Giant killers Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) Marooners are the kings of regional 50 over cricket. They captured the title after defeating the Guyana Jaguars by six wickets in the final of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Super50 Cup at Kensington Oval last night to win a regional competition for the first time.
Set 205 for victory, CCC reached their target in 37.4 overs. They were guided to victory by Man of the Match and opener Kyle Corbin who scored a polished 72 from 53 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.
Corbin and his fellow opener Kjorn Ottley set the Marooners on their path to victory with a record opening partnership of 109, with Corbin being the dominant partner. The right-handed batsman stroked the Jaguars’ bowlers to all parts of the ground.
He raced to fifty from 35 balls with nine fours and one six that flew off the top edge off a rising ball from pacer Clinton Pestanso. His partner Ottley was content to push the ball around and take singles while Corbin who was dropped by Trevon Griffith off fast bowler Romario Shepherd on 56 belted the bowlers around the Oval.
Corbin and Ottley made batting look easy on a pitch on which the Jaguars batsmen struggled when their batted. While Corbin and Ottley were at the crease, it appeared the Marooners might reach their victory target of 205 without any help from the other batsmen but that was not to be.
Corbin drove at a ball pitched outside the off-stump from Pestano and was caught at mid-off by Raymon Reifer in the seventeenth over. He faced 53 balls and struck 12 fours and two sixes. His innings was the launch pad Marooners needed for victory, at his departure the Cave Hill-based team needed 96 runs for victory.
After Corbin’s dismissal, Marooners lost their second wicket with the score at 129 when off-spinner Ramaal Lewis had Amir Jangoo caught at mid-off by Christopher Barnwell. The third wicket to fall was that of Ottley whose solid innings came to an end when he pulled at a ball from pacer Shepherd and was caught at mid-off by Lewis.
The left-handed opener scored 45 runs from 84 balls with five fours. His wicket fell with the score at 160. The Marooners had another minor hiccup when they lost the wicket of Jonathan Drakes caught by wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble for 16, but by then at 189 for four they were already poised for victory.
Captain Carlos Brathwaite batting at number five made sure the Jaguars and their supporters remembered his name and team by lashing 30 not out from 25 balls with four fours and a six. Nicholas Kirton who stroked a boundary off Shepherd to bring up CCC’s victory was undefeated on six.
Shepherd was the most successful bowler for the Jaguars with two wickets for 41 runs from 6.4 overs.
Earlier, the Jaguars scored 204 after the Marooners won the toss and sent them into bat. Their innings was anchored by opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul who made 56 from 95 balls with four fours. Raymon Reifer faced 59 balls for his 38 runs to be the other principal scorer.
All of the Jaguars’ batsmen seemed sluggish on a pitch that was slow, seven of them got into double figures but were unable to accelerate the scoring rate. None of the batsmen was able to inject life into his innings as a result. The Jaguars crawled to 149 for the loss of five wickets in the 40th over. The scoring rate never increased. They only scored 55 runs in their final nine overs and in the end their modest total was not enough to stop the rampant Marooners.
Fast bowler Jermaine Levy took four wickets for 43 runs from 10 overs, and he was supported by Brathwaite with three wickets for 42 runs.