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January 14, 2013
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Rampant T&T heavy favourites


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Rampant Trinidad and Tobago annihilated previously unbeaten Guyana to extend their impressive winning streak and install themselves as heavy favourites to repeat as Caribbean Twenty20 champions on Saturday night.

Urged on by a noisy capacity crowd at Queen's Park Oval, the hosts flexed their muscle to pile up an imposing 191 for four, the tournament's highest score.

Man-of-the-Match Darren Bravo belittled Guyana's bowlers en route to a sublime unbeaten 82 from 51 balls while Kieron Pollard turned up at the end to play a blinder, slamming an unbeaten 44 from a mere 17 balls.

Their unbroken fifth wicket partnership yielded an exhilarating 64 from just 27 balls and brought the innings to an explosive climax.

Deflated by the onslaught, Guyana found no answers when they batted, and limped to 111 for six off their 20 overs, despite veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 53.

The emphatic nature of T&T victory was a strong statement ahead of the second phase of the tournament in St Lucia starting tomorrow. After four matches, they are clear leaders on 13 points, with Jamaica second on nine points, and Windward Islands, Guyana and Barbados all on eight.

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