Each team in the CG Insurance Super50 has two games to play before today’s game between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force begins. T & T Red Force go into the game perched on lofty heights with three wins from three matches, as are Guyana Amazons, while the Leeward Hurricanes are in fourth place with one win and two defeats.
The top four progress from the round-robin advance to the playoffs while the bottom two will meet in a playoff to decide fifth and sixth places. Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions are the current cellar dwellers, each having lost three matches. Both have come close to a win, but both have seen opportunities fall by the wayside.
Leeward Islands Hurricanes, whose team include Canada’s Nitish Kumar, round-robin games are due to conclude against Jamaica Scorpions on Feb 19 at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium. Wins against T&T Red Force and the Scorpions would cement a place for the Hurricanes in the championship playoffs. One win from those two games would likely be enough for the Hurricanes to reach the championship playoffs while four wins would seal the championship.
Dropped Catches Can Lose Matches
Two dropped catches near deep square leg from consecutive balls on Tuesday (Feb 16) cost Jamaica Scorpions two runs from one perspective but helped continue a second wicket stand that created the foundation for Windward Islands eventual 260/8 from 50 overs.
The first catch was held – as the commentator initially said – so why was the ball rolling along the ground towards the distant wicket at a slow pace from a position approaching deep mid-wicket? Next ball the same fielder spilled the next chance as he moved a foot or two too far towards deep mid-wicket. His arms had to jerk backwards but made contact with the ball that then dropped onto the deck. Opening bat Andre Fletcher, the beneficiary of the first dropped catch, went on to reach 60 while captain Sunil Ambris, who made 28 in a second wicket stand of 60, made more runs after the second spill. .
If those catches had been held Windward Islands Volcanoes 67/2 could – and should – have been something like 34/3 and Keron Kottoy would have come to the crease under more pressure. Instead, Kottoy came to the crease in more favourable circumstances and proceeded to register 64 of Windward Islands Volcanoes 260/8 from 50 overs.
Later, Windwards Volcanoes slow left arm spinner picked up 3 wickets in consecutive overs beginning with opener Alane Thomas for 15 to make it 39/3 (10.3 overs), captain Rovman Powell (47/4, 13.2 ov) and Javelle Glen (61/5 14.5 ov). Number four batter Andre McCarthy kept the runs moving as the wickets fell on his way to 55 and was joined in a stand of 69 for the sixth wicket by Fabian Allen, who made 39 before the Scorpions stumbled to 168 all out (36.4 vs).
Four Centurions Converge Today in Hurricanes v Red Force
Today’s game between the Leeward Hurricanes and T&T Red Force brings together four of the five century scorers from the early matches in in this year’s tournament, including Canada’s Nitish Kumar who struck 107 in a losing cause on his debut for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes against Windward Island Volcanoes (Feb 6). Nitish followed with 41 and helped Keacy Carty steer the Hurricanes to a wicket win against Barbados Pride in a high scoring game on Feb 8. Barbados Pride tallied 301/8 from 50 overs lead byShamrah Brooks (96) and Jonathan Carter (58). Hurricanes reached a winning 305/6 with 3 balls to spare with Keacy Carty 123*.
T&T Red Force opening bat Evin Lewis tops the tournament run scorers with 205 runs before today’s match. Lewis struck 107 as the Red Force sped to 259/5 from 41 overs to overhaul Jamaica Scorpions 2586/6 (50 ovs) on Feb 10th. Lewis had strong support from Darren Bravo (59*) and Nicholas Pooran (43). Brandon King came close to a century for the Scorpions with 97. Scorpions captain Rovman Powell scored 43 and Andre McCarty 40.
On Tuesday (Feb 15), Barbados Pride tallied 253/9 from 50 overs, thanks to fifties from Justin Greaves (62), Jonathan Carter (56) and Roston Chase (56). Kieron Pollard subdued the Pride’s progress with 5/17 from 5 overs, which proved critical in the end as three Red Force middle order batters were dismissed for a combined 10 runs as two wickets fell at 150 and a third was lost at 158. Evin Lewis (61) and Jason Mohammed combined for most of that 150 while off- spinner Roston Chase took 3/21 from 10 overs. Jason Mohammed kept going, despite the failures of those middle order batters before being out for 122. Sunil Narine (18) and Akeal Hosein (16*) helped Jason Mohammed and Red Force to cross the winning line in the closing stages with 5 balls to spare.
Remaining Matches in the Round Robin Phase
Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19 Feb 20 Feb 21 Feb 22
Playoffs Feb 24 Feb 25
Feb 26 Feb 27
Eddie Norfolk, Toronto.
Feb 17, 2021.
Leeward Islands Hurricanes v Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (Coolidge) Windward Islands Volcanoes v Barbados Pride (Sir Viv Richards) Leeward Islands v Jamaica Scorpions (Sir Vic Richards)
Guyana Amazons v Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (Coolidge)
Barbados Pride v Jamaica Scorpions (Coolidge)
Windward Islands Volcanoes v Guyana Amazons (Sir Viv Richards)
First Semi-Final (Coolidge) Second Semi-Final (Coolidge)
Playoff for 5th and 6th Places (Sir Viv Richards) Final (Coolidge)