Regional Four-Day Competition, semi-finals, fourth day April 4, 2011

Jamaica make final, T&T consider legal action

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jamaica have made it to the final, despite a relatively strong batting performance from Trinidad and Tobago in which they got to 448 for 9 in reply to Jamaica's mammoth 664 in St Augustine, Trinidad. Jamaica's made the cut, having taked the first-innings' lead during the teams' group-stage encounter in Kingston last month.

Beginning day four on 198 for 4, T&T lost Denesh Ramdin to Andre Russell early, after he had added just five runs to his overnight score of 49. But captain Daren Ganga stayed on, getting to his 23rd first class ton. He was kept company by Kieron Pollard, who got 48 before being trapped lbw by David Bernard. Any hope Jamaica had of wrapping up the innings after the pair's departure was thwarted by the No. 8 batsman Rayad Emrit, who scored unbeaten 113, and ensured the hosts were not bowled out. Russell was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 4 for 89.

T&T, who finished second on the points table, a point ahead of Jamaica, are considering legal action after losing out on a place in the final, to Jamaica who finished fourth. According to the tournament rules, if semi-final games end in a no-result, the team which came out on top during the head-to-head clash in the preliminary round advances. But T&T manager Omar Khan said this had not been made clear. "There is still some misinterpretation concerning the rule pertaining to advancing to the finals," Khan said. "We find it very unfair. What is the reward of playing consistent cricket all season then?"

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Combined Campuses and Colleges

7 4 1 0 2 0 57
Trinidad & Tobago

7 3 1 0 3 0 52
England Lions

7 2 0 0 5 0 51

7 2 0 0 5 0 51
Windward Islands

7 2 3 0 2 0 41

7 1 1 0 5 0 27
Leeward Islands

7 1 5 0 0 1 19

7 0 4 0 2 1 16

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  • joel on April 8, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    WICB are twits. One year, the top team is the winner, the next year the top two contest the final, then the next year the top four contest semi's. The real change of home-and-away games is yet to be considered, but extrapolating the apparent mindset of the WICB, in three more years, they will have gotten to a round robin, home and away format. THAT is the way to skim the cream off the top. Pity the TnT team, for they have played well. Jamaica just read the fine print better, and by the quixotic and byzantine rules of the tounament, will reach the finals.

  • Michael on April 8, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Absolute RUBBISH Khan !Stop being childish,you are a big man !Sour grapes is what you called that.I am glad that one of your own Lawyers threw out your protest.Don't you know that if you were successful,the CCC could have come with the argument that they ARE the champions,having finished with 57 points.Of course TT would have then quoted the same rules,saying that they call for semi finals and finals.In the past,the tournament rules allowed TT either a place in the semi finals or finals.TT used tournament rules to achieve their goal the last time Jamaica beat them to win the championship,so if Jamaica used tournament rules to advance to the finals this time around,WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT ?

  • Mohan on April 8, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Had Jamaica dismissed T&T,the qualification of Jamaica seemed apt.But since it turned out be a draw,the run-rate must have been compared for both teams.As T&T had a better run-rate,they would qualify for the finals.Only if the run-rate is same the previous league game between the two teams must be considered.This kind of ruling is present in India's Ranji Trophy(the equivalent trophy of Regional Four Day Competition).

  • WAZIM on April 7, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Rules are rules...Jamaica are the ones who should be in the finals. Can't believe I just read someone wants Ganga back in the Windies team...I know we are not doing good right now, but you going to put another 'waste' in the team for what? He had his chances before and proved he is just a regional batsman and nothing more....Trinidad let it go!!! You don't deserve to be in the lost out fair and square according to the rules

  • Michael on April 7, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    @Khan ! Utter rubbish !TT knew the tournament rules when Jamaica last beat them in Jamaica to win the championship.CCC should also contemplate legal action,because they are the champions.No need for semi finals and finals.Sometime ago ,the tournament rules allowed TT to advance to either the semi finals or finals in one of the competitions.No big thing then !@ Wendell Moore !and in the same breath,it makes no sense for the CCC to be contesting a final,when they have already won the championship.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Distraught over West Indies cricket management in after decades of cricket, they still looking for system to determine results.. shame on you guys! What nonsense.. look at points table - Let the best teams play the final.. where did Jamaica come from to make the Final? No wonder we are doing worst as the years roll by.. WEST INDIES CRICKET!

  • Kenneth on April 7, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    The rules were in black & white prior to the tournament & clarified during the match. Ja based their plan on the rules. TnT should have done the same end of story. Whether the rule needs changing or not teams need to be aware of them & plan accordingly.

  • jermaine on April 7, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    stop crying tnt .........

  • mahindra on April 6, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    It is ridiculous to finish second and not make the finals. This is the reason why the West Indies cricket is in so much distress. No rule that relates to head to head in league match should come into reckoning whenJamaica finished third in the overall standing. Get your acts together West Indies Administrators!

  • Deena on April 6, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    TnT and Jamaica are two powerful teams. If you look at it the demise of the Leewards and Barbados coincides with the demise of the WI. Lets leave that and talk about our 1st Test Team for Pakistan: D.Ganga. Hinds, Samuels, Ramdin (yes still the best with bat and gloves) Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach, Andre Lawrence, Bishoo. If they are fit Dwayne Bravo and Adrian Barath. That is 10. don't talk age lets pick people in form.

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