Barbados clinched their sixth Regional 50-over title with a 17-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the Nagico Super50 final in front of a packed Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain last night.
After winning the toss and batting first, the Bajans were dismissed for 252 off 48.4 overs with Dwayne Smith hitting 83 off 77 balls to lead the way. Kevon Cooper took four for 62 for the hosts.
T&T in reply were dismissed for 235 off 45.5 overs.
Denesh Ramdin slammed 68 off 76 balls with two sixes and six fours to keep the chase alive to the end, with the fans chanting his name, but despite his heroic effort and the efforts of the last two batsmen Rayad Emrit (27) and Ravi Rampaul (nine not out), the hosts fell agonisingly short in what was a closely contested match.
When Barbados batted, Smith got them off to a flying start after being dropped by Evin Lewis off the bowling of Rampaul when he was on 22.
Smith pulled Rampaul for six off the first ball of the sixth over and was dropped off the next as he tried to clear the boundary again.
The missed opportunity came back to haunt T&T as Smith went on to make 83 off 77 balls with ten fours and two sixes. He hit boundaries off six of the eight bowlers T&T used.
He shared a 127-run stand with Kraigg Brathwaite before Lendl Simmons broke the stand in the 23rd over when Brathwaite edged behind to wicketkeeper Ramdin for a 63-ball 36 to bring the hosts back into the match.
Smith followed shortly after, caught by captain Dwayne Bravo on the midwicket boundary off the bowling of Simmons.
Jonathan Carter kept the Bajans going with a 51-ball 49 before T&T’s IPL stars started to shine.
Sunil Narine (two for 18) trapped Carter lbw to start a Bajan slide, which saw six wickets going down for 23 runs.
Carter put on 63 with Kevin Stoute for the third wicket, taking the score to 195 before Narine intervened.
Cooper grabbed three quick wickets while Narine took another and Yannick Ottley claimed one as Barbados slipped to 218 for eight as T&T pulled things back towards the end of the innings.
Lewis and Simmons got the home side off to a solid start in their reply as the hosts raced to 37 in six overs before the Bajans staged a comeback as Lewis (27) found Edwards on the third man boundary and Yannick Ottley (zero) top edged an attempted pull to Smith as T&T slipped to 62 for two.
Seamer Carlos Brathwaite snatched two wickets, bowling Simmons before Dwayne Bravo mistimed a pull to Kevin Stoute at midwicket as the hosts found themselves under pressure.
The sixth wicket partnership between Jason Mohammed and Ramdin kept things interesting but when Benn broke that stand, sending back Mohammed for 26, T&T were still over 111 runs away from their target.
Ramdin and the tailenders battled to the end but could not go all the way, T&T being dismissed with 25 balls remaining.