T&T and Uva Next foiled by rain
Trinidad and Tobago and Uva Next had to settle for a no-result after rain intervened in their Champions League Twenty20 match at Bidvest Wanderers in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Full Scorecard: Trinidad & Tobago v Uva Next
Trinidad and Tobago did have time to bat and the team from the Caribbean managed a formidable 181 for three but Sri Lanka’s Uva Next faced just one ball in their reply to reach nought for one before heavy rain meant that the game had to be called off.
The no-result had no effect on the competition as Trinidad and Tobago and Uva Next had both been eliminated from the competition already and were playing for pride only in their final qualification match.
Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin had combined for an unbroken 95-run fourth-wicket partnership off 10.2 overs for Trinidad and Tobago.
The left-handed Bravo ended not out on 54 off 42 balls while Ramdin was unbeaten on 50 off 31 balls.
Both men combined conventional cricket stokes with a few innovative shots thrown in for good measure and their attacking game-plan paid off as they scored 67 runs off the last five overs of the innings.
Ramdin’s best stroke was undoubtedly a wonderful square drive for six off the bowling of paceman Umar Gul as he and Bravo both brought up their half-centuries in the last over of the innings.
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Bravo reached his fifty off 41 balls and he reached the landmark with a thick inside edge off of Gul that galloped off to third man for the ninth four of his knock.
Ramdin’s fifty came up off 31 with deliveries with six fours and a six as he notched up his half-century off the last ball of the innings.
Uva Next had won the toss and elected to bowl first on a well-grassed pitch which provided a touch of movement for the new-ball bowlers.
Opening batsman William Perkins made a lightning start to the innings with a dashing 32 off 15 balls with four fours and two sixes over long-off but the right-hander’s burgeoning innings was cut short in the fifth over when he was bowled by a quicker ball from off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake.
Perkins’s opening partner Lendl Simmons made a more measured 34 off 30 balls, with three fours and two sixes, before he was bowled through the gate by Gul before Bravo and Ramdin took control of the innings.
Uva Next faced just one ball in their innings but it was enough time for Dilshan Munaweera (0) to get out after he slashed a delivery from seamer Shannon Gabriel down to the third man fielder.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: LMP Simmons, WKD Perkins, E Lewis, DM Bravo, D Ramdin (capt & wk), JN Mohammed, K Cooper, KYG Ottley, S Ganga, ND Stewart, ST Gabriel
UVA NEXT: EMDY Munaweera, PBB Rajapaksa, S Chanderpaul, SHT Kandamby (capt), AB McDonald, SMA Priyanjan, JDP Oram, S Prasanna, SMSM Senanayake, Umar Gul, RSSS de Zoysa (wk)