Sherwin Ganga stars in Trinidad win
Trinidad and Tobago 256 for 5 in 46.2 overs (S Ganga 64, D Ganga 50, Powell 47*) beat Barbados 276 for 5 in 50 overs (Hinds 69*, Richards 67) by 11 runs (D-L method)
Trinidad and Tobago overcame a stiff target and fading light to snatch a thrilling win against Barbados in the first semi-final of the regional one-day competition at St Philip. Set 277 for victory, Trinidad needed 21 more off 22 balls with five wickets in hand when the umpires ruled that the light was too poor for play to continue. The Duckworth-Lewis scoring sheets were brought out, and Trinidad were found to be 11 runs ahead of the par score at that stage.
The win was set up by another superb allround performance by Sherwin Ganga. First, he bowled his offspinners with exceptional accuracy on a flat batting pitch, returning figures of 1 for 28 from 10. He came back to open the innings and top-scored with 64, ensuring a strong start to the run-chase. He received excellent support from his brother Daren, who made 50. The innings lost momentum briefly, but Ricardo Powell put things back on track with an unbeaten 47.
Barbados's total was set up by a 101-run opening partnership in just 17.1 overs by Dale Richards (67) and Martin Nurse (48). The Trinidad spinners then stifled the innings, but Ryan Hinds and Ryan Hurley provided the impetus at the finish, as 107 came off the last 10. Hinds's 69 came off just 57 balls, while Hurley lashed two sixes and three fours in his 37, which came off just 14 balls. The onslaught took Barbados to an imposing total, but in the end it still proved to be an insufficient score.
Windward Islands will take on Guyana in the second semi-finals on Friday.