Marooners grab spot in Super50 final
BRIDGETOWN, BarbadoS (CMC):
The Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners qualified for their second final in a regional competition when they shocked title favourites Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by seven wickets in the second semi-final of the Regional Super50 at Kensington Oval here yesterday.
Led by a spectacular bowling performance by opening bowler Akeem Jordan, the Marooners eased to a comfortable victory and booked their spot in tomorrow's final against the Guyana Jaguars.
Coincidentally, in their first ever finals appearance at the regional level back in 2013, the Marooners also dismissed T&T for 90-odd on their way to defeating them in the semi-finals.
This time around, it was Jordan's opening spell that ripped the heart out of the Red Force's top order to reduce the star-studded outfit to shreds in a mesmerising display of medium-pace bowling.
The dismissal of Lendl Simmons, who had come into the match with three half-centuries under his belt, prompted an unimaginable batting collapse by the Red Force.
After scoring just two runs, Simmons was deceived by a beautiful delivery outside offstump from pacer Jermaine Levy, which he could only edge behind to wicketkeeper Amir Jangoo to leave the score three for one.
In his second over and the third of the match, Jordan struck three times within the space of five balls to derail the Red Force's innings.
In his second ball of the over, Jordan tempted Sunil Narine to fish outside his offstump to be caught behind by Jangoo for one without a run being added to the score, and three balls later, Jason Mohammed was undone by a beautiful outswinger to be out for a duck and give Jangoo his third catch of the innings.
Captain Denesh Ramdin only lasted one ball, chipping Jordan's last ball of the over to Nicholas Kirton at mid-on, as the Red Force slumped to three for four.
Nicholas Pooran scored nine before his attempted wild slash only resulted in a catch behind to Jangoo as Jordan grabbed his fourth wicket.
Jordan then capped off his spell with a perfectly bowled inswinger to remove the offstump of Darren Bravo after the left-hander had shouldered arms to leave the score 25 for six.
Red Force 92 all out in 33 overs (Dwayne Bravo 27; Akeem Jordan 5-18, Khesan Ottley 2-15). Marooners 93 for three in 16.2 overs (Kjorn Ottley 39 not out, Carlos Brathwaite 29 not out).