Champions League T20: Leicestershire lose to Trinidad & Tobago

Champions Twenty20 League, Hyderabad
Trinidad & Tobago 168-2 (20 ovs) beat Leicestershire 117-9 (20 ovs) by 51 runs
Match scorecard
Lendl Simmons cuts during Trinidad & Tobago's win over Leicestershire
Lendl Simmons cuts during Trinidad & Tobago's win over Leicestershire

Leicestershire slumped to a 51-run defeat in their opening Champions League Twenty20 game against Trinidad & Tobago in Hyderabad.

Lendl Simmons (67) and Adrian Barath (62) shared a Trinidad & Tobago T20 record stand of 139 for the first wicket in their side's 168-2.

But Leicestershire were out of the contest after crashing to 20-5.

James Taylor hit 56 not out as they reached 117-9, with Trinidad & Tobago's win sealing top spot in Pool A.

The West Indians beat Ruhuna by five wickets in their opening game, with this second victory ensuring they now qualify for the main draw.

Leicestershire must now beat Ruhuna on Wednesday to stand a chance of going through as best runner-up from the two qualifying pools.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase told BBC Radio Leicester:

Whitticase retains faith despite heavy defeat

"You always believe you can chase any target down but you need a foundation, and for those six overs at the start to go your way.

"And looking back at it, at 20-5, you are struggling to come back from it.

"It looked a decent pitch. It was a pitch that kept a little bit low with the odd ball that bounced.

"I don't think we did what we normally do well."

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