Simmons hits half-century as Trinis prepare for WICB 50-over tourney

Port-of-Spain: Lendl Simmons hit a stroke-filled half-century as Trinidad and Tobago's training squad started trial matches as they prepare for the West Indies Cricket Board’s 50-Over Tournament, to be played in Jamaica next month. The right-hander, who bats at the top of the order, bowls medium-pace and also keeps wicket, made 85 with eight fours and a six in the match played at the National Cricket Centre.

There were also good knocks from former Young West Indies batsman Jason Mohammed (56 not out) and West Indies left-hander Darren Bravo (43) which helped Daren Ganga’s XI to 268-6 off their 50 overs. Left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed took 3-48.

In reply, Windies keeper Denesh Ramdin topscoreed with 47 as Samuel Badree’s XI reached 195 all out off 43 overs. West Indies Under-19 batsman Yannick Ottley cracked 41 not out and West Indies A Team allrounder Imran Khan added 39. The best bowler was West Indies Under-19 leg-spinner Yannic Carriah who claimed 4-37 while medium-pacers Navin Stewart (2-33) and Richard Kelly (2-35) were also among the wickets.

The Trinis have been drawn in Group A alongside Jamaica, Windward Islands and Combined Campuses & Colleges. The tournament bowls off on Thursday, October 14 and runs until Sunday, October 24.