Caribbean T20 2010-11, semi-finals January 23, 2011

T&T, Hampshire set up title clash

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Johann Myburgh scored 88 off 58 balls to lead Hampshire to a competitive total against Windward Islands, after which Hamza Riazuddin's four-wicket spell helped secure a narrow victory, and with it a spot in the Caribbean T20 final. Hampshire had a solid start to their innings, with Jimmy Adams and Myburgh adding 47 in 6 overs before Adams was run out. Myburgh provided the acceleration, striking six sixes during his half-century, while James Vince made 36 off 32 balls. Myburgh, who was eventually bowled by Mervin Matthew with the score on 160, was the only batsman dismissed by a Windward bowler. The other three wickets in the score of 166 for 4 were run out.

Windward lost Johnson Charles early but Andre Fletcher and Devon Smith steadied the chase. They didn't score at breakneck speed but they led Windward to 75 in the 10th over, when Riazuddin struck for the first time, getting Smith caught behind. Keddy Lesporis was run out for 6 but Windward were still in it, at 114 for 3, when the 16th over began. In that over, Riazuddin ripped out three wickets, reducing the innings to 116 for 6, and severely broke Windward's momentum. Riazuddin finished with 4 for 15, and even though Matthew blasted 27 off 15, Windward fell four runs short.

Trinidad & Tobago's passage to the final was easier as they beat Jamaica by eight wickets with 13 balls to spare in the second semi-final. The result ensured T&T's qualification to the Champions League later this year by virtue of being the best Caribbean side in the competition.

Jamaica's innings failed to take off as wickets fell regularly and the run-rate struggled to rise over six. The top four batsmen fell for less than 20 and strike-rates of less than 100. Wavell Hinds and Andre Russell provided some stability, scoring 23 and 36, but the tail folded after their departures. T&T legspinner Samuel Badree, who opened the bowling, finished with 1 for 15 in four overs, while Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine picked up two wickets each. T&T needed only 137 to set up a summit clash with Hampshire.

The top order did the job, with Adrian Barath making 37 and Lendl Simmons contributing 51. Darren Bravo continued his impressive form, scoring 25 off 19 balls at No. 3, to lead T&T to 140 for 2 in the 18th over. Of the six bowlers Jamaica used, only Jerome Taylor took a wicket.

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  • Michael on January 24, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Two T20 titles in 3 years,and trinis gone hyper!Try emulating the feats of Bdos during the 60's,70's and 80's when we won more titles than all the others combined.A pity T20 cricket was not played in those days.Trinis have been given the opportunities, and what have they done?Only 1 has been able to hold his own on the Int'l stage ,in other words you all are good club cricketers.5 trinis are in the world cup squad,only Darren Bravo looks like Int'l class,the others belong to the class of misfits.Anytime 3 or more Bajans dominate at local level,they will dominate at the Int'l level as well.Ramdin ,the "best" keeper??????,continues to drop a catch a match,Barath,nothing more than an opener in a hurry,and Simmons ,who is a better bat,should have been included at his expense.Dwayne and Pollard this is their last 'going down' at this level.Pollard,prove me wrong,and I will be your biggest fan,but right now you belong to the misfit class,and Dwayne is fast approaching you.Rampaul????

  • Allan on January 24, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    @drtrin Perhaps you could get Ganga to be Prime Minister and elect the T&T cricket administration to run the government because the government that you all have right now is a family business.

  • giovaughn on January 23, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    When Trinidad can Beat Jamaica in the 4 day tournament then u can talk. t20 is not real cricket , anybody can beat anybody. to tell u the truth if it was not for all the money involved the Majority of people would not give a damn! its the truth so face it. Anyway as we are all from the same region, i speak on behalf of most Jamaicans & wish u all the best in the Champion's League or whatever it is. Hopefully u can win some money to help put out some decent cricketers for the longer formats of the game. cause at the moment the only ones u have to boast of are Darren Bravo & maybe Adrian Bharat. Rampaul Pollard & Ramdin just dont cut it @ the international level.

  • Michael on January 23, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    continuing @ Vaspert Drakes and the Bdos selectors.In the absense of Dale Richards,you all should have picked another attacking opening batsman to partner Smith.See what happened when Smith and Boucher jump TnT in the opening overs ?@ Drakes,what is the reason for not giving Stoute a single match?Someone needs to tell you that Stoute topped both batting and bowling av.on the last WI A team tour,yet from the last T20,you have been ignoring him,WHY???????? All I ever see you doing is writing notes !Can you read what you write? Do you understand what you write ?or do you see other coaches writing notes,and you decided to do the same just to make people believe that you know what you are doing?Instead of writing notes,you and the Bdos selectors should NOTE that TnT,Windwards,CCC had the highest scores.Know why ?all 3 of them had a pair of attacking openers.

  • Michael on January 23, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @drtrinileggie !Hey man,tone down!don't get too excited !I have already offered my congratulations in another forum !I am man enough to say that TnT has the best T20 team .As I said before,TnT and the Windwards,and to a lesser extent the CCC,fully understand the importance of the first 6 overs,and I had predicted that either TnT or the Windwards would have been the top WI team.By the way,Lance Gibbs,the only quality spinner that ever came out of the WI was not a trini.@ Coach Vaspert Drakes and the selectors, from early I have been saying that Bdos picked the wrong 14,and the wrong 11 in every match.K.Edwards ,having seen him from as early as 2009,CLEARLY is not a T20 player,yet the coach persisted with him until the TnT match.I said there was no need to play 3 fast bowlers,only 1 would do.K.Williams,who have T20 experience in TnT and who was 1 of the leading allrounders in the just concluded first division competition,SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED.

  • Riad on January 23, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Where are the congratulations from our bajan and jamaican counterpatrs. Trindad and Tobago are the best! Best CAPTAIN, BEST ADMINISTRATION, BEST TEAM. We could beat the west indies team as well. Lets hear the comment hopefully controvestial. I have an idea, let make the Trinidad cricket board run West Indies cricket.

    Why is this rubbish Cottuoy in a high performance centre. The only quality spinners that have ever come out of WI have been Trinidadian. That's Brian Lara could bat spin so well.Give the Trinis an oppurtunity. Benn tall for nothing, Miller is a slow bowler not a spinner.

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