Brooks stars as Sagicor HPC win big
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre easily brushed aside Afghanistan in their Twenty20 clash here Saturday, to win their second straight game on their six-match tour
Playing at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, the HPC rattled up 151 for six off their allotted 20 overs and then dismissed the Afghans for a paltry 95, with 14 balls remaining in the innings. On Friday, the HPC scored a 23-run win over ECB Blues in another T20 encounter at the same venue.
Opting to bat first on Saturday, HPC were off to a poor start but were bailed out by a 86-run, fourth wicket stand between captain Shamarh Brooks and fellow Barbadian Shane Dowrich. Brooks hammered 46 off 39 balls with three fours and a six while Dowrich hit a more measured 44 from 42 balls with two fours and a six. Kyle Corbin had earlier stroked a lively 18-ball 27, as seamer Mirwais Ashraf snared two for 19 from a tight four-over spell.
Afghanistan started well in reply, with Jawed Ahmed (19) and Noor-ul-Haq (11), adding 31 for the first wicket. However, seamer Jason Holder (2-20) removed Jawed and the experienced Mohammed Shazad (1), before leg-spinner Kerron Cottoy destroyed the middle order with a spell of four for 30, to seal the HPC win. Captain Nawroz Mangal top scored with 20 before becoming one of Cottoy’s victims.
On Friday, Brooks was also among the runs with 61 while wicket-keeper Devon Thomas lashed an unbeaten 72 to get the HPC up to 178 for six. Brooks then grabbed three for 21 with his leg-spin while Holder (2-20) and pacer Brandon Bess (2-28) supported well as UAE Blues tumbled to 155 all out with four balls to spare.
Sagicor HPC beat United Arab Emirates Blues by 23 runs
Sagicor HPC 178-6 off 20 overs (Devon Thomas 72 not out, Shamarh Brooks 61 not out, Kieran Powell 29). UAE Blues 155 off 19.2 overs (Shamarh Brooks 3-21, Jason Holder 2-20, Brandon Bess 2-28)
Sagicor HPC beat Afghanistan by 56 runs
Sagicor HPC 151-6 off 20 overs (Shamarh Brooks 46 not out, Shane Dowrich 44, Kyle Corbin 27). Afghanistan 95 all out (Kerron Cottoy 4-30, Veerasammy Permaul 2-10, Jason Holder 2-20)