T&T make light work of Guyana
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Rampant Trinidad and Tobago annihilated previously unbeaten Guyana to extend their impressive winning streak and install themselves as heavy favourites to repeat as Caribbean T20 champions on Saturday night.
Urged on by a noisy capacity crowd at Queen’s Park Oval, the hosts flexed their muscle to pile up an imposing 191 for four, the tournament’s highest score.
Man-of-the-Match Darren Bravo belittled Guyana’s bowlers en route to a sublime unbeaten 82 from 51 balls while Kieron Pollard turned up at the end to play a blinder, slamming an unbeaten 44 from a mere 17 balls.
Their unbroken fifth wicket partnership yielded an exhilarating 64 from just 27 balls and brought the innings to an explosive climax.
Deflated by the onslaught, Guyana found no answers when they batted, and limped to 111 for six off their 20 overs, despite veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 53.
The emphatic nature of T&T victory was a strong statement ahead of the second phase of the tournament in St Lucia starting Tuesday. After four matches, they are clear leaders on 13 points, with Jamaica second on nine points, and Windward Islands, Guyana and Barbados all on eight.
Surprisingly sent in, T&T started shakily when they lost both openers cheaply with only 26 on the board in the fifth over.
Lendl Simmons (3) was brilliantly caught one-handed by wicketkeeper Derwin Christian, diving low to his left in the third over and William Perkins (8) was bowled by off-spinner Royston Crandon, backing away to hit through the off-side.
Darren Bravo and his brother Dwayne then combined in a 48-run, third wicket stand off 33 balls to revive the innings and lay the groundwork for the late assault, which duly came.
The left-handed Darren was superb, combining tremendous power with consummate ease and poise as he counted eight fours and four sixes. Dwayne, meanwhile, provided the support as he hit two boundaries in a run-a-ball 19.
No bowler was spared Darren’s wrath. He smashed off-spinner Steven Jacobs through point for four and then deposited him over the long on fence in the sixth over before turning his attention to Crandon, heaving him to the square leg boundary and then clearing long on with a massive blow.
He lost his older brother to a catch at long on by Jacobs off off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine in the 11th over at 74 for three, but carried on unfettered to reach his half-century with another six off the out-of-sorts left-arm spinner and Guyana captain Veerasammy Permaul in the 14th over.
He added a further 54 off 30 balls for the fourth wicket with captain Denesh Ramdin (20) but it was his partnership with Pollard that set the Oval on fire.
Together, they ensured 58 runs bled from the last four overs of the innings, with Pollard smashing sixes off the last three balls of the final over bowled by Jacobs, which cost 20.
All told, Pollard lashed one four and five sixes.
Guyana had a lame start to their run chase as the left-handed Trevon Griffith skied to Perkins at cover to fall for one at seven for one in the third over.
Chanderpaul and Derwin Christian (9) rebuilt by adding 36 off 31 balls for the second wicket but the partnership proved sluggish as T&T’s bowlers kept a lid on scoring.
Christian’s miserable 13-ball stay at the crease ended when he nudged a return catch to medium pacer Reyad Emrit (2-18) and the pressure also got to Ramnaresh Sarwan who missed a wild slog at Emrit and was bowled for two at 53 for three in the tenth over.
Chanderpaul, who faced 50 balls and struck eight fours, found an ally in Deonarine (14) in a 34-run fourth wicket partnership but the stand was another pedantic one, consuming 32 balls.
This time, it was Chanderpaul who collapsed under the burden of the quickly expanding required run rate and he squirted off-spinner Sunil Narine to Kevon Cooper at point in the 15th over, after frustratingly missing reverse sweeps off the two previous deliveries.
His departure signalled the end for Guyana, leaving the dismissals of Christopher Barnwell and Deonarine in the space of three balls with the score on 88 as mere window dressing, with the result already a foregone conclusion.
L Simmons c wkp Christian b Barnwell 3
W Perkins b Crandon 8
DM Bravo not out 82
DJ Bravo c Jacobs b Deonarine 19
*+D Ramdin c Deonarine b Barnwell 20
K Pollard not out 44
Extras (lb4, w10, nb1) 15
TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 191
Did not bat: K Cooper, R Emrit, S Narine, S Badree, S Gabriel
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Simmons, 2.4 overs), 2-26 (Perkins, 5), 3-74 (DJ Bravo, 10.3), 4-127 (Ramdin, 15.3)
Bowling: Barnwell 4-0-29-2 (w4, nb1), Jacobs 4-0-40-0, Crandon 2-0-19-1, Permaul2-0-25-0 (w1), Deonarine 4-0-41-1 (w3), Bishoo 4-0-33-0 (w2)
T Griffith c Perkins b Gabriel 1
S Chanderpaul c Cooper b Narine 53
+D Christian c & b Emrit 9
R Sarwan b Emrit 2
N Deonarine run out 14
C Barnwell c wkp Ramdin b Cooper 1
R Crandon not out 10
J Foo not out 10
Extras (lb6, w5) 11
TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 111
Did not bat: S Jacobs, *V Permaul, D Bishoo.
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Griffith, 2.1 overs), 2-43 (Christian, 7.2), 3-53 (Sarwan, 9.3), 4-87 (Chanderpaul, 14.5), 5-88 (Barnwell, 15.1), 6-88 (Deonarine, 15.3)
Bowling: Gabriel 3-0-17-1 (w3), Narine 4-0-12-1, Emrit 4-0-18-2 (w1), Badree 2-0-18-0, DJ Bravo 4-0-28-0 (w1), Cooper 3-1-12-1.
Result: T&T won by 80 runs.
Points: T&T 4, Guyana 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Darren Bravo.
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Leslie Reifer; TV – Nigel Duguid.