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“When T&T can beat us on Errol Barrow Day, it only means one thing, that cockroach still ‘fraid fowl cock!” One dejected man said as he left Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Friday night, after witnessing yet another Barbados defeat at the hands of T&T. T&T, nicknamed “Red Force” for this event, defeated the home team by 51 runs in their final preliminary round match of the Caribbean T20 series to book their place in the semifinals against Jamaica. Scores: T&T 166/7 (20 overs) versus Barbados 115/9 (20 overs).
A holiday crowd of 8,500 packed the oval expecting a Barbadian victory but as one placard proclaimed: “Trinidad own Barbados.” Batting first T&T under the brilliance of Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons reached an imposing 166 for seven off their 20 overs. Chasing victory at 8.35 runs per over, the Barbadians started well with their inform opener Dwayne Smith slamming the ball to all parts of the ground. However, as Bajans know all too well, consistency is his problem and he was bowled neck and crop by leg-spinner Samuel Badree playing back.
Smith hammered 27 from just 14 balls, three fours and a six. Fellow opener Rashidi Boucher was also game and he scored 19 off 15 balls with two fours and a six. However, the T&T bowlers settled down to a good line and length and after both openers fell the innings fell away. Sulieman Benn tried his best with 21 off 24 balls and after 20 overs, the score read a sorry 115 for nine. Off-spinner Sunil Narine was the best of the bowlers with 3/22, while Badree took 2/21, Kevon Cooper two for 11 off four overs and Sherwin Ganga 2/29.
Earlier, T&T started slowly but then exploded to sink the spirits of the local fans. After Adrian Barath was dismissed for 23 off 23 balls, with the score on 40 after 7.2 overs, Bravo came in and the innings changed gears. The exciting super talent made a breathtaking 70 from 35 balls at a strike rate of 200 and inclusive of four sizzling fours and five incredulous sixes, as he led the Trinis to their eventual score with assistance from Lendl Simmons’ 53.
Simmons, who a day before was told he has a future in West Indies cricket, immediately addressed the selectors with 53 from 45 balls with three fours and four sixes. The pick of the Barbadian bowlers in the massacre was Ashley Nurse with 5/26. As a matter of fact, he had a hand in all five dismissals. It represented the second time he has taken five wickets in a T20 match and his team lost. The other occasion was the finals of the 2010 series against Guyana at the Queen’s Park Oval. T&T was due to meet Jamaica in the semi-finals at 8 pm, while the Windwards met English Country Hampshire at 4 pm.
T&T vs Barbados
A Barath c Nurse b Searles 23
L Simmons b Nurse 53
D Bravo c Benn b Nurse 70
J Mohammed c Smith b Nurse 3
D Ramdin c Roach b Nurse 7
S Narine run out 0
K Cooper b Nurse 0
S Badree not out 0
Extras (lb5, w5) 10
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) 166
Did not bat: R Rampaul, S Ganga, D Ganga
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Barath, 7.2 overs), 2-120 (Simmons, 15.1), 3-147 (Mohammed, 17.2), 4-163 (Bravo, 19.1), 5-165 (Ramdin, 19.3), 6-166 (Cooper, 19.5), 7-166 (Narine, 20)
Bowling: Best 4-0-38-0, Searles 4-0-20-1, Benn 4-0-29-0, Roach 2-0-21-0, Hinds 2-0-27-0, Nurse 4-0-26-5
D Smith b Badree 27
R Boucher st Ramdin b Narine 19
R Hinds b Cooper 15
A Holder c Badree b S Ganga 15
J Carter b Cooper 0
A Nurse lbw b S Ganga 2
S Benn b Narine 21
C Morris c D Ganga b S Ganga 4
J Searles c and b Narine 6
T Best not out 1
Extras ((lb4, w1) 5
TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 115
Did not bat: K Roach
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Smith, 4 overs), 2-55 (Boucher, 5.4), 3-75 (Hinds, 10.2), 4-75 (Carter, 10.3), 5-78 (Nurse, 11.3), 6-89 (Holder, 13.1), 7-103 (Morris, 15.5), 8-114 (Benn, 19.3), 9-115 (Scantlebury-Searles, 20)
Bowling: Rampaul 4-0-28-0, Badree 4-0-21-2, S Ganga 4-0-29-2, Narine 4-0-22-3, Cooper 4-0-11-2
Result: T&T won by 51 runs
Points: T&T 4, Barbados 0
Man-of-the-Match: Darren Bravo
Umpires: Nigel Duguid, Goaland Greaves; TV Umpire: Norman Malcolm