More licks for Leewards
PORT OF SPAIN – Trinidad and Tobago stormed to the top of the Caribbean Twenty20 standings last night after clobbering hapless Leeward Islands by 95 runs in a lopsided affair.
It was the Leeward Islands’ second heavy defeat after being embarrassed by Barbados on Monday.
The defending champions rattled up 187 for four off their 20 overs, the highest score of the tournament, after they were sent in at Queen’s Park Oval in the night’s feature contest.
Stylish stroke-maker Darren Bravo dazzled with an unbeaten 65 from 40 balls while opener Lendl Simmons hammered a belligerent 62 from 46 balls at the top of the order.
Leeward Islands were never in the hunt, especially after losing two wickets in the first over of their reply, and drifted to 92 for eight as they opted to bat out the overs in almost pathetic fashion..
Medium pacer Kieron Pollard (2-6), leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-13) and left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley (2-18), all bowled well to undermine the Leeward Islands’ batting effort.
With the victory, T&T moved to nine points, one ahead of Barbados, with Jamaica in third on five and Guyana fourth on four points.††