Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada

Match 9: Montreal Tigers vs. Edmonton Royals, 11:00 am North America Eastern Standard Time


Summary Result: Montreal Tigers 129/6 in 20 overs (Moises Henriques 50; Wayne Parnell 3-23) defeats Edmonton Royals 114 all out in 19.1 overs (Luke Ronchi 30; Peter Siddle 4-13, Kevon Cooper 2-27, Lasith Malinga 2-29) by 15 runs.


By Colin Benjamin

Match 9: Montreal Tigers vs. Edmonton Royals 

KING CITY, Ont. – Australian’s Peter Siddle and Moises Henriques led from the front with bat and ball, as Montreal Tigers secured their first victory of the tournament with a 15 run win over Edmonton Royals on Wednesday, in day six of Global T20 Canada action at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

Edmonton won the toss and not surprisingly chose to field on the first match being played, on the third pitch of the wicket square.

Once more their much vaunted opening pair of Dwayne Smith (8) and Sunil Narine (9) departed early, along with number three batsman, George Worker from New Zealand (7) as Montreal were reduced to 30/3 in the sixth over.

Edmonton’s South African and Pakistani left-arm fast bowling trio of Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan and Wayne Parnwell at this point of the game were pitching the ball on good lines and lengths, making run scoring difficult for Montreal’s batters.

Australian Moises Henriques (50) key half century along with him sharing in a 52-run fourth wicket partnership with Zimbabwe’s Sikander (20) and Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zardan (22) useful contribution helped take Montreal to a respectable but under par innings total.

Moises Henriques plays a shot to the on-side during his half century for Montreal Tigers

Edmonton started brightly scoring 40 runs in the opening power-play six over period for just the loss of West Indian batsman Andre Fletcher (9), whose wicket was taken by Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lammichhane.

However veteran Australian paceman Peter Siddle brought Montreal back into the game with a quick double strike getting Agha Salman (10) and South African Farhaan Behardien first ball, reducing Edmonton to 40/3.

Montreal star West Indian spinner Sunil Narine would get the crucial breakthrough that turned the game firmly in his teams favour, that of New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi (30), caught by wicket-keeper Khaleel Mohammed leaving the score on 60/4.

From this point Edmonton never recovered losing their final six wickets for 54 runs with the Montreal Captain, Sri lanka Lasith Malinga and West Indian medium pacer Kevon Copper claiming four of those wickets.

Global T20 Canada action resumes on Thursday with a top of the table clash between Winnipeg Hawks and Cricket West Indies B.