Steady Simmons wants first ton
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 10, CMC- Attacking Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman, Lendl Simmons, says he wants to become the first player to score a century in the Caribbean T20 tournament.
The closest a player has come to that milestone was Chadwick Walton who was undefeated on 99 for Combined Campuses and Colleagues against Guyana earlier this week.
Simmons was named Man-of-the-Match against Leewards Wednesday after a blistering 62 from 46 balls in which he hit five sixes.
“After I reached 50 I started to look to kick on and aim for the hundred. That’s why I looked so disappointed when I was dismissed,” the 27-year-old said.
“I’m backing myself big time from here. We have never had anyone make a hundred in the Caribbean T20. Chadwick Walton (of CCC) got close the other night with 99 (not out). I’m looking to get to as close as possible in the coming matches.”
Simmons has warned that he will be looking to crack three figures when Trinidad and Tobago play Guyana Saturday night.
Meantime, for the second year in a row, Trinidad and Tobago went on a six-hitting jamboree against the Leeward Islands.
T&T blasted 14 sixes – which was just one short of the Caribbean T20 record of 15 they set at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium last year.
“It’s not the kind of pitch like Barbados and St Lucia which come on freely to the bat,” said Simmons.
“As the main opener in the team, I had to settle in and provide that solid start. After that I got used to the pitch and looked to play my shots.”