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Thursday, December 05, 2013
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Red Force hammers Windwards
T&T’s Red Force continued their build up for the Champions League T20 tournament with an emphatic win over the Windwards in their second warm-up match at the Mindoo Philip Park, Dominica on Saturday night.
Playing in front of a capacity crowd, the Red Force showed why they are the best T20 team in the Caribbean, as they steamrolled the home team by seven wickets with five overs and a ball to spare. Chasing a competitive 139 runs for victory, the T&T boys got an excellent start between Adrian Barath and Evin Lewis. The right/left hand combination thrilled the crowd as they played an array of delightful shots in their opening association of 65 runs from just six overs.
Barath was the first to go for 29 off 23 balls with four fours. His partner Lewis, who has been in tremendous form during these warm-ups continued to plunder the bowling and scored 44 off 22 balls with six fours and a six.
After they left Darren Bravo (20 off 20 balls) and Jason Mohammed kept the scoreboard ticking.
When Bravo left, skipper Denesh Ramdin, who has enjoying a good patch came in and quickly ended the contest with 27 not out off 12 balls. He hammered two sixes and three fours and when the victory came Jason Mohammed was with him on 14 not out off 14 balls.
Earlier, West Indies opener Johnson Charles gave the home crowd a lot to cheer for as they creamed the Red Force bowling to the tune of 51 runs. His 29-ball epic contained four sixes and three fours and the only bowler he spared by fellow West Indies player Samuel Badree, who sent down four over at an economical 12 runs.
Charles, together with Andre Fletcher 28 off 32 balls and Kaveem Hodge 39 not out off 36 balls, gave their side a fighting score but their bowlers were not up to the task.
Bowling for T&T Rayad Emrit continued his good form with another two wickets, taking his tally to 13 in four warm-up matches, while Sherwin Ganga also chipped in with two scalps.
The T&T team returned home last night and will now prepare to leave for India on September 15 to compete in the Champions League.
Windwards vs T&T
J Charles st Ramdin b Ganga 51
G Benjamin c Ramdin b Emrit 0
A Fletcher lbw Emrit 28
K Hodge not out 39
D Smith c Stewart b Ottley 4
J Jervier c Ramdin b Ganga 5
K James not out 4
Total for 5wkts 139
Fall of wkts: 1, 77, 83, 96, 103.
Bowling: S Badree 4-0-12-1, N Stewart 4-0-26-0, R Emrit 4-0-37-2, K Ottley 4-0-27-1, S Ganga 4-0-34-2.
A Barath c Hodge b George 29
E Lewis c Hodge b Titre 44
D Bravo c Fletcher b Hodge 20
J Mohammed not out 14
D Ramdin not out 27
Total 3 wkts (14.5) 139
Bowling: E Mark 2-0-18-0, R Casimir 3-0-35-0, J Charles 1-0-20-0, V Titre 4-0-22-1, O George 3-0-25-1, K Hodge 1.5-0-18-1.
Result: T&T won by 7 wkts. Wins series 2-0.
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