Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 11 December 2019

Day to forget for Northern Warriors after 66-run battering by Qalandars in Abu Dhabi T10

Captain Sammy admits his side 'played poor cricket' in humbling defeat at Zayed Cricket Stadium

Qalanders batsman Dawid Malan was out for one against Northern Warriors on Saturday. Pawan Singh / The National 
Qalanders batsman Dawid Malan was out for one against Northern Warriors on Saturday. Pawan Singh / The National 

The Northern Warriors captain Darren Sammy said they want to put the team’s heavy defeat to Qalandars behind them and look ahead for their next game in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Sunday.

Sammy’s side were bundled out for 46 all out in reply to Qalandar’s 112-4 to suffer a humiliating 66-run defeat on Day 2 of the competition at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

“We played poor cricket today,” Sammy said after the game on Saturday. “We let them score too many runs. We didn’t do well up front with the ball and we never turned up well with the bat.

“But credit to them. I guess they knew our batters quite well. They bowled to the weaknesses and we couldn’t execute or get any momentum with the bat.”

The Qalandars bowling picked up wickets regularly. Lahiru Kumara and George Garton took three each while Chris Jordan and Seekkuge Prasanna shared the remaining four as the Warriors were bowled out in nine overs.

Qalandars sent in first led by an undefeated half century from opener Tom Banton to put up challenging total on the board.

He hammered three sixes and three fours in 28 balls, and shared a 36-run opening wicket partnership in 23 balls with Luke Ronchi (16) to get their inning to a good start.

“The total wasn’t that big,” Sammy said when asked if chasing 112 put the pressure on his team. “We chased 80 odd in seven overs the other night and we would have chased this total quite easy.

“I just think the first three overs are very important when chasing a good total in this format. We were behind it all the time and it added pressure, and because of that the required rate went up.

“In any form of the game whether it be Test, 50-over or T20, you need to have a good start. In the T10, you need at least over 30 in the first three overs when the field is spread. Then, if somebody bowls a good over you are still in a good position.”

For Qalandars, it was a first win after they tied with Team Abu Dhabi on the competition's opening night.

“So far so good,” said Qalandar batsman and captain Dawid Malan. “We disappointed not to win [on Friday, against Team Abu Dhabi] but we learned from the mistake.

“We learned from that game. In T10 cricket, you need to put on a better performance. We set the bar pretty high for ourselves and we want to try and do it in every game.

“We knew if we get around 100 to 110 we are in the game and we bowled exceptionally well to defend that. Bowlers win you games but batsmen set you up.”

Updated: November 16, 2019 11:18 PM

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