UWI Still T20 Champs
Carlos Brathwaite helps UWI to victory
BRIDGETOWN – A SECOND consecutive Man of the Match award by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite helped Sagicor UWI retain the Sagicor T20 Cup in a frenetic finish at Kensington Oval last night.

Set 115 to win after restricting CGI Maple to 114 for six, UWI squeezed home off the final delivery, reaching 115 for eight.

UWI seemed well poised to defend their title without any alarms when they romped to 43 for one in the fifth over, but five wickets then tumbled for the addition of only 26 runs in just under eight overs, setting up the unexpectedly dramatic finish.

The repair job was done by Brathwaite (15 off 23 balls) and Stephen Jacobs (29 off 24 balls) but both fell in the final over, Jacobs in particularly bizarre circumstances. With seven needed at the start of the final over bowled by medium pacer Khalid Springer, Brathwaite lifted the first delivery to mid off to be caught by Shane Parris.

Akeem Dewar eased the tension with a boundary to mid wicket, but then with two required from three balls, Dewar played a crisp drive to long on that seemed destined to reach the boundary. Don O’Neal fielded brilliantly and sent in a return with the UWI batsmen already in the process of celebrating.

In the mayhem Maple broke the wicket at the striker’s end with Jacobs out of his ground and after lengthy consultation between the two umpires, Gregory Brathwaite and Jonathan Blades, Jacobs was given run out.
Kevin McClean failed to make contact with the next delivery but managed to hit the final ball to mid off to gather the winning run, avoiding the further drama of a super over.

Earlier, Maple wasted a good start after winning the toss and limped to 114 for six. Shane Ramsay top scored with 35 while Brathwaite bowled impressively to take three for eight from four overs. (PH)

Source: Nationnews