Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, first to qualify for the semifinal after an unbeaten five-match run, came unstuck in their sixth and last preliminary round game last game, losing to Barbados Pride by three wickets at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
The Red Force stayed top of the four-team group despite the loss and though Jamaica Scorpions beat the ICC Americas in a thrilling daytime match, Barbados Pride’s win gave them the first runners-up spot and the next place in the mid-week semifinal of the regional 50-overs championship.
Trinidad and Tobago ‘are the defending champions.
The other two semifinalists were also clarified last night at the close of the preliminary round contested in St Kitts – the Windward Islands Volcanoes who topped the Group B and the group’s first-runners-up Guyana Jaguars.
The Red Force will play the Guyana Jaguars in Wednesday’s first semifinal from 1.30 in the afternoon at the Queen’s Park Oval while the Windward Islands Volcanoes will face off against the Barbados Pride on Thursday at the same venue and also from 1.30.
Semifinal winners meet in the final set for Saturday afternoon.
Summarised Red Force/Barbados Pride Scores:
RED FORCE 226 all out off 50 overs (Darren Bravo 82, Denesh Ramdin 57, Kjorn Ottley 38; Jason Holder 4-35)
PRIDE 227 for seven off 48 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 48, Jonathan Carter 31, Jason Holder 25; Rayad Emrit 3-45)
And from St Kitts summarised scored in the Windward Islands Volcanoes five-run win over the Leeward islands Hurricanes :
VOLCANOES 243 for six off 49 overs (Sunil Ambris 74, Andre Fletcher 42, Tyrone Theophile 35, Kyle Mayers 30; Daron Cruickshank 2-47)
HURRICANES 238 for nine off 49 overs (Orlando Peters 77, Nkrumah Bonner 35, Sherwin Peters 32; Delorn Johnson 3-36, Mervin Mathew 2-56).