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Narine, Khan fail to quiet Volcanoes
Half centuries from skipper Denesh Ramdin and Tion Webster and four wickets from Sunil Narine were not enough to prevent the T&T Red Force from going under to the Windwards Volcanoes in their latest match of the Regional Super50 at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados, yesterday.
Webster at the top of the order scored 56, while Ramdin made an even 50, as they reached 254 for eight off their allotted 50 overs. The Windwards with a great team effort was then able to get home at 255/7 off 46.3 overs, to claim the win by three wickets. An opening partnership of 58 runs in just seven overs gave the Windwards a great foundation to challenge the target.
Devon Smith was the first batsman to leave the arena for 37, the first of four wickets to fall to Narine. At this point the Red Force fought back and was able to claw its way back into the encounter at 124 for five. Among the casualties was Johnson Charles who made a hurried 48 off 57 balls with two fours and four sixes.
Kaveem Hodge joined forces with Kyle Mayers and the pair added an invaluable 97 runs for the sixth wicket. Both batted sensibly keeping Narine at bay. The mystery spinner was however able to get the scalp of Hodge for 32 but it was too little too late. Hodge faced 66 balls for his 32 and struck two fours in his innings that carried tremendous value for his team.
Mayers fell at the same score of 221 scoring 57 off 48 balls with two fours and four big sixes. At 221/7 the Red Force was back in the contest, but Delorn Johnson 21 not out and Shane Shillingford unbeaten on seven played resolutely to carry the Windwards over the line. Narine finished with four for 42, while leg-spinner Imran Khan took three for 51.
Earlier, Webster curbed his aggression to guide give Red Force a good start. He and Amir Jangoo posted 34 for the opening association before the left hander left for 11. Webster then found an able ally in Isaiah Rajah who scored 34 as they two took T&T past the 100-run mark. With the score at 108 both Rajah and Webster fell. Rajah’s 34 came off 60 balls with three fours, while Webster made 58 off 77 deliveries with four fours and two sixes.
With 28 overs already bowled, Nicholas Pooran roughed up the bowling, slamming 34 off 35 balls with five fours and a six. Ramdin also got into the act but when he left for 50 off 44 balls with five fours and a six as well, the innings took a tail spin and the Red Force could finish with only 254/8.
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