TT trounce CCC to secure semi-final spot
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad & Tobago produced an all-round clinical display to beat Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) by seven wickets and advance to the semi-finals of the NAGICO Super50 Regional cricket tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday.
The victory was a dress rehearsal of sorts for the home team which could face either Jamaica or Guyana in the semi-finals beginning on Wednesday.
CCC won the toss and decided to bat on a placid Oval pitch. Captain Steven Jacob’s decision to take first knock quickly backfired as they found it difficult to get runs and lost wickets and quick intervals.
They were rocked by some very good bowling, led by the unexpected hero and man-of-the-match Jason Mohammed who finished with 3-19. Dwayne Bravo also took 3-19 as Trinidad & Tobago restricted CCC to 98 runs.
Only Raymon Reifer (27), Kyle Mayers (19) and Anthony Alleyne (18) put up any reasonable resistance to the T&T bowlers.
Trinidad & Tobago, set 99 for victory, cruised home to victory but not after losing two batsmen in succession and then found a desperate CCC who turned on the pressure with some tight bowling.
Combined Campuses & Colleges Innings: 98 All Out (44.2 Overs). Raymon Reifer 27, Kyle Mayers 19, Anthony Alleyne 18; Jason Mohammed 10-1-19-3, Dwayne Bravo 10-4-19-3, Sunil Narine 10-2-14-1, Ravi Rampaul 7-2-18-1.
Trinidad & Tobago Innings: 100/4 (16.2 Overs). Evin Lewis 44, Lendl Simmons 38, Darren Bravo 5, Adrian Barath 1; Akeem Dewar 3.2-1-9-1, Steven Jacobs 4-1-16-1, Montcin Hodge 2-0-16-1, Kesrick Williams 4-0-26-0.