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Red Force defeats Guyana by 14 runs
(Providence, Guyana) There was everything Red Force about this victory, as the T&T boys, preparing for the upcoming Karbonn Smart Champions League in India, defeated Guyana by 14 runs in their T20 clash at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Glory days of the Red Force came back to life, as Lendl Simmons was beating the ball, Samuel Badree was miserly as ever, the team looked cohesive and that never-say-die attitude was evident. At the end of the night they defeated Guyana by 14 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series and give their fans back home an Independence gift. Simmons (34) belted the first ball of the match over the ropes for six and this signaled the Red Force was back and ready to entertain. He and Adrian Barath (26) and, later, new find Nicholas Pooran (34) ensured a fighting score of 136 for seven in their 20-over allotment.
They then turned up with the ball and made that score look much beyond what it was. One of the most improved cricketers in the Caribbean, Rayad Emrit continued the magnificent form he showed for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League and ended up with the best bowling figures on the night. After the mo-hawked pacer finished his work, his figures read 4-0-12-3. When his skipper Denesh Ramdin ran to him to give him a high five for an excellent night’s work, the equation read 20 runs needed from the last over. The man bowling that over was clobbered all over the place in his first two overs, which went for 23 runs. Yet young Yannick Ottley walked up to stumps when his skipper called him for the final act. As has become the norm with the Red Force, Ottley brushed off his earlier indiscretions and sent down the following over - 4, 0, WKT, 2, 0, 0. He conceded just six runs in his final act and also picked up the wicket of topscorer Leon Johnson in the process. Johnson the former West Indies Under-19 batsman played a measured hand, while his teammates struggled against incisive bowling. However, he left too much to be realised in the final over and Guyana fell short.
Only his skipper Chris Barnwell provided any evidence of confidence, as he swatted 21 before leaving. Earlier, Simmons and Lewis posted 60 in eight overs which provided a good foundation. With the ropes being pulled in about 15 feet because of water at the boundary edge, Simmons went for broke and slapped two sixes and four fours in his knock. T&T lost four wickets in the space of 33 runs and Pooran who was promoted to number five in the order then played some audacious shots that had his teammates in the dug out laughing. The second match of the series was carded for last night also at Providence.
L Simmons c&b Permaul 34
E Lewis lbw Wintz 26
A Barath c Jacobs b Permaul 15
J Mohammed c Bacchus b Barnwell 9
N Pooran lbw Santokie 34
D Ramdin c Bramble b Bishoo 2
S Ganga not out 8
Y Ottley b Santokie 0
Total: 7 wkts 136
Fall of wkts: 60,63,86,93,103,135,136.
Bowling: S Jacobs 3-0-27-0, K Santokie 4-0-19-2, C Barnwell 3-0-29-1, V Permaul 4-0-20-2, D Bishoo 4-0-17-1, P Wintz 2-0-12-1.
T Griffith c Mohammed b Badree 12
R Bacchus c Ganga b Badree 16
L Johnson c Emrit b Ottley 41
C Barnwell c Ottley b Simmons 21
R Ivan c Ganga b Emrit 14
S Jacobs c Badree b Emrit 11
S Bramble b Emrit 1
V Permaul not out 2
D Bishoo not out 0
Total: 7 wkts (20ovs) 122
Fall of wkts: 26, 36, 72,99, 113, 116, 120.
Bowling: S Badree 4-0-14-2, R Rampaul 1-0-9-0, S Ganga 4-0-35-0, Y Ottley 3-0-29-1, L Simmons 4-0-24-1, R Emrit 4-0-12-3.
Result: Red Force won by 14 runs. Leads two-match series 1-0.
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