Fletcher flays Middlesex
Andre Fletcher sent out a warning to England by slamming the Middlesex attack for an unbeaten 90 as the Stanford Superstars cruised to a 58-run win in the Twenty20 Super Series here Thursday.
In the final warm-up match before Saturday's all-or-nothing clash between the Superstars and England, where members of the victorious XI will win a million dollars each, Fletcher struck the first fifty of the tournament.
The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman smashed seven sixes in an innings lasting a mere 66 balls.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard weighed in with four sixes in 27 not out off nine balls faced as the Superstars piled up 173 for four in their maximum 20 overs.
English Twenty20 kings Middlesex had no answer to the assault.
Faced with such a daunting total to chase, they were never in the hunt and were bowled out with 15 balls left after spinner Dave Mohammed took two wickets with successive deliveries.
Pitches and the quality of floodlights at series benefactor Allen Stanford's ground in Antigua have come in for criticism.
But Fletcher's display suggested the ball was now coming on to the bat after a run of low-scoring games, while several catches were held in the deep in situations where players had previously struggled to pick-up the ball.
Texan-born billionaire Stanford, in an interview broadcast by BBC Radio Five Live before this match finished, said: "We are taking the grass right down so it will play much faster and we are putting in a hard pitch.
"The light issue will all be resolved for this game. There will not be any light issues whatsoever."