CCC bow out with victory
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Combined Campuses & Colleges failed to gain a place in the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 tournament, after left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh and Floyd Reifer combined to fire them to a four-wicket victory over co-dethroned champions Leeward Islands in the Regional Super50 tournament on Monday here.
Kantasingh claimed six for 26 from 12 overs, as Leeward Islands, who shared the title last year with Barbados, were dismissed for 174 in the final over after they were asked to bat in hazy conditions at the Guyana National Stadium in the final round of Group-B matches.
Off-spinner Ryan Austin supported with two for 36 from 10.2 overs, as Jahmar Hamilton top-scored for Leewards with 45 and Jaison Peters got 40.
Reifer, a recent West Indies captain, then stroked an unbeaten 52 to guide CCC to victory after they were set a revised target of 148 from 34 overs.
With CCC needing four runs off the final over, the veteran left-hander smashed a six off the first ball from off-spinner Justin Athanaze to secure full points.
CCC finished the group stage with eight points, but they were pipped at the line by Trinidad & Tobago, a side they stopped by five wickets in their first round encounter before going under to Jamaica in their next match.
Reifer faced 77 balls and cracked three fours and two sixes and shared a match-winning, fifth-wicket stand of 66 with all-rounder Kyle Mayers, who stroked 31 from 41 balls with two sixes.
CCC lost skipper Romel Currency for 11 and Miles Bascombe for 12, sinking to 23 for two in the fifth over before the heavens opened and forced the players off the field at 40 for two, with Nekoli Parris on 12 and Reifer five.
When play resumed, they pushed the score to 46 before Parris was caught behind off Athanaze for 16, and when Ryan Wiggins was run out by the full length of the pitch for six, failing to respond to Reifer’s call for a single to short fine leg, CCC were 56 for four in the 16th over.
Mayers then joined Reifer in a stand that proved the turning point in the game.
Earlier, the Leewards lost Austin Richards for 17, Chesney Hughes for one, their captain Javia Liburd for 25, and Steve Liburd for one, leaving them tottering on 50 for four at the end of the 18th over.
For the third successive game, it appeared as if the Leeward Islands would not reach the 100-run mark, but Hamilton and Peters turned their fortunes around, adding 76 important runs for the fifth wicket before the rest of the batting caved-in.
T&T will face hosts Guyana in the first semi-final on Wednesday under the lights at the Guyana National Stadium, where the second semi-final also under the lights takes place the following day between the Jamaicans and West Indies High Performance Centre.
The Final will be contested at the same venue on Saturday under the lights again at the same venue.
*J Liburd c Dewar b Kantasingh 25
A Richards c Parris b Austin 17
C Hughes c Reifer b Kantasingh 1
+J Peters c Bascombe b Kantasingh 40
S Liburd c wkp J Smith b Dewar 1
J Hamilton lbw b Mayers 45
M Richards b Kantasingh 18
J Athanaze c Moore b Kantasingh 11
L Baker c Mayers b Kantasingh 5
A Martin not out 0
J Campbell b Austin 0
Extras (w8, lb2, nb1) 11
TOTAL (all out, 49.2 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-43, 3-46, 4-50, 5-126, 6-156, 7-156, 8-169, 9-173, 10-174
Bowling: Moore 4-0-25-0 (w2); Kantasingh 12-2-26-6 (w1); Austin 10.2-0-36-2 (nb1); Dewar 7-0-27-1 (w2); Parris 8-0-28-0; Mayers 8-0-30-1 (w3)
COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES (target: 148 off 34 overs)
*R Currency st Peters b Martin 11
M Bascombe lbw b Baker 12
N Parris c wkp Peters b Athanaze 16
F Reifer not out 52
R Wiggins run out 6
K Mayers c Campbell b Martin 31
+J Smith lbw b Martin 5
A Dewar not out 5
Extras (b1, lb4, w7) 12
TOTAL (6 wkts, 33.1 overs) 150
G Moore, K Kantasingh, R Austin did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-23, 3-46, 4-56, 5-122, 6-133
Bowling: Baker 7-0-35-1; Martin 8-0-26-3 (w1); Athanaze 6.1-0-35-1 (w2); Campbell 6-0-21-0; Hughes 3-0-14-0 (w4); M. Richards 3-0-14-0.
Result: CCC won by four wickets (D/L method)
Points: CCC 4, Leewards 0
Man-of-the-Match: K. Kantasingh (CCC)
Umpires: P. Nero, J. Wilson
Match referee: A. Griffith