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Recent Match Report – Jamaica Tallawahs vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Caribbean Premier League, 10th Match

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Trinbago Knight Riders 267 for 2 (Munro 96*, Simmons 86, Pollard 45) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 226 for 5 (Phillips 62, Hasnain 2-51) by 41 runs

There was plenty of sympathy for the bowlers at Sabina Park on Friday as the 10th match of CPL 2019 witnessed highest score in franchise cricket and the second-highest match aggregate (by runs) in all T20 cricket. By the end of it, Trinbago Knight Riders’ 267 for 2 was too much for Jamaica Tallawahs, who finished 41 runs short despite a brave attempt. The result meant Knight Riders made it four wins in a row while Tallawahs suffered their fourth straight defeat.

There was, however, no sympathy for the fielders. A total of 12 catches went down across both innings with Knight Riders took more advantage of that. Colin Munro struck a 50-ball 96 in the company of Lendl Simmons, who struck a 42-ball 86 in the first innings, and they both rode on the multiple opportunities that Tallawahs’ fielders provided to set Tallawahs a record-breaking target of 268.

Glenn Phillips gave the Jamaican home crowd some hope when he blazed to a 32-ball 62, but Mohammad Hasnain’s double-wicket burst and an injury to Rovman Powell extinguished that. While Tallawahs continued finding the boundaries – they matched Knight Riders’ 17 sixes with 17 of their own – they had much fewer fours, but entertained the crowd till the final ball.

Simmons, Munro cash in on error-prone Tallawahs

All it took was two balls for Lendl Simmons to make his intentions clear at Sabina Park. The way he rose to pull Derval Green showed the pitch offered next to nothing for the pacers. Three balls later, when Green bowled so short that the ball flew over the wicketkeeper, the tone of the day – a Tallawahs performance peppered with errors – was set.

Jerome Taylor shared the new ball, and he started off with a front-foot no-ball. In all, he’d bowl four no-balls (that’s four extra free-hit deliveries too) and three wides on the night. But that first no-ball was punished by Simmons right away, and as the Powerplay progressed Knight Riders found a minimum of one boundary every over. The first double-boundary over was the third when Sunil Narine – at that point on zero off seven balls – struck ten off the next three deliveries to bump his strike-rate to 100.

Simmons, like Narine, was living dangerously, unafraid to go the see-ball-hit-ball approach. That offered a chance to Taylor in the fourth over, when he edged an attempted loft to the wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips, but he failed to hold onto a difficult chance. Three balls later, Simmons mistimed a slog straight into midwicket’s hands and was seen hitting his own pads with disgust, but looked back to see the umpire call another front-foot no-ball for Taylor.

At 55 for 0 after five overs, spin was introduced for the first time, in the form of Zahir Khan. The let-arm wristspinner from Afghanistan struck immediately, trapping Narine lbw for an 18-ball 20. In walked Colin Munro, the highest run-scorer of CPL 2018, at No. 3 and he took Zahir on from the first ball.

Munro approached Zahir with a stance that exposed leg (and part of middle) stump to negate the spinner’s googly, and found success cutting the 20-year old through cover and following it up with a reverse sweep over point. Simmons and Munro then creamed Zahir for a further 11 next over.

Simmons entered the forties in the tenth over by opening his stance and pulling Ramaa Lewis over deep midwicket. Next ball, he drilled a flat shot to Taylor at long-on, but the fielder dropped it after running in. That ball was struck hard, but there were no excuses when Simmons was reprieved three balls later after slicing a full ball. Deep cover ran in, but he fluffed another chance, and that error ended the halfway stage of the first innings. The score at that stage read 98 for 1.

Entertainment galore as Knight Riders smash CPL records

Rovman Powell – who had a quiet first spell – was welcomed into his second spell by two boundaries that took Knight Riders past hundred. Simmons then cut Oshane Thomas to bring his half-century in 32 balls to close a quiet 12th over. But then began the carnage. Munro smashed Powell for two sixes next over and Simmons added another to cream 23 off the 13th. They did the same off Zahir off the 14th to take 22 off it. Those two overs lifted Munro past his fifty, the partnership past hundred and Knight Riders past 150. The 15th began with Simmons smashing Thomas for three fours and a six. The last of those fours was off a no-ball, so Simmons, on 86, shaped up to maximise the free-hit.

But what followed was straight out of a Charlie Chaplin classic. Simmons mistimed the free-hit in the air, and straight into deep midwicket’s hands. The fielder began celebrating, forgetting that the previous ball was a no-ball, which Simmons noticed. He asked Munro to scamper across for a third run, but by then Glenn had noticed his mistake, and drilled in a throw that saw Simmons well short of the crease. There was also reasonable doubt whether Thomas had removed the bails cleanly with his hands, but Simmons was eventually declared run-out, one of only three ways – stumpings and hit-wicket are the other two – where a wicket is allowed off a free-hit.

In walked No. 4 Kieron Pollard, and he clobbered them to all parts too. While Munro hammered Green for two sixes in the 17th over, Pollard helped Knight Riders smash 30 runs off Taylor’s final over, including a maximum off a front-foot no-ball. Taylor’s four-over spell went for 55, and Thomas followed suit by conceding 21 off his final over to finish his spell wicketless for 63 runs.

Knight Riders finished on 267 for 2, only 11 short of the highest-ever T20 total. But the innings of 21 fours, 17 sixes, seven no-balls, and 12 wides had set a record for the highest total in the history of franchise cricket. It beat Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 263 for 5 in the IPL. Munro was unbeaten on 96 off just50 balls, while Pollard made a 17-ball 45. In all, Knight Riders scored 171 runs in the final ten overs. Tallawahs didn’t help by dropping seven chances off Simmons, Munro and Pollard.

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Moeen Ali is a local icon player for Birmingham Phoenix © Christopher Lee/Getty Images for ECB


Moeen Ali will captain Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the Hundred.

Moeen, a £125,000 ‘local icon’ player for the Phoenix, has been handed the role ahead of a strong set of candidates including Kane Williamson and Liam Livingstone.

He grew up in Sparkhill, just a short distance from Edgbaston, which will host the men’s home matches, and his team will include fellow World Cup-winning Birmingham local, Chris Woakes, as well as Pat Brown, the young England seamer who made his T20I debut this winter.

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Moeen joins Eoin Morgan (London Spirit) and Aaron Finch (Northern Superchargers) as a confirmed captain in the competition, while Dane Vilas (Manchester Originals) and Sam Billings (Oval Invincibles) are likely to follow. Other teams’ decisions over their choice of captain might be affected by availability, with the possibility that Australian leadership candidates miss the latter stages of the tournament to play an ODI series against Zimbabwe.

“Every time that I come to Edgbaston it takes me back to some great first memories of coming here at a very young age,” Moeen said. “I grew up in this area and to be the first-ever men’s captain of Birmingham Phoenix in a new and inclusive competition that will reach out to communities and welcome them in is very special for me.

“We’re a tight-knit city in Birmingham. We have so much around us that brings the people together, no matter who you are or your background. I know how much of a uniting game cricket is and as a leader of the Birmingham Phoenix that is something I definitely want to promote.

“We are lucky to have some of the best players in the country in our squad but also some amazing overseas players, so we know that the cricket is going to be really exciting.”

Moeen’s record as captain has been honed by his stint in charge of Worcestershire Rapids, whom he led to consecutive Vitality Blast finals at Edgbaston, winning in 2018 and finishing as runners-up to Essex in 2019.

“Worcestershire is where I have developed as a player and as a leader and captaining them in high-profile games like at Finals Day will shape the way I will lead the Birmingham Phoenix,” he said.

“It will also help that I’ve got my Rapids team-mate Pat Brown too because he is one of the best young white-ball bowlers in the country and when you add players like Chris Woakes, we have a strong local flavour that I’m sure can bring home the title.”

Andrew McDonald, the men’s head coach, said: “Moeen is a fantastic allrounder and has the experience and temperament to lead the team. He started his cricket journey here at Edgbaston from a young age so it feels fitting that he will captain the men’s Birmingham Phoenix team.

“He’s involved in the local community in Birmingham and I know how much of a popular figure he is at Worcestershire too so I’m sure his efforts on and off the field will help inspire the next generation from our region and beyond to get involved in cricket.”

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Sophie Devine’s form gives New Zealand hope of success

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Overview

With a T20I series win against South Africa, the return of their veteran quick Lea Tahuhu after a paternity break and a number of seasoned internationals in the side, New Zealand will be hoping to arrive at the big stage in a better shape than they did last time. It was a bitter exit for them in the 2018 edition, when they couldn’t get past the group stage after being beaten by India and Australia. They also have a number of stars in form this time, including their captain Sophie Devine who was the top performer at the WBBL and the Super Smash, which augurs well for the team heading into the tournament.

Squad

Sophie Devine (capt), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Lea Tahuhu (coach: Bob Carter)

Group fixtures

February 22: Sri Lanka, WACA

February 27: India, Junction Oval

February 29: Bangladesh, Junction Oval

March 1: Australia, Junction Oval

T20 World Cup history

They were runners-up in the first two editions of the tournament, following which they underperformed in the next four editions with two semi-final exits (in 2012 and 2016) and two group-stage exits (in 2014 and 2018).

Form guide

New Zealand were handed a 3-0 drubbing in the recent ODI series against South Africa at home where their bowlers and their middle order struggled, but they turned it around in the T20I series that followed. They came back strongly against a solid India line-up in a T20I series at home in January 2019 following the T20 World Cup, thrashing them 3-0.

Key players

Captain Devine’s rich run of form puts her among the players to watch out for in the tournament this year. Suzie Bates, the top run-scorer in women’s T20Is, will be integral to New Zealand’s top order. They both have played in every T20 World Cup so far and can be relied on for spectacular starts. The returning Lea Tahuhu could also make an impact in suitable conditions in Australia. Another senior player who is likely to be key is wicketkeeper-batter Rachel Priest, who returned to the international side after nearly three years for the South Africa series, following her stellar domestic and KSL performances. Apart from them, youngsters Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr and Rosemary Mair, who have all emerged as real talent, will be looking to showcase their skills at the big stage.

What would be a success at the tournament?

They have the chance to reach final stage of the tournament but all that would depend on how they handle pressure in the big games. “Our goal is to make the final on March 8 at the MCG but we understand that we’ve got tough opposition and that the tournament is long,” captain Devine wrote in a column for the ICC. Moreover, they must look not to be over-dependent on the likes of Bates and Devine. A number of players in the squad, including the star duo, were part of the 2019-20 edition of the WBBL. The side will be hoping the learnings from the tournament, including the familiarity of the Australian conditions, should work to their advantage.



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Oshane Thomas escapes serious injury after motor accident

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West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas has escaped serious injury after being involved in a motor accident in Jamaica late Sunday.

According to a statement by West Indies Players’ Association, he was involved in a two-vehicle collision and was taken to a hospital. Jamaica Observer quoted Thomas’ agent, Mark Neita, saying he was “at home resting” after he was discharged following treatment and scans.

“The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) extends best wishes to West Indies and Jamaica fast-bowler Oshane Thomas who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, February 16 in Jamaica,” an official statement said.

“Thomas was reportedly involved in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 2000 near Old Harbour in St. Catherine and was taken to hospital. WIPA’s executive and staff would like to extend our sympathies to Oshane. We wish for him a speedy and full recovery.”

Thomas, who turned 23 on Tuesday and last played for West Indies in an ODI against Ireland last month, was left out of the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka. He has played 20 ODIs and 10 T20Is, picking up 27 and nine wickets respectively in the formats.



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