Hyderabad, Sep 20: Trinidad and Tobago produced a superb all-round performance as they spanked Leicestershire Foxes by 51 runs to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 main tournament here today.
Riding on openers Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons' fluent half-centuries, Trinidad and Tobago first produced a solid batting display to post a competitive 168 for two after electing to bat and then restricted Leicestershire to 117 for nine at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
With the win today, Trinidad booked a berth in the 10-team main tournament. They had defeated Sri Lanka's Ruhunu Eleven by five wickets in their first Group A qualifier match here yesterday.
Chasing 169 for a win, Leicestershire never looked like getting there as they made a disastrous start and crumbled to 20 for five inside sixth over.
James Taylor (56) waged a lone battle for Leicestershire, hitting four fours and two sixes on his way to unbeaten 56 from 47 deliveries, but eventually ran short of partners.
Pacer Ravi Rampaul was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of four for 14 while Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine chipped in with two wickets each as the Trinidad bowlers made lives of Leicestershire batsmen miserable.
The trio ran though the English side's top and middle order batting by sharing eight wickets among them.
Seven of Leicestershire batsmen failed to even cross the double-digit mark.
Badree dismissed up Andrew McDonald (0) in the very first over as the batsman perished trying to make room on the offside, but was cleanbowled in the process. PTI