Thursday, February 22, 2018

Perkins, Badree show form in second practice match


scored 50 off 31 balls: Trinidad and Tobago opener William Perkins in action during a Twenty20 practice match against Queen's Park Cricket Club at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain on Saturday night. Perkins scored 29 on Saturday and followed up with a 50 in the second practice match against the same opposition on Sunday. T&T won both matches. –Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

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William Perkins slammed a half century off just 31 balls, while Samuel Badree snatched four wickets for five runs to lead Trinidad and Tobago to a comprehensive 65-run win over Queen's Park Cricket Club in their second Twenty20 practice match at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain on Sunday night.

Perkins smashed two sixes and five fours to reach his 50 while Evin Lewis, coming in at number three, hit 47 off 36 balls with three sixes and two fours as the national team posted a competitive 150 for eight after they won the toss and elected to bat first.

In reply, the Parkites, with the likes of Dwayne Bravo in their ranks, were dismissed for 85 in 19.2 overs with Badree doing most of the damage.

When T&T batted, they lost opener Lendl Simmons with the score on 24 but that did little to slow them down.

Perkins continued to go hard, bringing up his 50 after just 35 minutes in the middle.

But after reaching the milestone, he was caught by Uthman Mohammed at long-off Daron Cruickshank with T&T on 72 after 9.1 overs.

The run rate slowed after Perkins' dismissal with the next four overs producing just eight runs.

Cruickshank also removed Lewis, caught by Petrock Nicholas during that period.

Rayad Emrit led a late charge, hitting a six and a four in a four-ball 12 which helped boost the score as 19 runs came off the final over.

The Parkites fell flat in their reply with Badree removing the top four batsmen as the hosts slipped to 22 for four in the fifth over.

Uthman Mohammed (20 off 31 balls) and Sheldon Peters (28 off 23) were the best batsmen for the Parkites who were never in a position to challenge T&T's score. Dwayne Bravo was the only other Queen's Park batsman to reach double figures. He scored 11.

T&T, who are preparing for January's Caribbean T20, will have a training session tomorrow at the Oval and team manager Omar Khan said they were looking at the possibility of having two more practice matches this weekend.

Summarised Scores

T&T 150/8 (20 overs) (William Perkins 50, Evin Lewis 47, Rayad Emrit 12; Daron Cruickshank 3/49, Khary Pierre 2/20) vs QPCC 85 (19.2 overs) (Sheldon Peters 28, Uthman Mohammed 20, Dwayne Bravo 11; Samuel Badree 4/5, Lendl Simmons 1/5)

T&T won by 65 runs