Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados, Nagico Super50 Final, Port of Spain January 24, 2016

T&T crush Barbabos for back-to-back titles

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Trinidad & Tobago 270 for 7 (Bravo 97, K Hope 34, C Brathwaite 2-54) beat Barbados 198 (S Hope 50, C Brathwaite 46, Emrit 3-46) by 72 runs
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Highlights: Trinidad & Tobago defeat Barbados for back-to-back Nagico Super50 titles

Darren Bravo's hot bat put Barbados on ice as Trinidad & Tobago secured their second straight Nagico Super50 title with a 72-run win in front of a small but noisy crowd on Saturday night at Queen's Park Oval. Bravo made 97 off 104 balls, his third straight fifty in the tournament, as Barbados had few answers for an aggressive T&T batting unit.

Despite playing in only three matches, Bravo's 274 runs at an average of 91.33 put him at No. 1 for both categories in the tournament. His value was immense both in the semi-final win over Guyana and in the final against Barbados, helping T&T avenge a loss to end group play.

Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope got the hosts off to a confident start after being sent in, cruising through a wicketless power play before Lewis was caught behind off Carlos Brathwaite in the 12th over for 25 to end a half-century stand. It was the first of three such partnerships on the day as a deep T&T lineup offered little respite for the visitors.

Bravo, who was named Man of the Match for his efforts arrived in the 17th over and didn't depart until the 49th, given out caught behind chasing a wide delivery from Jason Holder. By that stage though he had put T&T in a commanding position.

Bravo brought up his half-century off 69 balls in the 38th over having spent much of the innings blunting the left-arm spin tandem of Sulieman Benn and Jomel Warrican. Benn entered Saturday's final tied for the tournament wickets lead with 14 in six games including two four-wicket hauls but could only snare one man on the day, Jason Mohammed for 31 after the T&T captain had added 75 with Bravo for the fourth wicket.

With the score 177 for 4 to start the final 10 overs, Bravo and Denesh Ramdin stepped on the accelerator by taking on Holder and clattered him for four boundaries over his next two overs. Holder was forced to turn elsewhere for help and it took Brathwaite to end the 57-run stand with a slower ball to Ramdin. Holder returned in the 49th to claim Bravo three short of a ton but the damage had been done.

The Barbados chase stuttered from the start - Dwayne Smith gone in the second over slashing Marlon Richards to Rayad Emrit on the boundary at third man - and they were four down by the end of the opening ten-over power play. Emrit took two of those wickets, including the prized scalp of Kraigg Brathwaite who chased a wide inswinging delivery only to chop onto his stumps.

With the fall of Shane Dowrich in the 20th over, the visitors were reduced to 80 for 6. Shai Hope continued to battle in making 50 and put on a 59-run stand with Carlos Brathwaite. By the time Hope fell, the score was 149 for 9 in the 35th over. A 49-run 10th-wicket stand only served to make the margin of defeat look respectable but in reality Trinidad & Tobago brushed off Barbados in much the same fashion as they had Guyana in last year's final.

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  • TriniMon on January 27, 2016, 3:51 GMT

    @JPIZEL: Pollard has reiterated his desire to play test cricket, yet he has taken an indefinite break from FC cricket. Also, when was the last time he has played a full season of regional cricket? You can't expect to get selected for tests if you don't play 4-day games. This is why I'm not bothering with Pollard at all. He says one thing, but his actions say otherwise. Also, Emrit and Rampaul have not retired from any form of cricket so I'm not sure what you're trying to counter by mentioning them. Also, you cannot bring up things from 2004 when T20 cricket was just being tried at the time. Speak from more recent times like post-2010. T20 leagues have only increased the amount of miscommunication and disputes between player and board and that's something we can all agree on. Kieran Powell is a separate case, but notably, he hasn't officially retired from international cricket as yet although he's out trying out baseball.

  • Jpizel on January 26, 2016, 18:24 GMT

    @HEADDEY. You read what you wrote? These players are the most sought after in world cricket. Keiron Pollard has at nausea reiterated his desire to play test cricket. Bravo retired from the game not because he wanted to but because of politics. Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul and Amit Jaggernauth, who retired in frustration were banging on the WI door since they were teenagers. Rampaul's first tour was in SA in 2004, aged 19 even though he didn't play in the tests. Ramdin was knocking on the door of the WI as a batsman since he was also 19, and was stymied by inferiors, Courtney Browne and Carlton baugh. I have diagnosed the problem...victimization

  • Silva-Surfa on January 26, 2016, 17:52 GMT

    It's ironic in some ways where some of the players who have been alienated by the Board, as well as the ones who refused a retainer contract, have gone on to be paid handsomely with all the high-profiled T20s worldwide. So they should be grateful that the Board has indirectly made them much richer financially and West Indies Cricket has suffered as a consequence. Maybe i'm going about this all wrong, stop deluding myself from being a loyal, caring fan of the whole of the Caribbean and instead, jump on the bandwagon of my favorite stat-winning individuals, endorse the BCCI and mock the rest of the Caribbean with their horrendous failures, then again, i'm not quite ready to be a arrogant, contentious, bureaucratic, insular little sellout, but hey!..never say never right?

  • headleyy on January 26, 2016, 14:03 GMT

    Jpiziel, Everyhing must be taken in context.Period. If you pay attention you will notice that the feature common to all the cricketers who are being"victimized"is not their nationality, but their involvement in international twenty over cricket.Diagnose the sickness properly and then you may find a cure.

  • Rally_Windies on January 26, 2016, 12:56 GMT

    If a Barbados team, with 9 International players.. 2 retired and 7 current .. can be soundly trashed by a T&T B team with 3 internationals, 2 current and one (out of favour) what is going to happen against Bangladesh and Ireland ?

    the Barbados team , represent about 60% of the WI current stock of active international players ...

    the T&T team if full of players who have no chance in hell of ever representing the WI . Some of them are lucky to make the T&T team

  • Jpizel on January 26, 2016, 11:00 GMT

    Firstly, Jamaica's victory needs to be taken in context. Trinidad could never field a full strength team. The had it easy chief. If TT could have the services of narine, bravo, pollard etc, we would maul de yardies. The only reason we are lacking humility is due to the constant victimising of our players starting with Larry Gomes, and now we are fed up

  • Silva-Surfa on January 26, 2016, 10:44 GMT

    Well done T&T, it just goes to show the contrast in having a bunch of players who believe in each other and play as a collective unit and a good organised structure supporting them, will always prevail, regardless of who is selected and what experience they actually have. They've been the standout Region in the Caribbean for many years now and have always held their own, when mixing it with other, more financially sound club teams in the world, during the Champions League.

  • headleyy on January 25, 2016, 19:45 GMT

    Will TandT commentators please try a little humility!You must know how that attitude annoys people from the other regions. Was it not about 3 years ago Jamaica won 4 successive 4 day championships? Cricket is not that great in the region, and boasting does not help..

  • Jpizel on January 25, 2016, 18:20 GMT

    Everybody knows the current West Indies side is are political choices. In the regional pecking order, as far as allrounders are concerned, Emrit and Bravo are the generals. Ramdin has the most centuries for any WI keeper tied with Jeff Dujon, A lot of the international comentators save Ian Chappell don't lookclosely at the goings ons of WI cricket or else there would never be a debate about the declining interest in the game in the region. Somehow TT is missed by their radar despite all the international exposure. The debate should be Why are the WI consistently sending second-string teams even on difficult tours? Why Emrit has not been in maroon colors for the past four years is inexplicable. Nobody is learning from the TT set up either. Nobody asks why with nine seniors gone, TT can field a team that is much better than the rest of the competition. The style of cricket we play is also very different to the typical WI style. Guile not force. Style not bashing

  • rama knian on January 25, 2016, 17:40 GMT

    congrats; rep for new Windies Cricket for the year?

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