Simmons sweet on TT chances

BANGALORE, India, CMC – Attacking opener Lendl Simmons is backing Trinidad and Tobago to make an impact in the Champions League Twenty20, as they prepare to face powerful Mumbai Indians in their opening match of the tournament on Monday.

T&T breezed through their two-match qualifying series, topping Group B with a perfect record, to reach the main draw.

“I think we can go on very far in the tournament and even win it, once the players work hard,” said Simmons.

“Also in these tournaments we need some luck and hopefully we would have good luck as we progress.”

He added: “We are playing well as a team and what we have seen is teams that play as a unit normally do well in the T20 game.”

T&T, playing in the tournament for the second time, opened with a five-wicket win over Sri Lankan side Ruhuna on Monday before dominating English county Leicestershire by 51 runs, with Simmons cracking 67.

Simmons and fellow Windies teammate Adrian Barath completed a record stand for Trinidad and Tobago when they added 139 for the opening stand in Hyderabad.

The West Indies right-hander, who will be central to T&T’s success in the tournament, said he was pleased with his current form.

“I am hitting the ball well and hoping to continue my good form in the tournament,” Simmons said.

In 2009, T&T played unbeaten to reach the final of the CLT20 before losing to New South Wales.

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 19:17