Akeem Jordan's 5-fer destroys Red Force, sends CCC to Super50 final

By October 26, 2018
Jordan destroyed the Red Force top order Jordan destroyed the Red Force top order

Akeem Jordan returned career-best figures of 5 for 18 as the Combined Campuses and Colleges pulled off a seven-wicket upset win over the Trinbago Red Force to book a place in the final of the 2018 Super 50 final on Friday.

Set a winning target of 93, CCC got the winning runs two balls into the 17th over when Carlos Braithwaite cut Khary Pierre down to backward point to secure the unlikely but convincing win.

Braithwaite finished unbeaten on 29 that came from just 22 balls and included three fours and a six. He and Kjorn Ottley 39 not out shared in an unbroken stand of 41 to take the CCC to the winning total.

Ottley’s innings compiled from 44 balls included four fours and three sixes and brought stability to the run chase after the CCC had lost their first two wickets with just 29 runs on the board.

Sunil Narine, Khary Pierre and Ravi Rampaul each had a wicket for the Red Force.

Earlier, Jordan ripped through the Red Force top order in his second over of the day, CCC’s third. He had conceded just one run in his first faced by Lendl Simmons.

In the next over Simmons went caught by Amir Jangoo off the fourth ball of Jermaine Levy’s over.

As if inspired by the wicket, Jordan had Sunil Narine caught by Jangoo for one with his second ball. Three balls later, he had Jason Mohammed also by Jangoo for zero. Then, with the final delivery of the over, he had Denesh Ramdin caught by Nicholas Kirten without scoring.

Jordan had just taken three wickets in six balls without conceding a run and the Red Force were four wickets down with only three runs on the board.

Jordan later took the wickets of Nicholas Pooran for nine and Darren Bravo for six as TT Red Force were reduced to 25 for 6 after 10.1 overs.

Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard threatened to restore respectability to the scoreboard with a seventh-wicket stand of 33, but when both were dismissed within the next seven balls, the Red Force slumped further to 66 for 8 after 20 overs.

Pierre (9) and Rayad Emrit (13) took the score close to the 100 mark but the Red Force fell for 92 in 33 overs as Khesan Ottley finished with 2 for 15.

Kyle Corbin was dismissed by Narine for two with the score on 3 as CCC replied, but once Ottley arrived at the crease the result was never in doubt.

CCC will go on to face the Guyana Jaguars in Sunday’s final.

The Jaguars led by Leon Johnson’s 101 defeated the Jamaica Scorpions in the first semi-final played on Thursday.

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