Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s dreams of a “three-peat” in the WICB Regional Super50 were dashed in emphatic fashion late yesterday evening as Jamaica Scorpions crushed them by a massive 292 runs in their day/night semi-final at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Faced with a mammoth 435-run victory target, Denesh Ramdin’s team collapsed to 142 all out, with only Jason Mohammed, unbeaten on 62, refusing to give in.
The result was hardly in doubt, following a masterclass display of aggressive batting by Scorpions earlier in the day. Chadwick Walton and Jermaine Blackwood slammed their maiden List A hundreds while Man-of-the-Match Rovman Powell and Steven Taylor narrowly missed out, as the Scorpions, sent in, mauled the Red Force bowlers.
Scorpions amassed a mammoth 434 for four off their 50 overs – a record for regional 50 overs cricket and the ninth highest total in the history of List A.
Scorpions were fired by Walton’s top score of 117 while Test batsman Blackwood hit an unbeaten 108.
Powell struck 95 and Taylor, 88, as they all stunned the two-time defending champions with an exhibition of astonishing hitting.
Walton and Taylor set the stage with an entertaining opening stand of 174 and Blackwood and Walton sustained the momentum in a 95-run second wicket stand, capped off in a jaw-dropping third wicket partnership of 163 between Blackwood and Powell.
Walton smashed nine fours and seven sixes off 96 deliveries while Blackwood faced just 88 deliveries and belted six fours and sixes.
Taylor eventually fell when he sliced a drive to Kjorn Ottley at point off off-spinner Jason Mohammed in the 22nd over.
All told, the American struck eight fours and five sixes.
After Walton’s was lbw to leg-spinner Imran Khan in the 36th over, Powell joined Blackwood to rip apart the Red Force bowling and was within touching distance of century when he missed a heave at seamer Ravi Rampaul in the final over and was bowled. Rampaul was the best bowler with two for 83.