HPC set Jamaica 177 to win
PROVIDENCE, Guyana, CMC – Veerasammy Permaul and Keron Cottoy engineered a recovery that helped Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre post a respectable total against Jamaica in the Regional Super50 tournament on Thursday.
Permaul hit the top score of 39 not out and Cottoy supported with 35, leading the HPC to 176 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs after they chose to bat in the second semi-final at the Guyana National Stadium.
Permaul and Cottoy added 57 for the eighth wicket, after the spin duo of Nikita Miller and Odean Brown shared four wickets in the space of 34 balls, leaving the HPC reeling on 84 for seven in the 27th over.
Hometown boy Permaul struck one four and one six from 50 balls, and Cottoy slammed three fours and one six from 44 balls before he was caught at slip in the 43rd over, gifting his wicket to Jamaica captain Chris Gayle, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin.
The HPC had been set back early, when Krishmar Santokie, gaining appreciable movement through the air in overcast conditions, ripped out the first three batsmen cheaply, leaving the HPC 23 for three.
Devon Thomas scored 33 and HPC captain Shamarh Brooks made 20 to steady the innings with a stand of 49 for the fourth wicket before things started to unravel.