Foxes flattened by Trinidad & Tobago
Leicestershire made a miserable start to their Champions League T20 qualifying campaign as they were thumped by Trinidad & Tobago in Hyderabad.
The Foxes, crowned English Friends Life t20 champions last month, slipped to a comprehensive 51-run defeat at the hands of their West Indies counterparts in a hugely one-sided match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
T&T amassed 168 on the back of an opening stand of 139 between Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons, who made 62 and 67 respectively.
Leicestershire’s already tricky pursuit was effectively over when they slipped to 20 for five, and only James Taylor’s unbeaten 56 added respectability to an innings containing four ducks and a further three single-figure scores.
Ravi Rampaul profited to the tune of 4-14, while leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who opened the bowling, claimed 2-7 off four overs, the most economical figures in the competition’s short history.
Victory secured T&T’s passage into the tournament proper and left Leicestershire needing to beat Ruhuna, who went down by five wickets to T&T yesterday, tomorrow to stand any chance of qualifying.
Little went right for Leicestershire today from the moment they lost the toss, with Simmons clipping Matthew Hoggard for four off the second ball of the match.
Boundaries came freely as the disciplined approach that served Leicestershire so well in domestic t20 this summer deserted them, and it took them until the 18th over to break the opening alliance.
Barath top-edged a pull of Harry Gurney to midwicket the ball before Simmons sliced to point, but Darren Bravo struck a six in each of the last two overs to take T&T out of reach.
Although Josh Cobb drove the first delivery of Leicestershire’s reply, bowled by Badree, through extra-cover for four, he was the second of five wickets to tumble inside the first six overs.
Andrew McDonald was bowled making room to cut Badree; Cobb drove Rampaul to deep cover; Wayne White was cleaned up playing back to Rampaul; Will Jefferson had his leg stump uprooted by Badree as he aimed to leg; and Paul Nixon, in his final competition before retirement, was lbw pushing forward to Sunil Narine.
Abdul Razzaq managed one four and a six in adding a somewhat restorative 47 with Taylor before he swiped to point, while Taylor watched from the other end as the tail followed much the same route as the top order.