Thursday, July 5, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 10: Winnipeg Hawks vs. Cricket West Indies B, 11:00 am North America Eastern Standard Time 

Summary Result: Cricket West Indies B 155/1 in 17.5 overs (Justin Greaves 89, Brandon King 44; Fidel Edwards 1-17) defeats Winnipeg Hawks 151/8 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 45, Ben McDermott 31; Obean McCoy 3-39) by 9 wickets

By Colin Benjamin

Match 10: Winnipeg Hawks vs. Cricket West Indies B 

KING CITY, Ont. – Cricket West Indies B Team moved into sole possession of first place in Global T20 Canada with a clinical nine-wicket victory over Winnipeg Hawks on Thursday, in day seven of action at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

The win leaves the Caribbean side as the only undefeated team in the inaugural edition of North America’s only pro Twenty20 league (3-0), and dropped the Hawks’s record to 2-2.

“The coaches have been telling us from the start let’s make the impossible, possible and just play some very hard cricket coming into the tournament,” said Justin Greaves, selected the player of the match. “The guys know each other very well, knowing each others’ abilities and I think it’s just a case of a very strong bond between everyone and just think that playing for one another has been our very strong point.”

From a global perspective this victory completes an encouraging last 24 hours for West Indies teams around the world.

The senior team bundled Bangladesh for 43 in a test match, while the Windies A also skittled the India A for 133 in a first-class match in England.

“Its very pleasing seeing the West Indies doing well at the senior level, at the A team level and then obviously the B team here in Canada doing well,” said Greaves. “I just think that’s very good for West Indies cricket going forward.”

Play commenced on with the young Caribbean side winning the toss and maintaining the tournament trend of electing to field first. Winnipeg suffered an early setback when star Australian batsman David Warner (6) was caught brilliantly on long-off boundary by Greaves.

The league has been a difficult return to pro cricket for the Aussie, who in previous matches recorded run totals of 1, 4 and 1.

West Indian Lendl Simmons and Australian Ben McDermott attempted a mini recovery during a 43-run second wicket partnership, but Winnipeg then lost them both, along with the key middle order batsmen Darren Bravo (4), David Miller (10), as they slipped from 50-2 to 107-5 in the 15th over.

Highlighting this period was the excellent outfield catching by West Indies B Team, along with another impressive spell from left-arm paceman Obean McCoy, who maintains his position as the tournament leading wicket-taker, with 10 so far.

Left-hander Mark Deyal (24), had an unbeaten brief cameo innings in which he struck three boundaries and hit a six that aided Winnipeg in crossing the 150 mark.

However, the trend of the chase by Cricket West Indies B Team was set in the first over when openers Greaves and Sherfane Rutherford struck American fast-bowler Ali Khan for two on-side boundaries.

Outside of Rutherford (5) being dismissed in the second over leg-before wicket to Fidel Edwards, Winnipeg’s bowlers had no joy as Greaves alongside stylish Jamaican right-handed batsman Brandon King, blasted them to all parts of the ground during an unbeaten 130-run second wicket-partnership. It is the highest alliance and first 100-plus stand of the tournament.

Global T20 Canada action resumes Friday with a third versus fourth-place clash between Vancouver Knights (2-1) and Edmonton Royals (1-2).