TOP MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES FOR TRIDENTS IN 2019 CPL
Thu, 24th, Oct 2019
The 2019 CPL Champions, Barbados Tridents had a good run in the league stages winning five out of their 10 league matches, finishing second in the points table. Their good net run rate of 0.518 helped them finish ahead of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who also finished with the same points.
The campaign for the Tridents started with a loss at the hand of the Warriors by 47 runs but Barbados rebounded quickly with a win over the Patriots by 18 runs. The season was an on and off affair for the Tridents setup, but they found form towards the end of the league stage with three wins in their final four games which took them to the number two spot. Finishing in the top two ensured they got two shots to book a berth in the final.
After losing to Guyana in the first Qualifier, Tridents knocked out defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 to get to the final and a rematch with the Warriors. Come the big day they produced one of their best performances of the season to shatter the Warriors’ unbeaten streak as well as their hopes of a maiden CPL title.
With their triumph Barbados became CPL champions for a second time.
BOUCHER AND JP DUMINY HELP GET THE FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
Playing only in his second T20 game, Leniko Boucher, who filled in for the injured Shai Hope, showed great composure in guiding his team to a total of 186/2. Coming in in the fifth over after the dismissal of Alex Hales, Boucher stuck around with Johnson Charles and put up a partnership of 85 runs in 55 balls.
After losing Charles for a well-made 52, it was the JP Duminy show as the South African conjured an 18 ball 43 rocketing the score to 186. Boucher remained unbeaten at 62*(47) holding up one end. The Tridents bowlers with a professional display helped the team win the match by 18 runs.
DEBUTANTS STAR AS TRIDENTS GET THEIR SECOND WIN
In the fourth match of the season, Tridents faced the St. Lucia Zouks and registered their second win by a huge margin of 71 runs. It was the debutants Justin Greaves and Joshua Bishop who stepped up with the ball and the bat respectively to give the team the much-needed win.
With Hales flying back home to play for Nottinghamshire, Greaves was given the nod. The U-19 Windies superstar stepped up slamming a fifty on debut (57 off 45 balls). He also put up an opening stand of 81 runs with Charles who was majorly playing second fiddle.
Another debutant on the day, the left arm spinner Bishop ended up with figures of 2/33. He along with the rest of the bowling unit made sure that the Zouks were never let off the hook. Bishop struck in the very first over of the second innings picking up the dangerous Rahkeem Cornwall for just 8(3). He again struck at the 10th over picking Chris Barnwell thereby helping the Tridents clean up the tail to register a 73-run win.
HAYDEN WALSH JR. – THE SPIN SENSATION
The American leg spinner, Hayden Walsh spun a web around batsmen in this season’s CPL and was one of the important cogs in Tridents’ title winning squad. Walsh played only nine matches but ended up with 22 wickets with an average of 12.6. His wicket tally of 22 was the highest in the season and he now shares the record for most wickets by a spinner in a single season, jointly with Fawad Ahmed.
His career best figures of 5/19 against TKR which helped his team defeat the defending champions by 63 runs was the only five wicket haul in CPL 2019. He again produced a magic spell of 4/26 against St Lucia Zouks which helped his team get their fourth win of the season.
He has equaled Dwayne Bravo’s record of eight consecutive games of at least two wickets in each game.
JP DUMINY SCORES THE FASTEST 50 IN CPL
After a couple of losses for the Tridents, they were set to face the defending champions TKR at Bridgetown. The Tridents had their task cut out as they were winless in eight matches at the time at their home ground.
It was a Duminy show all over as he produced a blitzkrieg of an innings creating a record for the fastest CPL fifty in just 15 balls.
Electing to bat first, a good 110 run opening stand by the openers Charles and Jonathan Carter saw Duminy promoted up the order at number three and he did not disappoint his captain. Duminy produced a blinder of an innings 65(20) that comprised seven sixes and four fours at a strike rate of 325.
Duminysmashed Jimmy Neesham for 25 runs in the penultimate over with the first five balls being sent to the fence (4,6,6,4,4). His dominant display with the bat ensured Tridents put up a massive total of 192/5. His grand show also helped Tridents post the second highest T20 total at the Kensington Oval.
Duminy then came on with the ball at the end cleaning the tail picking up 2/24. He was also involved in a brilliant running catch from long on that resulted in the dangerous Colin Munro being dismissed for 23(13).
The perfect all-round show from Duminy ensured he was adjudged the man of the match and also helped the Tridents break their eight-match losing streak at home.
TRIDENTS FIELDING – BEST IN THE BUSINESS
One of the standout aspects of the Tridents was their efforts in the field. They produced some of the best catches and run outs this season which helped in their successful run to the 2019 CPL title.
Jason Holder took 13 catches, the most by any player while Duminy finished with nine catches, the second most by a Tridents player this season. With efficient fielders like Walsh, Duminy, Ashley Nurse and Holder in the team, it comes as no surprise the Tridents took 71 catches, the most by a team this season.
The first match between Guyana and Tridents saw Walsh come in as a substitute in the seventh over to produce a stunner of a catch at point to dismiss Shimron Hetmyer. Walsh fielding at point, dived almost horizontally to his left and picked up one of the best catches of the season.
The second game against SKNP saw Nurse take a blinder running back, falling and still managing to hold on to dismiss Shamarh Brooks for 13(15).
Jonathan Carter at backward point produced a jaw dropping catch against the Zouks to dismiss skipper Darren Sammy for 2(8). Sammy trying to guide one down to third man, lobbed it up in the air to the left of the point fielder, Carter with a full extension took a catch to his left.
In the game against Jamaica Tallawahs, Nurse produced a great reflex catch to dismiss Chadwick Walton for an eight ball 13. Fielding at first slip, Nurse dived to his right to take a one-handed catch to get his team’s second wicket inside the powerplay.
ASHLEY NURSE – STEPPING UP IN THE PLAYOFF’S
Nurse was on a dream run in the last four days of the competition proving his place in the team with some stellar performances. The second qualifier saw him picking the man of the match performance for his all-round show.
Tridents were 118/6 at the end of the 18th over when Nurse walked out to bat. Nurse joined Raymon Reifer and put up a partnership of 48 runs to take the teams score to 160. Nurse dispatched the second legal delivery he faced for a six of Jordan and it was no looking back from there on as he ended up scoring 24 runs of just nine deliveries at a strike rate of 267.
Nurse who had bowled hardly bowled in the season then turned hero with the ball picking up important wickets of Darren Bravo (2) and Denesh Ramdin (21) in two consecutive overs which left TKR at 81/5 after 12 overs. He ended up with figures of 2/14 on the night that got him the man of the match award.
Nurse once again played a major role in the big final with the bat building a 63-run partnership with Carter that propelled the Tridents to a total of 171/6. He also contributed with the ball by removing the season’s top scorer Brandon King (43) and the set batsmen Nicholas Pooran (24). His all-round performance proved vital for the Tridents to lift the trophy.
RAYMON REIFER IN THE FINAL
In a crunching final, defending a 170+ target, Raymon Reifer was given the ball in the second over of the innings and he delivered. He got rid of Chandrapaul Hemraj and picked up the wicket of Shimron Hetymer in his next over. His contribution paved the way for his team to lift the trophy and ended up with match figures of 4/24, his best in the season and second best in CPL.
Reifer ended CPL 2019 with 14 wickets in 10 innings and finished as the joint second highest wicket taker for the Tridents. It was also the first instance of his picking up 10+ wickets in a single season of CPL.
Reifer not only was instrumental with the ball but chipped in important runs with the bat as well. His hitting this season has been a definite find for the Tridents. In the match against SKNP, Reifer came in to bat when his team was at 97/6 at the end of the 15th over with still over 50 runs required. He almost took his team home with an 18 ball 34 but at the end Tridents lost by 1 run. His contribution 24 from 18 balls against TKR in Qualifier 2 came in handy in setting a target of 160.