Trinidad and Tobago clinch berth in final
Trinidad and Tobago carried their unbeaten run into the KFC Cup final with a tough five-wicket win over Guyana at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St Vincent
Trinidad & Tobago 109 for 5 beat Guyana 114 (Dillon 4-35) by five wickets
Mervyn Dillon broke the backbone of Guyana's batting with an impressive 4 for 35
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Trinidad and Tobago carried their unbeaten run into the KFC Cup final with a tough five-wicket win over Guyana at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St Vincent. A good bowling performance bowled Guyana out for 114 in 38 overs, and set a revised target of 109 from 42 overs, T&T chased it down with 14.4 overs to spare.
Mervyn Dillon, the international discard, justified his recall to the T&T side with an impressive 4 for 35. He struck in his second over with the wicket of Royston Crandon, removed Travis Dowlin in his sixth, and then got rid of top-scorer Narsingh Deonarine (34). Lendl Simmons affected the run out of Shivnarine Chanderpaul to leave Guyana at 44 for 4, and they were never able to recover from that position. Ravi Rampaul, another bowler with international experience, finished with 2 for 18 from eight overs.
In reply, T&T were in similar trouble at 64 for 5, but Sherwin Ganga, the left-handed batsman, and Rayad Emrit, the allrounder, took them to victory with an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership of 46. Emrit followed up his spell of 1 for 28 from ten overs with an unbeaten 27-ball 30 to win the Man-of-the-Match award. Fast bowlers Esuan Crandon (3 for 29) and Reon King (2 for 39) shared the wickets to fall.
Trinidad and Tobago will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Windward Islands and Barbados.