Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel have certainly made the most of home advantage in the last few days, as they completed their third straight win at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday, beating St Lucia Zouks by nine wickets in Limacol Caribbean Premier League action. The Zouks looked more like they were the targets of a back alley mugging than an even contest, and their only consolation was the wicket of Man-of-the-Match Evin Lewis for 77 off 45 balls after he and opening partner Kevin O’Brien had hammered the visitors, taking the Red Steel to their target of 137 with 32 balls to spare. O’Brien’s 55 played second fiddle to Lewis, who treated the visitors with disdain, as 12 fours and two massive sixes suggested.
BANGALORE, India — The Royal Challengers Bangalore — an Indian Premier League franchise team that represents the region officially named Bengaluru in this part of India — has a handful of prominent cricketers representing it.
Exciting India middle-order batsman Virat Kholi, who leads the team, the experienced Yuvraj Singh, who is back from his battles with a rare form of cancer, and a handful of others represent an aggregation that many believe could have gone all the way in former years to win the super rich Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty/20 tournament. But though the Indian cricketers may be popular and highly respected, none is revered in this the third largest city of India, like the Jamaican, Christopher Henry Gayle.
While the dates for the tour are yet to be finalised, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s tour programme and fixtures committee on Saturday (July 26) named Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad as hosts for the Tests, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack, Dharamsala and Kochi for the ODIs, and New Delhi for the T20I. “The exact date-wise match schedule will be finalised later on the basis of logistics,” said Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, in a statement.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel (183-5) beat Jamaica Tallawahs (170-6) by 13 runs
Saturday 26th July 2014 – Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Jamaica Tallawahs lost their 100% record as victory for Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel saw them go top of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League table. An excellent half century from Tallawahs’ captain, Chris Gayle, was not enough to prevent his side suffering their first defeat of this year’s event. Some superb hitting from 22 year old Evin Lewis and a career best bowling performance from Kevin O’Brien set up an excellent victory for the home side.
A flying start for the Red Steel was checked by two wickets off the last over of the Powerplay. Andre Russell yorked a well set O’Brien who was looking very dangerous. After a bumper first ball that was called a wide, Ross Taylor mistimed a drive from a slower ball to Rusty Theron at mid off who caught the ball one handed as the New Zealander fell for his second duck in as many innings.
A fantastic opening stand between Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill got the visitors off to a brilliant start. Simmons was timing the ball superbly from the very start of his innings as he hit four sixes, two of which cleared the roof of the Kensington Oval stands. When he fell, he had made 64 off 40 balls, and while he was at the crease, it looked like the Amazon Warriors were going to set a massive total. When he lost his wicket, his side had already reached triple figures in the twelfth over.
Antigua Hawksbills' luckless 2014 Caribbean Premier League campaign continued with a one-wicket defeat at the hands of Barbados Tridents Friday night at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Akeal Hosein shook off a kamikaze run-out - which consumed his partner Rayad Emrit, the ninth Tridents wicket - on the third ball of the final over by calmly flicking a two through midwicket with the field spread to scamper to a win with two balls to spare.
The loss keeps Hawksbills winless from five games and only a dramatic turnaround in their final four games will give them a chance at advancing into the CPL playoffs. The Tridents win ensures they keep pace at the top of the CPL table with Tallawahs, Red Steel and Amazon Warriors as all four teams currently sit level on six points.