Jamaica v Trinidad &Tobago, Regional Super50 final October 30, 2011

Spinners bowl Jamaica to Super50 title

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Jamaica 122 for 5 (Lambert 30*) beat Trinidad & Tobago 118 (Miller 3-19) by five wickets
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Jamaica have won West Indies' domestic one-day competition for the first time since 2007-08, beating Trinidad & Tobago comfortably in the final. It was another low-scoring game at Providence, and Jamaica's captain Chris Gayle used his spinners to dismiss T&T for 118. The batsmen stuttered early in the chase but Tamar Lambert and Shawn Findlay made sure Jamaica got home in the 36th over.

Before the spinners choked T&T, Jamaica were given a bright start through two early wickets from Andre Russell, the West Indies allrounder. Russell had Justin Guillen edging a wide delivery to the wicketkeeper in the fourth over and then got William Perkins to mistime an attempted lofted drive to mid-off.

Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was introduced as early as the ninth over and struck in his second over, knocking back Dwayne Bravo's off stump. Miller had Daren Ganga lbw in the 15th over and T&T were in deep trouble at 30 for 4. Jason Mohammed showed some intent with a couple of fours off Gayle's offspin and put together 44 runs for the fifth wicket with Sherwin Ganga. Once Ganga was dismissed by Gayle, the rest of the wickets tumbled quickly. Miller picked up another wicket to finish with figures of 12-2-19-3, and legspinner Odean Brown took two wickets as well.

The target was a small one but Jamaica were given an early jolt when Kennar Lewis was trapped in front by Sunil Narine off the second ball of the chase. Xavier Marshall was next to be dismissed, lbw to Sherwin Ganga and when Samuel Badree dismissed Gayle, also lbw, Jamaica were tottering at 31 for 3. Danza Hyatt took his time, facing 78 balls for his 29 runs, and got Jamaica back on track. Tamar Lambert was also watchful, scoring 30 not out of 54 balls, and Shawn Findlay finished things with a flourish, scoring the winning runs with a boundary of Sherwin Ganga.

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  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    @ Riad Hosein, remember this: cream ALWAYS rises to the top. And what is that old saying, you can't keep a good man down? If any of the spinners whom you mentioned were quality as you suggested, he would have FORCED his way into the WI team and STAYED there by dint of performance . He would have taken advantage of the limited opportunities, thereby forcing the selectors to rid themselves of the bias against spinners. They were not good enough to force themselves on the selectors, plain and simple. In Bim, our batsmen of yesteryear used to maul Jamil Ali, Inshan Ali, Jumadeen & co. when ever they played outside QPO. Check the Cricinfo archives if you doubt me. Collis King was fond of hammering them all over the place. Wheel and come again, buddy. Lance Gibbs is still the all-time best WI spinner in my opinion.

  • Mohamed on November 1, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    @Devorn Alexander....am gonna say it again. you can only play the team that is given to you....so what ever your variables might be about Jam winning the title....Gayle was leading the Jam players....i rem when Bangladesh was playing a depleted windies team their captain said...you can only play agaisnt the team that youre given to play....

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    @MOHAMEDAMIN: If west Indies cricket is to depend on the reviews coming from these public forums it will suffer to resolve its issues. Too many of our West Indian contributors are simply either pre- mature or immature in our contributions. What make you come to the conclusion that by winning the regional 50 overs tournament as Captain of Jamaica makes Chris Gayle a good captain. Just bear in mind that in these situations a number of variables come to play. I wish you had gone on to point out how his excellent leadership or captaincy got Jamaica to the title versus Jamaica simply winning. was it very poor captaincy from opponents?, was it good individual performances from JA players?, was it an overall good JA team performance? was it that the other teams were just not up to standard.? If you get it the variables are many and to say that Gayle has proven Mr Hillare wrong is but missed timed hook shot from which you are caught on the BACKWARD square leg boundary. Sorry pal

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    @Randy Bridgeman nanan, ganesh mahabir, dinas ramnarine, rajendra dhanraj were ALL QUALITY SPINNERS!!!!! AND I KNOW SPINNERS. BETTER THAN ALL THE ROLLERS FROM EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE CARIBBEAN.


  • Joram on October 31, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Daren Ganga is a failure. Once his brother is allowed to be picked on the team, Trinidad is moving backwards. Why is the TTCB allowing this to continue? Is it because Mr. Ganga has a government appointed post? We need a different captain all together. All the talk about Trinidad being so good, a few titles warrants some like Daren Ganga to say we can go international cricket alone? It is time to put a muzzle on Ganga's mouth and career... which has been a huge failure especially with all the talent he has at his disposal.

  • Mohamed on October 31, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Stop all the comparison with TT & Jam. Useless. You can only play the team that is given to you....that being said lets see how the WICB reacted to this. CEO claims that he's not impressed with Gayle leadership now he led Jam to the 50 over tournament and won it.....lets see if he gets pick to go india....Windies need gayle in that team.

  • sherman on October 31, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    I guess the Trini's missed the point, the claim of being a regional powerhouse cannot be based on winning 2 one-day titles and two t20 titles in the last five years. In that time JA has won the same amount of one-day titles and four 4 day titles. This idea of being the region's top team has been the reason for the T&T calls of going it alone. If you cannot dominate regional cricket how can you effectively compete with other test playing nations. And no international team plays only t20 cricket. The region is better served if we remain united, pool our talents and be proud of our achievements. I honestly think T&T did us proud when they represented the region in T20 competitions and that's the way it should be. The point here is not to gloat but to get rid of the idea breaking up the WI team.@vereman, I agree it's irrelevant who's better as winners will come and go. What is important is WI's legacy

  • Basil on October 31, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    What a Mickey Mouse tournament. Too few games, too many teams watering down the standard. Sagicor and CCC players should be playing for there home nations. Games should be played home and away, not just in one spot. How is WI going to improve in ODIs if domestically the players only play around 3 games a year?

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Congrats to JA. A win is a win is a win. Yes, the Trini team was depleted by the absence of some of their better players, but so were the others. Due to the substandard nature of our cricket, the Trinis appear to be big guns. Actually they're not. Bet there's no more talk of secession. For the uninitiated, cricket goes in cycles. Years ago, B'dos were top guns. JA has won the 4-day competition for 3-4 straight years. The Trinis ruled the roost in the limited format of the game until yesterday. Next year, it may be somebody else's turn. The Trinis are always touting their spinners. Haven't had a decent one since KT "Sonny" Ramadhin way back in the 50s-60s. A few years back, it was Mohammed, then Jaggers, Badree, now Narine. How many Test matches have these four played for the WI? In my view, the Trinis have 3 1/2 certainties at Test level: Barath, Dwayne Bravo, Rampaul & Darren Bravo being the iffy one.

  • jermaine on October 30, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    well some one tell me why people are making this into something that it is not .... t&t and jam...... yes t&t play better 20T cricket than others but jamaica has the best t20 player in the world so what .... is this why we play cricket to see which team is better or to look at the up coming talent we have ...... the fact is that a lot of trinidad's players are with west indies atm....... yes that right but the only two should in the team is rampaul and simmons ..... darren is a sheep he also cant play spin . in fact jamaica has better player in the team other than shiv....Samuels.... so people keep looking to see how many numbers of t&t in the team and they are only keeping the set hot

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