CWI B Team sealed the final berth by defeating the table-toppers Vancouver Knights by six wickets. No one had given this Windies side a chance at the start of the tournament given the star power in the other five teams as compared to hardly any known face in the representative side.
Chasing a mammoth target of 216, Windies were off to a disastrous start losing three wickets for just 11 runs. But a 130-run partnership between Sherfane Rutherford and Nicholas Pooran helped them back on the track. When Pooran departed on the first ball of the 15th over, Windies were in need of 74 runs in 35 deliveries. CWI B skipper Anthony Bramble combined with the eventual centurion Rutherford to blaze his side home on the last ball of the innings. With 27 needed in the last two overs, Andre Russell conceded 14 to leave 13 for the last over. Windies scored 10 off the first three balls in the last over and 2 off the next two. With 1 run needed to win off the last ball, skipper Bramble smacked Saad Bin Zafar over long off to seal the victory and a final spot. Rutherford remained not out on 134.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Vancouver openers Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton smashed brisk fifties to set a solid base. The brisk start was complimented by decent contributions from the middle-order to take Vancouver to 215 for 6. Gayle top-scored with 54, while Walton scored 50.
Sherfane Rutherford was adjudged man of the match for his game-changing knock of 134*.
Vancouver aren’t out of the tournament yet and will have another shot for the final spot against Winnipeg Hawks on Saturday.