Rain spoils Cotterrell, Permaul handiwork
A match that promised much for the Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) team after more impressive bowling from Sheldon Cotterrell and Veerasammy Permaul was spoiled when rain forced a no-result in the first game of their Twenty20 series against Bangladesh-A, yesterday.
The Sagicor HPC team did not get a chance to start their chase of a modest target of 126, as the weather, which had delayed the start, further disrupted the match after the A-Team had posted 125 for nine from their 20 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Left-arm fast bowler Cotterrell was the pick of the visitors' bowlers with three for 14 from his stipulated four overs, while left-arm spinner Permaul supported with three for 29, and Dawnley Grant scalped two for 25.
The result meant that the two-match series will be decided today, when the two sides contest their second and final match before the Sagicor HPC flies out for home tomorrow.
The emerging West Indies players put together another purposeful performance in the field. But Naeem Islam, their protagonist in recent matches, again defied convention, hitting the top score of 48, including four fours and one six from 41 balls. No other batsman reached 20.
Cotterrell again gave the Sagicor HPC a bright start, when he bowled Imrul Kayes for a duck with the second ball of the match. Grant tightened the Caribbean side's grip with the scalps of Shamsur Rahman, caught behind for 12, and Anamul Haque, caught in the deep for 17, sinking Bangladesh-A to 38 for three in the eighth over.
The Sagicor HPC continued to pick off wickets at regular intervals, with Permaul taking control of the middle overs as Naeem tried to hold things together for the hosts, before Cotterrell held a return catch to dismiss him off the final delivery of the innings. —CMC