Smith sizzles as Bajans beat T&T

Bridgetown, Barbados -- Barbados opening batsman Dwayne Smith had his second match-winning performance in as many matches to lead his team to a thrilling four-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night.

The power-hitter, who has successfully switched from the middle-order, made a boundary-studded 68 off 54 balls as the Bajans won off the last ball in Game 4 of the UWI Cave Hill Campus T20 Cricket Festival.

Ryan Hinds, the experienced left-hander needed eight off the last two balls and hit a six and then got two, as Barbados reached 120-6 in reply to T&T’s 119-7 off their 20 overs.

Smith hit four boundaries and three massive sixes -- two over midwicket from the bowling of an off-colour Rayad Emrit, and the other a sizzling flat, straight hit off Kevon Cooper.

After Smith fell to Cooper, with the score at 99-4, it was left to Hinds (10 not out) to take the Bajans to their second win in the four-team tournament. They struggled against the T&T spinner, with off-spinner Sunil Narine (4-2-3-3) being very impressive at the death.

Earlier in the night Sulieman Benn was the best for Barbados. The giant left-arm spinner took 2-18 and held three fine catches -- including a stunner running in and diving at long-on. He helped provide seamer Carlos Brathwaite with the flattering figures of 3-14 off three overs.

T&T’s innings was held together by a 43-run partnership between skipper Denesh Ramdin (34) and Jason Mohammed (28).

Barbados qualified for Friday night’s final. T&T will bid for a place in the final when they play their last preliminary round match against CCC on Thursday.

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 05:00