Stanford 20/20: Semi-final showdown approaching

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 31, 2006 – Will T&T or Nevis advance in the semi-finals of the inaugural Stanford 20/20 competition or will it be Guyana or Grenada?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips now that the quarterfinal winners have been declared. In the final two matches on July 28, both Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana advanced to take on Nevis and Grenada, who had claimed the first two semi-final spots last Wednesday, July 26th.

Trinidad, batting first on Friday, reached 142 for 9 from their allotted 20 overs and then restricted the Bajans to 96 from 18.2 overs. T&T’s William Perkins helped his side to victory with a top score of 36 that came off five fours and one six. from 30 balls. Even the West Indies pace quartet of Pedro Collins, Fidel Edwards, Corey Collymore and Ian Bradshaw were not match for Perkins.

But Barbadian captain Bradshaw still managed to restrict the Trinis flow, bagging three wickets for 25 runs from his four overs while Edwards took 2 for 32.

Sent in to bat, the Bajans were immediately under pressure, losing Martin Nurse for 4 in the first over and Dale Richards in the fourth over to a brilliant direct hit run out by Ricardo Powell.

T&T’s Keiron Pollard dented the middle order with three wickets for 17 runs while spinner Nicholas Ramjass took three for 14 to help their side to victory.

But it was the Guyana versus Jamaica match that held the most thrill with the Ramnaresh Sarwan led GT side slipped past Jamaica to claim a semi-final spot. The Guyanese stormed to 168 for 7 in 19 overs ahead of Jamaica’s 163 for 6 in 20 overs to claim the victory. Esuan Crandon slammed 71 from 39 balls for Guyana to help his side to the win. He was backed up by bowler Narsingh Deonarine, who bagged 3 for 26 off four overs, including the prize wicket of West Indies opener, Jamaican Chris Gayle for 36 and Marlon Samuels for 32.

Jamaica’s bowling assault was led by Jermaine Lawson who grabbed three for 29 off 3 overs while Windies Wavell Hinds finished with 44 not out in the Jamaicans score of 163.

Trinidad will now face Nevis in the second semi-final of the multi-million dollar tournament on August 11th. Guyana faces Grenada on August 10th. (Hardbeatnews.com)


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