PORT OF SPAIN – Their bowlers set it up and their batsmen, led by Johnson Charles’ steady half-century, formalised a crucial, seven-wicket victory for Barbados Tridents over defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League on Wednesday night.
Charles struck five fours and two sixes in a top score of 55 from 47 balls and shared a vital opening stand of 54 with England opener Alex Hales, as the Tridents successfully chased a modest target of 135 at the Queen’s Park Oval to keep their hopes of a top-two finish in the round-robin stage alive.
Hales made 33 – his best score of the season – to give the innings early momentum before Charles took charge to keep Tridents on track for their fifth win, and former South Africa left-hander J.P. Duminy and Ashley Nurse kept their nerve to collect the seven runs needed from the final over, bowled by Knight Riders and new West Indies white ball captain Kieron Pollard, without much alarm.
Duminy formalised the result with two balls remaining, when he drove Pollard to long-off for two to give Tridents their first win ever at the Oval and vault the visitors from fifth into the provisional No. 2 spot in the table on 10 points, having completed their full schedule of matches. (CMC)
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