Sunday, January 21, 2018

Simmons beats Pollard to clinch Single Wicket title

Trinidad and Tobago player Lendl Simmons defeated his Mumbai Indians teammate Kieron Pollard to clinch the 2014 Caribbean Single Wicket title at Sir Frank Worrell Ground at the University of the West Indies in St Augustine on Saturday night.

In the high-scoring final, Pollard blasted two sixes and two fours to post 29 off his two overs of hitting but Simmons was equal to the task.

He hit two sixes and benefited from a few wides to overhaul the target and pocket the US$7,000 first prize.

Earlier, the Mumbai Indians opening batsman, Simmons, easily defeated Devon Thomas and Marlon Richards to win Group A and set up a semifinal match against 2013 champion Dwayne Smith.

Smith’s route to the final was a bit tougher after he survived a scare against wild card Richard Kelly who seemed certain to knock out the Bajan in the second match in Group B.

In the closest contest of the group stage, Kelly restricted Smith to 12 and when he batted, he hit 12 in the first over and needed just one run to win with six balls remaining. But Smith came through, dismissing Kelly twice in the over to come back and win.

In the semi-finals, Smith made 24 off two over and looked set to go through to the final after Simmons was out twice in his first over which ended with just two runs on the board.

Simmons then blasted 23 in the second over with one six and three fours to take the win.

The other finalist Pollard topped Group C, beating Michael Brown and then Imran Khan before overcoming Navin Stewart in the semis.

Stewart made 17 in his two overs and Pollard hit two fours and two sixes , winning the match off just five balls deliveries.

Stewart walked away with the award for highest total after he scored 40 in his Group D match against Christopher Barnwell.

The Tobagonian tied with Smith for most sixes in a match, each hitting five, while Smith and Simmons tied for the fastest dismissal, Smith dismissing Simmons off the first ball of their semi-final and Simmons dismissing Marlon Richards off with his first ball of their Group A game.

Jabari Mills earned the prize for most catches, while Duane Cockburn won the award for most catches by a wicketkeeper.