T&T cruise to easy win
Trinidad & Tobago's left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed produced a record five-wicket haul to bowl his team to an easy eight-wicket win over Stanford 20/20 St. Lucia Pro Team.
Final scores in the match; St. Lucia Pro Team 105 for nine; Trinidad & Tobago 106 for two in 12 overs.
St. Lucia Pro Team, who was 80 for one in the 15th over, suffered badly as Mohammed, who was introduced in the 16th over, ended with a tournament record 5-8, beating the previous best of 5-10 by Jamaican Jermone Taylor.
Mohammed started his feat when he removed top-scorer Keddy Lesporis (45) and Mervin Wells (one) with successive deliveries in his first over, both caught on the long-off boundary by Samuel Badree. His hat-trick ball, however, was played with caution by Sergio Fedee.
He then proceeded to pick up the wickets of Alleyne Prospere (one), Cletus Mathurin (zero) and Garey Mathurin (two) to end with the second five-wicket haul this season and the tournament's fifth overall.
Mohammed easily took the US$25,000 Man-of-the-Match award while Dervyn Dillion, who took a brilliant catch to dismiss Shervin Charles, picked up US$10,000 for Play-of-the-Match.
Sherwin Ganga, who broke the 35-run second wicket stand between Lesporis and Shervin Charles (17) ended with 1-8 and Richard Kelly, who picked up the first wicket of Johnson Charles (21) ended with 1-18, also did a very good job with the ball.
Rayad Emrit was the second best bowler for Trinidad & Tobago, picking up 2-23.
At their turn at bat, Lendl Simmons and William Perkins led Trinidad & Tobago off to a successful start, but both were dismissed within three runs at 78 for two. Perkins, the first to be dismissed made 23 while Simmons hit four fours and a six in his knock of 42.
Captain Daren Ganga (14) and Kieron Pollard (12) made sure Trinidad & Tobago achieved their target without further loss.
Trinidad & Tobago will now face St. Vincent and The Grenadines in one quarterfinal match.
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