Kantasingh takes four wickets in T&T trial
Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh proved his value in the shortest version of the game as he snatched four wickets for 12 runs from four overs to help the Jason Mohammed XI clinch a 20-run win over the Rayad Emrit XI in the latest Trinidad and Tobago Twenty20 trial match at the National Cricket Centre (NCC), Balmain, Couva yesterday.
The Mohammed XI won the toss and batted first, piling up 157 for five off their 20 overs with Imran Khan top-scoring with 41 off 39 balls.
Kantasingh followed up his team's solid batting with some tight bowling which restricted the Emrit XI to 137 for nine.
When the Mohammed XI batted, Nicholas Sookdeosingh gave the team a fast start, smashing two sixes and a four in an 18-ball 31 before he was caught off the bowling of Samuel Badree.
They were 111 for three at the end of the 16th over when Khan fell to the bowling of Ansil Bhaggan. Khan struck three fours in his knock.
The Mohammed XI then put on 46 runs in the last four overs, with Keon Celestine hitting four fours in an undefeated 12-ball 23, while skipper Mohammed hit one six in his 13-ball 21.
Emrit's team were 20 for two in the third over of the chase, with both openers William Perkins and Justin Guillen back in the pavilion.
Aaron Alfred (33) and former T&T skipper Daren Ganga (25) then took the score to 66 before Alfred became the first of Kantasingh's wickets. Alfred faced 22 balls and hit five fours and a six.
Ganga also fell to Kantasingh with the score on 91, while Aneil Kanhai (five) and Emrit (two) were his other scalps.
The players will return to the NCC on Tuesday for another trial match.
The trial matches are being held in preparation for the Champions League T20, which will take place in South Africa in October.
Mohammed XI 157/5 (20 overs) (Imran Khan 41, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 31, Yannick Ottley 25, Keon Celestine 23 n.o., Jason Mohammed 21; Mervyn Dillon 2/17, Kharry Pierre 1/19, Ansil Bhaggan 1/29, Samuel Badree 1/38) vs Emrit XI 137/9 (20 overs) (Aaron Alfred 33, Daren Ganga 25, Mervyn Dillon 23 n.o.; Kavesh Kantasingh 4/12, Daron Cruickshank 2/18) —Mohammed XI won by 20 runs