PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sporting Alert – West Indies top-order batsman Darren Bravo stroked a brilliant 95 to guide Trinidad and Tobago Red Force into the 2016 NAGICO Super50 final after beating Guyana Jaguars by 54 runs in the semi-final here at Queen’s Park Oval Wednesday night.
Left-hander Bravo top-scored for the Red Force and played superbly, although he fell five runs short of his sixth regional one-day hundred.
His 95 effort came off 108 balls, and he hit 5 sixes and 4 fours to help Trinidad and Tobago reached a score of 259 for nine off their 50 overs en route to advancing to their third straight Nagico Super50 final.
West Indies teammate and wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin added an attacking 43 off 44 deliveries, including 5 fours, as he and Bravo shared in a fourth wicket stand of 90 which piloted Red force past the 200-run mark.
Left-hander Kjorn Ottley made 33 off 62 balls and put on 85 runs for the third wicket with Bravo, while opener Evin Lewis ended with 20.
Darren Bravo — Photo by WICB Media/Ashley Allen
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who removed Bravo when he had him caught by Raymon Reifer with the score at 227 for five — finished as the leading bowler for Guyana with three wickets for 56 runs.
Off-spinner Steven Jacobs grabbed 2 for 12, and seamer Paul Wintz ended with 2 for 67 for Jaguars.
In reply, Guyana struggled to get going and could only make 205 off 48.3 overs, with Steven Jacobs, who was injured while bowling earlier in Red Force inning, unable to bat.
Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble led the way for Jaguars with 51 off 44 balls, despite failing to find the boundary, while Paul Wintz hit a six and a four in his 26 run effort.
Chris Barnwell made 22 and both Leon Johnson and Vishaul Singh scored 20 in the defeat for Guyana which suffered from a sluggish start and lost three wickets before the team reached 50 runs in the chase.
Jon-Russ Jaggesar used his off-breaks to claim three for 36 for Red Force, with off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine taking two wickets for 35 and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein bagging two for 42 in a game which was a repeat of last year’s final.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, the defending champions, now await the winner of the second semi-final between Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force: 259 for nine off 50 overs (Darren Bravo 95, Denesh Ramdin 43, Kjorn Ottley 33; Veerasammy Permaul 3-56, Steven Jacobs 2-12, Paul Wintz 2-67)
Guyana Jaguars: 205 all out off 48.3 overs (Anthony Bramble 51, Paul Wintz 26, Chris Barnwell 22; Jon-Russ Jaggesar 3-36, Narsingh Deonarine 2-35, Akeal Hosein 2-42)