Trinidad & Tobago 51 for 3 (Darren Bravo 23*, Taylor 3-11) beat Jamaica 49 (Emrit 4-19, Dwayne Bravo 3-10) by seven wickets
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Trinidad & Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo made the most of a seaming pitch after asking Jamaica to bat first, leading the way with 3 for 10 in an opening burst which decimated the Jamaicans before they were eventually bowled out for 49 in T&T's seven-wicket demolition in the first semi-final of the Nagico Super50 tournament at Queen's Park Oval on Wednesday. Bravo was named Man of the Match after his spell left Jamaica reeling at 5 for 4 and their final total was the country's lowest ever in the 50-over West Indies regional tournament.
Bravo's first strike was in the third over when he had opener John Campbell given out caught behind off a defensive prod. Nkrumah Bonner entered at number three on the back of making 122* against Guyana in his side's previous match but he only made 1 on Wednesday before dragging a pull straight to Evin Lewis at midwicket to end the fourth over with the score 2 for 4.
Bravo took a wicket on the very next delivery to start the fifth over, trapping Kennar Lewis for 2 after the opener played across the line to a full delivery. Tamar Lambert departed without scoring to another leg before appeal from Bravo after not offering a shot and the rout was on.
Rayad Emrit carried on with the work that Bravo started by wiping out the rest of the middle order and tail to finish with 4 for 19, extending his tournament lead to 10 wickets. With the score at 25 for 5, he claimed his first scalp when Jamaica captain David Bernard was beaten for pace attempting to pull and offered a simple catch to Darren Bravo at cover. Andre Russell went for 4 when he edged a drive behind to Denesh Ramdin. Andre McCarthy flicked Emrit to Lewis at midwicket for Jamaica's top score of 16. The final wicket fell when Andrew Richardson sliced Emrit to the cover boundary where Lewis was stationed for his third catch as the innings wrapped up in just 24.2 overs.
Jerome Taylor claimed all three wickets in Trinidad & Tobago's brief chase. Lewis top-edged a slog to mid on at the end of the first over before Imran Khan was struck in line with the stumps to go leg before as T&T got off to a slightly nervy start at 10 for 2. Lendl Simmons showed a bit more restraint during the power play overs and fell for 21 when his footwork betrayed him and an inside-edged drive was dragged onto the stumps.
Captain Bravo was spared in T&T's sloppy pursuit when a skied chance to mid on was dropped by Bernard in a moment that summed up Jamaica's day. He finished the match a short time later by whipping Nikita Miller through mid on for a boundary on the first ball of the 14th over. Darren Bravo finished with 23 not out at the other end. The winner of Thursday's second semi-final between Guyana and Barbados will play T&T in the tournament final on Saturday.