Tridents melt Red Steel
BASSETERRE?– A?fluent half-century from Raymon Reifer and a four-wicket burst by lanky pacer Jason Holder swept the Barbados Tridents to a 69-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in their Caribbean Premier League (CPL)?Twenty20 cricket match at Warner Park on Thursday night.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel were routed for a paltry 105 in 16.5 overs, replying to the Barbados Tridents’ challenging total of 174 for five to severely ruin their chances of topping the table and gaining an automatic qualifying spot in the final.
Sent in, Tridents got off to a shaky start when they lost big-hitting opener Dwayne Smith for just five off the first ball from leg-spinner Samuel Badree.
But new acquisition William Perkins hit four fours and a six in a 24-run cameo off 12 balls before giving Badree, who was the Red Steel’s best bowler with two for 20, a stinging return catch.
When South African Neil McKenzie was run out at the bowler’s end by Sulieman Benn, backing up too far for two off seven balls, the Tridents were in a spot of bother at 50 for three in the eighth over.
But the consistent Shoaib Malik, even though he was not at his fluent best, managed 35 off 38 balls to stabilise the innings while adding 52 for the fourth wicket with the left-handed Reifer.
Reifer, playing in his first match of the tournament, had announced himself by hoisting Benn over mid-wicket for a big six and he added two more maximums to go with five fours in making a career-best 65 not out off 41 balls.
He shared a rousing fifth-wicket stand of 69 runs in 5.1 overs with Pollard, who smashed four boundaries and two sixes in a quickfire 34 off 15 deliveries before he was out in the final over.
Man-Of-The-Match Holder, who ended with the fine figures of four for 27, then rocked the Red Steel by taking a wicket in each of his four overs to leave them tottering on 44 for four in the seventh over.
He dispatched openers Kevin O’Brien and Evin Lewis for two and 14, respectively, while in between he sent back Ross Taylor for four and later captured the key wickets of Red Steel’s Dwayne Bravo for 16, courtesy a superb catch by Pollard.
There was no respite for the Red Steel as Rayad Emrit took three for 23 while off-spinner Ashley Nurse, fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and Pollard all grabbed a wicket to secure victory for the Tridents. (EZS)