Trinidad and Tobago – Caribbean Twenty/20 2011 champions

 

Hampshire faltered and fumbled to 111 for 8 as the Trinis applied the bowling vice on their run chase.

Star of the Match Darren Bravo hit a bazooka 41 from 28 balls to lead the Trinis to 147 for 7 from 20 overs as they got off to a blistering start, racing to 79 in the 10th over when the super-talented left hander got out to left arm spinner Danny Briggs (4-0-9-2) whose frugal bowling led the Royals.

Bravo unleashed five exquisitely delightful fours and a pair of sixes as he entertained the over 7000 Kensington Oval crowd with delectable strokeplay.

After Trinidad and Tobago slipped in the middle and found themselves short by the 18th over, stand-in captain Denesh Ramdin rammed in 33 runs from 19 balls. Ramdin took over from inspirational captain Daren Ganga who missed the final with a split webbing on his left hand.

The Hampshire run chase was blunted from the inception when Ravi Rampaul (4-1-25) started with a maiden then Samuel Badree bowled power hitter Johannes Myburgh for a second ball duck. After that the Englishmen never really challenged as the Jason Mohammed (2.1-0-6-2) provided a surprise spin package in collaboration with the unrelenting spin-seam attack.

Benjamin Howell tried but it was mostly in vain, labouring to a top score of 28 from 31 balls with a pair of fours as the curtain was brought down on a high energy Caribbean Twenty20 with the Trinis leaping to victory after the improbable 42 runs from the last over was not even challenged.

T&T have now joined Guyana as the only regional Twenty20 double champions.

In the first game of the evening to determine the third placed team, Jamaica overcame the Windwards by 9 runs.

(Contents of this article were lifted from Windiescricket.com)


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