Regional Super50 2017, Group A February 12, 2017

Trinidad & Tobago top Group A with win over Leeward Islands

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Highlights - Trinidad & Tobago defeat Leeward Islands by five wickets

Trinidad & Tobago beat Leeward Islands for the second time in round-robin play, handing the host side a five-wicket loss at Coolidge on Sunday in a match that decided first place in Group A. T&T will now face Jamaica in the first semi-final on Wednesday while Leewards have to go up against Group B winner Barbados on Thursday to decide the other finalist.

Leewards were bowled out for 189 in 48.1 overs after choosing to bat first. Their batting struggle was set in motion almost from the start when captain Kieran Powell, who entered the game as the tournament's leading scorer with 509 runs, suffered his first failure of the tournament when he was caught behind off Shannon Gabriel for 1 in the third over. Gabriel wound up taking two more to finish with 3 for 40 while fellow medium pacer Ravi Rampaul took 3 for 27 from his ten overs to keep Leewards tied down. Five batsmen crossed 20 for Leewards but none made more than Jermaine Otto's 38.

Evin Lewis got the T&T chase off to a typically aggressive start, top-scoring with 47 off 23 balls, dominating a 57-run opening stand with Kyle Hope that spanned 7.4 overs. Lewis fell to Rahkeem Cornwall, who did his best to slow T&T's victory charge by taking 3 for 40 in ten overs but Denesh Ramdin (31*) and Imran Khan (38*) produced an unbeaten 54-run stand for the sixth wicket to take T&T to the target in just 34.1 overs.

Kent scored their third win of the tournament, signing off the Regional Super50 with a six-wicket win over West Indies Under-19 at North Sound. West Indies battled through their 50 overs to post 191 for 8 but Kent managed to haul it down with 5.1 overs to spare.

West Indies were 20 for 4 inside of eight overs after choosing to bat first thanks to three wickets from Calum Haggett's opening spell. Captain Kirstan Kallicharan did the lion's share of the work to rebuild the innings coming in at No. 6 and wound up facing more than a third of the deliveries in the innings to grind out 47 off 110 balls. He added 63 for the fifth wicket with Shamar Springer to repair the early damage done by Haggett and lasted until the 44th over before Keemo Paul took over and produced a furious finish to the innings, hitting six sixes in his 72 off 57 balls before falling on the final ball of the innings.

Kent's reply got off to an assured start thanks to a 50-run opening stand between Daniel Bell-Drummond and Adam Ball. The run rate slowed after the Powerplay though and by the 18th over it was 64 for 2 with two new batsmen at the crease. Sean Dickson and Adam Rouse kept the junior bowling attack at bay with a 104-run third-wicket stand to steer Kent towards the target. Dickson made 53 before he fell in the 43rd over with 24 left to win and ended as Kent's leading scorer at the tournament with 202 runs. Rouse was able to stay at the crease until the end, finishing 61 not out off 105 balls to ensure Kent would leave Antigua on a winning note.

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  • Metman on February 17, 2017, 1:58 GMT

    @MR Cricket....Hope just scored a BRILLIANT 125,took 5 catches and executed 2 stumpings a while ago. More worries in store for you.Another sleepless night..last nights mauling and Hope performances tonight....poor fella ! I wish you well though.

  • MR Cricket.. on February 16, 2017, 11:52 GMT

    @metman.... I always new that your intellectual intelligence was limited but jeez now I'm wondering if you're from a totally different planet. In your mind hope is the greatest keeper and is never going to fail so there for he shouldn't even have any competition. Lol well you keep thinking that way. The same way you thought carlos was going to be the next best thing but we all know where that is heading.

  • Metman on February 16, 2017, 2:15 GMT

    Breaking NEWS.....the Red Farce just got MAULED under the ASTUTE captaincy of one Denesh Ramdih after he sent Jamaica in on a rock hard pitch....Jamaica 434 ...TnT 142...lord have mercy !!! more to follow tomorrow.

  • Metman on February 16, 2017, 1:16 GMT

    @Mr.Cricket....read and understand. Hope replaced a FAILING RAMDIN.Hope has NOT FAILED at the ODIs level so how could you and your fellow trini suggest AT THIS STAGE that Ambris will replace Hope ? why not Walton,Dowrich,Pooran or any other keeper for that matter ?suppose when Hope fails Ambris fails at the domestic level too ? by now you should have seen the stupidity in both of your conclusions. Man for you to to even suggest that Hope has a competitor in Ambris AT THIS STAGE does not even merit another explanation from me.That is the height of cricket stupidity. As regards Reifer and Gabriel it was the TWO of you who still feel that those who perform in the Super 50 should take priority over those who HAVE NOT FAILED at the Int'l level and I was just drawing another example.....BUT you can bring up Gabriels' stats after todays semi and compare them again.

  • Cricinfouser on February 15, 2017, 21:29 GMT

    where are my trini crew??? Boy look bat....If Trinidad can recover and score at least half that i'll give them full credit....I think they're crying in de shed

  • MR Cricket.. on February 15, 2017, 13:02 GMT

    @metman- I can clearly see reading and understanding isnt one of your strong points. Johnny was right when he said that. If you were to read back on my last comment you would see that I was stating that hope had outperformed ramdin so therefore he took his spot and now Ambris has outperformed hope in the domestics tournament so he would be aiming to one day take his spot. And I was stating that the competition would hardly be between mohammed and Ambris, it is going to more be between hope and Ambris seeing that they both are keepers. Also you are saying that reifer took more wickets than gabriel well you should also look at the fact that he has played two more games than him and has only 3 more wickets (reifer 8 games, 16 wickets avg. 19.68 econ. 4.89 - gabriel 6 games 13 wickets avg. 15.23 econ. 4.19 )Gabriels average and economy are far superior than reifers one.

  • cricfan71175180 on February 15, 2017, 11:24 GMT

    Benn has no place in internatinal cricket. he has been tried many times and has failed almost all the times.

  • Johnny865 on February 15, 2017, 10:57 GMT

    @metman ... there you go again, reading yet failing to understand. the only difference between benn and pierre or ambris and it's a big one is the fact they they both haven't represented wi in any format as yet so the possibilities are endless. they are still young and both are full with talent unlike benn who fails all the time at the international level. I mean come on look at his stats !!! he is approaching age 36 and yet you are calling on him to be selected. weren't u the same one who wanted a younger wi team to go forth ?? or is it that the rules doesn't apply to those Barbadian players ??? so your logic is that Benn an old player who does nothing in internationals should play ahead 2 young guys who is also performing in the domestic seasons. that's metman for you people...

  • Metman on February 14, 2017, 23:23 GMT

    @MR Cricket.....according to you Ramdin should not have been dropped after 139 ODIs..2 centuries and 25.00 av, BUT Hope should be dropped after 4 ODIs.one century and averaging 46.75 the HIGHEST in the PRESENT WI ODI team. ....

  • Metman on February 14, 2017, 23:03 GMT

    @MR Cricket....you sound like johhny coming up with some weird comments and some of the most ludicrous of conclusions.Hope is the WI keeper in ODIs,has NOT FAILED in 4 ODIs and averages 46 and you are telling yourself that because Ambris is a keeper too , scored more runs in a DOMESTIC competition and therefore should replace a man THAT HAS NOT FAILED LIKE RAMDIN ? Someone needs to tell you that using your senseless arguments that Ambris has outperformed Mohammed, Reifer has outperformed Gabriel..and therefore should be selected before them .Do you know that INTERNATIONAL performances carry more weight than domestic performances...and using your senseless conclusions again...Hope has outperformed Lewis in ODIs and so should start before him. Man this is 2017 and it looks as though you are still hurting that Ramdin is no longer in the picture

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