A late five-wicket haul from leg-spinner and Man of the Match Yannic Cariah helped Trinidad and Tobago pull off a stunning comeback yesterday to defeat the Windward Islands by 14 runs in their Regional Super50 match at Arnos Vale, St Vincent.
Cariah orchestrated the heist, grabbing five for 44 from ten overs to help dismiss the Windwards for 202 after Jason Mohammed's unbeaten 63 helped T&T reach a competitive 216 for five when skipper Rayad Emrit won the toss and elected to bat first.
After restricting T&T, the Windwards seemed to be on course for an easy win with Andre Fletcher (58) and skipper Liam Sebastien (52) both scoring half centuries in a fourth-wicket partnership worth 108.
But all their hard work counted for naught as the rest of the Windwards batsmen began to panic, giving away their wickets and the match as they slid from 181 for four to 202 all out.
Cariah, in his last five overs, accounted for both Fletcher and Sebastien before sending back Dalton Polius and Lindon James in one over, both for zero, to wreck the Windwards' innings.
Fletcher and his skipper made batting look easy as they took the game away from T&T, taking the score from 73 for three in the 13th over to 181 for three in the 42nd before the chase fell apart.
The former West Indies Under-19 all-rounder, Cariah, had Fletcher caught by Guillen in the 43rd over and that is when the Windwards began to wobble.
When Sebastien was caught by Evin Lewis, the rest of the team gave up.
Cariah capped off his five-for with the wicket of Delorn Johnson in his final over as the Windwards capitulated with the last six wickets adding just 22 runs.
Ravi Rampaul came back and grabbed the final wicket to complete the come-from-behind-victory which is sure to boost T&T after the thrashing they received from the same opponents in the four-day tournament just a few days earlier.
When T&T won the toss and elected to bat, they got off to a shaky start, losing Lendl Simmons in the sixth over, caught and bowled by left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson for 20.
Simmons smacked around the bowlers early in the innings, hitting three fours in his 23-ball knock before his dismissal which set the visitors back, leaving Barath and Evin Lewis with a tough task of rebuilding the innings.
A 59-run stand between Lewis and Barath was encouraging but again, the Windwards struck at the right time, this time through spinner Sebastien who trapped Barath lbw with the score on 84.
West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford then came on and snatched two quick wickets to peg T&T back even further.
His experience showed as he bowled Lewis behind his back for 31 before sending Justin Guillen packing, caught by Devon Smith for two as T&T slipped to 94 for four.
Jason Mohammed then stabilised the innings with his unbeaten half century. He shared a 60-run partnership with allrounder Yannick Ottley as the pair defied the strong Windwards spin attack to bring the visitors back into the game.
Shillingford was effective, but the batsmen saw him off without further damage. His ten overs cost just 15 runs. While Shillingford was tight, Garey Mathurin was too wayward and the T&T batsmen plundered 60 runs off his bowling coming down to the end of the innings.
Ottley faced 47 balls for his 28 runs, hitting just one four off Johnson before he fell to Sebastien with the score on 154 in the 42nd over.
He made way for debutant Nicholas Pooran who played out eight dot balls before getting into stride to lead T&T to a competitive total. After his slow start, he opened up with a four off Mathurin and followed up with a six when the spinner came on to complete Johnson's ninth over after the pacer pulled up after one ball.
Pooran also slapped Polius around the park for a six and a four as T&T went past 200.
The teenager finished with 33 not out from 36 balls with two fours and two sixes, while Mohammed hit four fours and two sixes as the pair shared a vital unbroken 62-run stand for the sixth wicket.