Siddle helps Montreal open account


Montreal Tigers snapped their losing streak of three matches with a 16-run win over Edmonton Royals on Wednesday (July 4) to keep their chances of qualifying alive, picking up their first win of the Global T20 Canada. It was the duo of Peter Siddle and Sandeep Lamichhane who led Montreal’s defence of 130, with their bowlers exploiting the surface on offer effectively, to help bowl out the opposition for just 113 after the veteran Australian bowler returned a four-wicket haul.

Wayne Parnell and Sohail Tanvir struck early to set Montreal back reducing them to 30 for 3 early on after Edmonton opted to bowl. However, a half-century from Moises Henriques resurrected their innings with contributions from the lower order. The pair of Sikandar Raza and Najibullah Zadran chipped in with vital runs as they managed to finish with a reasonable total. Parnell was the pick of the bowlers with a three-wicket haul, conceding just 23 runs in his four overs.

Edmonton were on track in the chase after Luke Ronchi (30) gave them a solid start at the top despite wickets falling at the other end. Siddle’s double blow in the seventh over, where they lost Agha Salman and Farhaan Behardien in successive deliveries pegged them back. Shaiman Anwar (24) and Kevin O Brien (15) kept them in the chase, but a burst of wickets at the fag end of the innings to Kevon Cooper and Lasith Malinga meant too much was left for the lower order to do. Hasan Khan was brave for his 12, striking a six and a four, but the side eventually fell short as Siddle cleaned up the No.10 batsman.

All of Montreal’s bowlers returned wickets, with Siddle leading the way, returning 4 for 13 in just 3.1 overs. Lamichhane had just the one wicket to showcase, but bowled a maiden and conceded just 16 runs in his four as Edmonton picked up their second loss in a row, after winning their first, leaving them in a precarious situation.

Brief scores: Montreal Tigers 129/6 in 20 overs (Moises Henriques 50; Wayne Parnell 3-23) beat Edmonton Royals 113 in 19.1 overs (Luke Ronchi 30; Peter Siddle 4-13) by 16 runs.

Brief scores: Montreal Tigers 129/6 in 20 overs (Moises Henriques 50; Wayne Parnell 3-23) beat Edmonton Royals 113 in 19.1 overs (Luke Ronchi 30; Peter Siddle 4-13) by 16 runs.

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