Edmonton Royals and Cricket West Indies B secure contrasting victories over Toronto Nationals and Montreal Tigers

Saturday, June 30, 2018

11:00 am and 4:00 p.m. North America Eastern Standard Time

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Summary Result: Edmonton Royals 187 (Andre Fletcher 68 not out, Luke Ronchi 47) beats Toronto Nationals (Nitish Kumar 55, Kieron Pollard 28, Muhammad Naveed 26 not out; Wayne Parnell 2-24) by 8-wickets

 

Summary Result: Cricket West Indies B 187/9 in 19.1 overs (Nicholas Pooran 58, Brandon King 56; Peter Siddle 2-33, Lasith Malinga 2-33; Sunil Narine 1-15) defeats Montreal Tigers 183-9 in 20 overs (Sikandar Raza 48, Sunil Narine 28, Moises Henriques 26; Odean McCoy 3-31, Jerimiah Louis 3-42, Khary Pierre 2-20) by 2 wickets

 

Andre Fletcher

By Colin Benjamin

Match 3: Toronto Nationals vs. Edmonton Royals 

KING CITY, Canada – A quartet of excellent half centuries from Andre Fletcher, Canadian Nitish Kumar, Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran highlighted for the day, as Edmonton Royals and Cricket West Indies B secured victories on day three of Global T20 Canada action at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club Ground.

In the days first game Sohail Tanvir followed the tournament trend of winning the toss and electing to field first and immediately Edmonton Royals asserted an early advantage.

Left-arm Pakistani quick duo of Tanvir and Mohammad Irfan struck in the opening two overs dismissing batting pair of Johnson Charles (5) and Hong Kong’s Nizakat Khan without scoring.

When Steve Smith (10) perished caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Canadian medium pacer Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Toronto Nationals had slumped to 41/4 at the end of the power-play six over period.

A 56-run fifth wicket partnership between Canadian captain Nitish Kumar and the big hitting Kieron Pollard consolidated proceedings for the Toronto, with Pollard looking particularly dangerous hitting a few of his trademark towering straight sixes, while Kumar was playing his shots comfortably.

Pakistan Shahid Afridi got the crucial wicket of Pollard (28) caught at long-off attempting his fourth six, leaving the Nationals precariously placed on 89/5 in the 11th over.

Kumar in a 47-run sixth wicket partnership with Daren Sammy (19) attempted another minor recovery, bringing up his impressive half-century in the process, before both were dismissed respectively in the 17th over with the score on 136.

United Arab Emirates player Muhammad Naveed (26) gave Toronto Nationals innings some life in the final over hitting Tanvir for three big straight sixes.

However the momentum from that positive ending was quickly eradicated when Edmonton Royals began their run chase.

Eventual player of the match Andre Fletcher only scored one run at this stage and just watched at non-strikers end as Edmonton raced to 41/0 in two overs with New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi scoring 39 of those runs.

Left-arm spinner Anton Devcich and fast-bowler Mohammad Sami were smashed all over the ground by Ronchi in those opening two overs setting trend for Edmonton’s successful run chase, which ended with Fletcher smashing Steve Smith’s lone over of leg-spin over mid-wicket for six.

 

Brandon King

Match 4: Montreal Tigers vs. Cricket West Indies B

Game two began for Montreal with experienced West Indian opening pair of Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine taking the attack to their young Caribbean colleagues as they raced to a commanding 50 run start in the first four overs.

However, a spirited all-round bowling  and fielding performance from the Cricket West Indies B team led by left-arm quick Odean McCoy was about to commence.

McCoy clinched three wickets in an impressive spell, that allowed them to restrict Montreal Tigers to 183/9 innings total that seemed under par given the tournament trend so far where 200 totals seem par for the small venue.

Montreal Tigers started their defence of 184 perfectly as Cricket West Indies B captain Anthony Bramble was leg-before wicket first ball to Peter Siddle.

Two classic half centuries from Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran reignited the Caribbean team’s innings during the 76-run third wicket partnership taking the score from 39 for 2 to 115/3.

Pooran was particularly aggressive against Nepal star leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane who ended with figures of 4-0-57-1.

After King and Pooran both were dismissed soon after their milestone knocks, Cricket West Indies B team lost their next five wickets at regular intervals, leaving them eight wickets down needing three to win in the final over.

Khary Pierre who had an earlier good day with the ball secured Cricket West Indies B team’s win similar to game one, by smashing a George Worker full toss for a straight six.

Play continues Sunday with a double header featuring Vancouver Knights taking on Winnpeg Hawks in the first match and Edmonton Royals facing Cricket West Indies B team in the second match.

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