Trinidad & Tobago Open Champions League With Win

Trinidad & Tobago Open Champions League With Win
Trinidad & Tobago Open Champions League With Win
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Trinidad & Tobago 150-9 (Ramdin 39, Willoughby 3-35) beat
Somerset 106 (de Bruyn 43no, Dw. Bravo 4-23) by 44 runs
Airtel Champions League Group A, Bangalore

Dwayne Bravo returned career-best Twenty20 bowling figures of four for 23 as Trinidad & Tobago made an instant impression in the Champions League by beating Somerset by 44 runs in Bangalore.

Denesh Ramdin top scored with 39 as the West Indian side hit their way to 150 for nine before bowling Somerset out for 106 in reply, an innings in which only two players managed to reach double figure scores.

Having won the toss, Trinidad & Tobago set off at a furious pace, openers Lendl Simmons (22) and William Perkins (20) tearing into the Somerset attack and although they were slowed by wickets, three of them to Charl Willoughby and two apiece to Alfonso Thomas and leg-spinner Max Waller, their run-rate was always good.

Ramdin hit a run-a-ball 39 to steer them to a decent total with Sherwin Ganga blasting 18 in eight balls at the death.

Somerset, just as they had against the Deccan Chargers when chasing a similar score on Saturday, lost wickets throughout their innings, no one able to stay with Zander de Bruyn, who was left unbeaten on 43 from 39 deliveries.

Justin Langer (15) was the only other batsman to remotely look like troubling the bowlers for any length of time with extras making the next highest contribution of 14.

The elder Bravo picked up the wickets of Marcus Trescothick (3), Craig Kieswetter, caught by his brother Darren for four and then returned to remove tail-enders Waller (1) and Willoughby (0).

There were also two wickets for Ganga and Dave Mohammed.

Somerset have completed their group matches and will be hoping for a Trinidad & Tobago win over the Deccan Chargers - that will put them through in second place but a Chargers win will see all three teams level and progression depending on net run rates.

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