T&T Red Force again
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force retained their Regional Super50 title after brushing aside Barbados Pride by 72 runs in the final at Queen's Park Oval last night.
The reigning champions piled up 270 for seven before producing a clinical bowling performance to bundle out Pride for a disappointing 198 off 42.5 overs.
They reduced Pride to 31 for four in the 10th over, a situation the visitors failed to recover from despite a top score of 50 from West Indies batsman Shai Hope and an attacking 46 from all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
FLICKER OF HOPE
The pair put on 59 for the seventh wicket to give Pride a flicker of hope, but once they were separated, another three wickets fell for ten runs as Red Force reasserted control.
Tail-enders Sulieman Benn and Jomel Warrican frustrated Red Force, however, adding a breezy 49 for the last wicket.
Benn struck a run-a-ball 27 not out while Warrican made 24 from 31 deliveries before he missed a heave at seamer Rayad Emrit and was bowled, sparking celebrations among the Red Force faithful.
Emrit was the best bowler with three for 46, while off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar (2-30), fast bowler Marlon Richards (2-38) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-55) all finished with two wickets each.
Earlier, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo agonisingly missed out on three figures as Red Force prospered after being sent in.
Bravo made 97 while opener Kyle Hope stroked 34, captain Jason Mohammed, 31, and Denesh Ramdin 26.
Bravo's knock, his third half-century in as many innings in the tournament, was laced with eight fours and two sixes and came from 104 balls.
Carlos Brathwaite took two for 54 with his medium pace.