ST JOHN’S ANTIGUA, – Trinidad and Tobago showed they are a force to be reckoned with as they had a convincing win by eight wickets in the final preliminary match of the Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament on Tuesday night.
It was the first match for the Trinbagonians, who were listed among the pre-tournament favourites and they lived up to the billing.
With clever bowling, great fielding and astute captaincy from Daren Ganga, they dismissed the Caymanians for 92 in 19.4 overs and then romped to 93 for two off just 10.4 overs.
Samuel Badree opened the bowling with his leg-spin and captured three for six from 3.5 overs to earn the US$25 000 Man-of-the-Match award.
‘We are very happy with the way we played,’ said Badree. ‘We’re backing ourselves to win and we are looking forward to the challenge against Barbados on Friday.’
There were also four run outs – the best of which came from the rocket arm of Merv Dillon to send back Javon Linton in the 15th over. It earned Dillon the Play-of-The-Match award of US$10 000.
Dillon sprinted in from the long-leg boundary, picked up the ball at deep mid-wicket and in one fluid motion threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end as the batsmen attempted a quick second run.
After showcasing their bowling strength, the Trinidad and Tobago batsmen set the field on fire with some forceful strokeplay.
William Perkins, the 19-year-old opener played some flashing drives in his cameo 53 off 28 balls which included nine fours and a towering six. Mario Belcon supported patiently with a run-a-ball 26 as the Trinis romped home with ease.