Gayle and Cottrell take Round 1 GT20 League to a befitting culmination
Vancouver Knights and Toronto Nationals win respective matches to mark an end to the Round one of the Global T20 Canada League.
Match 14: Vancouver Knights vs CWI B Team
Vancouver Knights 175/4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 63, Andre Russell 32*; Derval Green 3-33, Khary Pierre 1-19) beat CWI B 140 in 19.3 overs (Kavem Hodge 43, Fabian Allen 29; Sheldon Cottrell 4-19, Andre Russell 2-20) by 35 runs
After four wins in as many games, the penultimate match of round one of the Global T20 Canada League brought a defeat for the CWI B team. The representative team of Cricket Windies had a rare bad day on the field.
Vancouver Knights batted first on a slow and sluggish pitch. Chris Gayle hung around in the middle to score 63 off 55 balls. And if somebody like Gayle has a strike rate of around 115, you can very well understand that the wicket was tough to bat on.
Rassie van der Dussen and Andre Russell scored 30s in the middle order to take the Knights to 175 for 4. For the Windies B team, Derval Green bowled well, picking up three wickets at an economy of 8.25.
In reply, no Windies B batsman could leave a mark. There were contributions from Kavem Hodge (43) and Fabian Allen (29) in the middle order but that were not enough as the team folded up for 140. With this win, Vancouver Knights became the second team to qualify for the playoffs.
Match 15: Toronto Nationals vs Montreal Tigers
Toronto Nationals 179/9 in 20 overs (Nitish Kumar 46, Anton Devcich 43; Peter Siddle 3-45) beat Montreal Tigers 176/4 in 20 overs (George Worker 62, Moises Henriques 50; Mohammad Sami 3-34) by 1 wicket
Being the last match of round one, it was a thriller of a match and befittingly so. Batting first, the Montreal Tigers reached 176 on the back of brilliant knocks from George Walker and Moses Henriques. Mohammed Sami stood out among the Toronto Nationals bowlers, picking up 3 wickets.
In reply, after Johnson Charles and Steve Smith were dismissed early, Anton Devcich, Nitish Kumar and Kieron Pollard came up with solid knocks in the middle order to pull the team back on its way. However, it was Kesrick Williams who hit a last ball boundary to take the Toronto Nationals to a thrilling win. With this victory, the team still has a thin chance of making it to the playoffs.