Super50 Cup Update: Red Force Confirm Place In Semis; Volcanoes end Super50 with a win
A solid team bowling performance, led by captain Imran Khan, and classy batting, anchored by experienced duo Darren Bravo and Jason Mohammed, guided Trinidad & Tobago Red Force to a six-wicket win over Guyana Jaguars, to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.
Proceedings commenced with the hosts winning the toss and putting the Jaguars into bat. Both sides made changes firstly with Guyana bringing into young all-rounder Ronaldo Ali Mohammed for Raymon Reifer, while Trinidad & Tobago recalled off spinner Jon-Russ Jaggesar for opener Jeremy Solozano.
After the rain delay which temporarily halted play from 1:48pm to 3:28pm was over, Jaggesar bowled Chandrapaul Hemraj (8) with a big spinning off break delivery, that hit the top off off-stump.
This was a sign of things to come as the Red Force spin triumvirate of captain Khan with his leg spin, Jagessar and left-arm spinner Yannic Ottley combined to restrict the Jaguars to 78 for five in the 25th over.
Guyana should have lost their sixth wicket soon after, but Ali Mohammed when on (4) was dropped at second slip off Khan’s bowling.
That missed opportunity enabled Ali Mohammed (27) to be a useful partner to Jonathan Foo whose unbeaten innings of 97 not out, stabilized the Jaguars innings.
Foo and Ali Mohammed added 71 for the sixth wicket, then Veerasammy Permaul (22) further supported in a 50 run eight wicket stand, which aided the Guyanese in posting a respectable total.
Needing 220 to win, the Jaguars initially restricted the hosts to 51 for three. It should have been 55 for four, when Jason Mohammed then on (1), was dropped at cover by Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai via the bowling of off-spinner Ramall Lewis.
Similarly with the score 80 for three in the 21st over, Bravo on (25) was dropped by a jumping Barnwell at mid on, off Ali Mohammed, as he attempted a lofted drive.
These two missed opportunities came back to haunt the Jaguars cruelly, as the pair displayed their international experience, putting the Guyana bowlers to the sword.
Only the mild anti-climax finish where Bravo was out caught at long-on, as he tried to finish game with a boundary and get his century simultaneously, denied Red Force the perfect ending.
At Brian Lara Academy: Windwards Volcanoes ended their sojourn in the Colonial Medical insurance Super50 with a hard fought 11 run victory over the United States of America.
“They USA pushed us very hard, they have a lot of experience guys that have played around the world, so it wasn’t a team we could take lightly”, said Hodge
“We saw them beat the West Indies emerging players, so our aim was not to make that mistake and we pushed ourselves to finish the tournament on a high note, in what was a really tough game.”
The Volcanoes had suffered two close defeats to Trinidad & Tobago Red Force by two and Guyana Jaguars 22 runs respectively.
Hodge noted the positives factor in those defeats was how team fought until the end, while acknowledging his pleasure of scoring his maiden List A century of 123 in the aforementioned encounter versus Guyana.
“It took a lot out of me to take over captaincy half way through the tournament. But it helped me to learn a lot about myself and I think it trickled down to my batting and I got a lot of help from the guys in incorporating the plans I had for the team.
“Getting my first list A hundred was a big moment for me. It was something I’ve planned, so just hoping to build on this.”
Leeward Islands Hurricanes reach semi finals
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Statisticians are leafing through old scorecards and checking online sources to confirm, after Rovman Powell smashed what could possibly be the fifth fastest List A hundred in a losing cause for Jamaica Scorpions in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Sunday.
But Leeward Islands Hurricanes withstood a brutal 106 off 40 balls from the Scorpions captain to win the penultimate Group A game at the Conaree Cricket Centre, adjacent to the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, and reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
Entering the game, the two teams knew winning was essential, but the pressure was on the Scorpions to produce an extraordinary scoring rate and enhance their net run rate in the tournament, if they had any chance of reaching the semi-finals this coming week in Trinidad.
Watched by a modest, but highly vocal crowd that included CWI president Ricky Skerritt, Powell took up the challenge with pleasure, after his side ran into early trouble in their run chase and left them spellbound with an explosive display of batting, reaching his second hundred of the tournament from 38 balls with two runs into the leg-side off Quinton Boatswain.
Unfortunately for the Scorpions and to the good fortune of the Hurricanes, Powell was caught behind off Boatswain in the same over he got to the third hundred of his Super50 Cup career, reaching for a wide delivery to take plenty, if not all of the air out of the Scorpions’ chase and pave the way for a 13-run win for the home team.
The Hurricanes will play hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the second semi-final on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad capital of Port of Spain, where the first semi-final, a day earlier, will feature Group A winners Barbados Pride and either Guyana Jaguars or West Indies Emerging Players, one of which will be the runners-up in Group B.
All two semi-finals will begin at 1:30 p.m., the same time for the final, which is next Sunday at the same venue.
Set 256 to win, but crucially needing to achieve the target inside 31 overs to overhaul their opponents’ NRR, the Scorpions ran off the rails on 25 for three in the fifth over.
Powell, later named Player of the Match, came to their rescue, however, and he blasted 13 fours and seven sixes to make it a firm possibility.
It was always going to require a huge effort and the Scorpions could not sustain such a frenetic scoring rate and their chase ran aground in 28.3 overs.
Powell shared 42 with Andre McCarthy for the fourth wicket, put on 44 with Denis Smith for the fifth wicket before he added 51 for the sixth wicket with Derval Green that made the Hurricanes start to push the panic button.
Powell’s dismissal brought Hurricanes back into the game with the Scorpions still needing 94 from 96 balls to finish inside the prescribed “safe zone”.
Jamie Merchant made 30 and Green got 26, but spells of 10-1-85-4 from Boatswain and 10-0-62-1 from Sheno Berridge made the difference with the equation getting tighter.
Another Powell – Kieran – had earlier anchored the Hurricanes batting with 105 – his second hundred of the tournament and the fifth of his Super50 Cup career.
Powell struck 13 fours from 125 balls and was the rock upon which the Hurricanes built their total of 255 for eight off their allocation of 50 overs, after they were put into bat.
Outside of a second wicket stand of 154 between Powell and fellow left-hander Amir Jangoo, there was little substance from the rest of the Hurricanes batting
Jangoo, the Trinidad & Tobago-born, Hurricanes import, collected five fours in 69 from 85 balls, and Terance Warde got 26, but no other batsman reached 20.
West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas was the pick of the Scorpions bowlers with 3-59 from eight overs.
The group stage of the Super50 Cup comes to an end on Monday with three matches on the cards.
Group A play ends, when deposed champions Combined Campuses & Colleges face Canada in a daytime game, starting at 9 a.m. at Conaree. This game will be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, and the Windies Cricket You Tube channel.
Group B play also ends, when hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force meet West Indies Emerging Players in a day/night, feature game, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Queen’s Park Oval. This game will be televised “live” on ESPN Caribbean in the West Indies.
A few miles due south, Guyana Jaguars battle United States in another day/night contest, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba. This game will also be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com and the Windies Cricket You Tube channel.
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