Regional Super50 2017, Group A February 8, 2017

Leewards topple Windwards, T&T clinch semis berth

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Kieran Powell crossed 500 runs for the tournament during his 80 against Windward Islands © WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks LaTouche Photo

Leeward Islands continued their impressive run through Group A with a four-wicket win over Windward Islands at Coolidge. Leewards did it in style as well, completing the highest successful chase in the competition this year by overhauling Windwards' total of 293 for 8 with eight balls to spare.

Leewards captain Kieran Powell continued his stupendous form by striking 80 off 84 balls to begin the chase, his fifth 50-plus score in six innings. Along the way, Powell crossed the 500-run barrier for the tournament. Powell added 112 for the first wicket with Montcin Hodge (46) and another 52 with Jermaine Otto (37) for the second before he eventually fell in the 32nd over to Liam Sebastien.

Nkrumah Bonner fell in the 34th to Delorn Johnson to make it 190 for 4, leaving 104 to win but Man of the Match Rahkeem Cornwall entered and struck a blistering 74 not out off 50 balls to get Leewards across the line. Cornwall teamed with Akeal Hosein for an unbeaten 89-run seventh-wicket stand to seal the match.

Hosein finished unbeaten on 26 off 24 balls and helped set up the win in the first innings by taking 4 for 57 with his left-arm spin. His spell included the wickets of Devon Smith, who came into the match with just 30 runs in six innings but finished with 101 for his seventh List A century, and Sunil Ambris for 53 off 36 balls, the wicketkeeper's sixth half-century in seven games putting him second behind only Powell for the tournament runs lead with 375 runs.

Trinidad & Tobago clinched their spot in the semi-finals with a five-wicket win over Kent at North Sound. Jason Mohammed struck an unbeaten 78 to track down a target of 195 with 8.4 overs to spare and in the process eliminated Kent from contention for the knockout stage.

Mohammed and Denesh Ramdin came together at 65 for 3 and added 127 runs for the fourth wicket, taking T&T within one shot of victory before Ramdin fell to Matt Coles for 56 in the 40th. A runout Roshan Primus was runout off the next ball and Khary Pierre played out a maiden in the 41st before Mohammed struck a boundary two balls into the 42nd to finish the match.

Ravi Rampaul took 4 for 37, doing his damage in a late spell after going wicketless with the new ball, to bowl out Kent for 194 in 46 overs after they were sent in by T&T. Will Gidman top-scored with 50 for Kent and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Alex Blake. But when Rayad Emrit bowled Gidman in the 41st it sparked a collapse of 6 for 21. Rampaul began the 42nd with the wicket of Blake for 36 before working his way through the tail and now has 14 wickets in the tournament, just two behind Ashley Nurse and Alzarri Joseph for the tournament lead.

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  • Josiah on February 9, 2017, 19:01 GMT

    also there's the case of incumbency. Although he hasn't had a great super hope did well in ODIs so far. can't drop Carter either because he also performed in Zimbabwe. the squad of 15 is likely going to be similar to the Zimbabwe one minus a few non performers like Benn and Charles.

  • Josiah on February 9, 2017, 18:54 GMT

    narine and bravo will not be picked because they did not play any games.

  • norvil9708846 on February 9, 2017, 18:36 GMT

    If the selectors were to pick a wi team based on this tournament it would have alot of new faces. But expect to see the same set from last tour with the exceptions of maybe 1 or 2. but alot of new guys are putting up their hands and are performing quite nicely for their country.

  • Kendel3456385 on February 9, 2017, 18:30 GMT

    good game by the men in red however they batting is still looking a bit shakey and rampaul you are indeed showing the selectors the level of bias that currently plagues wi cricket. what really impressed me though is the leewards islands and the way they chased down 293 runs. that guy powell and Cornwall is making such an impact on their side...

  • johnny9784249 on February 9, 2017, 18:21 GMT

    it is so refreshing to see a wicket-keeper(ambris) outside of Trinidad and Barbados performing. he has outperformed ramdin, hope and dowich and should be the first choice keeper for the windies. sammy himself is also proving his worth and t20 teams around the world are now appointing him as skipper for one of the t20 franchises. a good team who should represent us in the upcoming series should be 1. kraigg 2. powell 3. lewis 4. bravo 5. ambris 6. mohammod 7. cornwall 8. holder 9. narine 10. gabriel 11. joseph.

  • Shekar on February 9, 2017, 16:59 GMT

    1.Evin 2.Kraigg 3.Keiron Powell 4.Daren Bravo 5.Sunil Ambris 6.Shai Hope (wk) 7.Rovman Powell 8.Holder 9.Taylor 10.Narine 11.Joseph - If WI could get these guys in the same team, that would present a very good chance. #WishfulThinking

  • Shekar on February 9, 2017, 16:57 GMT

    Ravi could have served us in all formats deservingly for another couple of years but the selectors never really gave him an extended run. His numbers especially in ODI cricket is still very good... Taylor has a case for an ODI recall though. And a pick for Alzari Joseph as another pacer. Carlos has been dismal and that should disappoint the selectors who prematurely named him as t20 captain

  • jarrel0723030 on February 9, 2017, 12:54 GMT

    Ravi impressing again! Told everyone before the tournament that he's back to his old self. Ramdin finally putting runs on the board, Kyle Hope finally got dropped (29 in 92 balls is absolutely ridiculous in 50 ov cricket) and Jason Mohammed getting runs again. Well done team! Also this is the second consecutive game where Primus got run out for duck looking for a run that wasn't on. C'mon Primo I know you're better than that. On to the semis!

  • Josiah on February 9, 2017, 7:28 GMT

    @allysvalley sorry but unfortunately rampaul is a kolpak player and said he will not give it up for WI because of how he was treated.

  • AbdulAleem on February 9, 2017, 4:45 GMT

    Some real contenders popping up for the odi series. Rampaul, powell and ambris cover three bases that WI had problems filling in. Hope they are consistent.

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