Super T&T in semis


Batting by choice, Trinidad amassed 213 for four, the highest total in the Champions League so far, with opener Adrian Barath leading the way with a fifty. Diamond Eagles ended up at 189.

Trinidad, so far unbeaten in the competition, entered the semifinals as toppers from Group ‘A’ with six points.

Trinidad started their innings in an explosive manner adding 64 without loss in the Power Play, and that set the tone not only for their innings but for the entire night. On a pitch that remained true for the entire duration, batsmen from both the sides dished out entertaining cricket much to the delight of a reasonable turn out.

After adding 66 for the first wicket with William Perkins, Adrian Barath got involved in a second wicket partnership with Lendl Simmons to milk 76 runs off a mere 47 balls, spurring the West Indian side to 147 for two in 15 overs. The late order batsmen, led by Kieron Pollard and Navin Stewart, then took them past the 200-run mark.

Stewart’s 33 also included an amazing hit out against Dillon du Preez -- 6, 6, 4, 6, 4 amounting to 26 runs in five balls.

SCORE BOARD

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Adrian Barath b Du Preez 63 (41b, 4x4, 4x6); William Perkins b Tshabalala 35 (25b, 3x4, 3x6); Lendl Simmons b R McLaren 40 (25b, 6x4, 1x6); Kieron Pollard c Kruger b Bailey 23 (13b, 1x4, 2x6); Navin Stewart (not out) 33 (11b, 3x4, 3x6); Dwayne Bravo (not out) 9 (6b, 1x4); Extras (B-4, W-5, NB-1) 10; Total (for 4 wkts, 20 overs) 213.

Fall of wickets: 1-66 (Perkins), 2-142 (Simmons), 3-159 (Barath), 4-175 (Pollard).
Bowling: Victor Mpitsang 2-0-28-0 (w-1), Cornelius de Villers 3-0-36-0 (w-2), Dillion du Preez 4-0-54-1 (w-1), Ryan McLaren 4-0-29-1 (w-1), Thandi Tshabalala 2-0-23-1 (nb-1), Ryan Bailey 3-0-24-1, Alan Kruger 2-0-15-0.

Runs during Power Play: 1-6: 64/0.

DIAMOND EAGLES: Riley Rossouw c Pollard b Simmons 44 (19b, 5x4, 3x6); Morne van Wyk lbw Sherwin Ganga 25 (14b, 4x4, 1x6); Adrian McLaren lbw Sherwin Ganga 9 (4b, 2x4); Dillon du Preez c Simmons b Pollard 35 (41b, 1x4, 2x6); Boeta Dippenar c Ramdin b Pollard 33 (19b, 4x4, 1x6); Ryan Bailey (not out) 21 (13b, 3x4); Ryan McLaren (not out) 12 (11b, 2x4); Extras (B-4, LB-2, W-3, NB-1) 10; Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 189.

Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Wyk), 2-77 (A McLaren), 3-81 (Rossouw), 4-139 (Dippenar), 5-156 (Du Preez).

Bowling: Ravi Rampaul 3-0-30-0 (nb-1), Dwayne Bravo 4-0-39-0 (w-1), Sherwin Ganga 3-0-25-2 (w-1), Lendl Simmons 2-0-23-1 (w-1), Dave Mohammad 2-0-14-0, Kieron Pollard 3-0-25-2, Navin Stewart 3-0-27-0.

Runs during Power Play: 1-6: 77/2

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