ASHLEY NURSE STEERS TRIDENTS TO THE CPL 2019 FINALS
Sat, 12th, Oct 2019
Ashley Nurse and Raymon Reifer propelled their team to the finals of CPL for the first time since 2015 by knocking out the defending champions by 12 runs.
Having asked to bat first, Tridents found it difficult to get going and were 118/6 at the end of the 18th over. It was Raymon Reifer and Ashley Nurse who put on a partnership of 44 in only 16 balls to take their team to a par score of 160 at the end of 20 overs.
Tridents lost Hales for 10(11) early in the innings and were 31/1 at the end of the powerplay. Johnson Charles who kept losing partners regularly played an uncharacteristic 35 in 41 balls. Shakib’s brief cameo which included a boundary and a six was stopped short by Pierre who caught and bowled the Bangladeshi Allrounder for 18(12).
Just when Duminy and Charles were looking to accelerate, Duminy pulled his hamstring while hitting a maximum and walked off with Charles following him in the very next ball, courtesy a brilliant catch by Jordan. Tridents were left at 76/3 at the end of the 12th over.
When things were going against Tridents, Shai Hope played well and scored 23 from 18 balls with two fours and a six before Pollard caught him short in the extra cover. Out walked Nurse with Tridents 112/6 in 17.4 overs.
He straight away went into top gear smacking Jordan for a six of the free hit and then pasted Ali Khan in the last over for two huge maximums to bring the Tridents score to 160.
Reifer who has always produced some huge hits in the lower order for the Tridents yet again fired scoring 24 runs of 18 ball with two sixes.
Nurse and Reifer scored 42 runs in the last 12 balls, which is the third best by any team in the current CPL and the most against TKR in CPL.
Sunil Narine got TKR to a flier by ripping Shakib apart by scoring four boundaries in the very first over. Holder yet again struck in his first over of the powerplay taking his tally to a total of 14 wickets in the season. TKR were 50/2 in the first six overs.
It was the leading wicket taker of the season, Hayden Walsh who provided the important breakthrough by removing Colin Munro for an 18 ball 16.
One of the most economical bowlers in the season, Gurney once again bamboozled the opponent with his slow ball variations. The match hung in the balance with TKR needing 20 from 12 balls. It was Gurney who choked TKR by giving away only six runs in the penultimate over and also got the wicket of Chris Jordan in the process.
With 14 required off the last six balls, it was up to Seekkuge Prasanna to take his team home. Reifer who had already got whacked by Prasanna for 12 runs in his first over was given the ball.
A day where the bowlers found it hard to grip the ball, Reifer bowled a peach of the delivery that caught Prasanna plump in front of the wicket for a well-made 51 off 27 balls.
Knight riders hopes of a third consecutive CPL title walked away with Prasanna and it was all a mere formality for Tridents from there on. Pierre was caught by Hales at long on a couple of balls later to finish the proceedings off for the tridents.
Brief scores: Barbados Tridents 160/6 in 20 overs (Johnson Charles 35(41), Raymon Reifer 24(18), Ashley Nurse 24(9), Khary Pierre 2/25) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 148/10 in 20 overs (Seekkuge Prasanna 51(27), Kieron Pollard 23(16), Ashley Nurse 2/14)) by 12 runs.