Windies B Team storms into the Final & Winnipeg Hawks go into Qualifier 2

David Warner in the runs for Winnipeg Hawks
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The CWI B team came back from absolutely nowhere to clinch the Qualifier 1. However, Vancouver Knights have another chance of laying their hands on the trophy as they would next clash with Winnipeg Hawks in Qualifier 2.

 

Qualifier 1: Vancouver Knights vs CWI B Team

 

Batting first, Vancouver Knights got off to an explosive start. Chris Gayle continued from where he had left in the last match, scoring a steady half century Chadwick Walton too scored a half century at a strike rate of 225. Rassie van der Dussen, Babar Hayat and Andre Russell scored quick 20s to take the Knights to 215 for six in 20 overs.

 

Jeremiah Louis and Sherfane Rutherford picked up a couple of wickets each.

 

In reply, Justin Greaves, Shamar Springer and Brandon king were dismissed cheaply. With the top three gone and the team tottering at 11 for 3, nobody actually expected the CWI B team to chase a mammoth 216 run target.

 

However, as it turned out, Sherfane Rutherford played a knock for the ages to remain unbeaten at 134 off just 66 balls. He was ably supported by Nicholas Pooran and Captain Anthony Bramble (23*) who also remained unbeaten to take his team home on the last ball of the innings.

 

With this win, the CWI B team has reached the Finals.

 

Eliminator: Winnipeg Hawks vs Edmonton Royals

Winnipeg Hawks knocked out Edmonton Royals from the Global T20 Canada League after they beat the latter in the Eliminator.

 

Batting first, Edmonton Royals had a flurry of runs in the first 10 overs as they got past 100. The top three contributed well with Luke Ronchi (25), Andre Fletcher (41), Agha Salman (44) getting substantial scores.

 

The middle and lower order was not able to back it up as only 70 runs could be scored in the last 10 overs. Rayad Emrit starred with the ball for Royals, picking up 4 wickets at an economy of 7.

 

In reply, David Warner (55) continued his newfound form along with fellow opener Lendl Simmons (33). Once the duo was dismissed, it was left to keeper-batsman Ben McDermott who could not seem to do anything wrong.

 

McDermott raced to an unbeaten 65-run knock of just 39 deliveries to take his team home. It was quite an anticlimactic when the winning runs did not come off the bat but were four byes.

 

With this, Winnipeg Hawks have set up the Qualifier 2 against Vancouver Knights whereas Edmonton Royals have been knocked out of the tournament.

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