Simmons spanks Guyana as TT cruise

Twenty-six year old West Indies player Lendl Simmons smashed seven fours and six sixes in a belligerent 47-ball 88 to spearhead Caribbean T20 champions Trinidad and Tobago to a 56-run victory on the Duckworth/Lewis system in their T20 practice match at Bourda yesterday. A small but vocal crowd saw T&T reach 144-5 in 15.3 overs on a good track for batting and fast outfield before rain ended their innings. Guyana set a revised target of 147 from 15 overs, lost wickets regularly and were restricted to 91-6 when their overs expired despite a level-headed unbeaten 31 from Steven Jacobs and new Windies selectee Derwin Christian who made 21 not out in fading light. T&T who begin their Champions League qualifying campaign with a match against Sri Lanka champs Ruhuna before taking on Leicestershire the following day for a place in the main draw, opted to bat first after winning the toss and lost Adrian Barath (8) via the run out route in the second over with just nine runs on the board. William Perkins (19) played the supporting role to Simmons in an 89-run second wicket partnership as Jacobs who opened the bowling with two tight overs of off-spin was struck for two fours in his third by Perkins. Simmons took 20 from Paul Wintz’s second over with the new and when the spin of Narsingh Deonarine replaced him the visitors smashed 20 from Deonarine’s only over with an array of pugnacious shots to bring up the 50 in the fifth over. Perkins, who faced 14 balls, lofted medium pacer Assad Fudadin to long-on at 90-2 in the ninth over while Simmons, who clobbered Royston Crandon for six to reach his 50 from 26 balls, was eventually bowled by West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo as he missed a slog sweep at 132-3 in the 13th over. West Indies player Chris Barnwell removed Skipper Daren Ganga (9) at 133-4 and when Denesh Ramdin (7) was bowled by Barnwell at 143-5 in the 16th over the Guyanese were fighting back in overcast conditions. Rain ended the T&T innings as Barnwell took 2-12 from 2.3 overs, while Bishoo (1-10 from 2) and Fudadin (1-22 from 2) were the other wickets takers for Guyana, the only regional team apart from T&T to qualify for the Champions League. When Guyana replied debutant Trevon Griffith (4) hooked Shannon Gabriel for four before top-edging another hook to fine leg to leave Guyana on 5-1 in the first over. Shemroy Barrington (2) slashed Gabriel to point at 10-2 and after Ryad Emrit got rid of Chris Barnwell (7) and Narsingh Deonarine (8) in the space of six runs to leave the score on 24-4, the hosts never recovered. Fudadin was caught behind for a duck off Kevin Cooper at 29-5 before Jonathon Foo flattered to deceive with two boundaries off Cooper before he struck the pacer to extra cover. His 13 included two fours and included a skied chance by Sunil Narine off his own bowling. Jacobs survived a chance to Emrit at long-off to hit three fours in his unbeaten 24-ball innings and featured in an unfinished 50-run partnership with Christian who is set to make his West Indies debut in England later this month. Gabriel (2-16), Emrit (2-19) and Cooper (2-11) were the wicket takers for T&T who as they have done in the past, looks a well oiled unit despite the absence of the Bravo brothers and Pollard. Darren Bravo will join the team in India. T&T placed second at the 2009 edition of the lucrative Champions League tournament in India losing to Brett Lee’s New South Wales Blues in a thrilling final and today will play their final practice match in Guyana at Bourda from 14:00hrs. The Trinis, without their two top players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo who will play for their Indian teams in the Champions League, return to Trinidad tomorrow. They then leave for Barbados on Friday where they will take on the High Performance Centre (HPC) the same day and again on Saturday as continue preparations for their trip to India later this month. The Guyana players endured a torrid day on and off the field as over a million dollars in cash, cell phones and jewellery was allegedly mysteriously stolen from the Guyana dressing room during the T&T innings. The police are conducting investigations in the matter as David Black made a horrendous debut as senior team Manager after replacing the long-serving and efficient Carl Moore in the job -Sean Devers article first published in Kaieteur News
Wed, 09/07/2011 - 20:33