Narine Returns To Sink the Leewards in Tobago

5th February 2014

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

Nagico Super50 Tournament – 7th Match

Zone B: Leeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago, Shaw Park, Scarborough, Tobago

Leeward Islands 140 lost to T&T 145-5 by 5 wickets

Trinidad & Tobago needed to get back on the winning trail, having lost their opening encounter with Barbados, and they did so with consummate ease.

The Nagico Super50 tournament had moved up north to the Shaw Park Ground in Scarborough in Tobago for a couple of games, the first of which was this fixture.

Every winner of the toss at the Queen’s Park Oval, bar one (Ireland – who then conceded 301), had decided to bat upon calling correctly in the competition so far; and although we were now on an entirely different island, Kieron Powell followed suit.

For supporters coming to watch the game this was perhaps a shame – the Leewards are generally so weak that the best hope of good entertainment would be for the hosts to bat first and wrack up a large score. Sadly, the visitors took first use, and wracked up a negligible figure, but better than their wretched 80 v CCC.

The Leewards had looked capable of putting a decent total on the board when they were 113-4 in the 33rd over, but the last 6 wickets went down for only another 27 runs; in fact the last five crumbled for only 10 runs in 5 and a half overs when they tried to push on and post a total of substance.

Sunil Narine had missed the Barbados defeat, and he showed his team-mates what they’d missed with a decisive 9.2-3-16-4, which gained him the MoM award. Narine’s partner-in-crime was Ravi Rampaul, who, having dismissed both openers early on, returned to finish with figures of 9-3-20-4.

Needing only 141 to record their 1st win, T&T had an early wobble when Adrian Barath fell for 0 in the 1st over, but adequate contributions (for that was all that was required in the context of the match situation) from Lendl Simmons (25), Darren Bravo (22), Dwayne Bravo (42) & Denesh Ramdin (22no) saw them home with well in excess of 20 overs to spare.

To read ESPN Cricinfo’s match report, click here.

And to watch brief highlights of the game, click here.

David Oram

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