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A mature innings of 99 by opener Anthony Alleyne along with penetrative fast bowling and brilliant fielding earned Combined Campuses and Colleges a comprehensive victory over Trinidad and Tobago by 140 runs in the first semi-final of the WICB Super50 last night at Kensington Oval.
Alleyne, who shared a half-century stand with all-rouder Nekoli Parris, struck eight fours and faced 139 deliveries before he fell to a contentious lbw decision off off-spinner Sherwin Ganga, who bowled steadily to take two for 39 off 9.5 overs.
After punchingleg-spinner Imran Khan through the covers for four to move to 99, the 19-year-old left-hander missed a delivery from Ganga that television replays showed pitched outside of leg stump.
The teenager was sent on his way by umpire Patrick Gustard to leave the CCC on 215 for seven in the 48th over.
His outstanding innings earned him the Man-of-the-Match award but it took a team effort to complete the demolition job on the previously undefeated Trinidadians.
Keswick Wiliams, in a lively opening spell, knocked off the top order with figures of three for 16.
Left-arm medium pacer Raymon Reifer chipped in with two for 11, including the key wicket of captain Denesh Ramdin for just seven.
Three run outs added to the drama, two of them from direct hits by Shacaya Thomas and veteran player/coach Floyd Reifer.
Williams quickly had the Trinis on the ropes at 29 for four in the tenth over and when Ramdin drove to Kevin McClean at mid-off in the 14th over, half the side was down with just 39 runs on the board.
They never recovered despite double-digit contributions from Rayad Emrit (23), Jason Mohammed (14) and Sherwin Ganga (11).
Earlier, Alleyne and Parris put on 83 for the fourth wicket to lift CCC to 178 for four after three wickets had fallen before the score reached 100.
Parris struck a six and three fours in scoring an attractive 43 off 60 balls. Twice in succession he used his feet to fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and hoisted him over mid-off for fours.
He adopted a similar approach to fast medium Emrit and spanked him for a huge six over long-off.
Alleyne worked the ball expertly into the gaps but had his moments of aggression as well.
He greeted Lendl Simmons with a boundary to backward square. He also smashed a waist-high full-toss from Gabriel for four at the start of the bowler’s eighth over.
Gabriel repeated the error and was removed from the attack by the umpires for the remainder of the innings.
Left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley was the most successful bowler with three for 37 off ten overs.

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