Narine spins T&T into semis
By Adriel Richard
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Sunil Narine continued to bamboozle batsmen, bowling Trinidad & Tobago to a confident 34-run victory over Jamaica under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the Regional Super50 tournament on Monday here.
The 23-year-old off-spinner grabbed the chance of opening the bowling, taking five wickets for 37 runs from 10 overs to earn the Man-of-the-Match award, as Jamaica finished on 154 for nine, chasing a revised target of 191 from 40 overs, in their rain-affected top-of-the-table Group-B match at the Everest Cricket Club.
Chief among Narine’s scalps was Jamaica captain and rampaging West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, whose dismissal for 31 in the 11th over, swung the match decisively T&T’s way.
Narine now has 12 wickets at 10 runs apiece in the tournament and is the leading bowler.
Tamar Lambert hit the top score of 48 not out from 91 balls for the Jamaicans and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell chipped in with a cameo 31 from 27 balls.
The result meant that Jamaica finished at the top of the Group-B standings with 14 points and T&T secured second place ahead of the Combined Campuses & Colleges with 12 points.
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 Sunday under the lights again at the same venue.
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo lived up to his name, defying a blow to his leg that hobbled him to lead the T&T batting with 55 from 87 balls which included seven fours and one six.
Jason Mohammed supported with 43 and T&T captain Daren Ganga made 30, as the Red Force reached 196 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs, after they were sent in to bat.
Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was the most successful Jamaica bowler with three for 32 from his allotment of 12 overs.
Jamaica suffered an early setback, when opener Kennar Lewis was caught at forward short leg to become Narine’s first scalp in the third over, and Xavier Marshall was stumped off Narine for a duck in the fifth over, leaving Jamaica 11 for two.
But Gayle did what he does best. He manhandled the T&T bowling, totally shattering the confidence of Samuel Badree in the eighth over, striking him for a four and two sixes, the second of which probably landed in the Atlantic Ocean beyond the northern boundary of the tiny ground nestled near the famous Sea Wall.
Narine however, transformed the complexion of the match, when he had Gayle caught behind, a decision that startled the batsman, and the Jamaicans struggled the rest of the way, as the young spinner weaved his web around unsure batsmen.
Narine held a return catch to dismiss Shawn Findlay for two, and trapped Chadwick Walton with the very next delivery to leave Jamaica wobbling on 46 for five.
The Jamaicans managed to survive the carnage thanks to Lambert and the fickle Guyana weather that stopped play for close to an hour and swiped 10 overs off their allocation.
Earlier, a damp pitch and outfield from overnight rain had delayed the start by 45 minutes, and T&T made painstaking progress, after losing William Perkins lbw to Miller for 14 and Justin Guillen caught at cover off Russell for 13 in the space of six balls, leaving them 28 for two.
Bravo started the revival with Ganga before a delivery from Findlay, bowling stiff medium-pace, left him limping and forced him to retire hurt on 12 with T&T on 52 for two.
Ganga was caught in the deep off leg-spinner Odean Brown in the 30th over and his younger brother Sherwin was lbw to Findlay for two before Bravo returned to lead a late assault on the Jamaica bowling, adding 61 for the fifth wicket with Mohammed before he was caught at slip off Miller in the 42nd over.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (maximum 50 overs)
W. Perkins lbw b Miller 14
J. Guillen c Marshall b Russell 13
*D. Ganga c (sub) Blackwood b Brown 30
D.J. Bravo c *Gayle b Miller 55
J. Mohammed c (sub) Elliott b Russell 43
S. Ganga lbw b Findlay 2
K. Cooper c wkpr Walton b Miller 7
R. Emrit not out 17
S. Badree c Miller b Santokie 6
S. Narine not out 3
Extras (w6) 6
TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 196
D. Mohammed did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-28, 3-79, 4-93, 5-154, 6-162, 7-178, 8-187
Bowling: Russell 10-2-39-2 (w1); Santokie 12-2-57-1 (w1); Miller 12-2-32-3 (w1); Findlay 9-0-38-1 (w2); Brown 7-0-30-1 (w1)
JAMAICA (target: 191 off 40 overs)
*C. Gayle c wkpr Perkins b Narine 31
K. Lewis c Guillen b Narine 6
X. Marshall st Perkins b Narine 0
T. Lambert not out 48
S. Findlay c and b Narine 2
+C. Walton lbw b Narine 0
D. Hyatt c Emrit b D. Mohammed 7
A. Russell run out 31
N. Miller lbw b Badree 2
K. Santokie lbw b D. Mohammed 2
O. Brown not out 9
Extras (lb2, w14) 16
TOTAL (9 wkts, 40 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-11, 3-41, 4-46, 5-46, 6-71, 7-108, 8-118, 9-134
Bowling: Narine 10-2-37-5 (w1); Badree 7-0-33-1 (w3); S. Ganga 10-3-17-0 (w2); D. Mohammed 6-0-34-2; K. Cooper 2-0-22-0 (w8); R. Emrit 4-0-6-0; J. Mohammed 1-0-3-0
Result: T&T won by 34 runs (D/L Method)
Points: T&T 4, Jamaica 0
Series: Jamaica and T&T advance to semi-finals
Man-of-the-Match: S. Narine (T&T)
Umpires: L. Abraham, G. Greaves
Match referee: C. Stuart