Photo Credit: Cricket West Indies
CG United Super50 Cup – FINAL
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes
Venue: Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Result: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force won by 7 wickets
A clinical performance by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force saw them secure the championship title in a one-sided final on Saturday night. In a match reduced to 43 overs per side following two breaks for rain, Red Force bowled out Hurricanes for 135 in the 42nd over, with fast bowler Terrance Hinds (3-16) and spinner Sunil Narine (3-17) leading the attack.
Jahmar Hamilton top-scored with a valiant 62 off 102 balls but number eight Hayden Walsh (20) was the only other batsman to show any enterprise.
Asked to chase a revised target of 138, captain Darren Bravo struck 40 off 35 balls to end as the tournament leading scorer with 416 runs at an average of 83, while Nicholas Pooran finished off the game in style with a sensational 20-ball unbeaten 39, as Red Force clinched victory in the 24th over.
“We always knew that if we controlled the power-play, the quality of our spinners coming into the back end of the innings was going to be a threat for them,” said Bravo, who was featuring in his 200th List A match.
It was a fitting send-off for Narine, who played his final List A match for the Red Force. He was named Player of the Match.
“Genuinely I don’t think I could ask for a better ending,” he said. “The way the boys played the entire season and truly dominated the last two games, genuinely I couldn’t ask for more.”
After dismissing the visitors, the Red Force were face with a straightforward run chase, Joshua Da Silva struck a run-a-ball 28 in a 45-run opening stand with Kjorn Ottley (23) who then put on a further 39 for the second wicket with Bravo.
Leg-spinner Walsh bowled Ottley in the 17th over and then went through Bravo’s defence with a googly to rattle the stumps in the 21st over, after the left-hander had punched three fours and two sixes.
Pooran then took matters into his own hands, blasting a four and four sixes in a 30-run, unbroken fourth wicket partnership with Jason Mohammed (five not out) to finish the game quickly.