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Red Force out Super 50
The T&T Red Force team wretched season continued as it was knocked out of the Regional Super50 Tournament, after the Windwards Volcanoes hammered English County team Hampshire by 137 runs in their final Group A clash at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados yesterday.
Going into the final round of the round-robin phase, Red Force was in second place on 22 points from its eight matches. The Volcanoes were on 17 and needed a big win over Hampshire to advance ahead of the T&T franchise. With Red Force no doubt supporting a Hampshire victory, Volcanoes batted first and scored 293 all out off 48.4 overs thanks in the main to the big hitting Andre Fletcher's 132 runs and Devon Smith, who continued his fine batting in the tournament so far with 84. They then hustled out Hampshire for 157 as Kaveem Hodge with four wickets and Shane Shillingford three proved too much for the opposition.
With the win Volcanoes ended up on 22 points and advance to the semi-finals phase due to the fact that they had more wins in the preliminaries than T&T's Red Force. They ended with five victories, one more than Red Force. Barbados Pride topped the group and will be the number one seeded team from Group A moving to the final four.
T&T Red Force had occupied the second place on the table for the entire tournament up until the final ball was bowled in the Volcanoes/Hampshire clash.
Red Force defeated Hampshire twice, Volcanoes once and CCC once. The team lost twice to hosts Barbados Pride and also to the Windwards. However, one major factor that threw the T&T team out of the tournament was the washed out game against CCC on Tuesday. Red Force was expected to win that encounter since CCC was anchored at the bottom of the standing since the start of the competition.
Red Force which won two of the first three titles in the Regional Super50 tournament will now be relegated to spectators for the rest of the tournament. This failure to advance to the semi-final stage comes after the team's last place finish in the Digicel PCL which ended in January.
In the PCL Red Force was in third position after the first phase of the tournament, but three outright losses in its last four matches saw the team finish in last place on the six-team table.
Last night, Barbados Pride was battling CCC Marooners in a match of academic interest to finish off group play. Pride the defending champions and Volcanoes, will join the PCL champions Guyana Jaguars and either English County Kent or Jamaica Scorpions to challenge for the title in Antigua.
ZONE A STANDINGS
T&T Red Force*8*4*3*1*22
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