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T&T v Yorkshire, CLT20 qualifier, Centurion

Yorkshire qualify for main draw

The Report by Sidharth Monga

October 10, 2012

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Yorkshire 154 for 4 (Ballance 64*, Rashid 33*) beat Trinidad & Tobago 148 for 9 (Ramdin 59, Bravo 45, Sidebottom 3-13) beat by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ryan Sidebottom took 3 for 13, Trinidad & Tobago v Yorkshire, Champions League T20, Centurion, October 10, 2012
Ryan Sidebottom took 3 for 13 © Getty Images

After the first three balls of the match, Trinidad & Tobago went 18 deliveries without a run off the bat. They lost three wickets in the process. They even struggled to score at four an over for the first nine overs. All the makings then of a stirring comeback for a Caribbean side. The stirring comeback happened through Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo, it was sustained by Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree with the ball, but Trinidad & Tobago ran out of quality bowlers.

Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid made astute use of T&T's limitations, adding 103 for the fifth wicket. Between them, Rampaul and Badree went for 44 in eight overs, but Yorkshire plundered 110 of the remaining 10.5. By chasing successfully, Yorkshire progressed to the main competition, leaving T&T and Uva Next to play an inconsequential game.

For a long while, though, the match followed the script written in the World Twenty20 final three days ago. Five of that winning squad were part of this XI. It was Ramdin and Bravo who did what Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo had done in the World Twenty20. Ramdin, in particular, needed to do this because his moves as captain had put him in a potentially embarrassing situation. First he chose to bat first on a moist, sticky pitch. Then he came in to bat at No. 5, which seemed awfully early. Ramdin responded with a punchy little counterattack and Bravo provided solidity at the other end.

T&T had three openers in the XI, all three of whom played poor shots to make it 8 for 3 after three overs. Ryan Sidebottom and Steven Patterson kept the pressure on, but Yorkshire had only three seamers to use. From the moment they brought the spinners on, Bravo and Ramdin batted with freedom.

Rashid opened the floodgates in the 10th over, first staying away from bowling legbreaks, and then dragging them half way down when he did bowl them. The two legbreaks in his first over went for four and six, and T&T were away. That over started a spell of six overs that went for 63 runs. There were the elegant drives from Bravo, and improvisation from Ramdin, who hardly played any dots.

Rashid brought Yorkshire back, though, as Bravo played a mistimed loft just before he could reach his fifty. Despite two run-outs after that, the T&T lower order kept going, making it 111 in the last 11 overs. Sidebottom starred with 3 for 13, but his support cast had left the batsmen much to do.

The second part of the match also got off to a familiar start. Badree got a left-hand batsman grazing the stumps, Rampaul troubled the top order with some heavy balls, and Yorkshire threatened to disintegrate under the pressure of the chase. However, they had also exhausted seven of their eight overs. At 51 for 4, T&T needed one of their lesser bowlers to step up after the good work.

It wasn't to be. Rashid started the turnaround with back-to-back fours off medium-pacer Rayad Emrit in the 10th over. The big-hitting Ballance then took over, targeting the lesser bowlers ruthlessly. By the time Ramdin was forced to use Lendl Simmons, the game was clearly slipping away. And when Ballance hoisted Simmons for two sixes in the 16th over, only 31 were left to get in the last four overs. Rampaul's one remaining over was too few to make a difference.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP Overs 16-20 NB/Wides
Trinidad & Tobago 46 13 4 22-3 48-6 0/5
Yorkshire 43 11 7 34-2 52-0 1/8

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Francois on (October 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

great to see another rhodesian coming through the ranks, Such a pity the the administrators in Rhodesia have goofed it up so bad, so many talents gone waste or plying their trade for other teams. I just hope that Ballance performs better than Hick on the test arena

Posted by david on (October 12, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

im missing randyoz wheres he at. i know hes living in the uk i hope his bar work in earls court does not keep him from making his witty comments and remarks.

Posted by Mark on (October 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

@Stark62: Same thing happened last year with Somerset and Leicestershire.

Posted by Anver on (October 12, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

A well "BALANCED" team & Yorkshire might give others a good fight in this CLT20 !! Good Luck !!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (October 11, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

Yorkshire played very well and deserved to win. T&T only have themselves to blame for the loss. Barath continues to be a big disappointment,for a test and odi player his shot selection continues to be very poor. Yes agreed that the qualifying games are not the best structure. However we knew that it was a must win game yet the batsmen 1,2,3 batted poorly. Congrats to Yorkshire and Auckland.

Posted by John on (October 11, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

@himohan007 on (October 11 2012, 09:53 AM GMT) Have I said or even intimated that it was anything to do with the BCCI re the international players? As a Somerset fan , my team's not out there anyway and I personally enjoy our domestic competition. BTW in the preview to this match I criticised ECB for not allowing Bresnan to play. Depending on which post of mine you read , my main point is that IPL sides field 4 overseas STARS to other CL20 sides who field 2 overseas players.

Posted by Dummy4 on (October 11, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Complete joke this competition is. Four Indian sides go straight into the competition proper when Yorkshire and Hampshire have to qualify.

Posted by John on (October 11, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

@Prázäd Krîs on (October 11 2012, 13:35 PM GMT) Re "Aus, RSA, England and so other nations domestic tournaments are born before IPL but no use" - what about the players from Australia,SA,SL,WI,NZ etc who play IPL? They didn't learn their cricket in India did they so how can you say they are no use?

Posted by John on (October 11, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@SIRSOBERZ on (October 11 2012, 13:01 PM GMT) I thought you were booing about a Zim born player playing for Yorks so apologies there. TBH CLT20 gets little coverage over here with TV coverage on the relatively obscure Eurosport 2 and very little mention on Sky sports news etc. It was only because of cricinfo that I saw last years. Interesting factual comms on White and him having to play for his IPL side. Makes me wonder if the T+T missing players actually had any choice in the matter? Certainly empathise with your views and I guess the fact that the non IPL sides are disadvantaged (and before anyone buts in I'm not blaming BCCI) that if one of them wins it , the achievement will be all the sweeter

Posted by John on (October 11, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@davidpk on (October 11 2012, 11:24 AM GMT) - Thankyou and likewise respect @yorkshirematt on (October 11 2012, 10:40 AM GMT) Answer is no - not surprised at all @Maxyboy_123 on (October 11 2012, 12:33 PM GMT) To be honest I don't think they'll go much further. To qualify with a full side is a tough ask. To do so with the depleted side they put out esp vs T+T is superb @Bruisers on (October 11 2012, 12:37 PM GMT) Thanks for the info.

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