Antigua, Oct 26 (UNI) In the first warm match of the much awaited 20 million dollar Stanford Super Series, Stanford Superstars registerd a 22-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago here.
In the absence of Chris Gayle, who has stepped down for personal reasons just prior to the match, stand-in captain Sylvester Joseph provided a flurry at the end with an unbeaten 45 off 31 balls to guide his team to a competitive 146 for five from their 20 overs.
''We had our plans. We lost a few wickets too early. In the end, we got up to a decent total that we knew we could defend,'' Joseph said yesterday.
S Badree and ND Stewart returned with two wickets each for Trinidad and Tobago, while R Bachan chipped in with the wicket of Dowlin.
Chasing 146, Trinidad and Tobago were restricted to 124 for 8 in their 20 overs.
JC Gulien (31) was the top scorer, while ND Stewart complimented his two wickets earlier with 26 runs with the bat to make it a good all-round outing for him.
Jerome Taylor and the left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn picked up two wickets each for the Superstars, while Darren Powell, Kieron Pollard and Dave Mohammed chipped in with a wicket each.
After losing a hard fought battle Trinidad and Tobago skipper Darren Ganga said, ''We competed throughout the game. We slipped a little bit in the field. I was thinking about a total of 120, 130 given the start that we had.
''Unfortunately we dropped a few matches, but be that as it may, if you told me we were going to be chasing 147 against the Superstars, I'd take that any day,'' he added.
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