6dThe Report by Peter Della Penna

Patriots' batting might trumps Phillips' 103 in eliminator

Tallawahs put up the highest-ever T20 total at Providence, on the back of a superb century from Glenn Phillips, but Devcich ensured the mark lasted less than two hours, before Ben Cutting sealed it off with a six

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GD Phillips
103(63) 9x4 - 6x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 24 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
6 8 12 14 7 12 29 15
AP Devcich
50(23) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
4 0 2 6 21 8 1 4

Best performances - Bowlers

IS Sodhi
O4
M0
R36
W3
Eco9.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
O Thomas
O4
M0
R43
W3
Eco10.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

9.35pm #Scenes at Providence as the Patriots charge out, arms spread out triumphantly. But the man who did it, Ben Cutting, stands there with a stone-faced expression. No fist pump, no jumps, no yells. That's as sedate a celebration as there's ever been! One can only imagine what Rovman Powell must be feeling right now. One harsh call and he lost it. But, while the wide was unfair, can't lay blame on that alone. You got to hold your nerve at this level. Under pressure, a cool head on your shoulders helps. When you allow nerves to get the better of you, that is what happens. Emotions overtook after the first wide, and three more followed. No way to repair that damage on most occasions, especially when margins are this tight. Also got to feel for Glenn Phillips. Played the innings of his life, but must be devastated that it couldn't pull the team through. But that's how fickle sport can be. T20, especially, is about clinching the crucial moments, and Patriots did that tonight.

"It was always going to be a pressure game.. nerve-wracking like last night. Now we move on to Trinidad," says Chris Gayle.

Simmo: "How on earth do you bowl 4 wides in the game deciding over... clearly couldn't take the pressure"

Craig: "Patriots would have needed 9 runs off two balls had the umpire not erred in the calling that fouth delivery a wide. That bad call messed up the bowler and cost JT the game. The umpiring has been a shame." Umpiring hasn't been good, agreed, but unfair to put that down to the one call alone.

Anton Devcich is Man of the Match for steering the chase. "Glenn Phillips played an outstanding knock. We wanted to just try and get them. The ball skids on in the night. Got to give Chris and credit.. they've scored a lot of runs at this level. Just believe in yourself. In the middle it's a little bit different but I know I can always catch up."

Phew! What a finish to the evening! The thrills and nerves of T20 cricket never cease to sweep you off your feet. This was close. Both teams were in it for the most part, and then a few moments of nerves cost one of them. Anyway, Patriots move on to the second Qualifier where they meet Trinbago Knight Riders. Join us then. This is all we have from here. Thanks, as always for your comments and company. Goodbye!

19.5
6
Powell to Cutting, SIX runs, Ben Cutting, you beauty! Seals it off with a mighty heave over deep midwicket. A harmless length ball that sits up nicely outside off.. say no more!
19.5
1w
Powell to Cutting, 1 wide, this is shoddy bowling.. another wide, angled down the leg side. No good
19.4
0
Powell to Cutting, no run, that's much better. A yorker, pushed along the ground to long-on.. and they don't take the run

Patriots one hit away

19.4
1w
Powell to Cutting, 1 wide, slips down the leg side.. oh dear! Rovman's lost it

Says Peter: "Russell has taken three catches tonight, all of them on very hard, very flat and low chances, that 90% of fielders around the world would judge so poorly off the bat that they'd be content to let the ball land in front of them rather than make a belated dive and look foolish coming up short."

19.4
1w
Powell to Cutting, 1 wide, no doubt about this one.. too far across
19.4
1w
Powell to Cutting, 1 wide, full, wide, left alone. Touch and go, called a wide, and Powell can't believe it. Very harsh call. That's definitely not a wide

Patriots 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st16CH GayleDC Thomas
2nd46CH GayleHE van der Dussen
3rd0CH GayleAP Devcich
4th56AP DevcichFA Allen
5th39AP DevcichBA King
6th1AP DevcichBCJ Cutting
7th19BCJ CuttingE Lewis
8th6BCJ CuttingCR Brathwaite
9th10BCJ CuttingHR Walsh