Aussies Siddle, Henriques pace Montreal to 1st T20 victory

TORONTO (AP) Australians Peter Siddle and Moises Henriques led with bat and ball as the Montreal Tigers secured their first victory of Global T20 Canada tournament with a 15-run win over the Edmonton Royals on Wednesday at Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

Henriques had 50 runs and Siddle claimed two key wickets for Montreal, which improved to 1-3. Edmonton fell to 1-2 in the six-team standings.

Edmonton took the field first and quickly dispatched Montreal’s opening pair of Dwayne Smith (eight runs) and Sunil Narine (nine).

The Tigers rallied, and Henriques’ half century along with 20 runs from Sikander Raza and 22 from Najibullah Zardan gave Montreal a respectable total of 129-6 through 20 overs.

Edmonton started strong in its chase of that total, scoring 40 runs through the first six overs while surrendering just one wicket.

Siddle brought Montreal back into the game with a quick double-strike, getting Agha Salman at 10 runs and Farhaan Behardien on first ball, reducing Edmonton to 40-3.

Narine claimed a key wicket when New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi (30) was caught by wicket-keeper Khaleel Mohammed.

Edmonton never recovered, losing its final six wickets for 54 runs and settling for a total of 114 all out in 19.1 overs.