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Trinidad & Tobago beats Middlesex by 5 wickets

Trinidad & Tobago beats Middlesex by 5 wickets

Darren Bravo hit a six in the last over to spur Trinidad & Tobago to a five-wicket win over English county champion Middlesex and claim the Stanford Twenty20 Champions Cup here Monday.
Bravo shared a match-winning stand of 67 with West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin which helped Trinidad recover from a precarious 49 for four in the 11th over in reply to Middlesex's 117 for eight from 20 overs.
Ramdin and Bravo, the brother of injured West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo _ who watched the game with Trinidad team in the dressing room _ took the total to 122 for five in 19.2 overs.
Left-hander Bravo ensured the win when he belted Tyron Henderson over mid-off for six, finishing with 27 from 24 balls.
Trinidad collected $280,000 for winning the cup, which is part of the buildup to the $20 million Twenty20 between England and the Stanford Superstars on Saturday.
Earlier, man-of-the-match Ravi Rampual took 4-25 to restrict Middlesex's total, including two on consecutive balls until Tim Murtagh avoided the hat-trick by scoring a single.
Rampaul bowled top-scorer Neil Dexter for 39 before having captain Shau Udal caught behind next ball for no-score.
He had earlier removed Neil Carter and Ed Joyce, each for one run and both caught behind by Ramdim, who had a hand in four dismissals.
Spinner Sherwin Ganga and seamer Navin Stewart took two wickets apiece.
Middlesex stared well in defense of their modest total when seamer Tim Murtagh (2-18) removed opener William Perkins (0) in the first over.
Eoin Malan (2-11) also kept a tight rein in the middle of the innings but Ramdin, who stroked 41 from 28 balls including two sixes and a four, and Bravo batted well to take the game away.
Ramdin was dismissed in the penultimate over with two runs needed.


Updated : 2021-04-19 02:02 GMT+08:00