Red Force into final after whipping Jaguars
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force stormed into the final of the Regional Super50 when they produced a clinical bowling performance to whip Guyana Jaguars by 54 runs in the semi-final here Wednesday night.
In a repeat of last year's final, Red Force raised a competitive 259 for nine off their 50 overs and then used their spin attack on a turning Queen's Park Oval track, to bundle out Jaguars for a disappointing 205 off 48.3 overs.
Left-hander Darren Bravo missed out on a sixth regional one-day hundred when he fell for 95 while West Indies teammate Denesh Ramdin weighed in with an attacking 43 off 44 balls and Kjorn Ottley, a well-played 33 off 62 deliveries.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the leading bowler with three for 56 while off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-12) and seamer Paul Wintz (2-67) picked up two wickets apiece.
In reply, Jaguars suffered from a sluggish start before losing wickets steadily as the Red Force spinners crippled the innings.
Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble resisted with a cameo 51 while Paul Wintz struck 26. Chris Barnwell got 22 and captain Leon Johnson and opener Vishaul Singh both scored 20.
The damage was done by Jon-Russ Jaggesar who claimed three for 36 while fellow off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (2-35) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-42) picked up two wickets apiece.
Red Force will now await the winners of last night's second semi-final between Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes, to know their opponents in tomorrow's final.