🔰Edmonton Royals 183/9 in 20 overs (Agha Salman 44, Andre Fletcher 41; Rayad Emrit 4-28) lost to Winnipeg Hawks 185/3 in 19.5 overs (Ben McDermott 65*, David Warner 55; Agha Salman 1-18) by 7 wickets
Ben McDermott's unbeaten half-century and David Warner's first fifty-plus score in competitive cricket in four months set up Winnipeg Hawks' seven-wicket win in the high-scoring Eliminator game against Edmonton Royals at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground, King City on Thursday (July 12). Needing 184 for victory, Hawks got over the line with a delivery to spare to set up a date with Vancouver Knights for the Qualifier 2 game of the Global T20 Canada on Saturday.
A 76-run opening stand between Lendl Simmons and Warner, that came in only eight overs, set the tone for the chase. The Hawks stuttered a bit after the fall of the openers but managed to chase down the target in the final over.
🔰Vancouver Knights 215/6 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 54, Chris Gayle 50; Sherfane Rutherford 2-25) lost to CWI B 221/4 in 20 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 134*, Nicholas Pooran 44; Tim Southee 2-39) by six wickets
Sherfane Rutherford enjoyed a dream day on the field, claiming two wickets and them slamming the first hundred of the Global T20 Canada to help Windies B hunt down Vancouver Knights' 215 and storm into the final. Rutherford slammed 11 fours and 10 sixes and remained unbeaten on 134 off 66 deliveries as CWI B overhauled the target off the last ball of the game to leave the Knights shell-shocked.
Rutherford's heroic effort with the bat was noteworthy given CWI B had slipped disastrously to 11 for 3 inside the third over of the chase. That's when Nicholas Pooran joined forces with Rutherford. The duo set about rebuilding the innings with the idea of a victory lingering on the horizon. Pooran was happy to play second fiddle while enjoying the proximity advantage to the Rutherford show. The duo added 130 for the fourth wicket as Gayle struggled with his fifth bowler - Fawad Ahmed and Saad Bin Zafar combined to give 63 runs.
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