Sunday 27 September, 2020

2019 CPL semi-final loss drove Simmons

Lendl SImmons receives the Man of the Match award after the 2020 Caribbean Premier League final between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks at the Brian Lara Cricket Academu on 10th September 2020. (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPLT20/Getty Images)

Lendl SImmons receives the Man of the Match award after the 2020 Caribbean Premier League final between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks at the Brian Lara Cricket Academu on 10th September 2020. (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPLT20/Getty Images)

Trinbago Kinght Riders opener Lendl Simmons says the disappointment of losing the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League semi-final drove him on during Thursday's eight-wicket win over the St Lucia Zouks.

Simmons, 35, scored 84 not out in an unbroken 138-run partnership for the third wicket with Darren Bravo to clinch a 4th CPL title for the Knight Riders, and the first perfect season in the tournament's history.

"Last year I did well but then didn't do well in the semi-final and we lost the game, so I wanted to take the responsibility this time. It was a good batting track," said Simmons.

Simmons said he and Bravo batted well together and they had the confidence they could get the runs after falling to 19/2.

"We knew that if we bat deep, we'll get the score. We have a strong bench and anyone can perform well. All the players got a chance to play at parts of the tournament and all did well," said Simmons.

The righ-handed opening batsman endured a torrid start to the tournament, with his first meaningful contribution coming in the Knight Riders 8th game, a score of 96 against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

However, Simmons ended as the top run-scorer in the 2020 CPL tournament with 356 runs, with an average of 39.55.

This was Simmons' first CPL title, after fruitless stints with the Guyana Amazon Warriors (2013-2015), St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (2016), Jamaica Tallawahs (2017), and St Lucia Stars (2018).

Lendl Simmons was also top-scorer in the 2014 CPL tournament when he scored 446 runs for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

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