Bowlers rule as Sagicor HPC roll over UAE
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Kevin McClean and Veerasammy Permaul shared six wickets, as the Sagicor High Performance Centre beat the United Arab Emirates by 105 runs in the first 50 overs-a-side match of the CaribAsian Tournament on Tuesday.
McClean bowled with pace to make early inroads with three wickets for 19 runs, left-arm spinner Permaul continued to show his development with three for 29, while Jason Holder chipped in with two for 20 to ensure the HPC successfully defended a target 217.
None of the UAE batsmen applied themselves with only three batsmen crossing double digits with Swapnil Patil leading the way with 25 runs.
“We have been playing some good cricket, doing some very good things, here in Dubai so far in all three matches and the results show that. It is good to see the boys doing well in foreign conditions and learning with every match. There are some areas we need to brush up on and get better at," said Sagicor HPC coach Andre Coley.
The HPC had the UAE under early pressure, reducing them to 18 for two before McClean collected his first wicket, when he removed Patil and immediately sent back Amjad Ali. Permaul bowled well in tandem with McClean and also bagged two quick wickets to completely derail UAE’s chase.
“We have been seeing some good signs here on this tour and the players are getting reward for the work they have been putting in. They have been together for two years now and have been playing good team-cricket and we are looking to continue in that same direction,” said Coley.
Earlier, the HPC, choosing to bat, finished on 216 for nine in 49.2 overs led by Kyle Corbin’s 50 and 40 from Devon Thomas. Late cameos of 29 not out from Kerron Cottoy and 23 from Shane Dowrich helped the HPC post a respectable total. UAE debutant Asadullah Sharif and Ahmed Raza picked up three wickets apiece for the hosts.
“We faced most of the overs against their spinners and we were made to dig deep on a turning pitch and we saw some fight from the team,” said Coley.
The HPC will have their next tour match against the senior West Indies team which arrived in Dubai on Tuesday for a one-week camp before heading on to Bangladesh.
“The upcoming match against the West Indies team will be a good test for the players,” said Coley. “We will get a good idea of where we are and how we are developing as individual players and as a team. It will be a good contest and a good experience.”