Trinidad & Tobago Thrash Hapless Leicestershire
Trinidad & Tobago 168-2 (Simmons 67, Barath 62,) beat
Leicestershire 117-9 (Taylor 56no, Rampaul 4-14) by 51 runs
Champions League T20 qualifier, Hyderabad
Trinidad & Tobago booked their place in the Champions League Twenty20 proper by beating Leicestershire by 51 runs in their final Pool A match in Hyderabad, and in the process virtually eliminated their English counterparts from the competition.
The Caribbean T20 winners won the toss and elected to bat, and got off to the ideal start as Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath put on 139 for the first wicket inside 17 overs. Harry Gurney was the pick of the Leicestershire attack as he took two for 33 from his four overs, with Trinidad & Tobago eventually reaching 168 for two from their 20 overs.
For anyone that has followed Leicestershire over the course of the English summer, what happened next will come as no surprise, as the English T20 winners collapsed to 20 for five after just six overs of their reply.
James Taylor - as has been the case for most of the summer, especially in the Championship - rescued things with an unbeaten 56 from only 47 balls but Leicestershire ended well short on 117 for nine.
This ineptitude with the bat will come as no surprise to fans of the Foxes and only underlines their need to not only keep hold of Taylor but also further strengthen their batting during the winter.
As for Trinidad & Tobago, they continue to punch above their weight in this form of the game and will be hoping that they can go one better than they did in 2009.
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