Jamaica qualify for Final against CCC

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CMC – Jamaica qualified for the WICB First Class Championship final after their semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago finished in a no-decision on Monday.

Chasing Jamaica’s mammoth 664, T&T ended on 448-9 at the close of the final day at the Sri Frank Worrell Ground. The tournament rules outline if a semi-final ends in a no-result, the team which came out on top during the head-to-head clash in the preliminary round, would advance. Jamaica took first innings from T&T in their preliminary clash at Sabina Park last month.

Centuries from captain Daren Ganga (107) and all-rounder (113 not out) were not enough to get T&T up to their target, after they resumed the day at 198-4. The right-handed Ganga hit eight fours off 233 balls in a shade over six hours at the crease while Emrit counted 15 fours and a six in a counter-attacking innings spanning 126 balls and 160 minutes.

T&T’s run chase was set-back early in the day when Denesh Ramdin, unbeaten on 49 overnight, edged behind off West Indies seamer Andre Russell (4-89) after adding just six runs.

West Indies big-hitter Kieron Pollard (48) then added 101 for the seventh wicket with Ganga, as T&T tried to accelerate the scoring. Pollard fell at 393, lbw to seamer Dave Bernard and Ganga and Emrit posted a further 45 for the eighth wicket before Ganga fell to a tired pull, caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of leg-spinner Odean Brown.

Emrit then took matters into his own hands, but his frenetic 94-run ninth wicket stand with Amit Jaggernauth (12) was not enough to prevent T&T from missing out on the final against Combined Campuses & Colleges. The final will be played the 3Ws Oval in Barbados, starting on Friday. CCC trounced Windward Islands by 157 runs inside three days on Sunday in the other semi-final.

Jamaica 1st innings 664
(Brendan Nash 207, Wavell Hinds 165)
Trinidad & Tobago 1st innings
(overnight 198-4)
L Simmons b Dawes 5
I Khan lbw b Russell 17
D Bravo c Jackson b Dawes 0
D Ganga c Nash b Brown 107
S Ganga c wk Walton b Russell 42
D Ramdin c wk Walton b Russell 54
K Pollard lbw b Bernard 48
R Emrit not out 113
R Rampaul c wk Walton b Russell 25
A Jaggernauth c Bernard b Nash 12
S Gabriel not out 4
Extras (b1, lb12, nb8) 21
TOTAL (9 wickets, 134 overs) 448
Fall of wicket: 1-17, 2-28, 3-28, 4-111, 5-209, 6-292, 7-393, 8-338, 9-432.
Bowling: Russell 22-3-89-4, Dawes 27-5-63-2, Hyatt 1-0-5-0, Bernard 20-4-63-1, Brown 39-6-140-1, Lambert 12-2-30-0, Nash 11-3-37-1, Hinds 2-0-8-0.
Result: No result. Jamaica qualify for Final.
Man-of-Match: Brendan Nash (Jamaica)
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Goaland Greaves

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