Red Force repel Hurricanes
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
The Bravo brothers engineered a spectacular recovery and Kevon Cooper unleashed a hostile late-order cameo as Trinidad and Tobago roared to a 49-run win over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the 12th game of the NAGICO Super50 at the Queen's Park Oval on Tuesday night.
Dwayne Bravo, who later grabbed three wickets, and Darren Bravo, shared a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 62 to resurrect a precarious slump with the Red Force reeling on 45 for four after they decided to bat first, having won the toss.
Cooper slammed an unbeaten 62 to consolidate the recovery operation spearheaded by the Bravo brothers, as Red Force soared to 206 all out in 50 overs, before bowling out Leewards for 157.
Gavin Tonge inflicted early damage when he stunned the Red Force by removing openers Evin Lewis and Nicholas Sookdeosingh cheaply within the first 15 balls.
Dwayne scored 42, including seven fours, while Darren hit three fours in a knock of 36 to pull the home side out of trouble.
Cooper was the star of the late-order rally, featuring prominently in three important partnerships - a 21-run stand with Darren Bravo, a 32-run partnership with captain Rayad Emrit, and a last-wicket stand with Sunil Narine that produced 26 runs.
Tonge was the best bowler for the Hurricanes, finishing with three wickets while Orlando Peters, Hayden Walsh Jr and Anthony Martin picked up two each.
Dwayne Bravo shattered Hurricanes' dreams of an explosive start to the chase when he dismissed the first three batsmen.
Emrit compounded their problems by removing the next two wickets as the Leewards crashed to 76 for five.
Devon Thomas led the chase with a top score of 30 and got some help from Orlando Peters in a 37-run stand, the highest partnership of the innings.
Peters' contribution of 21 included two sixes as the Red Force tightened the squeeze.
The Hurricanes were completely outmatched as Sunil Narine wiped out the tailenders, including trapping Hayden Walsh Jr lbw or 23.
Dwayne Bravo finished with top figures of three for 40, while Narine, Emrit and Imran Khan ended with two scalps each.