Although both sides boasted a number of stars in their lineups, the day was marked by the return of disgraced former Aussie skipper Steve Smith’s return to competitive cricket who smashed 61 to steer the chase for the Nationals. The bulk of work was done by the Kiwi import Anton Devcich who remained unbeaten 92 off just 44 balls to see his side cross the line in a run-fest.
Set a target of 228 after choosing to field first, Toronto were Nizakat Khan in the first over, thus bringing in Steve Smith to the crease – his first taste of competitive cricket since the controversy marred Cape Town Test earlier this year. Smith added 53 for the second-wicket stand with Johnson Charles and then 91 runs for the third-wicket with man of the eventual match Anton Devcich to guide Toronto’s chase. Smith smashed 8 fours and a six in his knock. Devcich did the bulk of work for his side and stayed till the end with 92 not out, including 10 fours and 6 sixes.
Earlier, put in to bat first, Vancouver Knights smashed 227/4 courtesy Evin Lewis’ swash-buckling 96, who fell just four short of maiden hundred of the Global T20 Canada. Chris Gayle fell early in the piece for just 17 while Chadwick Walton added just 8. Lewis kept smashing at the other end, until Andre Russell joined him at the other end in the 14th over. While Lewis eventually fell for 96, Russell smashed 54 off just 20 balls to post a mammoth total for the Knights.
Anton Devcich was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant unbeaten 92.
Toronto Nationals face Edmonton Royals on June 30, while Vancouver Knights will face Winnipeg Hawks on July 1 in their next games respectively.