Ottley stars as T&T lose practice match
COUVA, TRINIDAD - Sagicor High Performance Centre inductee Kjorn Ottley slapped an unbeaten half century to lead "The Rest" to a convincing eight-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago in a Twenty20 practice match at National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain Couva yesterday.
Ottley hit 58 off 57 balls to spearhead his team's successful run chase after their bowlers restricted the national team to a modest 138 for five.
The left-hander smacked four fours and two sixes, and shared two half century partnerships to usher in the victory.
Ottley and opening partner Evin Lewis put on 59 for the first wicket, the latter getting to 23 off 19 balls with two fours before falling to Yannick Ottley's spin in the ninth over.
Justin Guillen added good support in a 52-run stand for the second wicket, the Queen's Park Cricket Club skipper hitting a six and a four in a 27-ball 35.
He departed off the first ball of the 16th over, with his team 28 runs away from the win.
Marlon Barclay (12 off ten balls) and Ottley (K) eventually brought home the win with nine balls to spare.
Earlier, stylish middle order batsman Darren Bravo struck a 36-ball 42, which included two sixes, to lead the T&T to their total.
Also among the runs were Lendl Simmons (24), William Perkins (19) and T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin (19), each with a strike rate of at least 100.
The teams will play another practice match at the NCC from 10 a.m. today.
The practice matches are in preparation for next week's Caribbean T20, which will bowl off on Sunday at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain.
T&T will round off their preparations for the tournament with a warm-up match against Windward Islands at UTT's O'Meara campus on Thursday from 7 p.m., before heading into a pre-tournament camp on Friday.
T&T 138/5 (20 overs) (Darren Bravo 42, Lendl Simmons 24, William Perkins 19, Denesh Ramdin 19, Dwayne Bravo 16; Rayad Emrit 2/23, Yannic Cariah 1/21, Khary Pierre 1/28, Tevin Robertson 1/29) vs The Rest 139/2 (Kjorn Ottley 58 n.o., Justin Guillen 35, Evin Lewis 23, Marlon Barclay 12 n.o.; Yannick Ottley 1/13, Ansil Bhaggan 1/20)--The Rest won by 8 wickets