrating a wicket from a full toss instead of hanging his head, depicts exactly how the psyche of these players are scrambled. Worst of all are the supporters that enable this charade of fakes to entertain them. It, entertainment, must be, in short order.

  • Ravi on February 16, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    DJ bravo' s captaincy is ordinary.

  • CRIC on February 16, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Actually no, those who say West Indies are "caught up in pace" too much are very ignorant of the fact that the Windies haven't been dominant since they fielded genuine quicks - who are the most dominant force right now and why...? The Australians, with chief destroyer Mitchell Johnson leading the way with his 90mph plus assault. So no, you can keep your medium pacers - these guys are fodder for most decent players. West Indies need to do this: 1) Get Fit, 2) Get Real - mind and matter 3) Get Quick. Build a quartet like Lloyd did, liven the pitches up...then let's see how tourists handle it. I'm not saying throw these young speedsters into the team immediately, but they are the future - if guided correctly. Ambrose, Walsh, Holding etc could certainly do a job with those boys. The left arm angle - mentioned earlier by Jason Abrahams, is another aspect we MUST add to the set up.

    p.s. Well done to Barbados, a decent display.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Congratulations to the Bajan team. i feel elated whenever Trinidad get whipped. too much mouth

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