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.
When Pooran fell, CWI B still needed 75 runs to get off 35 balls. Captain Anthony Bramble played just 11 of those deliveries (six of which came in the last over) leaving the stage clear for a possessed Rutherford, whose belligerent hitting affected Chris Gayle’s bowling choices. Eventually Knights had to bowl left-arm spinner Bin Zafar. With 13 to get in the last over, Bramble began with a couple of twos before hitting a full toss over long off for six. After playing a dot ball, he took a two to level the scores before hitting the last ball for six, sparking jubilant celebrations.
Earlier in the day, CWI B’s decision to bowl nearly blew up in their face as Chadwick Walton and Gayle hit fifties and shared a 73-run opening partnership. Walton made 54 off 24 while Gayle scored at a more leisurely pace in his innings of 50 off 44. There were further contributions down the order from Babar Hayat (25 off 15), Rassie van der Dussen (23 off 16) and Andre Russell (29* off 16) to power the Knights to 215. Unfortunately, that total was not quite enough on the day.
Brief scores: Vancouver Knights215/6 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 54, Chris Gayle 50; Sherfane Rutherford 2-25) lost to CWI B221/4 in 20 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 134*, Nicholas Pooran 44; Tim Southee 2-39) by six wickets.