West Indies A v Sri Lanka A, 2nd T20, St Vincent June 19, 2013

Simmons, bowlers deliver easy win for West Indies A

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West Indies A 82 for 5 (Simmons 51*) beat Sri Lanka A 81 (Nurse 3-15) by five wickets

An unbeaten 51 by Lendl Simmons led West Indies A to a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka A in the second T20 at Kingstown. The one-sided game was set up by the West Indies bowlers who restricted the visitors to 81. The target was chased down with nearly eight overs to spare and the hosts took the series 1-0 after the opening game was washed out.

Sri Lanka struggled from the time they were put in to bat, tottering at 17 for 4 at one stage. A combination of pace and spin kept them in check. Legspinner Samuel Badree finished with miserly figures of 5 for 1 off four overs and Ashley Nurse claimed three middle-order wickets to finish with 3 for 15. The majority of the top order fell to single-digit scores, four batsmen fell for 10 and the highest score of the innings was 11 by the No.10 Madura Lakmal.

The chase was dominated by Simmons, who smashed five sixes and three fours. The Sri Lankan bowlers reduced the visitors to 48 for 4 at one stage, but didn't have enough runs on the board to enforce more pressure. Simmons sealed the win with consecutive sixes off Niroshan Dickwella.

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  • Michael on June 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Congrats Ashley Nurse....continue to take those wickets....45 wickets this season,including your record breaking 14 for 40 in a match....and now 3 for 15 in a T20......time for you to be given a chance in the senior team.

  • Satesh on June 21, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    @Rally_Windies - it is really sad what the selectors are doing about Shiv. His record of 41 average and a strike rate of 70 is comparative with a number of former heroes of West Indies cricket. No one would dare suggest we leave out some of these players in the past, yet we continue to leave out and frustrate Shiv - very sad indeed!! take a lot at the list of runs scored in one day cricket and find Shivnarine Chanderpaul at #16 !! From West Indies, only the Prince of Trinidad is higher. Our batting keeps letting us down but we find a way to leave out the most stable, reliable player we have available in the name of preparing for 2015. oh for some wins NOW!! anytime we pick the best team to play, Shiv will be in it or it simply is not the best team !

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Simmo is dropped because he is consistent in games that dont count When we needed him to fire and learn the difference between slogging and playing an innings he didnt so he paying the price i'd love to see him and adrian barath get back places but until they setle down they wont be picked .

  • Ali on June 20, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I never understand why simmos is continually dropped from the ODI side....

    he has been WI's best and most consistent ODI batsman in the last 3 years....

    the only person better is Chanderpaul ... but he has been permanently dumped by WI selectors.

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