Pollard takes T&T into final
Trinidad & Tobago 200 for 7 (Pollard 76) beat Jamaica 197 for 8 (Lambert 55, Pollard 3-38) by three wickets
Kieron Pollard's all-round show helped Trinidad & Tobago to a three-wicket win against defending champions Jamaica in a low-scoring first semi-final at the Providence stadium in Guyana.
Jamaica had the advantage of batting first on a hard pitch but kept losing wickets periodically. The only substantial partnership was the fifth-wicket stand of 55 between Tamar Lambert and Lorenzo Ingram. Lambert was the top scorer, with 55 off 68 balls, but with only one other batsman making more than 25, Jamaica could only muster 196. All three of Pollard's wickets - Danza Hyatt, Yanick Elliot and Lambert - came with the batsmen holing out in the deep. Offspinner Rishi Bachan also chipped in with two wickets.
The T&T chase got off to a poor start: Adrian Barath and captain Daren Ganga were lbw for ducks to medium-pacer David Bernard. Darren Bravo (41) and Lendl Simmons (24) stabilized the innings with a 54-run partnership but it was still anybody's game when T&T slipped to 84 for 4. That brought Pollard to the crease and his 76 took T&T near the finish line. He was trapped lbw by Lambert but T&T had little trouble in reaching the target with three overs to spare.
They now await the winners of Saturday's semi-final between Barbados and Leewards Islands.