Trinidad & Tobago 213-4 (Barath 63, Perkins 35) beat
Diamond Eagles 189-5 (Rossouw 44, du Preez 35) by 24 runs
Airtel Champions League Twenty20 League A, Hyderabad
Trinidad & Tobago, New South Wales, Victoria and the Cape Cobras have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League after the West Indian champions saw off a fine effort from the Diamond Eagles, who went down by 24 runs in Hyderabad.
Brilliant batting from both sides saw Trinidad & Tobago make 213 for four from their 20 overs and needing to reach 214 to win in 13 overs to stay in the tournament, the Eagles got off to a flyer, making their first 50 runs in just 22 balls before they fell away, closing on a very creditable but unsuccessful 189 for five.
Trinidad & Tobago's score was built on an innings of 63 in 41 balls from Adrian Barath at the top of the order and then 33 in 11 balls from Navin Stewart at the death, both men making their first appearances in the tournament while there were good contributions from Lendl Simmons (40), William Perkins (36) and Kieron Pollard (23), all six batsmen who got to the middle scoring at more than a run a ball.
Six of the seven Eagles batsmen then repeated that feat and with Morne van Wyk smashing 25 in 14 balls and Riley Rossouw 44 in 19 at the top, they briefly appeared set up to have a go at the target inside 13 overs.
However, Trinidad & Tobago hit back as Sherwin Ganga picked up the wickets of van Wyk and Adrian McLaren (9) while Pollard returned identical figures of two for 25 by getting rid of Dillon du Preez (35) and Boeta Dippenaar (33).
Simmons eventually dismissed Rossouw, who thumped five fours and three sixes, and Trinidad & Tobago's win means they stay in Hyderabad where they will meet Victoria or the Cape Cobras while the other semi-final between New South Wales and Victoria or the Cape Cobras will be in Delhi.
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