Vancouver Knights Oust Toronto Nationals from Tournament, Capture First Place Heading Into Playoffs

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 16: Cricket West Indies B Team vs. Montreal Tigers, 11:00 a.m. North America Eastern Standard Time
Match 17: Vancouver Knights vs. Toronto Nationals, 4:00 p.m., North America Eastern Standard Time
 
Summary Result: Montreal Tigers 165/4 in 17.3 overs (Sunil Narine 61, Moises Henriques 32, Sikander Raza 32, Najibullah Zardan 29; Khary Pierre 2-25) defeats Cricket West Indies B Team 162/7 in 20 overs (Sharma Springer 62, Nicholas Pooran 25; Sandeep Lamichanne 3-31, Cecil Pervez 2-36) by six wickets
Summary Result: Vancouver Knights 104/2 in 12.3 overs (Chadwick Walton 54) defeated Toronto Nationals 103 all out in 16.5 overs (Steve Smith 35; Andre Russell 3-17, Fawad Ahmed 3-22) by eight wickets
 
Match 16: Cricket West Indies B Team vs. Montreal Tigers
  
By Colin Benjamin
KING CITY, Ont. – West Indian stars Sunil Narine and Andre Russell produced stellar individual performances with the ball guiding Montreal Tigers and Vancouver Knights to round two victories over Cricket West Indies B Team and Toronto Nationals, respectively, in day 11 action of Global T20 Canada at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

The defeat for Toronto (2-4) ended its stint in the tournament, while Montreal (2-4) sits precariously placed in sixth place hoping Edmonton can beat Winnipeg by a commanding margin to make the playoffs  

Vancouver (4-1) and Windies B (4-2) clinched the first and second positions.

Montreal won the toss and put Windies B to bat for the first time in the competition. Three Canadians started for Montreal in the fixture – recalled all-rounder Dilon Heyliger and debuts for opener Nicholas Kirton and medium pacer Cecil Pervez.

Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga struck a decisive early blow, bowling opener Sherfane Rutherford (2) with a vintage yorker delivery that has made him a cricket legend in this format of cricket.

Stylish Jamaican right-hander Brandon King joined Sharma Springer at the crease and King (23) was particularly aggressive hitting five boundaries in his knock before he was bowled by Nepalese Sandeep Lamichhane, leaving Windies B on 32/2 in the third over.

Windies B began to take the attack to Vancouver’s bowling during a 72-run third-wicket partnership between Springer and Nicholas Pooran.

Springer, who was part of the victorious 2016 West Indies Under-19 World Cup team, brought up his first half century of the tournament during this alliance, while Pooran was threatening to score his second fifty of league play hitting two towering sixes off Lamichhane and Narine.

Montreal would strike back, dismissing both batsmen and Captain Anthony Bramble (4) in the space of three overs as Windies B slipped from 104/2 to 121/5 in the 15th over.

Chasing an eventual target of 163, Narine who has had a quiet tournament with the bat immediately made the score look inadequate as he launched a stunning assault on young Caribbean bowlers.

Narine hit 61 out of Montreal’s first 81 runs in the first seven overs that included nine massive sixes, displaying the kind of opening batting performance he regularly shows in the Indian Premier League for Kolkatta Knight Riders and around the worldwide T20 cricket circuit.

This electric innings from Narine was the perfect platform, enabling Montreal’s middle order batsmen – Australian Moises Henriques (32), Zimbabwe’s Sikander Raza (32) and Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zardan (29), to play their cameo innings without any pressure and secure the victory with 15 balls to spare. 

 

Match 17: Vancouver Knights vs. Toronto Nationals 

Clinical spells of fast bowling and leg-spin from Andre Russell and Fawad Ahmed were the foundation behind Vancouver routing Toronto for the lowest team total of the tournament and a commanding victory.
 
Toronto’s innings never got going as the Nationals plummeted to 58/6 in the eight over. Vancouver’s veteran new-ball bowler, New Zealand’s Tim Southee, dismissed Johnson Charles without scoring a run, fourth ball of the innings, to. start the slide
Other than Steve Smith (35) and Captain Daren Sammy (29), Toronto’s much-vaunted batting that included Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal (19), New Zealand’s Anton Devcich (1), Canada’s Nitish Kumar (Toronto) and Kieron Pollard (8) all perished for low scores, as they produced the lowest total of the tournament, collapsing to 103 all out.
 
Vancouver Captain Chris Gayle decided not to come out to bat, promoting his teammate wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton. Walton rewarded Gayle’s confidence with his unbeaten inning, including his first fifty of the competition, that led Vancouver to the win and a top-of-the-table position.
 
Round two action concludes Wednesday with third-place Edmonton Royals facing fourth-place Winnipeg Hawks.
 

SCENARIO FOR MONTREAL TIGERS TO QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS

Winnipeg Hawks Net Run Rate = 0.444
Montreal Tigers Net Run Rate = -0.331

Assume,

Winnipeg Hawks bat first and make,

130 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 130 down in 10.5 overs so that Montreal can qualify)
150 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 150 down in 11 overs)
170 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 170 down in 11.2 overs)
190 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 190 down in 11.4 overs)
210 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 210 down in 11.5 overs)

130 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 44 runs
150 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 65 runs
170 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 86 runs
190 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 106 runs
210 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 127 runs