Trinidad and Tobago captured the Caribbean Twenty20 2012 competition by defeating Jamaica by 63 runs at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The champions played some facinating cricket from start to finish. They reached 61 runs for 3 wickets after 10 overs and boosted to 100 for 4 after 15 overs.
Trinidad & Tobago Scored 68 Runs In Their Last 5 Overs
Some aggressive and swashbuckling batting from Dwayne Bravo 49 and Kieron Pollard 39 not out propelled their team in a commanding position. Sunil Narine scored 22 runs, which kept the Jamaican bowlers very frustrated.
The hard-hitting Kieron Pollard scored 39 not out from 13 balls with four sixes and one four. Trinidad and Tobago ended their 20 overs at 168 runs for 5 wickets. Odean Brown was the most successful bowler with 3 wickets for 22 runs off 4 overs.
Jamaica Scores 105 Runs For 5 Wickets In 20 Overs
Samuel Badree, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo took one wicket each. All the Trinidad and Tobago bowlers were very penetrative.
Jamaica found themselves at 29 runs for 3 wickets and then slumped to 52 for 4 and 57 for 5. Carlton Baugh Jr. scored 39 runs not out from 23 balls with five fours and two sixes with Shawn Findlay 17 not out.
After 20 overs, Jamaica scored 105 for 5. Jamaica’s captain David Bernard scored 25 runs.
Trinidad and Tobago will move on to the Champions League Twenty20 in India later this year. The world’s best will be on show in this competition. This will be Trinidad and Tobago’s third time at the Champions Trophy.
T&T Defeats Barbados In Semi-Finals
The Caribbean Twenty20 got into top gear when Trinidad and Tobago defeated Barbados by 5 wickets at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Barbados Captain Kirk Edwards won the toss and elected to bat.
Early trouble struck Barbados when their in form batsman Dwayne Smith was caught for 8 runs off the accurate Sunil Narine at 17 for 1. Narine again struck when he removed Kirk Edwards as the ball rolled back on to hit his stumps. Barbados was 31 for 3 after 10 overs and was bowled out for 90 in 19.5 overs with wicket keeper/ batsman Shane Dowrich top scored with 22.
For Trinidad and Tobago, Dwayne Bravo picked up 3 wickets for 23 runs, Kevon Cooper 2 for 18 from 30 overs, Samuel Badree 2 for 11 and Sunil Narine 2 for 10 from 4 overs.
Kieron Pollard Boosted T&T To Victory
A fluent and steady knock from the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard scoring 31 not out took his team out of some uneasy moments as they struggled at 45 for 5. Jason Mohammed joined Pollard and after some tense cricket when Barbados pumped up the pressure, Sulieman Benn dropped a return catch from Kieron Pollard when the batsman had scored only 2. That probably was a big mistake that cost Barbados the match.
Barbados Captain Kirk Edwards did a fantastic job moving his bowlers around. Pacers Tino Best and Fidel Edwards bowled with fire and some good bounce. Best removed Denesh Ramdin who was splendidly caught behind by wicket keeper Shane Dowrich who leaped to his right passed a first slip position and took the catch.
Fidel Edwards removed Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo. Left-arm spin bowler Sulieman Benn was not accurate causing Pollard to open up and go on the offensive. Trinidad and Tobago ended at 93 for 5 in 14 overs.