Toronto beats Montreal in Last-Ball Thriller, Cricket West Indies B Team Suffers First Loss to Close Round 1

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 14: Vancouver Knights vs. Cricket West Indies B Team, 11:00 a.m. North America Eastern Standard Time

 

Match 15: Toronto Nationals vs. Montreal Tigers, 4:00 p.m., North America Eastern Standard Time

 

Summary Result: Vancouver Knights 175/4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 63, Andre Russell 32, Rassie van der Dussen; Derval Green 3-33) defeats Cricket West Indies B Team 140 all out in 19.3 overs (Kavem Hodge 43, Fabien Allen 29; Sheldon Cottrell 4-19, Andre Russell 2-20) by 35 runs

 

Summary Result: Toronto Nationals 179/9 in 20 overs (Nitish Kumar 46, Anton Devcich 43 , Kieron Pollard 37; Lasith Malinga 3-11, Peter Siddle 3-45, Sandeep Lamichanne 2-34) defeats Montreal Tigers 176/4 in 20 overs (George Worker 62, Moises Henriques 50; Mohammad Sami 3-34) by one wicket

 

 

Match 13: Vancouver Knights vs. Cricket West Indies B Team

By Colin Benjamin 

KING CITY, Ont. – A complete team performance from Vancouver Knights and a nerve-wracking last-ball victory by Toronto Nationals, guided them to round one-ending wins over Cricket West Indies B Team and Montreal Tigers, respectively, in day 10 action of Global T20 Canada at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

 

The four matches concluded round one action, in which CWI B Team finished top of the table (4-1) on eight points, followed by Vancouver Knights (3-1) at seven points, Toronto Nationals (2-3), Montreal Tigers (1-4).

 

Vancouver had a clear early plan to respect the Windies young bowlers and not lose early wickets. They started slowly reaching 18/0 in three overs, with both Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis hitting left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge for sixes in that over.

 

The innings continued the progress nicely for the Knights and ominously for the young West Indians as the dangerous opening pair brought up their 50 partnership in the fifth over.

 

However, showing the typical resilience that has seen them register a quartet of wins, Windies B clinched a key double strike in the the sixth over, leaving Vancouver on 55/2.

 

Firstly Lewis (22) was caught on mid-wicket boundary attempting his second six hit for the day, then Chadwick Walton was caught by wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble without scoring.

 

South African Rassie van der Dussen, Vancouver’s leading run scorer for tournament, joined captain Gayle at the wicket and the duo steadied proceeding during a 71-run second wicket stand, before van der Dussen (30) perished to a brilliant diving catch by Nicholas Pooran at cover via the bowling of left-arm spinner Khary Pierre.

 

Despite Windies getting Gayle (63) with the score on 132, Andre Russell and Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat finished the innings with a quick-fire 43-run fifth wicket partnership to post a very competitive total for Windies B to chase.

In reply, the Caribbean side immediately found themselves in trouble collapsing to 59/5 in the seventh over, with two main batsmen, Brandon King (12) and Pooran (13) out for paltry scores.

Hodge and Fabian Allen gave Windies hope and Vancouver a strong scare during their 71-run sixth wicket partnership taking to score to 130/5 in the 16thover, leaving them needing 46 to win in the final four overs.

Eventual man of the match left-arm paceman Sheldon Cottrell and Russell produced some intelligent final overs death bowling, as Windies B lost the final five wickets for five runs to lose their first game of the tournament.

Match 14: Toronto Nationals vs. Montreal Tigers

Fans were treated to a last-over thriller in game two of the doubleheader as tail ender Kesrick Williams hit Peter Siddle for a last ball boundary to secure a win.

Batting first, Montreal’s total of 176/4 was set up on the back of 127-run fourth wicket sojourn between Trans-Tasman teammates Moises Henriques and George Worker, after their West Indian openers Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine once again did not give them a solid start.

Toronto’s chase was immediately put in early jeopardy, as they collapsed to 27/3 in the fifth over. The first three batsmen – Johnson Charles, Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal and Australian Steve Smith – all had low production not scoring, recording 19 runs and counting three runs, respectively, before being sent back to the pavilion.

New Zealand’s Anton Devcich (43) and Canadian captain Nitish Kumar (46) of Toronto registered a potent counter-attacking 93-run partnership. Momentum swung again Montreal’s way when both were dismissed along with Daren Sammy (2), as Toronto slipped from 120/3 to 139/6 in the 16th over.

Kieron Pollard used all his experience from the worldwide T20 circuit, as he guided the lower order expertly, while hitting some towering sixes. Despite getting out in the final over, his belligerent cameo was the crucial performance, before the aforementioned Williams became the last-ball hero.

Round two plays begins Tuesday with Cricket West Indies B team facing Montreal in a first vs. sixth-place showdown followed by Vancouver facingToronto in a second vs. fifth-place tussle.  The next day, Edmonton Royals meet Winnipeg Hawks in the third vs. fourth-place match.

Tickets for round two matches and the playoffs are on sale and available at www.gt20.ca or at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ticket office.