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Should’ve scored 160-odd: McDonald

Uva Next all-rounder says his team was a few runs short against Yorkshire

In a closely fought encounter, Uva Next lost their opening game of the CLT20 qualifiers to Yorkshire by five wickets in the first match here today.

After being asked to bat first, the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) champions got off to a good start. Although they lost a couple a wickets in the middle, the partnership between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Andrew McDonald was setting them back on track when the latter departed while attempting to accelerate the run-rate. While speaking to clt20.com, McDonald reflected on the game and spoke about the partnership.


You looked in good nick and your partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul was taking shape when you got out. How did that have an impact on the innings?

We probably didn’t establish it well enough. We got a mid-range partnership. Maybe if we had gone on to bat a little bit deeper and got 160-170 runs, it would have made the chase harder for them. But it wasn’t to be today. We have our work cut out now. We have to keep our chins up and win the next one.

The first few overs while defending were expensive. Do you feel that helped them gain momentum?

In those first six overs we were looking to take wickets. The bowlers did a good job and the spinner got us a wicket early on. But that’s the way it goes, they come hard at you and they made the most of the first six overs and they came out on top. They got a few runs but we pegged them back. We were right in the game until the end and Adil Rashid and David Miller played gems; to get knocked in the head and then come out and play and winning the game was great. It was a fantastic effort so full credit to Miller.  

Your team has come from winning the SLPL. Does having played so recently help the cohesiveness of the team?

It does and it doesn’t. Some of the other teams have been together for years whereas our team is new and we are working on how to play together. Today we were unfortunately a little bit short in the amount for runs that we got. We defended it well, but I think we missed a good chance of a catch we dropped late in the game and a few other things. We probably didn’t bowl well enough in the first six overs but we are still in the race. It was a close loss, so run-rate will play a big part if all teams end up with one win.

What do you make of the wicket?

It’s a good batting ground. The wicket was a bit greener today because of the weather they had around. But it played true. As the wicket dries out, spin will play a role in the tournament; but at the moment seam bowlers are getting a little bit of help. 

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