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Recent Match Report – Jamaica Tallawahs vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Caribbean Premier League, 10th Match



Trinbago Knight Riders 267 for 2 (Munro 96*, Simmons 86, Pollard 45) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 226 for 5 (Phillips 62, Hasnain 2-51) by 41 runs

There was plenty of sympathy for the bowlers at Sabina Park on Friday. The 10th match of CPL 2019 witnessed the highest T20 score in franchise cricket and the second-highest match aggregate (by runs) in all T20 cricket. By the end of it, Trinbago Knight Riders’ 267 for 2 was too much for Jamaica Tallawahs, who finished 41 runs short despite a brave attempt. The result meant Knight Riders made it four wins in a row while Tallawahs suffered their fourth straight defeat.

There was, however, no sympathy for the fielders. A total of 12 catches went down across both innings with Knight Riders taking more advantage of that. Colin Munro struck a 50-ball 96 in the company of Lendl Simmons, who struck a 42-ball 86 in the first innings, and they both rode on the multiple opportunities that Tallawahs’ fielders provided to set Tallawahs a record-breaking target of 268.

Glenn Phillips gave the Jamaican home crowd some hope when he blazed to a 32-ball 62, but Mohammad Hasnain‘s double-wicket burst and an injury to Rovman Powell extinguished that. While Tallawahs continued finding the boundaries – they matched Knight Riders’ 17 sixes with 17 of their own – they had much fewer fours, but entertained the crowd till the final ball.

Simmons, Munro cash in on error-prone Tallawahs

All it took was two balls for Lendl Simmons to make his intentions clear at Sabina Park. The way he rose to pull Derval Green showed the pitch offered next to nothing for the pacers. Three balls later, when Green bowled so short that the ball flew over the wicketkeeper, the tone of the day – a Tallawahs performance peppered with errors – was set.

Jerome Taylor shared the new ball, and he started off with a front-foot no-ball. In all, he’d bowl four no-balls (that’s four extra free-hit deliveries too) and three wides on the night. But that first no-ball was punished by Simmons right away, and as the Powerplay progressed Knight Riders found a minimum of one boundary every over. The first double-boundary over was the third when Sunil Narine – at that point on zero off seven balls – struck ten off the next three deliveries to bump his strike-rate to 100.

Simmons, like Narine, was living dangerously, unafraid to go the see-ball-hit-ball approach. That offered a chance to Taylor in the fourth over, when he edged an attempted loft to the wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips, but he failed to hold onto a difficult chance. Three balls later, Simmons mistimed a slog straight into midwicket’s hands and was seen hitting his own pads with disgust, but looked back to see the umpire call another front-foot no-ball for Taylor.

At 55 for 0 after five overs, spin was introduced for the first time, in the form of Zahir Khan. The let-arm wristspinner from Afghanistan struck immediately, trapping Narine lbw for an 18-ball 20. In walked Colin Munro, the highest run-scorer of CPL 2018, at No. 3 and he took Zahir on from the first ball.

Munro approached Zahir with a stance that exposed leg (and part of middle) stump to negate the spinner’s googly, and found success cutting the 20-year old through cover and following it up with a reverse sweep over point. Simmons and Munro then creamed Zahir for a further 11 next over.

Simmons entered the forties in the tenth over by opening his stance and pulling Ramaa Lewis over deep midwicket. Next ball, he drilled a flat shot to Taylor at long-on, but the fielder dropped it after running in. That ball was struck hard, but there were no excuses when Simmons was reprieved three balls later after slicing a full ball. Deep cover ran in, but he fluffed another chance, and that error ended the halfway stage of the first innings. The score at that stage read 98 for 1.

Entertainment galore as Knight Riders smash CPL records

Rovman Powell – who had a quiet first spell – was welcomed into his second spell by two boundaries that took Knight Riders past hundred. Simmons then cut Oshane Thomas to bring his half-century in 32 balls to close a quiet 12th over. But then began the carnage. Munro smashed Powell for two sixes next over and Simmons added another to cream 23 off the 13th. They did the same off Zahir off the 14th to take 22 off it. Those two overs lifted Munro past his fifty, the partnership past hundred and Knight Riders past 150. The 15th began with Simmons smashing Thomas for three fours and a six. The last of those fours was off a no-ball, so Simmons, on 86, shaped up to maximise the free-hit.

But what followed was straight out of a Charlie Chaplin classic. Simmons mistimed the free-hit in the air, and straight into deep midwicket’s hands. The fielder began celebrating, forgetting that the previous ball was a no-ball, which Simmons noticed. He asked Munro to scamper across for a third run, but by then Glenn had noticed his mistake, and drilled in a throw that saw Simmons well short of the crease. There was also reasonable doubt whether Thomas had removed the bails cleanly with his hands, but Simmons was eventually declared run-out, one of only three ways – stumpings and hit-wicket are the other two – where a wicket is allowed off a free-hit.

In walked No. 4 Kieron Pollard, and he clobbered them to all parts too. While Munro hammered Green for two sixes in the 17th over, Pollard helped Knight Riders smash 30 runs off Taylor’s final over, including a maximum off a front-foot no-ball. Taylor’s four-over spell went for 55, and Thomas followed suit by conceding 21 off his final over to finish his spell wicketless for 63 runs.

Knight Riders finished on 267 for 2, only 11 short of the highest-ever T20 total. But the innings of 21 fours, 17 sixes, seven no-balls, and 12 wides had set a record for the highest total in the history of franchise cricket. It beat Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 263 for 5 in the IPL. Munro was unbeaten on 96 off just50 balls, while Pollard made a 17-ball 45. In all, Knight Riders scored 171 runs in the final ten overs. Tallawahs didn’t help by dropping seven chances off Simmons, Munro and Pollard.

Phillips give Sabina Park hope

Tallawahs had few options but to attack, and they began their chase with Chris Gayle finding point off Ali Khan in the first over. Hasnain, the Pakistan fast bowler, then leaked 20 as Phillips struck two fours and two sixes. Gayle backed that up with two sixes off Narine to complete the Powerplay. Next over, Phillips creamed his countryman James Neesham for a six and a four in a 17-run over to lift Tallawahs to 84 for no loss after seven overs.

Phillips rode on some luck of his own to reach his fifty in 22 balls in the ninth over. While he was around, Tallawahs could still believe, especially since his innings thus far included being dropped twice on 37 and given not-out – on 29 – despite edging one to the keeper. He tore into Khary Pierre for a 17-run over but fell to a cutter from Pollard in the 12th over, holing out in the deep for 62.

An eight-ball spell that turned the momentum over

Searching for a way to get the breakthrough, Knight Riders captain Pollard turned to Hasnain again despite the 20 he conceded to begin his spell. And the captain’s trust paid off as Hasnain broke Gayle’s stumps with a quick delivery that crashed through the batsman’s leg-side swipe. Chadwick Walton followed Gayle to the dugout four balls later after a short ball from Hasnain cramped the No. 3 up, eventually splicing a catch to the keeper. That double-wicket over was followed by the retirement of No. 4 Rovman Powell, who left the game after developing a side strain. Powell’s departure, only two balls after Walton’s dismissal, meant Tallawahs lost three big-hitters in the space of eight deliveries.

The required run-rate then swiftly crept past 22 at the end of the 15th over courtesy a tidy spell of Neesham and Narine. But the latter couldn’t finish his night well as Lewis and Glen struck three sixes and a four off the 16th over to take 23 off his final over. Ali Khan and Hasnain then bore the brunt of the pair’s big shots, as the pair added 63 in 28 balls, but it was too little too late as Knight Riders won the match with plenty of runs in the bag.

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Ryan ten Doeschate steps down as captain of Essex



Ryan ten Doeschate has stepped down as captain of reigning county champions Essex after four seasons at the helm.

In an open letter to the club he led to three Championship titles in four campaigns – once in Division two and twice in the top flight – the 39-year-old ten Doeschate said the captaincy had been “the biggest privilege”.

“Now is the right time for someone new to take charge,” ten Doeschate said in the letter, published on the club’s website on Tuesday. “I’d like to thank all our Members and supporters in general who have followed the team over the last four years. I hope we’ve provided much entertainment and that you’ve shared in our pride of representing the club.”

Ten Doeschate, who continued to represent Netherlands at T20 level through last year, will continue to play for Essex after signing a one-year contract extension in October following his side’s tense draw in a rain-affected final match of the 2019 season against nearest rivals Somerset which sealed them the Division One title.

Ten Doeschate thanked current Essex coach Anthony McGrath and England head coach Chris Silverwood, with whom he took Essex back into the top tier of the Championship by winning Division Two in their first season as skipper and coach respectively, in 2016. Ten doeschate and Silverwood also led Essex to the Division One title in 2017 before McGrath assumed the club’s head coaching role.

“I would like to pay tribute to an incredible bunch of players who have given everything to the team over the last four years and to whom I will always be indebted for allowing me to live out my cricket dream,” ten Doeschate added. “I can’t wait to join the troops, focus on my batting, and to give the new captain all of my support in continuing to try to get the best out of our great club.”

Ten Doeschate captained the side for 58 first-class matches, winning 33 and losing just eight. Having captained the club across formats from 2016 to 2018, he relinquished the T20 captaincy to Simon Harmer last year. Ten doeschate has represented the club 477 times in all formats, scoring 27 hundreds and taking more than 300 wickets in the process.

McGrath described ten Doeschate as “a phenomenal” club captain.

“His commitment and dedication to the club is second to none, and if you look at the position Essex were in before he took over and compare it to where they are now, a lot of that rise is down to Ryan,” McGrath said. “Now is the right time for someone else to take the reins and lead the team.

“It’s important to remember that Ryan isn’t stepping away from Essex, he’s still very much part of this club and I’m sure he will continue to have a positive presence both on and off the field.”

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Quinton de Kock named captain, as Lungi Ngidi, Temba Bavuma return to South Africa ODI squad



Quinton de Kock will step up as captain in the absence of Faf du Plessis, while Lungi Ngidi has earned a recall to South Africa’s one-day squad for the upcoming series against England.

Du Plessis’ absence from the squad is notable, given the pressure he has been under during the Test series and the social media storm surrounding his comments about Temba Bavuma, who is back in the squad after answering du Plessis’ call of “weight of runs” with a first-class best of 180 last week.

Du Plessis said on Monday, after South Africa’s defeat by an innings and 53 runs in Port Elizabeth, that the fourth Test at the Wanderers could be his last on home soil.

“There isn’t a lot of Test cricket left this year,” du Plessis said. “There’s one massive Test where we need everyone to be as strong as possible to try and draw the series. After that, there is quite a big gap and there is an opportunity then to release some of the captaincy when it comes to giving guys opportunities, especially in one-day cricket.”

De Kock made his international debut in December 2012 after an impressive showing at that year’s U19 World Cup in Australia and was called up into the ODI squad just a month later. He boasts 115 ODI caps with 4,907 runs at an average of 45.01, including 14 centuries and 24 fifties. De Kock is South Africa’s highest run-scorer so far after three of the four Tests against England with 265 runs at 44.16 but the manner of some of his dismissals, to rash shot-making, has drawn criticism.

CSA Acting Director of Cricket Graeme Smith believes the new leadership role would “bring out the best” in de Kock.

“We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become,” Smith said. “Over the years, we have watched him grow in confidence and become one of the top ODI wicket-keeper batsmen in the world.

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“He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart. We wish him the very best in this new role and look forward to watching him make his mark in this series against the World Cup Champions.”

Ngidi was ruled out of the current Test series against England after suffering a hamstring tear during the Mzansi Super League play-offs in December. His final selection in the 15-man ODI squad is dependent on passing a fitness test at the Centre of Excellence in Pretoria before the squad assembles in Cape Town on January 31 with the first fixture of the three-match series starting on February 4. Three other players – Sisanda Magala, Tabraiz Shamsi and Jon Jon Smuts – will also have to pass fitness tests.

Bavuma, who is expected to be recalled for the fourth Test starting in Johannesburg on Friday, confirmed his readiness after missing the first three Tests against England by producing a career-best first-class score of 180 for Lions in a four-day Franchise Series match against Dolphins last week.

Five players – Lutho Sipamla, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne – received their maiden ODI squad call-ups, with Malan in particular impressing as an opener for Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League.

CSA Independent Selector Linda Zondi said the squad reflected a changing of the guard. “The road towards the 2023 Cricket World Cup starts now and we want players doing well in our domestic structures to see the rewards of the hard work that they have put in.

“The pool that we build going forward is going to be vital in the selection of that 2023 World Cup squad but also without looking too far ahead, we are confident that we have players that will make South Africa proud in this ODI series against a confident England team.”

South Africa squad: Quinton de Kock (capt), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jon Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne.

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Matthew Wade, Mac Wright and Nathan Ellis keep Hurricanes' season alive



Mohammad Nabi threatened to pull off a steep chase but Ellis held his nerve in the final over in a game where Sam Harper was subbed out for concussion

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