They came with a lot of promise but Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid snuffed out T&T’s chances and sent them home early from the Karbonn Smart Champions League T20 cricket series in Centurion, South Africa, yesterday.
Chasing 149 runs for victory, Yorkshire was up against it at 51 for four off 8.1 overs, before Gary tiled the balance with a smashing unbeaten 64 and Adil Rashid an unbeaten 33. Ballance was severe on anything off line and length and took advantage of T&T’s lack of depth in their bowling department.
While Ballance and Rashid were sending the white ball flying in all directions, Shannon Gabriel and Sherwin Ganga were sitting in the dug out, looking on helplessly.
Chasing 149 for victory, Yorkshire made a terrible start losing two quick wickets to West Indies players Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree. Youngster Yannick Ottley chipped in with one and all-rounder Rayad Emrit, playing his first Champions League match, also grabbed another, as the handful of Trini fans were in their glee with the score reading 51 for four.
The home crowd was also supporting the men from the Caribbean but they could not deliver on the night. Ballance ended with 65 not out off 37 balls with two fours and six sixes, while Rashid got 33 not out off 27 balls with three fours and one six. Earlier, T&T lost their three power hitters inside the first three overs and this stifled the innings. The fans hurrying across the busy West Street after work to get to the ground would not have seen the carnage.
Simmons started well and after striking a four in the very first over, lost opening partner William Perkins. The right-hander seemed late for the Gautrain hovering above and swung wildly at the first ball he faced and missed. Next ball he again threw caution to the wind and he was on his way for a duck.
Simmons followed in the next over edging the impressive Ryan Sidebottom and then Steve Patterson spreadeagled Adrian Barath’s stumps to send him back for another duck.
Skipper Denesh Ramdin joined Bravo and they started the rebuilding process. Both played each ball on merit and took no chances. Soon they were delighting the fans and had one from T&T rolling down the grassy mound, as they started to find the boundary boards.
Bravo showed his class with some breathtaking shots and Ramdin with his plucky batting proved the ideal partner.
They took the score to the 100-run mark in the 15th over when a double blow in the next saw T&T slip to 102 for five. Bravo was caught at long-on for 45 off 49 balls with three fours and two sixes. A few balls later, Jason Mohammed pushed to point and Ramdin scampered down the track.
The diminutive Mohammed then sacrificed his hand by moving out of his crease because his captain was set. Ramdin continued to go after the bowling and he himself was run out in peculiar fashion as his bat fell out his hands in trying to regain his ground from an aborted second run. His final tally of 59 came off 39 balls and was studded with six fours and a six.
A few lustly blows towards the end took T&T to an eventual 148 for nine off their 20 overs. T&T will return to the field today and will be coming up against Uva Next in a match of academic interest.
T&T vs Yorkshire
L Simmons c Hodgson b Sidebottom 7
W Perkins c Ballance b Root 0
A Barath b Patterson 0
D Bravo c Ballance b Rashid 45
D Ramdin run out 59
J Mohammed run out 0
K Cooper c Lyth b Sidebottom 15
R Rampaul b Sidebottom 5
Y Ottley run out 5
R Emrit not out 3
Extras lb3, w5 8
Total for 9 wkts (20 overs) 148
Fall of wkts: 7, 8, 8, 101, 102, 122, 140, 140, 148.
Bowling: J Root 2-0-15-1, R Sidebottom 4-0-13-3, S Patterson 4-1-32-1, A Rafiq 4-0-32-0, M Ashraf 3-0-28-0, A Rashid 3-0-25-1.
A Gale b Badree 2
P Jaques lbw Rampaul 6
J Root c&b Ottley 16
A Lyth b Emrit 16
G Ballance not out 64
A Rashid not out 33
Extras b4, lb2, w8, nb1 15
Total for 4 wkts (18.5ovs) 154
Fall of wkts: 12, 16, 44, 51.
Bowling: S Badree 4-0-22-1, R Rampaul 4-0-22-1, R Emrit 3-0-29-1, K Ottley 2-0-16-1, J Mohammed 1-0-11-0, K Cooper 2.5-0-28-0, L Simmons 2-0-20-0.
Result: Yorkshire won by 6 wkts.
Man of match: Gary Ballance.