Edmonton Royals & Cricket West Indies B secured comfortable victories

By ScoreLine Desk - July 2, 2018

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

 Match 3: Toronto Nationals vs. Edmonton Royals

Summary Result: Edmonton Royals 169/7 (20 overs) (Andre Fletcher 68 not out, Luke Ronchi 47) lost  Toronto Nationals 173/2 (15/20 overs)  (Nitish Kumar 55, Kieron Pollard 28, Muhammad Naveed 26 not out; Wayne Parnell 2-24) by 8 wickets 

In the day’s first match, 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 the batting pair of Johnson Charles (5) and Nizakat Khan of Hong Kong without scoring.

When Australian Steve Smith (10) perished caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Canadian medium pacer Satsimranjit Dhindsa of Toronto, 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 Kumar and the big-hitting Kieron Pollard consolidated proceedings for Toronto, with Pollard looking particularly dangerous hitting a few of his trademark towering straight sixes, while Kumar was playing his shots comfortably.

Pakistan legend 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 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 the 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 the trend for Edmonton’s successful run chase, which ended with Fletcher smashing Smith’s lone over of leg-spin over mid-wicket for six.

Match 4: Montreal Tigers vs. Cricket West Indies B 

Summary Result: Montreal Tigers 184/9 (Sikandar Raza 48, Sunil Narine 28, Moises Henriques 26; Odean McCoy 3-31, Jerimiah Louis 3-42, Khary Pierre 2-20) lost to Cricket West Indies B 187/8 (19.1/20 ov)  (Nicholas Pooran 58, Brandon King 56; Peter Siddle 2-33, Lasith Malinga 2-33, Sunil  Narine 1-15)  by 2 wickets.

Game two began for Montreal with the 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 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 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.

With the loss, Montreal drops to last place in the six-team league with a 0-2 record.

Play continues Sunday with a doubleheader featuring Vancouver Knights taking on Winnipeg Hawks in the first match and Edmonton Royals facing Cricket West Indies B Team in the second game.

By ScoreLine Desk

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