Red Forde top Group A with win over Hurricanes

first_img…face Scorpions in first Super50 semi-final tomorrowTRINIDAD & Tobago Red Force beat Leeward Islands Hurricanes for the second time in round-robin play, handing the host side a five-wicket loss at Coolidge on Sunday night in a match that decided first place in the Regional Super50 Group A.Red Force will now face Jamaica in the first semi-final tomorrow while Leewards have to go up against Group B winner Barbados on Thursday to decide the other finalist.Leewards Hurricanes were bowled out for 189 in 48.1 overs after choosing to bat first. Their batting struggle was set in motion almost from the start when captain Kieran Powell, who entered the game as the tournament’s leading scorer with 509 runs, suffered his first failure of the tournament when he was caught behind off Shannon Gabriel for 1 in the third over.Gabriel wound up taking two more to finish with 3 for 40 while fellow medium pacer Ravi Rampaul took 3 for 27 from his ten overs to keep Leewards tied down. Five batsmen crossed 20 for Leewards but none made more than Jermaine Otto’s 38.Evin Lewis got the T&T chase off to a typically aggressive start, top-scoring with 47 off 23 balls, dominating a 57-run opening stand with Kyle Hope that spanned 7.4 overs.Lewis fell to Rahkeem Cornwall, who did his best to slow T&T’s victory charge by taking 3 for 40 in ten overs but Denesh Ramdin (31*) and Imran Khan (38*) produced an unbeaten 54-run stand for the sixth wicket to take T&T to the target in just 34.1 overs. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

"Red Forde top Group A with win over Hurricanes"