A four-four from spinner Kevin Sinclair and three from Yannic Cariah led the West Indies Emerging Players to a crushing 205 runs victory over and to the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday.

Sent in to bat, Leonardo Julien smashed an enterprising 83 from 85 runs as the Emerging Players piled up a daunting 293 for 7 in their 50 overs.  In their turn at the crease, the Hurricanes never got going as they were scuttled out for just 88.

Opening with Kimani Meluis, Julien got Emerging players off to a solid start before, Meluis was caught for 28 by Kacey Carty off the bowling of Jacques Taylor.  He went on to put on another 84 for the second wicket with man-of-the-match Cariah, who made 34 from 51 before being run out.  Julien was dismissed, caught by Thomas off the bowling of  Sheeno Berridge, with Emerging Players well poised at 163 for 3.  Rolando Cato (31), Kevin Sinclair (28) and Dominic Drakes (38) put on another 97 at the bottom of the order.

Chasing the big target, the Leewards were on the back foot also immediately after losing opener Montcin Hodge for one run with just 11 on the board.  When his partner Kieran Powell (13) followed soon after, caught by Da Silva off the bowling of Kevin Sinclair the writing was on the wall for the Leewards.  Amir Jangoo provided the most resistance with 20 from 43 deliveries but his innings was brought to an end by Cariah.

 

A timely four-for from left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd eased the Windies Emerging Players to a 3-wicket win over Barbados, via the D/L method, and into the final of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.

In the low-scoring semi-final at the Queen’s Park Oval, the Emerging Players won the toss before putting the Pride in to bat.  The Barbados unit were immediately on the backfoot with opener Leniko Boucher (5) caught by Joshua Da Silva off the bowling of Keon Harding in the second over.  Nedd removed Kjorn Ottley, who did not score, in the next over to leave the Pride struggling at 7 for 2.

Zachary McCaskie attempted to repair some of the damage, with a patient 40 from 61 balls but the Pride continued to lose wickets at regular intervals before being all out for 112.  Nicholas Kirton added 26 from 49, with Ashley Nurse contributing 25 from 20.  The Emerging players began cautiously with a low target but lost Leonardo Julien and Yannic Cariah with 24 runs on the board. 

Joshua Da Silva and Roland Cato came together to stem the loss of early wickets and took the score to 76 for 4 before Da Silva was caught by Tevyn Walcott for 27.  Three power cuts, the last coming at 9:20 pm led to a revised target, with the Emerging Players asked 11 runs to win from eight overs.  It wasn’t without its difficulties as lost another wicket with the score at 100 to find themselves at 100 for 7 but Roland Cato, who hit an unbeaten 25 and Keon Harding (9) got them home with four overs and two balls to spare.

Jamaica Scorpions captain Rovman Powell reminded opponents in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup that he can be a fearsome batsman who can take a game away when he slammed an unbeaten century to help his team to a four-wicket victory over Canada at Warner Park on Saturday.

The United States suffered another defeat in this season’s Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, failing to chase down a low total from the Windward Islands Hurricanes to lose by 44 runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Wednesday.

Facing the music first, the Volcanoes struggled in a start-stop innings to end on 225-9 but then turned in a workmanlike shift with the ball to dismiss the United States for 182 in 45.5 overs.

In their at-bat, the Volcanoes found themselves on the back foot with Devon Smith and Kirk Edwards going for nought and number three batsman, Emmanuel Stewart, splitting the wickets with just four to leave the side at 17-3.

At the other end of the crease, Desron Maloney put together 42 from 59 deliveries and was joined by Kaveem Hodge, who scored the same number of runs from 56 deliveries in a 55-run partnership.

Alick Athanaze also got a start for the Volcanoes, scoring 25, but failed to carry on, while Kerron Cottoy top-scored with a run-a-ball 43, while Shane Shillingford got to 31 before meeting his demise.

The starts with nobody really going on to score heavily meant a sub-par score, with Elmore Hutchinson, 2-37, Jessy Singh, 2-24, and Cameron Stevenson, 2-49, sharing the bulk of the wicket-taking work.

There was also a wicket apiece for Ian Holland (1-36) and Timil Patel (1-36).

When the US batted, they were thwarted by a five-fer from Kerron Cottoy, his 5-37, putting an end to any real challenge the visitors could have put forward. Cottoy got good support from Athinaze, whose 3-24 was invaluable to the win.  Shermon Lewis, 1-26, and Larry Edward, 1-47, were the other wicket-takers for the Volcanoes against the solo effort of Steven Taylor, who scored 62.

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