T&T v Yorkshire, CLT20 qualifier, Centurion October 9, 2012

Yorkshire could crush T&T hopes


Match facts

October 10, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)

How they qualified

Trinidad and Tobago bulldozed Jamaica in the final of the Caribbean T20 by 63 runs in Barbados.

Yorkshire finished runners-up in the Friends Life t20 in August, losing the final to Hampshire by ten runs in Cardiff.

Big Picture

Yorkshire's victory over Uva has taken them one win away to qualifying for the CLT20 but they will need to beat the Caribbean T20 winners Trinidad and Tobago to drive into the next stage. A loss would leave them waiting another day for their fate to be decided. T&T, arguably the strongest team in the qualifying group, have their work cut out. A defeat will send them home after just one match and their stay in the tournament would end up being shorter than their flights.

T&T have made a lot of the news in the build-up to the tournament. First, they expressed dissatisfaction after being put into a qualifying group even though they finished as the winners of the Caribbean T20 twice in two years. The second issue, that of losing their players to IPL teams, kept the team on tenterhooks for sometime till after a few rounds of wrangling, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine opted for their IPL teams. But can the performance of the national team inspire the weakened regional champions?

Pollard and Bravo topped batting and bowling charts for T&T in this year's Caribbean T20, but the squad still has four players from the World T20 winning West Indies team. They are led by Denesh Ramdin, and have Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree and Ravi Rampaul, with the latter two having played key roles in West Indies' successful campaign. Another player whose performance will be under the scanner for the team's and his own good is Kevon Cooper, who has played in T20 leagues around the world on the promise of his potential, but is yet to prove his talent.

Yorkshire failed to settle at the start of their match against Uva, who had a strong Powerplay against some wayward bowling that included seven wides. They got better with the ball as the innings went on and will hope to have settled and able to get off to a better side. With the bat, they are without David Miller, their match-winning against Uva, so one or more of the rest of the order needs to play the big innings, preferably one of the top order - captain Andrew Gale, Phil Jaques or Joe Root.

Players to watch

Ravi Rampaul produced the ball of the tournament in the World Twent20 final against Sri Lanka on a pitch which didn't have much in it for fast bowlers. In South Africa, however, he will pose considerable threat on fresher, faster pitches against lesser batsmen. Rampaul was the most economical bowler for T&T in the Caribbean T20, with an economy of 4.23 runs-per-over, and his seven wickets came at an average of 14.42.

Right-arm fast-medium bowler Moin Ashraf played his first season of Twenty20 cricket for Yorkshire this summer and was their second-most successful bowler with 15 wickets, behind Mitchell Starc. In Starc's absence, the 20-year old Ashraf will be key to Yorkshire's chances. He was the pick of the seamers against Uva with 2-29 in his four overs.


"The most pleasing thing about today is that we weren't at our best so there is room for improvement. We were probably at about 70 or 80 percent."
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale assess his sides performance against Uva.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Matthew on October 10, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    @ravikb It was athletes from yorkshire in the olympics not cricketers! Think yorkshire athletes got about 8 gold medals in the end and a few silvers and bronze.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    garcia no need to be sorry, we are professionals, going out to qualify for the main draw of CLT20 2012, best of luck to both team, but my blood bleed red today as it did maroon on sunday let go red force! Lendl and Bravo lets get those guns going from ball one

  • Rhonda on October 10, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    @ yorkshirematt, sorry about that. The comment about being a nation was meant for @cpt.meanster lol :-).

  • Rhonda on October 10, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @yorkshirematt, we are not VIRTUALLY a nation. We are a nation. But we have only 1.3 million people and no recognition outside of the Windies, so don't fear, Yorkshire isn't facing a big bad giant. I suspect there are more poeple in your county than in our country lol. However, no English side has beaten us in the CPL yet, so I'm hoping this won't be the first time. Sorry to be biased.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Isn't Yorkshire within a Independant Super Nation?I can see you do't now much about cricket!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @Yorkshirematt. People's republic of Hampshire is getting mashed up by the Aces! This is your chance to get back at the Hamps who had beaten you in the finals in England. Go and win the match! T&T is not THAT strong, without some of their key players, doing mercenary jobs for the "inchuns", as the red Indians would say.

  • David on October 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Some ignorant comments here about T&T not being allowed to play to give a few statistics


    T&T 5.13 km sq Yorkshire 11.90 km sq


    T&T 1.2 million Yorkshire 3.9 million

    So yes it is a country but its half the size with less than one third the population of its opponents who also have the added advantage of allowing foreigners to play for their team from the best cricketing nations on earth

  • Herbert on October 10, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that Trinidad & Tobago has to face the demeaning task of having to qualify for this tournament. As the winner of the West Indies T-20 competition and a former runner-up at the same Champion League T-20 it defies logic. Its even more shocking when one considers that the West Indies are a 4-time World Champion in limited overs cricket, having won the 50 over versions in 1975 & 1979 World Cup, the 2004 ICC competition and more recently the 2012 ICC T-20 Tournament, of which over half i.e. 8 out of 15 members were from Trinidad. The problem may reside in the power of the BCCI's role in trying to ensure that the Trinidadian players in their IPL teams remain with them, by creating this additional and uncertain qualifying hurdle. These players, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine having been among their most high-priced commodities and are also members of its Champion teams - de latter having just won the IPL as the Player of the Tournament.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    As a proud Yorkshireman, I have to say that whilst for this i am sad about the loss of David Miller, for cricket's sake, the fact that he has chosen to play first class cricket for his 'own' side is laudable. That 3 proud Trinidadians have selected to play for their IPL franchise shows the differing values. I am not criticising them - the financial aspects at least must dictate that they put their own long term financial security first. However, when they look back at their careers, I bet they won't think - well look at how well I played for the Deccan Chargers (just to take an example) - when talking to their mates in a Port of Spain bar. Sad, but understandable

  • Ravi on October 10, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    @yorkshirematt, just curious. How many medals have players from Yorkshire won in the Olympics?

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