Brave Darren Bravo stars as T&T make point against Jamaica

Trinidad and Tobago maintained their 100 percent record with a clinical victory by 49 runs over Jamaica in Match 10 of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 tournament at Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday night. A colourful crowd of close to 14 000 waited for play to get going at 9 pm – an hour late due to afternoon rain – and when play ended at 12.20 am on Thursday they were left totally satisfied. It’s was Trinidad and Tobago’s third win in as many matches and they got four points to top Group A with 12 points. Jamaica ended the first round second in the group with eight points.

Left-hander Darren Bravo, in his first match of the tournament, was Trinidad’s hero with a brave 65 off 44 balls to lead his team to 157-7 off 18 overs. He added 69 for the fifth wicket with his elder brother Dwayne, who made 23 from 20 balls. For Jamaica, rookie left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie took a career-best 5-24.

“When I went in I said ‘tonight is my night’ and things worked out for me. It was my first match and I wanted to make sure I did well for the team. It’s always special to bat with Dwayne and I cherish those moments when we get together at the crease. It was good to perform in front of such a massive crowd in such a big match,” Darren said after accepting the Man-of-the-Match award from well known Windies fan Peter Matthews.

In the second half of the match, the Trinidad and Tobago bowlers went to work and had Jamaica were tottering at 53-5 in the 10th over. They never recovered and were all out for 108 off 17.1 overs. Every wicket was greeted with loud cheers and merriment by the spectators, some of whom lined up from as early as 2 pm to get a front row seat.

New ball bowler Dwayne Bravo, off-spinner Sherwin Ganga, and seamer Kieron Pollard all picked up two wickets, while Xavier Marshall again topscored for Jamaica with 25.  Trinidad and Tobago will now play on Friday’s 4 pm semi-final against the second placed team from Group B. Jamaica will play in Friday’s 8 pm semi-final against the winners of Group B. Group B will be decided today when Barbados play Guyana at 4 pm.