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Mohammed, Cariah inspire T&T win
A spectacular collapse, instigated by leg-spinner Yannick Cariah gave T&T a 14-run win over the Windwards Island in their opening match of the Regional Super 50 tournament at Arnos Vale, St. Vincent yesterday.
Chasing 217 runs for victory, the Islanders reached 184 for four but lost three wickets for the addition of no run, to slump to 184 for seven and eventually limp to 202, as Cariah took 5-45 to undermine them.
After restricting T&T to 216 for five off 50 overs, the Windwards were always in control but lost the game in the last hour, as Cariah 5/45 and off-spinner Jason Mohammed 1/17 off seven overs, turned the match on its head.
After the inform Devon Smith (39) laid a good foundation, the experience duo of Andre Fletcher and skipper Liam Sebastien seemed to have taken the game away from the visitors. The right hand/left hand combination batted with caution and played well within their strengths. Both men brought up half centuries and T&T skipper Rayad Emrit rotated his bowlers in an effort to make the breakthrough.
They took the score from 73 for three to 181 when Emrit threw the ball to Cariah and that was that. He sent back Fletcher for 54 and three runs later Sebastien (52) was also in the pavillion.
He followed with the wickets of Dalton Polius (0), Lindon James (0) and Mohammed removed Shane Shillingford (0) to bring T&T right back into the game.
After this turn by the T&T spinners, the rest of the Windward Islands batsmen crumbled.
Cariah walked off a triumphant figure after his guile brought joy to his country, while the other bowlers could have felt very satisfied with their efforts.
Earlier, T&T made a reasonable start with opener Lendl Simmons going after the bowling from the word go. He fell for a carefree 20 and Adrian Barath and Evin Lewis took their time in laying a foundation. Both fell within the space of two runs with Barath making 29 and Lewis 31. After this T&T lost Justin Guillen for two and Yannick Ottley for 28 and were in despair at 154 for five.
However, Mohammed, batting with great maturity, guided debutant Nicholas Pooran and the pair added a vital unbeaten 62 runs for the sixth wicket. Mohammed slammed an unbeaten 63, while Pooran the 17-year-old First Citizens Clarke Road player got 33.
In the other match Jamaica defeated Combined Campuses and Colleges by four wickets in their clash at Sabina Park. Batting first the CCC made 152 all out off 48 overs with Raymon Reifer getting 32, Kyle Corbin 24 and Nicholas Alexis 20. Nikita Miller was the best of the Jamaican bowlers with 3-27, while Andrew Richardson took 2-22. Jamaican then lost regular wickets but got home at 158 for six. Andre McCarthy led the way with 45, Tamar Lambert 33 made and David Bernard counted.
L Simmons c and b Johnson 20
A Barath lbw b Sebastien 29
E Lewis b Shillingford 31
J Mohammed not out 63
J Guillen c Smith b Shillingford 2
Y Ottley c Lesporis b Sebastien 28
N Pooran not out 33
Extras (lb4, w4, nb2) 10
TOTAL (5 wkts, 50 overs) 216
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-84, 3-86, 4-94, 5-154.
Did not bat: S Badree, Y Cariah, R Emrit, R Rampaul.
Bowling: Pascal 7-1-34-0, Johnson 8.1-1-34-1, Mathurin 9.5-2-60-0, Sebastien 10-1-33-2, Shillingford 10-2-15-2, Polius 5-0-36-0.
D Smith c wkp Pooran b Emrit 39
T Theophile lbw b Ottley 12
A Fletcher c Guillen b Cariah 58
K Lesporis c Emrit b Ottley 14
L Sebastien c Lewis b Cariah 52
D Polius lbw b Cariah 0
+L James c Guillen b Cariah 0
S Shillingford lbw b Mohammed 0
G Mathurin c Simmons b Rampaul 15
D Johnson c (sub) K Ottley b Cariah 1
N Pascal not out 0
Extras (lb1, w9, nb1) 11
TOTAL (all out, 49 overs) 202
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-54, 3-73, 4-181, 5-184, 6-184, 7-184, 8-192, 9-195, 10-202.
Bowling: Badree 10-1-37-0, Rampaul 7.2-0-41-1, Ottley 9-2-33-2, Emrit 6-0-29-1, Cariah 10-1-44-5, Mohammed 7-1-17-1.
Result: T&T won by 14 runs.
Points: T&T 4, Windwards 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Yannic Cariah.
Umpires: L Abraham, N Shivsankar.
CCC 152 off 48 overs (Raymon Reifer 32, Kyle Corbin 24, Nicholas Alexis 20; Nikita Miller 3-27, Andrew Richardson 2-22, Odean Brown 2-27, Tamar Lambert 2-39)
JAMAICA 158 for six (Andre McCarthy 45, Tamar Lambert 33, David Bernard 28, Simon Jackson 21)
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