Dwayne Bravo and Daren Ganga steer T&T into final
Trinidad & Tobago 230 for 8 (Daren Ganga 79*) beat Barbados 229 (Dwayne Bravo 6-46) by two wickets
A six-wicket haul by Dwayne Bravo, followed by captain Daren Ganga's calm half-century, led Trinidad and Tobago to a two-wicket victory against Barbados in the semi-final of the WICB President's Cup in Providence.
Barbados had made a sound start to the day-night fixture, with their openers Martin Nurse and Kirk Edwards adding 85 for the first wicket. Dwayne Bravo gave T&T their first breakthrough in the 21st over, dismissing Nurse lbw for 46. Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul, who went on to take 3 for 50, cut through the Barbados top order, reducing them to 184 for 4 before the middle and lower order imploded and were dismissed for 229. Dwayne Bravo was the star, picking up career-best List A figures of 6 for 46.
T&T's openers, Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons, added 42 before the innings wobbled. They lost Barath and Darren Bravo for the addition of one run in the space of an over and, from 43 for 2, they steadily lost wickets at regular intervals. Wickets weren't falling at both ends, though, for Daren Ganga was playing a patient innings.
He struck only three fours and consumed 105 deliveries for his 79 but it was what the T&T chase required. When his younger brother, Sherwin Ganga, was dismissed, T&T needed 28 from 36 balls. The game was balanced with nine required off the last two overs but Dave Mohammed eased the tension by hitting Sulieman Benn over long on for six off the last ball of the 49th over.
T&T will now play the winner of Tuesday's second semi-final between Guyana and Combined Campuses and Colleges in the final on November 5.