CLT20 Desk in Mumbai
Match Report: Q 5 – Uva Next vs Trinidad &Tobago
Game abandoned due to rain after T&T score 181
The fifth CLT20 Qualifier, between Uva Next and Trinidad & Tobago, was a dead rubber but the teams wanted to go out on a high. It wasn’t to be, as shortly after the first innings, the match was called off due to rain. Inserted in to bat, T&T put up 181 for three in 20 overs with the help of Darren Bravo (54* off 42 balls) and captain Denesh Ramdin (50* off 43 balls)
William Perkins started T&T’s innings positively with a breezy 15-ball 32. He smacked four 4s and a couple of 6s off Jacob Oram and Sachithra Senanayake, before perishing to the latter while trying to cut a ball too close to the stumps. Perkins’s opening partner Lendl Simmons too got a start (34 runs off 30 balls) before Umar Gul sent his middle and off stumps cart-wheeling.
With the team on three for 86, Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin provided an encore of their partnership against Yorkshire and notched up an unbeaten 95 runs from 72 balls between them. The stand was very well paced – solid and assured in the beginning and fiery in the last five overs. At the end of their 20 overs, T&T had notched up the highest score of the CLT20 2012 Qualifiers, with 181/3. Umar Gul, Senanayake and Andrew McDonald picked one wicket each for Uva Next.
Uva Next’s chase began with T&T pacer Shannon Gabriel plucking out the wicket of Dilshan Munaweera off the first ball. It stayed that way as the rain came pouring down in Johannesburg, thus abandoning the match.