Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sammy wants Fletcher to seal place

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West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has hailed the performances of Man-of-the-Series Andre Fletcher, and says he hopes the top order batsman can now cement his place in the regional squad.

Fletcher struck 62 in Sunday’s second and final T20 against New Zealand, as the Windies pulled off a 39-run win at Windsor Park to earn a 1-1 share of the series.

On Saturday, the 26-year-old right-hander also top scored with 52 in a losing effort in the rain-hit first T20I, but was voted Man-of-the-Match.

“It is good for him. He has been in an out of the team and in and out of the XI so for him to come back into the team and lead the batting, it’s good for us and it’s also good for me from a Zouks point going into the CPL,” Sammy said.

“Well done to him and hopefully he can continue and be a permanent member of the team.”

Sent in, West Indies mustered 165 for six from their 20 overs, with Lendl Simmons chipping in with an aggressive 36 from 34 deliveries.

In reply, West Indies dismissed the Black Caps for 126 off 19.1 overs, with opener Kane Williamson getting the top score of 37 from 28 balls.

Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell, who missed the first game, took three for 28 while wily off-spinner Sunil Narine claimed two for 19 from four frugal overs.

“It was the last game of the series, there was a good crowd and it was it good to give them a victory, so we are quite happy with the result,” Sammy said.

“There was no rain ... both parties enjoyed the same type of conditions so it shows that when it’s level, we are a force to be reckoned with in this format.

“It was an all-round team effort with both bat and ball. Fletcher played well in both matches so congrats to him but all in all it was a good victory. [There were] well executed plans out there in the middle.”

Sammy said the rain had been a key factor in Saturday’s loss but praised his team for the way they responded.

“In the first game it was quite difficult to defend 130-odd with a wet ball but we needed a victory and we went all out to get that victory so credit to the way they went out and played in front of that packed Dominican crowd,” said Sammy.