The shock of West Indies battering by hosts South Africa in yesterday’s second One-Day International of their series five was still reverberating around the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain last night even when Trinidad and Tobago Red Force with news-making duo Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard in their line-up beat arch-rivals Jamaica in what was the second match for both franchise teams in the West Indies regional 50-over championship.
Social media and direct inter-personal sporting communication spared no expression of bewilderment and at times vexatiousness at news that South Africa had by noon-time yesterday given the West Indies the big stick, whipping the Caribbean side by 148 runs and with a stack of world and home records.
The far-from capacity Queen’s Park Oval crowd was no exception for freedom of expression on the West Indies loss with a team getting ready for next month’s Cricket World Cup without Bravo and Pollard who were rejected by the regional selectors.
“They want all yuh in South Africa now,” one seemingly hardly amused Oval spectator shouted when the pair were stitching a 58-run fifth wicket match-best partnership in TT’s 232 all out score made from 49 overs and 3 balls. While Darren Bravo topped with an 82-ball 55, Dwayne made 34 from 59 balls with five fours and Pollard took 44 balls, 22 of them going scoreless the other 22 accounting for the big man’s 41 including three fours and two sixes).
By the time Dwayne bowled Dave Bernard Junior with the first ball of the 50th and last over of the Jamaica reply – Jamaica needing 18 to win, there was also no good news from Jamaica that the Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 Boys football team had key goal-maker Kadeem Corbin sent off 23 minutes in play before losing 1- nil to undefeated Panama in a decisive CONCACAF Under-20 Championship and World Cup qualifying tournament.
That loss coming after a 2-nil beating by Guatemala consigned TT to having to defeat USA by five clear goals in the last preliminary-round match for both on Wednesday. That margin of victory or better is Trinidad and Tobago’s lone chance to advance to the World Cup playoff round.
Away in Johannesburgh yesterday, South Africa fell five runs short of breaking Sri Lanka’s 443 for 9 world record set in 2006 for the highest ever one-day international total.
However, the hosting Proteas did break a host of records topped by A B de Veillers 16-ball fastest ODI half-century of all time and 31-ball fastest ODI century that rules now over New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson who scored a hundred off 36 balls against West Indies last year.
95 Runs conceded by Jerome conceded 95 runs from his allowed ten overs, the most ever by a West Indianbowler. Windies new team captain Jason Holder conceded 91 runs, the second most ever. No West Indian bowler had previously conceded 90 runs in an ODI.
Dwayne Smith’s economy rate of 17 in this match was the worst for any bowler who has bowled at least four overs in an ODI innings. Smith returned figures of 0 for 68 from his four overs.
163 were the Runs scored by South Africa in the last ten overs of their innings, since 2001
The match also counted the first instance of three batsmen scoring hundreds in the same innings of an ODI. Game 3 is on WEdnesday