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Dominant T&T crush Guyana to take third CT20 title

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Triumphant Trinidad and Tobago celebrate their capture of the 2013 Caribbean Twenty20 title. (Photo courtesy WICB) Triumphant Trinidad and Tobago celebrate their capture of the 2013 Caribbean Twenty20 title. (Photo courtesy WICB)

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Mighty Trinidad and Tobago reduced the Caribbean Twenty20 final to a no-contest as they crushed out-of-sorts Guyana in a authoritative performance to march to their third consecutive title here Sunday night.

 

The defending champions hardly put a foot wrong, limiting Guyana to an inadequate 116 for six off their 20 overs and then cruising to their target with over seven overs left at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium.

T&T’s triumph was set up by fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel (2-16) and Rayad Emrit (2-18) who claimed two wickets apiece in superb four-over spells to keep a lid on the scoring.

Happy to chase a target that required less than a run a ball, T&T got off to a flier courtesy of a rollicking 52-run stand off 32 balls between dashing West Indies right-hander Lendl Simmons and rookie Evin Lewis.

Simmons slammed an unbeaten 52 off 37 balls with four fours and three sixes while the left-handed Lewis stroked a cavalier 32 from 18 balls with four fours and two sixes.

When they were parted in the sixth over, Kieron Pollard welcomed a promotion to number three by blasting three sixes and a four in a cameo unbeaten 25 from 21 balls, as he starred in an unbroken 68-run, second wicket partnership off 43 balls with Simmons.

In fact, it was Pollard’s massive blow over long-on off off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine that sealed victory and sparked a fireworks display and partying among the Trinidadian players and fans.

(See Full Sports for entire match report)

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