Barbados Tridents win again
MAKE THAT TWO out of two for the Barbados Tridents.
There seems to be no stopping the locally based franchise, as they reeled off their second consecutive win in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at Kensington Oval on Thursday night.
Before another sold out crowd, the Tridents choked the life out of the Antigua Hawksbills on their way to recording a comfortable 12 run victory.
After doing well to get up to their eventual score of 146 for eight from their 20 overs, they then restricted the Hawksbills to 134 for eight, winning by a much more comfortable margin than the final result suggested.
There were no heroics from any of the Tridents’ batsmen this time around, although Ashley Nurse did grab four wickets in the latter stages to wreck the Hawksbills’ lower order.
But by then the damage had long been done, thanks to a stingy spell of bowling from Tridents captain Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith which helped to curtail their opponents’ innings.
After Rayad Emrit and Shakib Al Hasan had gotten rid of Devon Thomas and Ricky Ponting respectively to leave the Hawksbills stuttering on 36 for two in the sixth over, Pollard and Smith then virtually brought the innings to a standstill.
Faced with some accurate bowling, the duo of Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels struggled to get the ball off the pitch, adding just 19 runs in the next four overs, as they limped to 55 for two at the halfway mark.
Charles tried his best to up the tempo, eventually breaking free with two paddle sweeps off Smith, which raced to the fine-leg boundary.
But just as he was looking to accelerate, he lost his leg stump to a yorker from Smith, to be dismissed for 44 from 37 balls, which included five boundaries and one six.
Samuels never got going, and his struggle at the crease ended when he walked past Nurse’s very first delivery to be stumped by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal for 23, as they stumbled to 88 for four
Ben Rohrer came to the crease and struck a brisk 23 from 17 balls, but after striking a huge six over long on to move the score past 100, he was out to the very next delivery, caught by Pollard on the long on boundary.
The Hawksbills never seriously challenged from there, although Kemar Roach did provide some late entertainment, launching Nurse for two huge sixes in the last over in which they required 28 runs for victory.
Earlier, after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, several Tridents batsmen got starts but failed to carry on.
Dwayne Smith’s torrid start continued, as he was spectacularly caught at mid-off by a leaping Devon Thomas for just eight, to leave the score 11 for one.
Jonathan Carter, 31 from 29 balls, first game hero Shoaib Malik, 33 from 30 balls and eventual Man-of-the-Match Umar Akmal, who made 30 from 21 balls, provided the main sparks for the Tridents.
Pollard too played his part, launching two huge sixes in the dying stages to help propel them to their eventual score.
Sheldon Cotterell and Samuels were the main bowlers for the Hawksbills, with each taking two wickets.