Trinidad and Tobago showed Jamaica who are the regional T20 bosses as they whipped them by 67 runs in the first match of their two-match series in Lauderdale, leaving the Jamaicans to wheel and come again in the second match last night. The matches in Fort Lauderdale have been organised by the consulates of both countries to mark their 50th anniversary of Independence. The West Indian diaspora, which turned out for the game was well entertained, as Lendl Simmons with a fine all round display, as well as great knocks from Willam Perkins and Justin Guillen put the Jamaicans away easily. T&T made 200 for one off their 20 overs and restricted Jamaica to 133 for eight in their 20 overs. Simmons was the star, slamming an unbeaten 89 and returning to take 3-16, when Jamaica batted.
T&T, the regional T20 champions enjoyed the festive atmosphere and added to it with a very clinical performance under the captaincy of Denesh Ramdin. The Jamaicans lost three early wickets which crippled their challenge. Skipper Tamar Lambert and Donovan Pagon staged a recovery, adding 63 runs for the fourth wicket. However, the fall of Pagon for 41 and Lambert for 46, saw the fall of the Jamaicans. Earlier the T&T batsmen lit up the venue with an array of beautiful shots all around the lovely Broward Country ground. Simmons and Perkins posted an opening partnership of 73 runs in eight overs to set the tone. Perkins preferred the straight boundary and got his 51 from 25 balls with four fours and four sixes. His assault on the Jamaicans was savage and left them demoralised. Simmons a virtual spectator in the opening association was joined by Justin Guillen and the two added a further 133 runs unbeaten for the second wicket.
Guillen displayed his good form with some wonderful shots. He drove Andre Russell staight down the ground and with two men stationed at long on and long off—the ball raced into the fence before they could have thought of moving. With Guillen playing freely, Simmons came into his own and the sixes started to flow. Simmons finished with 89 off 62 balls with seven sixes and two fours, while Guillen got 46 not out off 33 balls with three sixes and two fours. Former captain Daren Ganga who was padded up to come in next would have appreciated the performance of the two, as he was not required to bat. Both Daren and Sherwin Ganga flew into Florida at 4.30pm and had to make their way straight to the ground. The duo did not leave with the national team on Thursday because they had to attend their grandmother's funeral back in Trinidad. Ganga on reaching the ground immediately had to take the field for warm-ups and then sent a rasta hairstyled friend for some Jamaican Jerk chicken to have a quick bite, as it was just an evening of Caribbean celebration.
T&T vs Jamaica
W Perkins c Bernard b Russell 51
L Simmons not out 89
J Guillen not out 46
Total for 1 wkt (20ovs) 200
Fall of wkts: 73.
Bowling: K Santokie 3-0-25-0, A Richardson 2-0-22-0, N Miller 3-0-27-0, O Brown 3-0-30-0, A Russell 3-0-27-1, D Bernard 3-0-25-0, T Lambert 1-0-8-0, A McCarthay 2-0-26-0.
D Pagon c Ottley b Mohammed 42
N Bonner b Ottley 0
A Russell c Mohammed b Stewart 8
T Lambert b Simmons 46
D Bernard c Mohammed b Simmons 2
C Baugh c D Ganga b Stewart 12
A McCarthay b Simmons 11
N Miller not out 5
K Santokie c Mohammed b S Ganga 1
O Brown not out 3
Total for 8 wkts (20ovs) 133
Fall of wkts: 0, 12, 18, 81, 104, 115, 123, 126.
Bowling: Y Ottley 4-0-22-1, N Stewart 3-0-25-2, R Emrit 4-0-32-0, D Mohammed 3-0-11-1, L Simmons 3-0-16-3, S Ganga 3-0-24-1.
T&T won by 67 runs.
Man of match: Lendl Simmons