T&T, Barbados to clash in Festival final
Cave Hill, Barbados, CMC – Reigning Caribbean champions Trinidad & Tobago will face arch-rivals Barbados in the Grand Final of the UWI Cave Hill Twenty20 Festival on Friday.
This followed victories by the two sides in their final preliminary matches of the competition on Thursday at the Three Ws Oval.
T&T condemned hosts Combined Campuses & Colleges to their third straight defeat with a tense two-run victory in the opening match of the double-header before Barbados cruised to a six-wicket win over an All Stars XI.
Although the finish was close, T&T always appeared in control and got a timely boost of confidence.
Lendl Simmons struck four fours and three sixes in the top score of 44 from 37 balls and led a consistent batting performance, taking the visitors to 142 for nine from their allocation of 20 overs after they chose to bat.
It was the best batting performance from T&T in the competition with West Indies batsman Darren Bravo making 28 and Kevon Cooper adding 21.
T&T-born Yannick Ottley gave his compatriots a jolt, impressively bowling his left-arm spin to grab five wickets for 11 runs from his allotted four overs. It was his second straight five-wicket haul in the brief tournament.
T&T’s bowlers did not have things all their way, as the CCC finished on 140 for five with West Indies Under-19 all-rounder Kyle Mayers leading the way with 43 from 36 balls and their captain Romel Currency supporting with 37.
Jamaica-born wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton got 28 and player/coach Floyd Reifer was not out on 20.
In the second match, Dwayne Smith maintained his rich vein of form with a third straight half-century. He was unbeaten on 64 from 50 balls that included four fours and two sixes to usher Barbados over the line with 12 deliveries remaining in pursuit of 114.
Smith added 67 for the fourth wicket with wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, whose 25 from 24 balls gave proof that he could be a key batsman for Barbados in the imminent Caribbean T20 tournament.
Earlier, All Stars were restricted to 113 for six off 20 overs after choosing to bat. Their captain Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 34 and opener Omar Phillips and Sunil Ambris made 24 each.
Ryan Hinds took three for 17 and fellow left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, two for 19 – both off four overs.
T&T, Barbados and CCC are using the tournament as their final preparation for the CT20, starting next Monday in Antigua.
Trinidad & Tobago beat Combined Campuses & Colleges by two runs.
T&T 142-9 off 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 44, Darren Bravo 28, Kevon Cooper 21; Yannick Ottley 5-11) CCC 140-5 off 20 overs (Kyle Mayers 43, Romel Currency 37, Chadwick Walton 28, Floyd Reifer 20 not out; Samuel Badree 2-18)
Barbados beat All Stars XI by six wickets.
All Stars 113-6 off 20 overs (Shamarh Brooks 34, Omar Phillips 24, Sunil Ambris 24; Ryan Hinds 3-17, Sulieman Benn 2-19) Barbados 119-4 off 18 overs (Dwayne Smith 64 not out, Shane Dowrich 25; Dane Currency 3-16)