Trinidad brush aside Guyana to claim Caribbean T20 crown
GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Trinidad and Tobago brushed aside Guyana by 9 wickets with 45 balls remaining in the final of the Caribbean T20 Championship at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium last night.
Guyana, sent in by Trinidad and Tobago, reached 116 for six off 20 overs. A score that proved to be inadequate from the start as the Trinis completed the chase in style after hardly being troubled.
Christopher Barnwell could no produce the world wind innings (89) that propelled them into the final when they beat Jamaica in the semis on Saturday night, he made 32, Trevon Griffith supported with 29 after having a few offerings put down by the champs. Shannon Gabriel bowled with pace for his 2-16 and Rayad Emrit 2-18 offered support for Trinidad & Tobago.
T&T coasted in their reply to end at 120/1 off 12.3 overs. Lendl Simmons was aggressive for his 52 not out, Evin Lewis was also aggressive for 32, Kieron Pollard was left 25 not out. Ronsford Beaton impressed with his bowling as he kept Pollard in check to end with 1-11 off his overs. He continued where he left off on Saturday against Jamaica demanding respect from Chris Gayle who had hammered a belligerent 122.
Player of the match was Shannon Gabriel of Trinidad & Tobago for his impressive bowling, while Player of the Tournament was Darren Bravo for his impressive showing with the bat throughout the tournament.
T&T coach David Williams said: “We have done it three years in a row and we have demonstrated how strong a team we are. This win feels great…really, really great!”
Scores: GUYANA 116 for six off 20 overs (Chris Barnwell 32, Trevon Griffith 29; Shannon Gabriel 2-16, Rayad Emrit 2-18) vs Trinidad & Tobago.
Trinidad & Tobago 120/1 off 12.3 overs (Lendl Simmons 52 not out, Evin Lewis 32, Kieron Pollard 25 not out; Ronsford Beaton 1-11) .
Result: Trinidad & Tobago won by 9 wickets (with 45 balls remaining).