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Tridents are CPL champions

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Tridents are CPL champions

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WARNER PARK, St Kitts – The Barbados Tridents are the 2014 Caribbean Premier League T20 champions, beating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by eight runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method tonight.
When the rain came for the third time, the Amazon Warriors were 107 for four – still needing 46 runs off 25 balls – in reply to the Tridents’ 152 for six.
An inspection was made, but the match was called off, shattering the hopes of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and their supporters.  
The Tridents have also qualified for the 2014 Champions League T20 in India next month.
The key for the Tridents was to break the dominant partnership of Martin Guptill (7) and Lendl Simmons (20). Guptill fell in the third and Simmons followed in the ninth.
Jimmy Neesham (17) also fell, but there was still hope of victory with Christopher Barnwell (17) and Denesh Ramdin (14) both still at the crease and building an important partnership, when the rain came.
Jason Holder did not fire with the bat, but took two wickets for 18 runs.
Earlier, The Barbados Tridents were restricted after the loss of opener William Perkins (0) and Holder (0) in the first three overs off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie, left them reeling on eight for two.
Dwayne Smith steadied the ship, but it was slow going for his 59 off 52 balls. It was sprinkled with six fours and three sixes.
He posted an 88-run stand with Shoaib Malik to see the Tridents close to the century mark, but when he fell, it was another dip in scoring.
Captain Kieron Pollard faced one ball, caught and bowled by Sunil Narine and Raymon Reifer went for five, bowled by one which sneaked through after he got through the shot too early.
A few rain delays also halted any momentum, but Malik saw them to the end, scoring 55 not out off 42 overs. He hit four fours and two sixes to push the scoring rate.
Jeevan Mendis was also unbeaten on 15.
Santokie took three for 19 and Narine two for 20.
Summarised scores: Barbados Tridents 152-6 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 59, Shoaib Malik 55 n.o., J. Mendis 15 n.o.; K. Santokie 3-19, S. Narine 2-20). Guyana Amazon Warriors 107-4 in 15.5 overs (M. Hafeez 28, J. Neesham 17, C. Barnwell 17 n.o., D. Ramdin 14 n.o., L. Simmons 13; J. Holder 2-18). Tridents won by eight runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.