result
(D/N), Coolidge, Oct 25 2008, Stanford Super Series
(20 ov, target 147)124/8
Superstars won by 22 runs
13y
• Andrew Miller in Antigua

Superstars in name only

It is ironic, given the vast sums of money that have been put up for grabs in the coming days, that the opening fixture of the Stanford Super Series counted for absolutely nothing

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Scorecard summary
Stanford Superstars146/5(20 overs)
Trinidad & Tobago124/8(20 overs)
end of over 203 runs • 1 wicket
T&T: 124/8CRR: 6.20 
Ravi Rampaul1 (5)
Sherwin Ganga1 (1)
Sulieman Benn 4-0-15-2

So, that's the end of that. The Superstars avoid embarrassment as they emerge victorious by 22 runs. The main man was Sylvester Joseph, whose unbeaten 45 from 31 balls provided vital impetus to his team's innings. In reply, T&T never really got going. They looked as though they were pacing themselves at one stage, but it turned out they only had one gear, and Sulieman Benn's figures of 2 for 15 from four overs put the skids under their ambitions.

Still, it's been an entertaining start to the tournament, with the promise of much more to follow. I'm Andrew Miller, and join me again tomorrow for England against Middlesex.

19.6
1lb
Benn to Rampaul, 1 leg bye

off the pads and the batsmen jog through for a single to wrap up the proceedings. In the end, the Superstars were too super for the Stanford champions, but they were made to sweat for their victory

19.5
Benn to Rampaul, no run

Rampaul has swung with such massive intent that he has lost his bat! Square leg comes under fire from a lump of timber while the ball nestles in the wicketkeeper's gloves ... all manner of referrals going on, firstly for a no-ball, secondly for a catch at the wicket. Everything is very inconclusive, but not out is the verdict. The only person celebrating is Rampaul ...

19.4
Benn to Rampaul, no run
19.3
1
Benn to Ganga, 1 run

ever hopeful stuff, but no contact again

19.2
W
Benn to Badree, OUT

that's definitely that! Full and angled into the leg stump, and beats Badree's ambitious swish across the line

Samuel Badree b Benn 2 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40
19.1
1
Benn to Rampaul, 1 run

drilled into the covers where it is fielded on the bounce. And that's probably that

end of over 195 runs • 1 wicket
T&T: 121/7CRR: 6.36 RRR: 26.00
Samuel Badree2 (4)
Ravi Rampaul0 (1)
Jerome Taylor 4-0-24-2
18.6
Taylor to Badree, no run

a wild swish, just the latest of many, and that's another over done and dusted. T&T need a miracle now

18.5
Taylor to Badree, no run

bouncer, and an accurate one. Another dot ball

18.4
1lb
Taylor to Rampaul, 1 leg bye
18.3
W
Taylor to Cooper, OUT

that's plumb! Cooper walks across his stumps, and is struck right in front of middle. No doubts there for umpire Taufel

Kevon Cooper lbw b Taylor 6 (3m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
18.2
Taylor to Cooper, no run

extraordinary delivery. Such a slow and looping bouncer that Cooper had enough time to play five shots, and miss with them all ...

18.1
4
Taylor to Cooper, FOUR runs

that's an exceptional shot! Makes room to cream the ball through the covers. Cooper dooper!

A big ask now ... but anything can happen ...

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
T&T: 116/6CRR: 6.44 RRR: 15.50
Kevon Cooper2 (3)
Samuel Badree2 (2)
Dave Mohammed 4-0-29-1
17.6
1
Mohammed to Cooper, 1 run

another ambitious swipe into the leg-side, but minimal timing

17.5
Mohammed to Cooper, no run
17.4
1
Mohammed to Badree, 1 run

worked into the covers, but singles aren't enough now

17.3
1
Mohammed to Cooper, 1 run

a baseball-style swing to midwicket, and nearly two run-outs in two balls as the shy comes in

17.2
W
Mohammed to Ramdin, 1 run, OUT

steered into the covers, and instantly looking for two, but it's never on. The shy comes in, and Ramdin is six inches short in spite of a despairing dive. Not much left for T&T now

Denesh Ramdin run out (†James) 13 (9m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 185.71
17.1
4
Mohammed to Ramdin, FOUR runs

now that's a strike! On the up, over the covers, and one bounce, into the T&T dressing room. A good inside-out strike to revive his team's hopes

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
T&T: 108/5CRR: 6.35 RRR: 13.00
Denesh Ramdin8 (5)
Samuel Badree1 (1)
Daren Powell 4-0-25-1
16.6
1
Powell to Ramdin, 1 run

steered into the off side, but no boundary there. Fours and sixes are the order of the day with three overs to go

16.5
1
Powell to Badree, 1 run

clipped off the pads, and Sulieman Benn shies at the non-striker's stumps

Match details
Stanford Cricket Ground, Coolidge, Antigua
TossTrinidad & Tobago, elected to field first
SeriesStanford Super Series
Season2008/09
Hours of play (local time)17.30 start, First Session 17.30-18.50, Interval 18.50-19.10, Second Session 19.10-20.30
Match days25 October 2008 - daynight (20-over match)
T20 debut
Justin Guillen
Justin Guillen
Kevon Cooper
Kevon Cooper
Navin Stewart
Navin Stewart
Rishi Bachan
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Simon Taufel
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Steve Davis
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Rudi Koertzen
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Asad Rauf
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Jeff Crowe
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